The Miami Dolphins will head south to face a fellow undefeated team, the New Orleans Saints in the raucous Super Dome. Both teams stand at 3-0 and at the conclusion of “Monday Night Football” much will be said about the one team that walks away with the win. The Dolphins can surely secure a win if they’re able to control the Drew Brees and Daniel Graham combo, spread the ball on offense and continue to dominate in the 4th quarter.
Wide receiver, Brian Hartline continues to play well. He’s a dependable receiving option for quarterback, Ryan Tannehill and currently has a team-high of 28 targets. This season he’s 18 for 29, 238 yards (13.2 average) and two touchdowns. ESPN Fantasy Football has him ranked 14th at his position. Most of his success has come on the road. He will need it when he faces the Saints pass defense that’s currently ranked 4th.
Tannehill will need Hartline’s consistency to win this football game. With that being said Hartline will surely be targeted and make the best of each catch. Start him for sure!
New Orleans native, wide receiver Mike Wallace is healthier this week. Last week he was listed on the Dolphins’ injury report with a groin injury. Nonetheless, he still played last week in the team’s home opener against the Atlanta Falcons. He was 2 for 4, 22 yards and no touchdowns. Fantasy owners hoped that with a Mike Wallace pick they would surely reap the reward weekly. He’s recording a little over half the Fantasy points as Hartline.
Considering his non-consistency (his fault or not) he should be a third option at wide receiver. Also, the Saints pass defense is sure to be all over him this week with double coverage. Don’t drop Wallace from your league. He’s sure to get you points at various times this season, but not likely this week. Make sure to sit him this week unless you absolutely need a third option at wide receiver.
The Miami Herald reported a few days ago that running back, Lamar Miller was probable with a shoulder injury. However, on Saturday the Dolphins’ injury report listed no such thing. No complaints here. Like Wallace, Miller hasn’t been very inconsistent. He has however had a couple break away rushes that showed his potential to be a pretty decent back one-day. That day isn’t any time soon.
He’s averaging six points on ESPN’s Fantasy Football statistics and is currently ranked 30th at his position. To date he’s averaging 4.2 yards per carry and has only rushed for 134 yards and one touch down. Going into this season Miller was viewed as the sole back. So far he’s sharing those responsibilities with fellow back, Daniel Thomas. His ranking falls two spots above Miller at 28th.
Last week it was advised that Miller should be dropped if he didn’t step up against Atlanta. He did, a little. He scored zero touchdowns, but managed 49-yard run on Atlanta’s 5th ranked defense and averaged 7.8 yards a carry. It’s a season best for him. He will face the Saints 20th ranked run defense Monday night and could be on the upswing with such a defense. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I think Miller will have a good game. Heck, give him the start.
There has been much discussion that the “The Brotherhood” Dolphins’ defense will be the ones to win the game for Miami. They will need to step up a great deal. The Dolphins’ 21st rank pass defense faces the Saints’ 4th ranked pass offense. That’s a big gap that they will have to make up for.
It doesn’t help their cause that Pro Bowl defensive end (4th ranked in the league), Cameron Wake has been listed as questionable with a knee injury. The injury isn’t season ending and won’t require surgery. However, the Dolphins are taking precaution to not rush Wake back for Monday night’s game. Wake is doing all he can to be on the field. His mentee, Dion Jordan received double the snaps with Wake’s 1st quarter exit from last Sunday’s game. Whether Wake plays or not, Jordan needs to make a name for himself now more than ever. Saturday’s injury report had safety Chris Clemons and linebacker Danell Ellerbe moved from “limited participation” on Friday to “probable” to play Monday.
A defense now sporting a name that should be talked about in years to come, needs to make a stand Monday Night. The Dolphins are sure to face greater offenses than the Saints if they’re to make a run in the play offs. To beat a top five passing offense will not only win the game, but also make a name for, “The Brotherhood.” Would it be further wishful thinking to start the defense too? It’s possible. More than likely you have a defense in a more favorable match up than the Dolphins.
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