Given injury, Daniel Thomas' return, Lamar Miller a risky play
Two weeks ago, it looked like Miller might be slated for a starring role for the Dolphins, with Thomas out with an ankle injury. Now, the duo seems likely to go back into the timeshare that limited Miller to few than 15 carries in nine of the first 11 games of the season.
One of Miller's best games of the season did come against this Patriots team in Week 8, as he amassed 89 yards on 18 carries, with 23 yards added on three receptions. Of course, even in that game, Thomas managed to spoil things, ending up with Miami's lone touchdown out of the backfield.
The Patriots allow 17.5 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, a middle-of-the-road number that doesn't exactly scream, "Start me." Our three senior Fantasy football writers have Miller ranked between 33rd and 37th among running backs for Week 15, making him just a low-end option for Sunday's game.
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Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount's roles remain clowdy
Figuring out which
While Vereen's role remains relatively constant given him rare pass-catching abilities, Ridley and Blount are left to fight it out on the ground. Assuming Fantasy owners could know exactly how each player's workload might work out, this looks like a very attractive matchup, against a Dolphins defense that ranks 25th in the league in points per game to opposing running backs.
Ridley carved up the Dolphins for 79 yards and a touchdown in a Week 8 matchup, but he has also seen his role decrease significantly since then due to issues hanging on to the ball. That has opened up a larger role for Blount, who rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries against Miami.
Given the questions about each player's role, it is awfully difficult to start either with confidence. Among our trio of Fantasy experts' rankings for Week 15, Ridley lands inside the top-30 once, and Blount not at all. Both players should be considered risky options even with a solid matchup.
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Shane Vereen faces solid matchup for Sunday
Given his pass-catching skills and the fact that he was the lone back to find the end zone last week, Shane Vereen is looking like the best Fantasy option of the trio. Vereen has appeared in just five games this season, but has already racked up 373 yards on 40 receptions, to go along with 186 yards on the ground on 38 carries.
Despite a recent upward turn, the Dolphins have struggled against running backs this season. Opposing backs up are putting up 19.2 Fantasy points per game against Miami's defense, including 42.0 yards per game through the air, the 12th-highest average in the league.
Vereen could be in position to take advantage of Miami's linebackers, so Fantasy owners will want to keep him in the lineup in all leagues for this pivotal week. He looks like a solid starting matchup for Week 15.
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Tom Brady faces tough first post-Gronk test
The Dolphins have been one of
Brady managed to throw for just one touchdown and 116 yards earlier against the Dolphins, managing just 8 Fantasy points in the game. And that was with Rob Gronkowski in the lineup, a target Brady will not have this Sunday. Brady averaged just 16.0 Fantasy points per game without Gronkowski this season, as opposed to 21.7 in seven games since Gronkowski's season debut.
The Dolphins have allowed just three quarterbacks to top 20 Fantasy points this season, and Brady's track record without Gronkowski makes him becoming the fourth a tall task. Brady's aggregate ranking among our trio of Fantasy football experts this week has him just 14th, with only one putting him among the top-10 for quarterbacks in Week 15. He should be considered a low-end starting option this week.
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Chris Ivory aiming to score in back-to-back games
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Ryan Tannehill looking for first win over Patriots
Tannehill hasn't enjoyed much success against the Patriots in his nearly two-year NFL career. He failed to throw a touchdown in either game against them as a rookie, and matched his two-touchdown performance in a Week 8 game against the Patriots earlier this season with a pair of costly interceptions.
Since that game against Tannehill, the Patriots defense hasn't been particularly great against quarterbacks, however. Opposing passers have racked up 30-plus points in three of five games since, and are averaging 26.2 Fantasy points per game with 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions in that span.
Tannehill's track record against New England doesn't bode well, but there are reasons to think he might be able to turn it around against them. Given his recent play, as well as New England's poor recent track record against the pass, has some upside as a low-end starting option for Week 15.
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DeAngelo Williams could be held in check vs. Jets
With Jonathan Stewart sidelined with an injury,
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Rashad Jennings could be tough to trust vs. Chiefs
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High hopes for Jamaal Charles heading into Week 15
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Cam Newton ready to bounce back against lowly Jets
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