Miami Dolphins fantasy football start and sit: Week 2

A Dolphins helmet sits in the Miami locker room - image by Brian Miller
A Dolphins helmet sits in the Miami locker room - image by Brian Miller /

This week the Miami Dolphins will face the New York Jets and naturally you have to wonder which of the Miami Dolphins players should be in your starting lineup on Sunday.

The Miami Dolphins who, except for a few former starters, have not always been the stellar fantasy football stars. As my fellow contributor Eric Frosbutter mention in last week’s edition of start and sit, things in the near future could start to change.

After most fantasy gurus skipped over just about the entire roster of the Miami Dolphins during their draft, it would appear that change is soon on the horizon. Now I know its early and only one game has been played, but the Dolphins have shown a glimpse at what the possibilities can become. As Eric Frosbutter is on vacation and representing us at Metlife Stadium this week, I’ll be filling in with this week’s suggestions for the Miami Dolphins top Fantasy player options.

Ryan Tannehill

Still the only option on the roster as far as quarterbacks go, but with what was shown last week against a pretty good secondary on the Tennessee Titans squad, Tannehill showed great accuracy going 20 of 28 for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, he showed a little rust and threw two interceptions, but one of them was not entirely his fault as a miscommunication with Jakeem Grant led to an over throw and a pick. Still I see Tannehill with a full grasp of the offense and a bright fantasy outlook if his offensive line plays as well as it did against Tennessee.

Sit (But monitor closely)

Running Backs

Kenyan Drake is still the feature back, but Frank Gore will continue to eat into his snaps a bit. Kenyan Drake will make up for that with his receiving skill set and will still get the majority of plays. Drake had 17 touches last week, while running for only 48 yards and catching three passes for 18 yards. Frank Gore had 9 touches last week, while he ran for 61 yards he added no receiving yardage. Neither running back found the end-zone last week because the passing game was doing so well. The New York Jets will probable stifle the run game a bit this week, so I would probable not start Kenyan Drake, but Frank Gore is so close to surpassing former New York Jets Curtis Martin for the fourth spot on the all-time NFL rushing list, you might see coach Adam Gase feed him the ball in this match up.

Drake: Sit

Gore: Start as a number 2

Wide Receivers

This is where we get a change in fantasy options this week. Kenny Stills is flying off the boards in any league where he wasn’t drafted after his stellar 106-yard, 2 touchdown performance last week against the Titans defense. DeVante Parker might be back and will look to getting off the bench and getting back into the starting lineup. But I think this game will be owned over the middle and that is where Danny Amendola lives. I expect him to post good numbers in this match up, as I watch Kenny Golladay of the Detroit Lions exploit that area of weakness last Monday night against the New York Jets defense. There is chemistry with Ryan Tannehill too, it just didn’t translate last weekend, but if I’m correct, they will connect several times for big plays this Sunday. Albert Wilson contributed on the field but doesn’t seem to be a Fantasy scoring option at this point.

Stills: Start

Amendola: Start

Parker: Sit

Wilson: Sit

Tight Ends

This is an area of where are they for the Miami Dolphins. Starter A.J. Derby was primarily used as a blocker and the hyped-up Mike Gesicki failed to deliver on his only red-zone attempt. He did have 1 reception for 10 yards and a huge first down, but the looks and yards were just not there. However, as I said before, this game is wide open over the middle. This could be the perfect storm for the seam pass and a breakout opportunity for Mike Gesicki over the middle. I would hope Ryan Tannehill will be looking for his tight end during this match up, because he’ll be looking to get rid of the ball fast.

Derby: Sit

Gesicki: Start  (Yeah, I said it)