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Miami Dolphins Fantasy Outlook Week 7
- RB Daniel Thomas – Thomas has been one of the few bright spots on this dismal 2011 team and he has been one of the better fantasy players on the Dolphins as well. In the three games he has played this season he had 8, 13, and 2 points. I know, not much there at all to be a fantasy starter on your team, BUT he has been running extremely well and after Matt Moore stunk Monday night, the Dolphins should be running Thomas “Moore”…The match up favors Thomas even if the Denver Broncos are statistically giving up the 5th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs because last week the San Diego Chargers rushed for 196 yards. A weakness has been found in their run defense, so hopefully the coaches notice it and give Thomas the rock. I expect at least 15 fantasy points from him and would start him as a low end RB2 or solid RB3 or Flex option.
- WR Brandon Marshall – “The Monster” scared a lot of fantasy owners this past week with the whole “I’m gunna get kicked out” thing, but it really didn’t matter because he didn’t produce for fantasy anyway (New Nicknames: “The Bed Bug” or “The Dropinator”?). However, hidden in his solid 6 catch 109 yard outing was multiple red zone targets and with red zone targets come touchdowns which equals big points. Not to mention he had those stats on the BEST cornerback in the league, Darrelle Revis. His stats should be better on the previously known BEST cornerback in the league, Champ Bailey, who he will see for the most part on Sunday. He’s playing against his ex-team so he has a big incentive to have a big performance. I’d rate Marshall as a low end WR1 or a high WR2. This game could be the week he really shows why he wants to be known as “The Monster”.
- Don’t play ANYONE else – Their is no one else on the Miami Dolphins that is worth starting in a smaller league of 10-12.
- QB Colt McCoy – This season Cleveland Browns quarter back, Colt McCoy, hasn’t thrown less then 32 pass attempts. The Browns are down a lot forcing him to throw tons every game. He has posted fantasy outings of 12, 8, 12, 19, and 12 points. This week the Browns are the lucky team versing the Seattle Seahawks. They are already an awful team, and they got a lot worse having lost their top corner back Marcus Trufant to injury. McCoy should be able to put up around 200 yards and 2 touchdowns against them so if you have Brady, Vick, E.Manning, or Fitzpatrick and need a guy to throw in there to start because of bye weeks, pick up McCoy and plug him in, you may be pleasantly surprised with how well he produces.
- RB LaDainian Tomlinson – The former TCU great and ex Charger is taking on the team that let him go two years ago. He has had the bulk of his hall of fame career in San Diego, so he has a huge chip on his shoulder this week. I mean who lets the best player they have ever had walk? I didn’t get it then and I don’t now, he gave his heart and soul into that team who cares if he wasn’t producing 20 TD’s a year. Okay besides the point, he should go off this week simply off of wanting to show the Chargers they made a mistake. All players in any sport that face their old teams want to have a big day against them and LT is no different. He’s getting the start for the New York Jets and from the first snap he’s going to be looking for payback. I’m projecting huge numbers from Tomlinson. I’d go 90 yards on the ground with 2 TD’s. I’d start him as a high end RB2.
- WR Nate Washington - It’s time for Washington to make his mark in Tennessee as the number one wide receiver (at least till Britt is back). He’s been a solid player all season even before the Kenny Britt injury, totaling 28 catches for 389 yards and a TD. However, those stats are not fantasy start worthy outside of his week 3 performance against the Denver Broncos (Brandon Marshall’s got em this week, start him!). The Houston Texans are giving the 12th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so start Washington this week.
- WR Eric Decker – Decker has already produced well this season with 22 receptions for 266 yards and 4 TD’s. Now he is the number one wide out in Denver so he has the opportunity to shine from here on out. The downside is he’s catching balls from Tim Tebow the soon to be half back. Decker can put up big numbers, so if you need a last wide receiver to put in your lineup Decker is a high risk, high reward guy.
- TE Ben Watson – With Colt McCoy slinging the ball all around the field, his favorite target should clean up this week. Watson should be able to carve up the dreadful Seattle Seahawks defense for a good outing of around 10-20 points. If you have players on a bye week, bad match ups, or a guy like Antonio Gates who won’t be playing at his top potential, take a fly on Watson. He could bust out for a big fantasy day.