The Dolphins made big noise this offseason by landing Brandon Marshall. He has a chance to have the biggest impact of any player switching teams for the 2010 season.

Fantasy Playoffs Schedule:  Favorable
Sure the take on the Jets in Week 14, but if you can survive that game, it’s smooth sailing. They finish with two home games against the Bills and the Lions.

Five Star Fantasy Options
Brandon Marshall – Some people don’t care for Marshall, but they most likely haven’t been a Marshall owner the past three years. The Broncos switched from Jay Cutler to Kyle Orton and he didn’t miss a beat. Chad Henne has a big arm, and could lead Marshall to another monster year.

Four Star Fantasy Options
None

Three Star Fantasy Options
Chad Henne – Henne was solid in his first NFL action this year, and with new weapon Brandon Marshall at his disposal, Henne has a chance of being a low end QB1 or a solid QB2.

Ronnie Brown – I’m a bigger fan in Brown than most. He is a super talented RB. His main problem is staying healthy. When he plays, he’s quite effective. Right now I consider him a low end RB2 or a high end RB3.

Two Star Fantasy Options
Ricky Williams – I’m loving the resurgence of Ricky’s career. He had 1121 yards and 11 TDs last year. He is 33 so don’t get too excited. He’s still the backup RB when Ronnie Brown is healthy. That said he’s a decent source for RB depth.

Davone Bess – He’s going to catch a lot of passes, so he should definitely be on the radar for those in PPR leagues. In standard leagues he’s nothing more than bench depth.

Dolphins Defense/Special Teams – Right off the bat I can tell you I like the fantasy playoffs matchup.They also play the Bills in Week 1, Raiders in Week 12, and Cleveland in Week 13. Fortunately their second meeting with New England is in Week 17.

One Star Fantasy Options
Greg Camarillo – He has great hands, but given the priority of the running game, along with Marshall and Bess, I’m not too concerned about losing out on Camarillo.

Brian Hartline – He’ll need an injury along the way to become fantasy relevant.

Anthony Fasano – He caught just 31 passes for 339 yards and a pair of scores. This after posting a line of 34-454-7. He’s a backup/spot starter at best.

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Obviously the combo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams put on a show tonight, but there were a couple of other surprising performances.

No, I’m not talking about Ted Ginn, Jr. actually holding onto the football.  I’m not talking about the gutsy use of Pat White late in the game.  I’m talking about Chad Henne and Braylon Edwards.

Chad Henne had an outstanding game completing 20 of 26 passes (76.9%) for 241 yards and 2 TDs.  He was decisive.  He showed good poise, a strong arm, and good touch.  If he is available in 2 QB leagues, be sure to put in a claim for him.  He looked that good.

The Jets got an encouraging sign in the debut of Braylon Edwards.  He caught 4 passes for 64 yards and a TD.  He nearly had a second score, getting tackled on the 1.  He also drew a pass interference on a deep ball that set up Thomas Jones’ second TD.  If you have Edwards on your fantasy roster, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that he’s on a team with a pulse.

RP4
Written by Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor

It was not a very good week for my sleeper picks for Week 2 (click here for the original article)

JaMarcus Russell – 7-24, 109 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
LeSean McCoy – 5 carries for 18 yards; 4 receptions for 37 yards
Antwaan Randle-El – 4 receptions for 39 yards
Vernon Davis – 2 receptions for 32 yards

Wow, none of those players did much to help fantasy owners.  Keep in mind that these weekly picks are always going to be extremely risky, that’s why they are considered sleepers.  They are more along the lines of those who have the potential to breakout and can be used in case of an emergency.

So, with that said, let’s take a look at some deep sleepers for the upcoming fantasy week:

Jason Campbell – Washington Redskins – @ Detroit
He really hasn’t been that bad, throwing for 453 yards, but only 1 TD and 1 INT.  His season did kick off against the New York Giants, where he faced constant pressure from one of the elite defenses in the game.  Last week he had the Rams, a team far less imposing.  Though they failed to find the end zone, he did throw for 242 yards.

This week the Redskins face another sub par defensive unit in the Lions, a team who has allowed 255.5 yards per game in the early going, as well as 8 TD threw the air, by far the most in the league (second place is 5).  While Drew Brees and company are partially to blame, we all honestly know that they just aren’t the best defense in the league.

Campbell also has Santana Moss at his disposal, a player who is just aching to have a huge breakout performance.  He had over 1,000 yards receiving last season, but to date has just 41 yards on 5 catches.  This week could easily be his coming out party, and with it should come a solid performance from Campbell, making owners in two-QB leagues happy.
Owned in 30% of Yahoo Leagues and 21.9% of ESPN Leagues

Chansi Stuckey – New York Jets – vs. Tennessee
The Titans have given up the most receiving yards in the game, at 339/game over the season’s first two weeks.  Mark Sanchez, who was limited in the first half to just five throws, went off in the second half and really showed that he has the potential to put up strong games no matter what the circumstances.

