Fantasy Football 2014: Bills at Dolphins 11/13/14 Week 11 Preview
Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Miami Dolphins (5-4)
Thursday, November 13, 2014 8:25 PM ET
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off Week 11 in the NFL on “Thursday Night Football” we have an AFC East battle between the Bills and the Dolphins. Buffalo (5-4) is coming off a close loss to the Chiefs, while the Dolphins (5-4) dropped one to the Lions in Week 10.
There will be some noteworthy fantasy names out on the field for this one, and they’ll dictate how your own games will go this week. Let’s check out some of the notable players and see what we should be expecting from our lineups.
Kyle Orton, QB, Buffalo Bills: If you’re using Orton in fantasy, you’re either filling in a bye in a deep format or you’re one of his relatives. That said, he’s not an altogether awful option; at least he takes care of the ball. He had 259 yards and one touchdown in the Week 10 loss, adding a paltry three yards rushing on two carries.
We don’t expect Orton to go off this week, obviously, but if you’re stuck you could theoretically do worse.
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: There wasn’t a single Dolphin that elicited much excitement in fantasy terms during Week 10, and that includes Tannehill. His saving grace wasn’t present (zero rush yards), and he threw for just 201 yards, one TD and one pick.
Tannehill’s no starter in fantasy, but does make a serviceable backup during certain conditions. One of those will be getting those rush yards back up this week.
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills: There was quite a bit of confusion in the Buffalo backfield heading into last week, what with Jackson back on the field. He ended up with just three carries for 10 yards, but partially made up for it on four catches for 39 more.
Week 10 was Bryce Brown’s time. He had seven carries for 35 yards and led the team in receiving on six grabs for 65 more. With Jackson, Brown and Anthony Dixon all in the mix for Thursday, it’s looking to be a hot mess in the Buffalo backfield once again. Tread with caution.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins: As a team, Miami rushed for just 50 yards on 19 carries against the Lions, sour numbers by any measure. Thomas was pretty ugly, posting just five totes for 14 yards (2.8 YPC average). On this day, Damien Williams was the best option, posting 61 total yards in the loss and a team-high seven carries.
With all the uncertainty in the Miami backfield right now, it’s probably best to steer clear of everyone if you can.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: Watkins is a boom-or-bust fantasy play, and this week was certainly more on the “bust” side. He posted just four grabs for 27 yards, and was missing that one big play that thrusts him into the fantasy spotlight during good weeks.
If Watkins can break one, he’s a great play. If not, he’ll probably be a disappointment. That’s just how it is, and the risk is yours to take.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: It was a pretty dreary day for Miami fantasy purposes, but Wallace didn’t do too badly. He came up with five grabs for 51 yards and a touchdown, earned from two yards out.
Wallace has been pretty reliable as a fantasy contributor this season, but it seems like he has to score to make an impact. Fortunately, he does that pretty often, so he’s a safer bet than most at his level.
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