The Dolphins offense was horrific against the Jets, and it played a major impact for fantasy owners. Can they turn things around in another favorable matchup against the Saints?
It was supposed to be a very favorable matchup for the Miami Dolphins offense last week, and a win, but the New York Jets dominated from the start, and never looked back. For fantasy football owners, this was supposed to be a highly productive day for nearly all of Miami’s key offensive players, but that was not the case. The Dolphins get an opportunity to turn things back around in another fantasy favorable matchup against the Saints. I’m cautiously optimistic that this offense can move the football against one of the worst defenses in the league. Here’s a look at our start/sit suggestions for Miami this week in London.
For a strong majority of quarterbacks in the league I would consider this a solid matchup. To be honest though, Cutler does nothing for me in terms of fantasy football – not even when he was with Denver and Chicago. I understand that he’s very capable of having a huge game, and can put up some impressive numbers at times, but his inconsistency has always turned me off. While it would not surprise me at all if he threw for over 300 yards with a few touchdown passes given the matchup, he’s not worth the risk for me even in daily formats.
Ajayi had to be the biggest disappointment for fantasy owners last week, totaling just 25 yards on 13 touches. It didn’t help that the Dolphins eventually fell down 20-0, and were forced to abandon the run. The good news is that Ajayi is in an even more favorable spot for production against the Saints, and I’ll bet that this time he doesn’t disappoint. Ajayi is questionable heading into Sunday’s game, but all signs point to him being ready to play.
Through two games, Landry has been targeted 26 times, which should come as no surprise to anyone. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, that Landry is a must-start in PPR leagues. In standard formats, however, there’s reason to be cautious. Landry rarely gets in the end zone, and averages relatively low in yards per catch (6.6 through two games). The opportunities will be there, however, against the Saints and he should find some open spaces to extend plays. He’s a safe bet this week in any format.
Parker strongly benefited on the final drive in garbage time last week with some first down receptions topped by a meaningless touchdown at the end of regulation. It was otherwise a very quiet day for the third-year player, but fantasy owners appreciated the padded stats. I really like this matchup against the Saints for Parker as I see him having his way with the smaller secondary players of New Orleans. I expect him to be a high-end target for Cutler in red zone opportunities.
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Stills remains a touchdown dependent player for Miami, and most often, that still isn’t enough for fantasy relevance. Last year, Stills had nine touchdowns to lead all Dolphins receivers, but he did it on just 42 total receptions. With six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown through two games, the same can be expected from Stills going forward. He could make for an interesting play in daily leagues, but for standard and PPR leagues he is an easy fade.
Will the real Julius Thomas please stand up? Unfortunately, I think he already is. Long gone are the days of Thomas as a legitimate fantasy tight end like he was in Denver, but then again, he hasn’t had Peyton Manning throwing to him in a long time. To be fair, Thomas hasn’t been totally nonexistent, as he has caught three receptions in each of the first two games. With just 42 yards total, however, and zero touchdowns to show for it, Thomas is not even a worthy streaming option at this point.