Stuckey has shown that he has a good rapport with the rookie, completing 8 passes for 101 yards and 1 TD.  The Jets have shown that they are willing to put the game in the hands of the passing group and given the struggles of the Titans defense, this could be the week that he really has a big game.
Owned in 14% of Yahoo Leagues and 7.9% of ESPN Leagues

Ricky Williams – Miami Dolphins – vs. San Diego
It is Ronnie Brown who garners most of the attention in Miami, thanks to the focus he gets in the Wildcat formation.  Williams, however, has been extremely impressive in the early going and certainly has the potential to bring value in those leagues that use a flex option.

He has rushed for 108 years on 26 carries, averaging over 4 yards per carry, while also catching 3 passes for 22 yards and a TD.  The Chargers are in the bottom ten in the league in rushing yards allowed (139 per game), facing two teams that do not focus as strong a running game as the Dolphins (Raiders & Ravens).

Look for the Dolphins to try and hammer out the running game once again, which could bring a big game for Williams.
Owned in 34% of Yahoo Leagues and 66.7% of ESPN Leagues

How do you think these players are going to perform in the season’s first week?  Are there any other sleepers you are eyeing?

The Dolphins completed an amazing turnaround improving for 1-15 to 11-5 and an AFC East title.  Chad Pennington got plenty of the credit, and deservingly so, for the turnaround.  I can’t help, but to be impressed with the way Ronnie Brown returned from his knee injury.  Ricky Williams was a solid compliment, but I expect RB to take the lion’s share of the carries with Ricky seeing less action in ’09.  Ted Ginn, Jr. made strides at WR last year, and I expect him to continue his progress as a third-year WR, which historically has been when wideout have had breakout seasons.  Davone Bess will likely start opposite of Ginn, Jr. with Greg Camarillo serving as the third WR (assuming his knee fully heals).  Anthony Fasano and David Martin formed a solid TE duo.  Re-signing RT Vernon Carey will be their top priority this offseason.  They don’t have too many holes on Offense, which is surprising from a team a year removed from a one-win season.  Bill Parcels will tinker I’m sure, but I don’t expect any major splashes.
 
LB Channing Crowder, the team’s #2 tackler with 113, will not likely return to the Dolphins so his hole will have to be filled.  The Dolphins have two key FA’s in their secondary:  CB Andre’ Goodman, who led the team with five INTs last year, and S Renaldo Hill, who was third on the team with 77 tackles and tied for second with 3 INTs.  They will both turn 31 later this year so that could be a factor in the decision to bring them back.  I expect both of them to test the free agency waters, meaning their secondary will be a key area of need this offseason.

KFFL Free Agent Tracker:

Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
RB Patrick Cobbs RFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
RB Lex Hilliard Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
FB Chris M. Brown Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
WR Anthony Armstrong Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
WR Todd Lowber Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
WR Tab Perry UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
TE Aaron Halterman UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
OT Vernon Carey UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
OL Matt McChesney UFA (Cut) Miami Dolphins Free Agent
DL Joe Cohen Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
LB Channing Crowder UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
LB Quentin Moses ERFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
LB Kelvin Smith UFA (Cut) Miami Dolphins Free Agent
LB Mark Washington ERFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
CB Scorpio Babers Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
CB Andre’ Goodman UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
SS Yeremiah Bell UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
SS Will Billingsley Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
FS Renaldo Hill UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent

Miami Dolphins Preview

28 August 2008

Few teams went through more of a turbulent offseason than the Miami Dolphins. They got a new Coach in Tony Sparano. They have a new QB in Chad Pennington. They are welcoming an old face back in Ricky Williams while the face of their franchise (Jason Taylor) was shipped out to the Nation’s Capital. His brother-in-law Zach Thomas left for Big D. Oh yeah, and The Tuna came to town.

Offensively Chad Pennington should give them stability if, and I repeat if, he can stay healthy.  While he doesn’t have a cannon for an arm, he is an accurate passer with the ability to lead.  Ernest Wilford was added to the mix and Ted Ginn, Jr. has a season under his belt.   The Offensive Line should be better with the addition of #1 pick Jake Long at Left Tackle.  They will employ a two-headed monster at RB with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, assuming they can both stay healthy and away from the sticky icky.

Defensively, they will have to establish a new identity with the departures of Taylor and Thomas.  They will need more production from Channing Crowder, Vonnie Holliday and Rookie Phillip Merling.  Joey Porter is dealing with back issues which will limit his availability and production.  They were 4th in the league against the pass last year, but that’s simply because they had the league’s worst run defense last year and were behind in games for most of the year.

My outlook isn’t pretty for the Dolphins, although compared to last year’s one win, it will be a dramatic improvement.  I’m putting them on 4-5 wins.  It will still land them an early draft pick, but at least it’s a start.

