Fantasy Football 2015: Giants at Dolphins Week 14 Preview
New York Giants (5-7) at Miami Dolphins (5-7)
Monday, December 14, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out our Week 14 NFL schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got a pretty good-looking matchup looming between the Giants and the Dolphins. New York (5-7) lost to the Jets for the first time since 1993 in a close overtime game in Week 13, while Miami (5-7) edged out the Ravens in their last appearance.
We will see plenty of notable fantasy football players out on the field for this one, so let’s take a closer look at a few of the key contributors on both sides so we can figure out what we should be expecting from our rosters in Week 14.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Manning put up another “meh” game against the Jets, logging 18-of-34 passing for 297 yards, one TD and a pick.
That breaks a string of three straight two-TD games Manning had since his epic six-touchdown effort against the Saints. He’s still putting up reasonable numbers more often than not, but remains more of a low-end fantasy option for most purposes.
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: The Ravens-Dolphins game was pretty ugly, and Tannehill can thank his defense for the victory. He only went 9-of-19 for a meager 86 yards and a touchdown, adding one 11-yard rush to the mix.
Aside from Davante Parker, no Dolphins receiver had more than five yards--yuck. Tannehill takes a major step back after throwing seven touchdowns over a three-game span. That said, he’s a low-end fantasy play against a flimsy Giants secondary.
Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Jennings did next to nothing against the Jets, as did the rest of the Giants rushers. He put up five carries for just 14 yards, and added a 19-yard catch.
Jennings was out-touched on rushes by Orleans Darkwa (eight) and Andre Williams (six) as the Giants attempted to get something going on the ground (it didn’t work) in Week 13. None of these guys is a good fantasy play, so you should stay back unless you’re desperate.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: For the most part, Miller has been decent this year. He put up 20 rushes for 113 yards and one catch for five yards against the Ravens, by far the biggest offensive contributor of the day for the Phins.
Miller bounces back here after an ugly outing against the Jets in Week 12. The bad news about him is that he has just six catches over the past three weeks, after getting 18 in the three-week span before that. If he can get those catches rolling in again here, he’ll make a nice flex play.
Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: What can we say about Beckham that hasn’t already been said? The guy is great; he made several stunning catches against the Jets, including a 72-yard catch-and-run TD near the end of the first half. He’d finish with six grabs for 149 yards and the score.
Beckham is about the only thing working well for the Giants offense right now; he’s got at least 104 yards in his past five games straight, putting up six touchdowns in that span. Obviously, he’s a no-duh, automatic start everywhere in fantasy.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: The aforementioned Davante Parker was the only real contributor through the air in Week 13, posting three grabs for 63 yards and a score. That left Landry with a paltry two grabs for five yards.
Landry floundered after putting up a stellar 13 catches for 165 yards and a score against the Jets, and he probably burned a lot of fantasy owners in the process. We think the Dolphins pass game will get it going a bit better here, though, so he’s a WR3/flex consideration in fantasy.
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