One week into the 2013 season and the Miami Dolphins are 1-0, after beating the Cleveland Browns in an away game last Sunday. This week they will hit the road once more to face a team that many would describe as stiffer competition. Similar to the Dolphins, the Indianapolis Colts are off to a great start. Going into Week Two of Fantasy Football the Dolphins have a decent chance of pulling off a win, but whom you pick to start or sit this week could determine whether your league does the same.
During the week 1 Fantasy preview it was advised that running back, Lamar Miller be sat due to the improved Browns’ defense. Considering at the conclusion of the game Miller had only amassed for three rushing and seven receiving yards, sitting him was the right move. Going into week 2, this is Miller’s chance to prove himself to those who vouched for him. In the off-season NFL Fantasy analyst viewed him as a great late round pick. However, many people who made the pick are now regretting it.
Last week, when the Oakland Raiders faced the Colts defense they took full advantage of a defense with some weak spots. They finished the day with 33 rushes and 171 yards (13 carries and 113 yards came from quarterback, Terrelle Pryor). After week 1 the Colts defense ranks second to last (31st) in opposing rushing yards.
This week, if you haven’t dropped Miller from your team yet, give him another shot on this penetrable defense. There’s nothing like a player who fails one week and powers through at the next given chance to remind people why they believed in him.
Another player whose frustrations were felt following last week’s win was wide receiver, Mike Wallace. Despite the Dolphins success on offense, Wallace finished the game with 1 catch for 15 yards. Fantasy Football league owners shared the same dismay. Wallace’s first comments following the game were viewed as a player angry with his coach, Joe Philbin, for his lack of play. However, he quickly clarified his initial statements.
"I was upset with myself," he said. "It wasn't really anything else to do with anything. I would've told you the same thing regardless. If you ask me about the plays, I don't really have the answer. That's all I meant by that."
Similar to Miller, Wallace is a player that is antsy to hit the field Sunday afternoon and make his mark. During last Sunday’s game he served as a $60 million decoy, but in turn he allowed for other pass options to reap the reward. It’s all part of being a team player.
In Week two, Wallace is sure to face the same challenges of defenders double- teaming him down the field. He’s played the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium during his days as a Pittsburg Steeler and played well (Steelers won). Considering this isn’t Wallace’s first rodeo, he should get the start this week. Dolphins have a good momentum going and Wallace is a player that settles for nothing but the best.
If wide receiver Brian Hartline was started last week, you didn’t regret it. Going into week one it was believed that Hartline would reap the benefits of Wallace taking up a lot of the secondary’s attention. Hartline ended the game with 9 catches, 114 yards and 1 touchdown.
Week one served as a reminder that he and Tannehill are a great match and know how to make plays when it matters. For this week’s match up, not much else can be said. He deserves the start, because he will get you good points once again.
Former Dolphin cornerback Vontae Davis (who now plays for the Colts) knows facing Hartline and Wallace will be an easy task.
“Everybody knows Mike can run,” Davis said. “He’s a fast guy, got a lot of ability and I’m pretty sure they’re looking forward to using Mike to make different mismatches. We got a challenge ahead of us with Mike Wallace and also Brian Hartline.”
Last but not least, the Miami Dolphins’ defense. They had an exceptional performance last week and finished the game with three interceptions, six sacks, one forced fumble and allowing only ten points. This defense needs to bring that same heat going into Sunday afternoon.
The Colt’s offensive line struggled last week. Luck was sacked four times. Adding insult to injury, during Thursday’s practice the Colts lost starting running back, Vick Ballard. He tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. This is a substantial blow for an already stressed offense. The Dolphins’ defense is sure to take advantage of this mismatch. Make sure you give them the nod in your league this week. This is a defense that shows no signs of stopping. They’re just getting warmed up.
The last time the Dolphins faced the Colts was last year when they lost 23-20. Luck was on fire with 433 passing yards. This game is sure to be action packed with two talented quarterbacks facing each other once again. After the momentum of last week’s wins from both teams, players are hitting the field excited to keep it going. As a result there will be big plays and that can only mean one thing for Fantasy Football, more points and potential league domination.
Stay tuned next week for Week Three’s Fantasy Football preview!
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