This Thursday’s football scene will feature the vaunted New England Patriots against the rejuvenated Miami Dolphins. The Pats are trying to stay perfect in their campaign to reach back-to-back Super Bowls while Miami seems to be steering the ship in the right direction. For fantasy owners, this AFC showdown had the potential to be a good one. Here are the players that should start and sit for this matchup.
Start – Ryan Tannehill: Ryan Tannnehill humbled the lowly Texans last week with a 94.7 completion percentage. The fourth year QB has had some great games in terms of fantasy production numbers this season, but his good fortune could be a side effect of the quality of his opponents. Against some of the better defenses in the league (the Bills and the Jets), Tannehill had multiple interceptions, so look for the Pats to try to put pressure on him to throw the ball more and make mistakes. New England has been winning, but it’s defense has given up some big plays this season. If Tannehill can come out guns blazing, he should put on another solid performance.
Start – Lamar Miller: Miller had 175 rushing yards last week against a defense that features J.J. Watt. He even had 35 fantasy points in the first half alone. The Pats defense had been giving up huge rushing yards in the beginning of games( they let Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle have his way with them in the first quarter) and Miller is poised to take advantage of that. After having a shaky start in the beginning of the season, Miller has put up two solid performances in the last few games. He has an even bigger chance to do some damage if Tannehill starts to tear New England’s secondary apart, which will open up the ground attack.
Start – Jarvis Landry: Something about Landry makes me start him every Sunday. Good thing I’ve gone against my better judgment because, like the rest of his team, Landry has turned around his level of play with the departure of Joe Philbin. Jarvis put up only 86 yards last week, but he also pulled in 2 TDs in the process. As a solid target for Tannehill, look for Landry to have a good showing as long as Malcom Butler continues to ease off his coverages.
Sit – LaGarette Blount: Blount seems to be suffering from the same problem a lot of players deal with after having a great season. Like them, Blount can’t seem to get back to the type of productivity he displayed in his 2014 campaign. Last week, Blount recorded -3 yards on 3 attempts. His highest total this season has been 93 yards against a troubled Colts team. Even if Blount manages to pull out a monster game, I wouldn’t risk a roster spot for him, especially with New England deciding to abandon the run game at times.
Sit – Danny Amendola: Amendola has a chance to put up great numbers. He is always good for a big play every now and then. But, unlike most QBs who throw to the open guy when their main target is double covered, Tom Brady still throws to the main guy. On Thursday night, you can bet on Brady looking to Gronkowski or Edelman for a a huge gain before anyone, especially late in the game. Don’t waste a start on Amendola when there are plenty or other quality wideouts playing on Sunday.