Dolphins Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 17
It’s the final week of the regular season in 2017, and our last chance to play the hometown players in fantasy football lineups.
There won’t be any playoffs in 2017 for the Miami Dolphins after they were officially eliminated from contention a week ago. That makes this week our last chance to insert any Dolphins players into our fantasy football lineups.
Along with the Dolphins playoff hopes, most fantasy leagues ended last week. Some, nonetheless, will continue on to this week to have their championship rounds. The majority, however, will be forced to resort to DFS lineups in order to get their fantasy fix. We’ll take a look from that perspective on which Dolphins players this week, if any, are worth rostering in lineups.
I haven’t suggested starting Cutler at any point this season, and I’m not about to start now. Cutler will likely be playing his last game this Sunday, at least as a Dolphin. Earlier this week, Cutler said that he may be open to play another season, but not as a backup. That practically eliminates him from returning to Miami. The Dolphins will be anxious for the return of Ryan Tannehill, and are expected to draft a quarterback in the early rounds to develop.
Cutler threw three interceptions two weeks ago at Buffalo. Although that was in the cold, and things could go differently now at home, Cutler is not about to light it up against the Bills defense.
Drake has been an inspiration for the Dolphins since becoming Miami’s workhorse back. The Dolphins rushing offense almost did a complete 180 with Drake in the backfield, and there’s a lot to be excited about for 2018. Drake will most likely be a top fantasy selection for league drafts next season, assuming the Dolphins don’t make any significant changes in their backfield.
Miami may bring on another young player to develop, but I believe that Drake has done enough in the second half of the season to prove that this is his backfield. He’ll get to close out this season against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league. In Week 15 against Buffalo, Drake averaged 4.9 yards per carry, and found the end zone. There’s no reason to believe he can’t have another solid outing. Drake is a particularly favorite play on Fanduel, where he’s surprisingly cheaper than on DraftKings.
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Dolphins fans have a reason to feel optimistic going into 2018 about Jarvis Landry being on the team. Both sides are mutual about Landry returning, and the negotiation process has reportedly begun. Nothing is ever certain until it is, but it’s a good sign for the long-term.
Landry is the only other consideration for fantasy players to insert in their lineups from the Dolphins roster. To be honest, Drake and Landry are the only options at this point. Cutler shouldn’t need to be mentioned, but there’s always a homer out there that believes he can have a game just like he did on Monday night against New England.
When it comes to DFS, it really depends on which website you use when it comes to Landry. Landry tends to get a lot of catches, which benefits more on sites like DraftKings, which uses a full point PPR scale. FanDuel, on the other hand, only awards a half point per reception. On paper, the matchup against Buffalo is not ideal, but that didn’t stop Landry in Week 15. He finished with 10 receptions from 13 targets, and fell short of 100 yards receiving by the slimmest of margins at 99. Landry didn’t find the end zone in Buffalo, but he could have better luck in front of the home crowd.