Dolphins Fantasy: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em vs Giants
By Kyle Speirs
Week 14, in most fantasy football leagues, is the start of the post-season. Monday night’s Miami Dolphins game could be the difference in winning your first playoff game or losing it.
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We are well and truly into the business end of the NFL regular season and the Miami Dolphins are clinging on to the distant hope of securing one of the AFC Wildcard spots in the playoff chase. At 5-7 though, the Dolphins have a mountain to climb if they are to make it into the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Last Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens kept Miami on the fringe of the playoff picture for another week. But, with a another week comes another must-win game for the Dolphins, this time against the unpredictable New York Giants under the lights on Monday Night Football.
Dan Campbell’s team know it’s do or die time and the elite players and leaders will need to carry the team over the next few weeks. It will mean for a nervy final few games for Dolphins fans, but should result in a few profitable weeks for fantasy owners. Here’s who should stand out on Monday night.
DeVante Parker – Wide Receiver
Parker has finally come good and is performing as a first round draft pick should. His 80 receiving yards and first NFL touchdown game against the New York Jets was followed by 63 yards and another score the week after against the Ravens. The rookie has taken full advantage of the injury to Rishard Matthews, who had been starting alongside Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills.
I fully expect Parker to make his way into the end zone for a third successive week and maybe even record his first 100+ yard game in his NFL career
The former Louisville Cardinal will most likely start again against the Giants as Matthews is still a doubt with injured ribs. And why not? Parker has 26.30 combined fantasy points in the last two weeks, and has had 15 passes thrown his way by Ryan Tannehill in those games. He is a nice pick-up for a team is in need of a solid wideout who will be targeted a lot over the remaining games.
I fully expect Parker to make his way into the end zone for a third successive week and maybe even record his first 100+ yard game in his NFL career against a Giants defense that has allowed the most passing and receiving yards per game in the league.
Jarvis Landry – Wide Receiver
Miami’s leading receiver had a quiet game last week as new offensive play caller Zac Taylor looked to stick with Lamar Miller and establish a run game against a solid Ravens front seven. He was visibly frustrated with his lack of involvement and had an apparent outburst on the sideline. Landry plays with passion and, above all else, wants to win, as Campbell reiterated after the game.
His two receptions and five yards were both season-lows for the second-year receiver, as was his 0.50 fantasy points. Landry wlll be up against former LSU teammate and best friend Odell Beckham Jr., and the pair should put on a show on Monday night. Both have favourable matchups against defenses that have struggled to cover top receivers this season. Like Parker, Landry too could enjoy his third 100+ yard game of the campaign.
Other notable starts:
Ryan Tannehill (Quarterback)
Lamar Miller (Running Back)
Jordan Cameron – Tight End
Cameron has been a fantasy bust this season and it would be a shock if he was still in Miami come next season. His production has been nowhere near the level that both the Dolphins and fantasy owners thought and hoped it would be. He has yet to record over 10 fantasy points in a game this season, his highest score was 9.00 against the Tennessee Titans in Week 9.
The blame cannot be pinned solely on Cameron though, Tannehill has not helped the former Cleveland Brown out and the ever-changing offensive system has failed to utilize his receiving and redzone threat. Cameron has at times shown signs of being a top NFL tight end – his performance was key to Miami’s win on the opening day of the season in Washington. Since then however, his numbers have failed to justify the contract that he was awarded in the offseason.
Despite playing the dissectible Giants, who have given up the second most yards to tight ends in the NFL, it is hard to see Cameron having a big game. Tannehill dropped back to pass 58 times against the Jets a couple of weeks ago, yet he only targeted his tight end three times. Cameron simply does not have the trust of his quarterback, which is why he should remain on your bench for the rest of the season.
Other noticeable sits: