Miami Dolphins Defense: Get ‘em and Forget ‘em
The Dolphins are currently the defense with the 13th highest ADP (184 overall) according to Mock Draft Central. They are also my 14th ranked defense (click to see rankings). It’s easy to overlook them because they have to square off twice against the Patriots and Jets, but they are a decent DEF1 and a quality DEF2.
The Dolphins finished tied for third in the league last year with 44 sacks. They were near the bottom with a mere 21 takeovers, but the arrival of Karlos Dansby, Charles Grant, and rookie Jared Odrick should allow Miami to put pressure on opposing QBs and increase their turnovers.
A good thing about Miami is their terrific match-up to start the season. They face the Bills, who will likely be without Fred Jackson and possibly without Marshawn Lynch. For a team that is already short on explosive players, this really stacks the odds against them.
There are plenty of good starting defense that have tough match-ups to start the season. If you have one of them, Miami is a nice compliment to get your team off on the right foot. For example, Minnesota and the Saints face each other. Not exactly desirable match-ups. The same goes with Cincinnati and New England, Green Bay and Philadelphia, and Baltimore and the New York Jets. The Giants (Carolina) and Pittsburgh (Atlanta) also have difficult Week 1 match-ups.
Once you use Miami in Week 1, you can probably drop them for a player that had a monster opening performance. The Fins next nine opponents are the Vikings, Jets, Pats, Packers, Steelers, Bengals, Ravens, Titans and Bears. They also have a bye mixed in during Week 5.
After the bye weeks are over, you may want to grab them again because once you get past that lengthy stretch, it’s pretty much smooth sailing. They take on the Raiders and Browns in Weeks 12 and 13, and finish the fantasy season against the Bills and the Lions in Week 15 and 16.