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Field Your Fantasy: Week 8 Preview

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

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Is Dolphins’ Brandon Marshall close to finally blowing up?

It’s been a relatively quiet week around the Miami Dolphins….Until today, when Brandon Marshall and many other Dolphins met with the media.  Well, it wasn’t completely quiet, if you consider the 12th time the Dolphins have cut Rey Feinga (poor guy!).  Anyway, after practice today, Brandon Marshall went on a verbal tirade as chronicled in the Palm Beach Post report found here.  Here are a few of our favorite comments from his tirade:

“I’ve been living in a bubble a little bit trying to control myself instead of being me,”

“Hey man, I’m just going to let it out. I don’t care if they have two or three cameras on me, I don’t care if I have penalties, it doesn’t matter,”

“I don’t know if it’s throwing a football 15 yards in the bleachers and getting a 15-yard (penalty), or punting the ball and getting thrown out of the game, something’s going to happen. I’ll probably get kicked out after the second quarter.”

“I might get in a fight with Bart Scott, (Antonio) Cromartie – we used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, that happens.”

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The Week Ahead for the Miami Dolphins and Division Foes Week 5 Edition

Hey PhinNation readers, before I get into my football analysis I figured I would write a few brief sentences about who I am. To start I am a 17 year-old student in Massachusetts. I may be younger than most, but my knowledge is extensive. I have been a Miami Dolphins fan for my entire life and have researched almost all of the important happenings that occurred before my birth with the team. I am a huge fantasy football junkie and also love the Boston Celtics, Red Sox, and Bruins. If there is anything else you want to know don’t hesitate to leave me some comments after the post or hit me up on twitter @ PhinNationBK.

Week 4 was a bad week for the AFC East as the New England Patriots were the only team to win in a 31 – 19 victory @ Oakland. The Dolphins were beaten as most expected by the San Diego Chargers, in a game in which Dolphins quarterback, Chad Henne, was knocked out in the first quarter with a separated shoulder. Matt Moore relieved him and wasn’t awful statistically, going 17 for 26 and 167 yards with one interception. The New York Jets were destroyed on Sunday night football by the Baltimore Ravens and a defense that forced 4 turnovers with three going back for six points. Lastly, the Buffalo Bills were handed their first loss by the Cincinnati Bengals with a last minute field goal. That is what happened in week 4, lets preview whats going to happen in week 5 starting with the first place team in the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills…I know, still shocking.

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Dolphins News: Jake Long likely to sit, Marshall will not be suspended, Mando’s Henne thoughts

On Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins prepared for their final preseason game of the 2011, against the Dallas Cowboys.  Dolphins coach Sparano didn’t give away too many secrets about who’s going to play and who’s not.  However, you can expect that the starters will likely see very limited time, if they play at all.  The game will be used mostly, to evaluate the younger players on the roster.  The Dolphins need to trim their roster to the final 53 by next week.  But keep in mind, the final 53 might not be the FINAL 53.  After the final cuts next week, the Dolphins will likely look to pickup an acorn or 2, as Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland likes to call them.  One would have to guess that one of those acorns would be some offensive line help.  That’s a story for another day.  Here’s a look at some of the latest Dolphins news:

Jake Long to sit?

The Dolphins 3 time pro bowl LT, Jake Long, is likely to miss the 4th and final preseason game of the year.  He hasn’t played in a preseason game yet, but has been working out with the Dolphins at practice.  Long suffered an injury during the final preseason game of 2010 and the injury has lingered.  The Dolphins really need Long on the field during the regular season…that goes without saying….especially with the anxiety caused by the current offensive line.  Lydon Murtha is currently injured as well, which would lead us to believe that Chad Henne will not play tomorrow night.  Why would Sparano put his starting QB into a game, when he is missing his top 2 LT’s?

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Are we FINALLY seeing Chad Henne progress for the Dolphins?

This entire offseason, we talked about the Miami Dolphins need to upgrade the quarterback position.  We said that the Dolphins either needed a clear improvement from Chad Henne or to go out and get a veteran QB that could lead this team to the playoffs.  Full disclosure, we wanted the Dolphins to go out and acquire Kyle Orton…though we want to be clear that we weren’t bandwagon jumpers, since we first suggested in early May, in the midst of the Lockout.

The Dolphins failed in their attempts to bring in a veteran QB to challenge Henne for the Dolphins starting QB spot. Like many Dolphins fans, we were upset and annoyed by Henne’s first preseason game against the Falcons.  4 of 8 for 75 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs?  It certainly wasn’t the way we wanted to see Henne start out the 2011 preseason for the Dolphins.  However, you have to look at what Chad has done over the past 2, more meaningful (if there is such a thing) preseason games.  He looked sharp against the Panthers and I would go as far as to say he looked great against the Buccaneers.  The Dolphins young QB has amassed a QB passer rating of 93.3 this preseason.  While that’s not elite, it’s much better than his 75.4 career average.  Yes, we know it’s the preseason and we’ll believe more in Chad once he does this when regular season starts.  But, you have to be encouraged by Henne’s performances and Brian Daboll’s new offense.


