Fantasy Football 2015: Dolphins at Patriots Week 8 Preview
Miami Dolphins (3-3) at New England Patriots (6-0)
Thursday, October 29, 2015; 8:25 PM ET
TV: CBS, NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 8 NFL schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got a big AFC East matchup looming between the Dolphins and Patriots. Miami (3-3) was able to cruise to a win over the Texans in their last outing, while the Patriots (6-0) took care of the Jets in Week 7. You can throw the records out the proverbial window here, however, as divisional games rarely hold true to trends.
There will be plenty of notable fantasy football contributors on the field for this one, so let’s take a look at a few key names from each side to see what we should be expecting.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Tannehill hasn’t quite lived up to fantasy expectations this season, but he surpassed anyone’s wildest estimations in Week 7. He threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns on 18-of-19 passing. He even set a new consecutive completions record (26).
Tannehill totaled six touchdowns and seven interceptions in his previous three games, so this was definitely a pick-me-up outing for him. He’s still a lower-end/bye-week option in fantasy but a pretty good one.
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Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Brady has been as solid as ever this season, and he continued that trend in Week 7. He tossed for 355 yards and two touchdowns, also leading the team in rushing with 15 yards and another TD.
Brady now has seven passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in his last three games alone. As always, he’s an automatic start in every fantasy format.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: Many fantasy owners had all but given up on Miller before his breakout performance in Week 7. He logged 175 yards and a score on the ground with three grabs for 61 yards and another TD.
That’s two good weeks in a row for Miller, who came out of the gate flailing. He’s worked his way into the RB2/flex conversation in fantasy, and he should have another nice game.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: The Patriots backfield is always a gamble in every week, and those betting on Blount in Week 7 lost big. He rushed three times for minus-3 yards and had no catches.
That’s a sharp contrast from Week 6 against Indy when Blount bagged 93 yards on the ground with two total touchdowns. He’s still a flex play, but carries some risk as usual--don’t be surprised if he bombs again.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami Dolphins: Matthews was overshadowed by Jarvis Landry in Week 7 (five receptions; 83 yards; 2 TD) but still came away with a nice line. He posted three grabs for 75 yards and a 53-yard score.
Matthews has been hot and cold this year; he’s got a 113-yard, 2-TD game under his belt and now this solid outing. He’s still a lower-end option but should be one of the first names you look at for a bye-week replacement in fantasy.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Those fantasy owners who reached on Gronkowski in the draft are pretty happy right now; he’s coming off a nice game, with 11 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown to lead the team.
New York had no answer for Gronk; most teams have trouble with him. He goes into Week 8 as the top tight end in fantasy once again and should have another great outing.
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