Week 3 Fantasy Preview: Jets “at” Dolphins

Joe Malfa with fantasy preview for Jets vs. Dolphins in London

Here is a week 4 fantasy preview for Sunday’s battle across the pond between the 2-1 Jets and the 1-2 Eagles. Again, a reminder from last week, I will not give exact score predictions per player because there are many different scoring systems used by leagues, but I will provide stats for you to predict scores based on your league’s system.

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick – 233 yards passing, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

Fitzpatrick struggled at times during the game against the Eagles, but he managed to put together another respectable stat line — 283 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 INTs. There is no way to rationalize a turnover, but in his defense, one of the INTs cam on a ball tipped at the line, and the other came on a ball that went through the hands of Brandon Marshall. Blake Botles and Tyrod Taylor have had tremendous success against this Dolphins defense in consecutive weeks — look for Fitzpatrick to add his name to that list. He is worthy of a start in deeper leagues this week.

Ryan Tannehill – 215 yards passing, 1 TDs, 2 INTs

Tannehill has shown some steady improvements, but he has always had trouble against pressure. Against a blitz-happy Bills defense, Tannehill threw 3 INTs last week and was lucky he didn’t throw more. After shutting down Andrew Luck and Sam Bradford in consecutive weeks, look for this stingy Jets’ passing defense to make things tough on Tannehill Sunday. I myself own Tannehill, and i am actually benching him in favor of Fitzpatrick this week.

Running Backs

Chris Ivory – 16 carries, 67 yards rushing, 1 TD, 12 yards receiving

While it may have devastated fantasy owners last week, the decision by Todd Bowles to rest Ivory may pay off this week. He had the extra time to rest his nagging quad injury and will be fresh heading into this matchup. I am, however, tempering my expectations for him this week for two reasons: 1) Ndamukong Suh should dominate Brian Winters and 2) while he will play, Bowles may try to limit his touches to guard against a reaggravaton of the injury. In spite of the tempering of my expectations, Ivory still has high-end RB2 value this week.

Bilal Powell – 12 carries, 42 yards rushing, 0 TDs, 23 yards receiving

If you’re in a deep league and need a viable flex option, look no further than Powell. He will see all of the action on passing downs in order to preserve Ivory, as well as a few series as the feature back.

Lamar Miller –  13 carries,  35 yards rushing,  0 TDs,  25 yards receiving

The Jets had some issues with the lateral quickness of Ryan Mathews early on last week, but they tightened up as the game progressed. Miller has posted three underwhelming performances thus far, and time is running thin for him to prove himself in Miami. Whether you spent a high pick on him or not, you don’t stay on a sinking ship — bench him this week if your roster allows it.

Wide Receivers

Brandon Marshall – 8 catches, 115 yards, 1 TD, 0 bone-headed laterals

Marshall recently came out and stated that he is the best WR in the league and wants more attention. Through three games, he has proven that he is among the league’s best (definitely not the best, but in the top-10), and will likely continue his success against a lackluster Dolphins’ defense. He will be a must-start WR1 throughout the season — let’s just hope he doesn’t try another lateral (which cost a friend of mine a fantasy victory last week in a league that penalizes fumbles).

Eric Decker – 7 catches, 63 yards, 0 TDs

Fitzpatrick and Decker displayed the tremendous chemistry they have in the win against the Colts. As long as Decker is fully healthy and not limited in any way with this knee injury, he will see a lot of balls thrown his way in this one. Decker is a high-end WR2 this week against a Dolphins’ defense that has been victimized by opposing WRs this season, but after Bowles sat Ivory as a precaution last week even though he was listed as probable, I would make sure to wake up early and monitor Decker’s situation closely.

Rishard Matthews – 5 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD

Matthews has come out of nowhere to be one of this year’s early season fantasy surprises. He is coming off consecutive 100-yard performances, and has three TDs in as many games. If Revis were 100%, I would have a less favorable prediction for Matthews, but he deserves a start this week simply because we don’t know how the injury will affect Revis.

Jarvis Landry – 6 catches, 65 yards, 0 TDs

The second year WR out of LSU has wreaked havoc in the slot through the first three weeks, but he faces a stiff test this week against Buster Skrine. I believe Skrine will win the war, but Landry will win a few battles and post a respectable stat line. He is worthy of a flex play in deeper leagues.

Tight Ends

Jordan Cameron – 4 catches, 35 yards, 0 TDs

I have been harsh on the Jets’ ability to defend TEs through the first three weeks, but they have proven me wrong. Look for Cameron to be a non-factor in this one if he even plays — he is questionable with a groin.

Defense

Jets – 285 yards allowed, 17 points allowed, 2 sacks, 3 turnovers

The defense was the bright spot of last week’s 24-17 loss, as it shut the Eagles out in the second half and actually played well in the first half despite allowing 17 points (punt return TD accounts for the other seven). Look for them to force some turnovers against a QB who has trouble when pressured.

Dolphins – 305 yards allowed, 27 points allowed, 3 sacks, 2 turnovers

After surrendering 41 points to the Bills at home last week, the Dolphins defense may run into some issues again this week against a fully loaded Jet offense with Ivory and Decker slated to return. The key will be stuffing the run and forcing Fitzpatrick to throw the ball over 50 times as the Eagles were able to accomplish last week.