On Sunday the Miami Dolphins will play their second home game when the defending Super Bowl champions visit South Beach. The Ravens are currently 2-2(both losses coming on the road) and have lost four consecutive regular season road games. Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco QBR on the road is 32nd in the league. These statistics alone could be a determining factor in the Dolphins pulling off a win. Going into week five of Fantasy Football, players will need to step up to give Fantasy owners some much deserved points.
Wide receiver, Mike Wallace continues to be very inconsistent. Fantasy owners picked him up with the hope that he would give their leagues amazing points throughout the season. So far he hasn’t done so. As a result he could be dropped or sat from those rosters.
ESPN has Wallace producing only 22 points in four weeks. Also, he ranks 51st at his position. Defenses started the season scared of his depth, but that’s showing to only be a ruse. With a weekly average of 5.5 points, who can blame them?
Earlier this week Wallace was quoted as calling the Ravens his least favorite team. Great! Maybe that means this week he will come out with a vengeance. The Ravens’ passing defense ranks 16th, so there’s no guarantees. To start or sit Wallace (if you haven’t dropped him yet), the latter seeming like the best option, do so with caution. There’s no telling what he will do. Each week is a surprise.
Thank goodness for wide receiver Brian Hartline who’s playing well. He’s ranked 28 spots higher than Wallace at the receiver position (23rd) and his weekly point average is 9.3(37 point total). Not amazing numbers, but he’s a good second or third option when needed.
His relationship with quarterback, Ryan Tannehill is hugely beneficial to this Dolphins’ team. Without Hartline, where would the Dolphins be? Honestly. When the Dolphins win Hartline’s receiving average is 13.2(compared to 11.3 in losses) and two touchdowns (zero last week). Granted, the Dolphins only have the one loss under their belt, but the current fact is that the Dolphins win when Hartline is on his game.
Sunday when the Dolphins face the Ravens, they will be playing a passing defense that has allowed 24 fantasy points per game to wide receivers and 170 yards/game. Tannehill will up his targets to Hartline this weekend. Most likely in recent weeks he’s been trying to spread the ball to other receivers, which is fine, but if it’s not broke don’t fix it. In other words, Hartline is your man.
Running back, Lamar Miller is the little engine that could. Despite the odds week in and week out he keeps pushing for those yards. At times he gets them, short and long. His weekly point average is only 7.5 and through four weeks he’s amassed 30 points. Last week when the Ravens played the Bills their run defense didn’t do a well enough job. The Bills running backs accrued 175 yards and a touchdown.
Throughout the weeks Miller doesn’t give up. Similar to Hartline, he should do well this week. However, he should be a third option at running back and only a potential second if one of your top backs has a bye.
“The Brotherhood” defense allowed the New Orleans Saints to pass for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Running back, Darren Sproles had a field day collecting 114 receiving yards and a touchdown to take the help the Saints to a win. Hopefully after receiving such a beating on defense the Dolphins can show that the Monday night game was a moment of weakness.
Defensive end Cameron Wake missed Monday’s game with a knee injury and will most likely miss Sunday’s game as well. Since his absence it should be mentioned that the Dolphins are 0-1. However, when he was injured and left the game in the 1st quarter of the week three against the Cleveland Browns, the remaining defense played well and the Dolphins won that game.
The Dolphins defense is still “The Brotherhood” without Wake. Despite losing last week the defense recorded two sacks (DEs – Jared Odrick and Olivier Vernon) and restricted the Saints running backs on Monday night to only 69 total rushing yards. The Brotherhood is currently ranked 10th in their rush defense. The Ravens are currently ranked 28th in their run offense, so the Dolphins shouldn’t have a problem stopping the run. Their issue may fall in stopping the passing game, an obvious trouble spot.
Start this defense if your other has a bye. You have no choice, right? Pretty sure any available defenses on waivers, are available for a reason.
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