Fantasy Football 2013: Dolphins at Buccaneers Week 10 Preview
Miami Dolphins (4-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)
Monday, November 11, 2013: 8:40 PM (ET)
Closing out the Week 10 NFL festivities on “Monday Night Football” will be an intra-state battle between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Dolphins (4-4) have been besieged by bad publicity this week, so they’ll be looking for a convincing win to turn the conversation in a different direction. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers (0-8) are hoping for scraps of anything positive after blowing a 21-point lead against the Seahawks last week.
Despite the lackluster records, there are some significant fantasy contributors on both teams. Let’s take a closer look at the key names and see exactly what we should be expecting on our fantasy rosters this week.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: We’ve recommended Tannehill as a bye-week or injury fill-in from time to time this season, and he’s responded with mixed results. He was just okay in the Week 9 victory over the Bengals on “Thursday Night Football,” posting an efficient 20-of-28 line for 208 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Tannehill’s saving grace was his one-yard touchdown run. Given the matchup, he looks pretty good in Week 10 if you’re in the market. He should be decent, if unspectacular.
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Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Believe it or not, Glennon is actually a pretty solid candidate for a fill-in QB. He went 17-of-23 for 168 yards and two passing scores against a very good Seattle defense, with the vast majority coming in the first half of play. Glennon has seven touchdowns and just one interception in the last five games, so he definitely knows how to take care of the ball. He should have a pretty good week; look his way if you’re in need.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: Miller has been one of the most vexing fantasy situations this season, but he appears to be developing some consistency in his role. He rushed for a career-high 105 yards on 16 carries in the win against the Bengals, but hasn’t scored a TD since Week 4. In the last two games, he has 34 carries for 194 yards, so it appears he’s going to be getting a decent workload moving forward. That makes Miller a decent selection in this thin week.
Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: James is also a good choice for fantasy owners in need. He posted 28 rush attempts for 158 yards and a score against the Seahawks, and also threw in a passing TD that was just about the last thing Seattle expected. We don’t think James will get as many touches against the Dolphins--the Bucs were playing with a lead much of the game--but he should perform well enough to provide good value in fantasy this week.
One situation to watch, however, is the possible return of No. 1 RB Doug Martin. It’s conceivable that he could be healthy enough to play on Monday.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: Wallace was a boom-or-bust play earlier in the year, but seems to have leveled off somewhere in the middle recently. He’s coming off a six-catch, 82-yard performance against Cincinnati, and though that’s far from the stellar numbers he’s capable of posting, it’s better than nothing. The only unsettling thing here is that Wallace hasn’t scored since Week 2. That said, he’s still an every-week starter in fantasy, just keep your fingers crossed.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Save possibly for Doug Martin and Darrelle Revis, Jackson is the most talented player on the Bucs team. He ended a streak of solid performances with a yucky two-catch, 11-yard outing against the Seahawks last week, and probably lost a few fantasy games in the process. Still, V-Jax isn’t someone you take out of your lineup, and he should bounce back against the Dolphins.
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