Fantasy Football Recap: Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots
It was the biggest game in years for the Dolphins. A home game against their heated rival with massive playoff implications. And guess what?
No one cared.
It’s the semi-finals of the fantasy playoffs. That’s what’s on everyone’s mind all Sunday afternoon. But in all seriousness, kudos the the Dolphins and company.
I am growing very, very fond of Ryan Tannehill. In fact, I recently wrote about him here. Coming into this game, Tannehill had been on an absolute tear, tossing seven touchdowns and four interceptions over his previous four games. I ranked him 12th this week against a depleted and struggling Patriots secondary, and I appreciate Tannehill making me look intelligent. The sophomore quarterback threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns in this game, making for yet another terrific fantasy outing. Tannehill has quietly been a top-12 fantasy signal caller this season, proving to be a safe weekly option. Sunday was Tannehill’s fourth outing with at least 20 fantasy points, and his season low is still a respectable 13. Miami is passing the ball over 63 percent of the time, which is top-five most in the league. While Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson get all the attention, Tannehill has been just as good in year two.
Once again, the running game was a fantasy headache. Speaking of headaches, Lamar Miller played in this contest after dealing with a concussion, carrying the ball 15 times for 61 yards, but once again, Daniel Thomas finished as the better fantasy option in this backfield. Thomas only carried the ball five times for 16 yards, but hauled in a two-yard touchdown pass.
As for the receiving corp, Mike Wallace proved me wrong against Aqib Talib, catching six balls for 105 yards and a touchdown. It appears he and Tannehill are finally improving their chemistry (better late than never). Meanwhile, an underrated PPR commodity, Brian Hartline was a good play in my eyes, finishing with five catches for 70 yards. Tight end Charles Clay was disappointing, catching just one ball for six yards.
I wasn’t high on him this week, but Tom Brady had his best game against Miami in a few outings. Brady posted his first 300-yard game against the Dolphins since last season, finishing with 364 yards and two touchdowns. It certainly wasn’t as easy without the likes of Rob Gronkowski, but other guys stepped their game up. One of those guys was definitely Julian Edelman, who is quietly having a very productive season. Edelman always had Brady’s eye, but more importantly, his trust. The skilled slot receiver hauled in an impressive 13 balls for 139 yards and a touchdown. He now has 89 grabs on the year, which is among some of the highest totals in the NFL. Danny Amendola wasn’t too shabby in PPR formats either, catching 10 passes for 131 yards of his own. Both of these guys clearly benefited from the absences of rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, and both should be weekly top-30 as long as the rookies are sidelined.
Oh, and stick a fork in the Patriots running game. So maddening. Stevan Ridley continues to try to claw his way out of the doghouse, carrying the ball just eight times. LeGarrette Blount led the team in carries (11), and Shane Vereen was pretty disappointing, carrying the ball just twice, while catching just three passes for eight yards. A fantasy wasteland, folks.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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