Week 8 Recap; New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins
Call it a lack of receivers, call it rust, call it whatever you want. But one thing is for sure.
Tom Brady is not a very good fantasy quarterback right now.
Another less than stellar fantasy outing from Brady, continued uncertainty in the Miami backfield, and some big time defensive plays make up this AFC East rivalry. Let’s break down the fantasy implications, shall we?
Patriots: His first pass attempt of the game was an interception. And once it happened, a thought occurred to me. “Here we go again.” Sure, Brady’s receivers haven’t necessarily been helping him out. According to Pro Football Focus, Brady entered Week 8 with the most passing yards with a dropped pass (281) among all quarterbacks, However, Brady hasn’t been quite like Brady this year. He’s been missing throws he normally makes, has been under pressure and it’s shown. In this contest, Brady threw for just 116 yards, one touchdown and one interception. It was his third game of the season with fewer than 200 passing yards, and his fifth with one touchdown pass or less. I’m not 100 percent sold on Brady being a must-start quarterback unless the matchup is too good to pass. Anyway, for the majority of this game, fantasy owners were wondering where the heck Stevan Ridley was. There was speculation that he was benched for celebrating… for someone else’s touchdown. Still, Ridley was effective for the third straight week, carrying the ball 14 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Owners are beginning to trust him again.
As for the wideouts, Danny Amendola caught just three balls for 15 yards in his return, and tight end Rob Gronkowski was relatively quiet, hauling in just two balls for 27 yards. Aaron Dobson, meanwhile, actually A) caught a pass and B) caught a touchdown.
Miami: The running back carousel continues to be the main fantasy headline in South Beach. Coming into this contest, plodder Daniel Thomas had been playing on 32.7 snaps per game, while speedy Lamar Miller saw 29.4 snaps. However, according to fantasydata.com, Miller has been the more productive runner, sporting a point percentage of 24.8. That means he has scored almost 25 fantasy points for every 100 snaps. In Week 8, both backs were productive. Miller led the duo in carries, seeing 18 carries for 89 yards, compared to Thomas’ nine totes. However, Thomas was the one to find the end zone on his only catch of the day, a five yard touchdown. One week, Thomas gets more snaps, and the next, it’s Miller. Both have a role in this offense. This is a timeshare, folks. Yes, I know. The dreaded “T” word.
If you have been plugging Ryan Tannehill in as your bye week quarterback, you probably are pretty content. Tannehill posted his second straight solid fantasy outing, throwing for just 192 yards, but found the end zone twice. He has a pretty favorable schedule the rest of the way, so feel free to use him. As for the receivers, Brandon Gibson found the end zone for the second-straight week, but left the game with a knee injury. His season appears to be over.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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