Miami Dolphins Outlook Week 8 Preview
RB Daniel Thomas – This weeks matchup for the Dolphins favors their running backs as the New York Giants are giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing running backs in the last four weeks. Thomas hasn’t been 100% all year and still is the Dolphins leading rusher. He’s good for 20+ touches a game and going forward should be leaned on as he’s the only running back doing anything on this team. I have Daniel Thomas ranked 15th out of running backs ahead of DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart.
Projection : 21 Attempts – 89 yards – 1 TD
2 Catches – 12 yards
WR Brandon Marshall – Brandon Marshall and Daniel Thomas have been the only fantasy relevant players all year for this team and week 8 is no different. Marshall is still getting a ton of targets with 62 total on the season making him the 6th most targeted receiver in the NFL. The targets are a good sign, but in fantasy we need touchdowns for points and that has been the crutch of Marshall’s tenure in Miami, with only 4 total touchdowns in one and a half seasons. This week if he continues to play the way he did vs Darelle Revis and Champ Bailey, then he should go off against a depleted New York Giants secondary. I’d rank Brandon Marshall as the 13th best wide receiver play this week ahead of guys like DeSean Jackson and Anquan Boldin.
Projection : 8 Catches – 111 yards – 1 TD
My Sleeper Picks for Week 8
QB Matt Cassel - Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs are at home in prime time Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. The Chiefs receiving corp is really starting to make plays with the likes of Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston. They have caught 516 yards and 5 touchdowns from Cassel in the Chiefs last three games. The Chargers defense just gave up 3 touchdown passes from Mark Sanchez so they aren’t playing well right now. The Chiefs will likely be down and he’ll have to sling it for them to have a shot at getting their fourth straight win. I have Matt Cassel ranked as the 13th quarterback play this week.
Projection : 21 for 32 – 240 yard – 3 TD’s / 1 INT
RB Knowshon Moreno - One of my favorite players, Willis McGahee, went into Denver and won the starting running back position away from the former first round pick out of Georgia, Moreno. Ever since McGahee took over Moreno has fallen into obscurity being cut on most fantasy teams. This week Moreno has a chance for redemption, with McGahee out with injury. If Moreno plays well he will definitely be brought back in to the mix and possibly earn his starting spot once again. The match up is favorable as the Detroit Lions are 28th in rush defense so i’m going to go out on the limb and say start Moreno.
Projection : 18 Attempts – 79 yards – 2 TD’s
4 Catches – 21 yards
WR AJ Green - Green has been a fantasy steal this year going in the late rounds of fantasy drafts to not drafted at all. This week the Cincinnati Bengals are facing the Seattle Seahawks who are once again without starting corner back Marcus Trufant. The Bengals have had two weeks to prepare for this game with a bye week, so Green is even better prepared to blow up this week. The Seahawks defense is giving up 250.0 pass yards per game and Green is coming in on a hot streak with a TD in his past two games. All that adds up to fantasy points and a must start this week with AJ Green.
Projection : 10 Catches – 123 yards – 1 TD
WR Nate Washington - I went with Washington last week against the Houston Texans and he choked…BIG TIME. If he can’t do something against the Indianapolis Colts this week then I am giving up on him. The Colts are giving up the most points to opposing wide receivers in fantasy in the past four weeks, so he’s a lock for a good day. Washington is the number one option in Tennessee and with Chris Johnson absolutely sucking they have no choice but to toss the ball through the air. I have Washington ranked as the 18th fantasy wide reciever this week with major upside.
Projection : 6 Catches – 78 yards – 1 TD
TE Visanthe Shiancoe - When Donovan McNabb was benched in Minnesota, I thought that the entire team outside of Adrian Peterson was sent to fantasy hell as I have ZERO confidence in Christian Ponder (I won’t get into why, but I think major bust down the road). However, Shiancoe looked to have major chemistry with the kid and looked to be the safety for Ponder to throw to. This week the Vikings are taking on the Carolina Panthers who gave up 6 catches for 90 yards ans a score to Washington Redskins tight end, Fred Davis. All signs point to Shiancoe having a good fantasy day. I have him ranked as the 10th ranked fantasy tight end this week, ranked higher than Aaron Hernandez (Troy Polamalu made me drop him way down), and Owen Daniels.
Projection : 6 Catches – 59 yards – 2 TD’s
D/ST Denver Broncos - The Tebows, The Dolphin Killers, whatever you want to call this awful team are at home against Detroit on Sunday. All signs point to Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford, playing, but even if he does he won’t nearly be 100%. Detroit is still without their starting running back, Jahvid Best, and have no rushing game without him. The Broncos defense could have a nice fantasy day against the reeling Detroit Lions. I have them ranked 11th over teams like Buffalo, Minnesota, and New Orleans.
Projection : 300 yards – 2 INT – 5 Sacks – 1 FF – 1 TD
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