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Why Carson Palmer is the right choice for the Miami Dolphins…

Today, we continue our series of posts, covering the various veteran QB options that might be available to the Miami Dolphins this offseason.  Yesterday, we explored the option of having Vince Young a the QB the Dolphins could bring in to compete with Chad Henne.  Today, we’re going to look at Bengals quarterback, Carson Palmer.

Palmer is currently under contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.  However, earlier this offseason he threatened to retire if he isn’t traded or released by the team.  The Bengals’ owner publicly said that the Bengals would NOT trade or release Palmer.  Then, the Bengals fell in love with Andy Dalton leading up to the draft and were able to select him early in the 2nd round.  With selection of Dalton, it is more likely that the  Bengals are simply playing poker and plan to trade Palmer.  The prevailing thought is that Palmer would cost the Dolphins their first round pick in 2012.  We’re not so sure they’re going to get that steep of a price, but that’s what they’re going to ask for.

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Dolphins embarrass themselves, Sparano in 38-7 loss to Pats

Embarrassing….Deflating….Ugly….Atrocious….Lethargic….All of those words can be used to describe the Miami Dolphins pitiful display on Sunday against the New England Patriots.  The Dolphins came into the game at 7-8 and needed a win to finish at .500.  Amid rampant speculation regarding his future with the team, Tony Sparano’s players didn’t exactly do much to save his job.   The Dolphins were dominated from the opening kickoff.  The Defense couldn’t stop the Patriots.  The Offense, qb switching and all, couldn’t move the ball against the Patriots defense.  Heck, the Special Teams even contributed, allowing a punt return for TD.  Horrendous play by what appeared to be a Dolphins team that was more concerned about vacation plans than playing the Patriots.

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The Patriots jumped out early and seemed to score at will.  The Dolphins had Chad Henne at QB, then Tyler Thigpen, then Henne, then Thigpen, then Henne…It truly looked like the qb’s were asked to pick a number between 1 and 100 before each series, with the winner getting to play.  Ridiculous.  Both were ineffective, but Thigpen ended with a TD at least.  Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins only bright spot for the most part, seemed extremely upset during the game.  At one point, Thigpen threw a ball up for grabs and Marshall came down with it and motioned to the sideline (at Henne apparently) as if to say “throw it up and let me make a play”.  However, as the season has gone, the very next ball went to Marshall…and he dropped an easy reception.  He ended the day with 5 catches for 97 yards, which put him over 1,000 yards for the season.

It speaks volumes for a ‘running team’ to have their backup QB as their leading rusher for the game.  Thigpen finished with 3 carries for 21 yards.  Ricky and Ronnie combined for 12 carries and 19 yards.  Unacceptable.

The defense, which had been the strong suit of the team, allowed Tom Brady to move the ball at will, even without Wes Welker and Deion Branch in the lineup.  The Patriots totaled 502 total yards, with 321 through the air and 181 on the ground.  Pitiful defensive performance.

Coming into this game I was thinking of writing a post this week endorsing Tony Sparano.  I thought he did a great job of motivating the team and that he deserved one more year to see if he could make the team into a contender.  However, after seeing the team play on Sunday, I’m seriously reconsidering.

We’ll have full coverage of all coaching news at PhinNation.com and on Twitter (@phinnation) .  As of Sunday night, Tom Coughlin is staying in New York and Gary Kubiak is staying in Houston.  That crosses two teams off the list of Bill Cowher’s reported wish list.  This could mean he’s destined for Miami or it could mean nothing at all.  One thing is for sure, it’s going to be an interesting few weeks for the Miami Dolphins; Only not for the reasons they wanted (playoffs).

Miami Dolphins News and Notes 12/30

As we trudge towards the finale of the 2010 season for the Miami Dolphins, many fans are already looking ahead to 2011 and what that may bring.  Who will be coaching?  Who will be playing QB?  Will there even be a season with the labor negotiations in peril?  There will be plenty of time to dissect and over-analyze all of that in the weeks and months to come.  Here’s a look at what’s going on around the Miami Dolphins this week:

Pro Bowl Bound

Cameron Wake, the NFL sack leader with 14 sacks, is headed to the Pro Bowl.  He’ll be joined on the AFC squad by teammate Jake Long at the left tackle position.  This marks Wake’s first Pro Bowl and Long’s third in three years in the league.  Congratulations to Jake and Wake!

Injuries Mount

Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel takes a look at the Dolphins injuries heading into week 17 against the New England Patriots.   Karlos Dansby, Nolan Carroll, Anthony Fasano, and Lydon Murtha could all miss the season finale against the Pats.  The Dolphins will look to finish at 8-8 on the season in a game that they should be playing against mostly backups for the Pats.

Parcells DID NOT talk to Ross about Sparano?

The NFL network reported yesterday that the Dolphins previous Football Czar, Bill Parcells, spoke with Stephen Ross about retaining Tony Sparano for one more year.  Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald refutes that report and says that conversation did not happen.

Why to watch the finale Sunday?

Matty over at Thephinsider.com gives us 7 reasons to watch the game on Sunday.  We’ll be watching to see how much fire the team plays with.  Could this be the end of Chad Henne’s reign?  Can Brandon Marshall break the team records for receptions?

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