The Dolphins are in for another “what should be” favorable matchup with the Titans, who just gave up 57 points to the Houston Texans.
Every week, it seems as if the Miami Dolphins are setup for highly favorable matchups for their offense, but are instead getting embarrassed. This week, they get yet another struggling defense with the Tennessee Titans coming to town. The Titans are coming off an even more embarrassing loss than the Dolphins are, allowing rookie QB Deshaun Watson to total five touchdowns in a 57-14 rout.
On paper, this appears like another fantasy gold matchup, but proceed with caution. Here’s this week’s start/sit suggestions for Miami.
At this point, I don’t even feel like I should have to bother discussing Cutler, but I will anyway. Through three games, Cutler has just two touchdown passes, and hasn’t posted higher than a 57.8 QBR. The blame can’t all be put on Cutler for the offensive woes, but he definitely deserves his fair share of it. The lack of urgency has to be the most frustrating. This is a great spot for Cutler to turn things around if he’s going to, but I just can’t trust him.
It’s been extremely disappointing as of late to be an Ajayi owner, but the truth is it could be worse. The only game that Ajayi saw success in was against the Chargers in Week 2, and even that was practically all him. The blocking in the run game has been atrocious, and even with Ajayi’s great ability to break tackles, yards are tough to come by.
Still, the talent level and volume can’t be denied. It’s still at least one week too early for me to start thinking about sitting Ajayi. The Titans are listed as a top 10 team against running backs, but they’ve allowed four touchdowns to RBs in three weeks, and just got torched by former Dolphin Lamar Miller.
Even with the Dolphins offense playing as bad as they are right now, you’ll still see Landry’s name in the mix of top fantasy producers in terms of receptions. And that’s with one less game played then everyone else. That’s because he’s averaging 11 targets per game, and already has 25 receptions on the season.
While the lack of yards and touchdowns are discouraging, the amount of attention makes it impossible to sit him in PPR leagues. Unless you’re stacked at WR, he’s hard to bench in standard formats too. Against Tennessee’s 31st ranked defense, Landry continues as a must start in my opinion.
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Big things were expected of Parker as a legit fantasy receiver going into the season, and we’ve seen glimpses of what he can bring, but it’s mostly been in garbage time. Parker benefited with a meaningless end of regulation touchdown against the Jets to help pad his stats in Week 3. In Week 4, he got involved early but cooled off as the game went on. He did reel in a 21-yard reception, however, on Miami’s final drive.
While Miami’s offense has been putrid to say the least, it’s promising to see that Parker has maintained a respectful floor. Although he has yet to reach the 100-yard mark this season, he has at least 69 yards in each of the first three games. If Parker and Cutler can get on the same page, I predict this will be Parker’s biggest game yet.
Stills finished with just 13 receiving yards against the Saints, and is clearly becoming the distant third option in Miami’s receiving attack. Although he does maintain some appeal as a touchdown dependent player, Stills has just one to start the season, on track to fall well short of the career-high 9 he had in 2016. Stills is not even on my DFS radar this week.
This is a tough week at tight end for fantasy owners. With bye weeks under way, some TE1’s will need to be left on the bench. Even Rob Gronkowski owners are forced to scramble on what to do this weekend after he was forced to miss Thursday night’s game against Tampa Bay with an injury.
There is absolutely nothing to love about Thomas, who has yet to surpass even 30 yards receiving, but he hasn’t been totally ignored in the offense either. He’s also a red zone threat for the Dolphins if they can ever get there. I would try my hardest to find another option, but if you’re in a really tough bind, Thomas is worth a look.