Dolphins Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 7
The Dolphins offense put on their best performance of the season in the second half of last Sunday’s game to complete the comeback victory. Can they keep that momentum going this week?
The first half of last week’s game looked eerily similar to how the offense had played in previous games. Most people had written the Miami Dolphins off after a 17-0 halftime deficit to the Atlanta Falcons on the road. The Dolphins, however, started the second half with a drive that lasted nearly nine minutes, ending with a Kenny Stills touchdown.
The touchdown sparked Miami, and in the process, wore out the Falcons defense. The offense would follow up with a Jarvis Landry touchdown, and a pair of Cody Parkey field goals. The defense was exceptional in the second half, blanking the high-powered Falcons offense in the second half, and Miami came away with the stunning victory.
The win was great, but there are still major concerns on the offensive side of the ball. This week, Miami gets their rematch with the New York Jets, who dominated the Dolphins in Week 3. Hopefully, the Dolphins can keep the motivation going, and put together a complete game. Let’s see who’s worth a start in fantasy lineups in this division rivalry.
Cutler had his best game as a Dolphin, but don’t mistake that for him having a good game. Yes, he helped lead the comeback but Cutler still struggled just as he has all season. He’s not worth a start in any format until he learns how to stop throwing off his back foot, which is probably never.
Ajayi was dominant against the Falcons, and really helped open things up for the offense. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t get in the end zone and still hasn’t yet this season, but it shows that Miami can be tough to beat when their run game is clicking. The offensive line is still struggling, but Ajayi’s ability to bounce off tackles is incredible. The Jets were able to hold Ajayi to just 1.5 yards per carry in Week 3, but if you’re willing to sit him just a week after rushing for 130 yards then I don’t know what to tell you.
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Landry continues to make his case for a big payday in his future contract. The Dolphins have been left without DeVante Parker for nearly two full games now, and Landry has stepped up tremendously. He has 24 targets in just the last two games, catching 13 of them, and two scores. The Dolphins could be without Parker again this week so expect Landry to have another big outing. Even if Parker suits up, Landry is still a solid start.
It doesn’t look good for Parker’s status again this week after he sustained an ankle injury against Tennessee two weeks ago. Parker was considered day-to-day after his injury, and by all accounts still is, but he’s yet to practice this week at all. Even if Parker is declared active you may want to consider other options since he won’t be at full strength.
Stills benefited some with the absence of Parker last week, and could see a boost again if Parker is forced to miss more time. He caught his second touchdown pass of the season against the Falcons, securing all four of his targets for 49 yards. Against the Jets in Week 3, Stills had twice as many targets as he has had in any other game, and finished the game with a season-high 51 yards. Despite the boost without Parker in the lineup, Stills remains a touchdown dependent player. If Parker does sit again, however, he will have some WR3/Flex appeal in a pretty good matchup.
Thomas has been mildly involved in the offense thus far, but after five games is still left without a touchdown reception. He’s helped Miami get some much needed first downs, but hasn’t provided any kind of fantasy value. He’s an easy fade even at this tough position.
Miami’s defense has been the positive surprise so far this year. After a rough start against Atlanta, they shut them out in the second half. With all of the offensive struggles, it’s the defense that deserves much of the credit for Miami’s 3-2 start. They’ve held every opponent to 20 points or less to this point, and are ranked 4th against the run. Miami ranked 30th in the same category just a year ago. The free agent acquisitions and 2017 draft class have had a major impact on this turnaround. They are on the streaming radar in Week 7 at home.