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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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AFC East Preview: The Week Ahead 12/15

Before I get to the weekly preview, please don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @phinnation.  Now, it’s onto week 15 in the NFL season.  Week 14 saw 3 of the 4 teams in the AFC East come out victorious.  Here’s a recap of week 14 and a look at what’s on tap for week 15:

New England Patriots (11-2)

The Patriots have all but clinched the AFC East and are closing in on wrapping up the #1 seed and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.  Last week they steamrolled the Chicago Bears in a game played in near blizzard like conditions.  This week, they host the Green Bay Packers in a game that probably won’t feature the Brady vs. Rodgers matchup we had hoped for.  The Pats are on a roll and should continue rolling this week.

New York Jets (9-4)

The Jets are in a tailspin.  Their fans are questioning how good the team is.  The ‘Same Old Jets’ verse has been repeated constantly this week.  The Jets played terribly on Sunday against the Dolphins (whom didn’t play much better!).  This week, they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.  The Jets offense has scored 9 points in the last 2 games, combined.  Now they head to Pittsburgh to play the defensive minded Steelers.

Miami Dolphins (7-6)

The Dolphins offense was atrocious on Sunday against the Jets.  But their Defense and Punter won the game for them 10-6.  The Dolphins pretty much need to win out and hope for some help to make the playoffs this year.  They need to win games at home, where they are only 1-5 so far this year.  They also need to get out of this pattern of win one, lose one, win one, lose one.  This week, they host the 3-10 Buffalo Bills in a must win game.  BUT, if they can finish 9-7 or 10-6, this season should be looked at as a success.  The biggest question facing the Dolphins for the rest of 2010 and 2011 is at QB.  Can Chad Henne be that guy?  We’ll see what the organization thinks in the offseason.

Buffalo Bills (3-10)

The Bills beat a previously impressive Cleveland Browns team.  The Bills themselves are 3-10, but have played some teams very tough.  They should’ve beaten the Steelers earlier this year in OT.  This week they head to Miami to take on our beloved Dolphins.

Other Notable Games:

Jacksonville @ Indy – The Dolphins should be rooting for Jacksonville to win to give Indy their 7th loss of the season.

New Orleans @ Baltimore – Phin Nation is proudly behind Who Dat nation this week.  The Phins need to win out and the Ravens to lose out to take their playoff spot.

San Francisco @ San Diego – As we mentioned in our post yesterday, the Dolphins need to win out and for the Chargers to lose one of their remaining games.  The 9ers could help the Dolphins hopes stay alive.