Opponent: Miami Dolphins
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium (Home)
Despite his team losing badly it was a good week as a player for Ryan Fitzpatrick as he successfully exploited the flaws in New England’s secondary. Miami has plenty of problems there too making Fitzpatrick an intriguing option in the mix of QBs ranked 10-16. I like him ahead of guys like Romo, Dalton and Flacco.
With Fred Jackson out this week with a concussion, we can expect C.J. Spiller to get a much heavier workload this week and head coach Chan Gailey has already hinted as much. With that said the Dolphins run defense has been pretty good overall this year so if Spiller does get big production it is more likely to be through the air – not a big problem considering that he is one of the better screen pass running backs in the league and even splits out as a wide receiver on some sets. For anyone wondering – no, don’t bother to pick up Tashard Choice. He may get a few added touches this week but I doubt he does anything meaningful except maybe vulture a TD which is unlikely.
A good week for Ryan Fitzpatrick meant a good week for Stevie Johnson despite the thigh injury he was carrying. This week the thigh shouldn’t be an issue and he wasn’t even listed on the team’s injury report on Tuesday. Deploy him as per normal – low end WR2. His partner Donald Jones also had a good game last week and it was he who padded his stats with a score. With T.J. Graham apparently struggling to learn the offense, Jones is looking more and more like a solid low end flex option and should be started in all leagues 14 teams or deeper.
Scott Chandler has always been a fantasy commodity who is touchdown dependant and this week is no different. The Dolphins have been very tough against TEs with the score to Titan Jared Cook being the first to a TE they had given away all year. Chandler is a solid candidate in the low end TE starter mix but be prepared for disappointment with the boom or bust Bills tight end.