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Mike Wallace prepared for former team
"I already know how my welcome is going to be -- it's not going to be too pretty," Wallace said after Tuesday's practice. "I'm looking forward to it, though. It's exciting."
Wallace enters the week riding his best two-game stretch of the season. He has 12 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns in the last two weeks, and now gets to face a Steelers secondary that has struggled recently.
Four of the Steelers' last five opponents have racked up at least 24 Fantasy points from the receiving crops, a feat that was matched just once in the first seven games of the season. During this five-game stretch, opposing wideouts are averaging 29.8 Fantasy points per game, a mark that would lead the league for a full season.
Wallace has been a pretty big disappointment in his first season in Miami, but his recent play is encouraging. Consider him a solid starting Fantasy option for Week 14.
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Lamar Miller faces tough matchup again
Miller is dealing with a pectoral injury that limited him Thursday, but it does not seem likely to keep him off the field this week. Unfortunately, coming off a 72 yards on 22 carries performance, Miller has to face a defense that has held opposing backs to just 69.8 rushing yards per game over the last four.
Miller hasn't developed as a feature back for the Dolphins this season, but they showed a willingness to give him a big role last week. Unfortunately, against a tough matchup, Miller should be considered a low-end starting option for Week 14.
Chris Prosinski leaves with head injury
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Vernon Davis hoping to extend scoring streak
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Le'Veon Bell in line for big week
Bell was cleared for full practice Thursday, and looks to be on track to play this Sunday, barring a setback. He will have a great matchup to attack if he is able to take the field, as the Dolphins have been one of the league's worst defenses when it comes to stopping the run.
Opposing running backs have totaled just 22 points over the last two games, but that appears to be an outlier, based on the season as a whole. Miami ranks 25th in the league in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs this season, at 19.7 per game. The Dolphins have allowed 12 touchdowns to running backs this season, though none have come over the last three games.
Bell appears likely to play this week, though he does have to pass one more test before being cleared for Sunday. If he does play, he could be in line for yet another strong performance. At this point, Bell looks like he should be considered a solid starting Fantasy option in all formats.
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Steelers could slow Ryan Tannehill down
"He's clearly playing better," Joe Philbin told ESPN.com Wednesday. "You can look [at it] on a piece of paper and say he's playing better. I think overall, he has more command of the offense, his decision-making has improved and this is an important game for everybody."
Despite his improvement, Tannehill might struggle to reach 300 yards for the third time, as he has to face a Steelers defense that holds opposing quarterbacks to 237 passing yards per game, the ninth-fewest in the league. Quarterbacks are averaging just 16.2 Fantasy points per game against the Steelers as well.
Furthermore, the weather in Pittsburgh Sunday calls for a chance of snow. Tannehill has never played in snow, but said he is not overly concerned about it affecting his game.
"If it's snowing, I've heard it's not too bad," Tannehill said. "It's actually nice to play in it. From the guys just in the locker room talking, Matt [Moore] played in the snow a few times. He said it's nice. It doesn't affect the ball."
Even coming off arguably the best stretch of his career, Tannehill isn't the type of quarterback you start against just any defense. With this matchup, Tannehill should probably be considered just a low-end Fantasy option for Week 14.
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Michael Crabtree aiming for more targets
Finally healthy and out of the injury report,
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Ben Roethlisberger rolls into tough matchup
"He's an excellent quarterback overall," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin told ESPN.com Wednesday. "He can make every single throw that you want to make. He is a big man. He has outstanding awareness in the pocket. He's hard to get on the ground because he's big and physical."
Roethlisberger enters Week 14 with 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his last five games, after a slow start that saw him throw just one more touchdown than interception in the first seven games of the season. Despite his strong play, the Dolphins might have some success slowing Roethlisberger down, as they have been one of the league's best defenses against the pass.
Only three teams allow fewer than the 13.5 Fantasy points per game the Dolphins are surrendering at this point. Roethlisberger puts a three-game streak without an interception on the line against a defense that has at least one pick in all but one game this season.
This isn't a great matchup for Roethlisberger, despite entering the week on a roll. Fantasy owners should consider him to be more of a low-end starting option for Week 14.
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Anquan Boldin has not fared well in the past vs. Seattle
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Frank Gore hoping to get back on track
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