Fantasy-wise I see a few options for the Fins.  I think Ronnie Brown will be a serviceable RB as he recovers from that knee injury.  I’d rank him as a 3rd RB at best at this point.  Ricky WIlliams has been growing on me, and I think he makes a decent 3rd or 4th RB.  I like Ted Ginn, Jr. as well, especially if your team awards points for his work in the return game.  Other than that, I wouldn’t invest too heavily in Dolphins for your fantasy team.

Week 1
Colt Brennan (WAS) – 9/10, 123 passing yards, 2 TDs
Marcus Mason (WAS) – 18 carries, 98 yards & 16 carries for 80 yards
Calvin Johnson (DET) – 4 catches, 78 yards
Brett Ratliff (NYJ) – 14/20, 252 yards, 2 TDs
David Clowney (NYJ) – 4 catches, 163 yards, 2 TDs
Martin Rucker (CLE) – 5 catches, 70 yards
LaMont Jordan (NE) – 19 carries, 76 yards, TD
Robert Meachem (NO) – 4 catches, 129 yards
Garrett Wolfe (CHI) – 9 carries, 64 yards, 1 catch, 25 yard
DeSean Jackson (PHI) – 5 catches, 51 yards
Seneca Wallace (SEA) – 15/20, 165 yards, 3 TDs
Louis Rankin (OAK) – 8 carries, 91 yards
Josh Morgan (SF) – 4 catches, 68 yards
Billy McMullen (WAS) – 6 catches, 55 yards
Jared Lorenzen (INDY) – 12/23, 117 yards, 2 TDs
Decori Birmingham (CAR) – 17 carries, 70 yards
Jacob Tamme (INDY) – 5 catches, 57 yards
Roddy White (ATL) – 5 catches, 47 yards, 1 TD
Michael Bennett (TB) – 19 carries, 74 yards, TD, 4 catches, 16 yards
Quinton Ganther (TENN) – 8 carries, 115 yards, 2 TDs
Chris Johnson (TENN) – 6 carries, 77 yards, TD
Dane Looker (STL) – 4 catches, 73 yards
David Anderson (HOU) – 6 catches, 67 yards
Jacob Hester (SD) – 13 carries, 49 yards, 2 TDs
Miles Austin (DAL) – 5 catches, 64 yards

Week 2
Trent Edwards
(BUF) – 9/11, 104 yards, 2 TDs
Robert Royal (BUF) – 2 catches, 20 yards, 2 TDs
Tony Hunt (PHI) – 5 carries, 79 yards, TD
DeSean Jackson (PHI) – 7 catches, 71 yards
Adimchinobi Echemandu (OAK) – 3 carries, 77 yards
Lavelle Hawkins (TENN) – 2 catches, 70 yards, TD
Brett Ratliff (NYJ) – 13/19, 148 yards
Rock Cartwright (WAS) – 6 carries, 90 yards
David Clowney (NYJ) – 4 catches, 59 yards
Chad Henne (MIA) – 17/26, 133 yards
Todd Bouman (JAX) – 9/13, 126 yards, TD
Ricky Williams (MIA) – 10 carries, 43 yards, TD
Ted Ginn, Jr. (MIA) – 4 catches, 58 yards
Ryan Hoag (JAX) – 3 catches, 71 yards
Ray Rice (BAL) – 8 carries, 77 yards, TD
Martin Nance (MINN) – 3 catches, 74 yards, TD
Michael Turner (ATL) – 4 carries, 113 yards
Jacob Tamme (INDY) – 3 catches, 57 yards
Larry Johnson (KC) – 14 carries, 61 yards
Tim Castille (ARI) – 4 catches, 45 yards, TD
Jacob Hester (SD) – 12 carries, 59 yards
Antonio Pittman (STL) – 9 carries, 67 yards
Randy McMichael (STL) – 3 catches, 54 yards
Matt Schaub (HOU) – 14/16, 187 yards, 2 TDs
Drew Brees (NO) – 12/17, 147 yards, 2 TDs
Kevin Walter (HOU) – 6 catches, 100 yards, TD
David Anderson (HOU) – 3 catches, 61 yards
Lance Moore (STL) – 3 catches, 65 yards
Brad Johnson (DAL) – 9/12, 114 yards, TD
Jay Cutler (DEN) – 16/20, 178 yards, TD
Brandon Marshall (DEN) – 6 catches, 59 yards, TD
Eddie Royal (DEN) – 2 catches, 67 yards
Josh Morgan (SF) – 5 catches, 114 yards, TD
Justin Forsett (SEA) – 15 carries, 136 yards, TD
Jordan Kent (SEA) – 4 catches, 50 yards
Kellen Davis (CHI) – 3 catches, 55 yards, TD
Ryan Fitzpatrick (CIN) – 11/14, 111 yards, TD
John Standeford (DET) – 4 catches, 85 yards
Calvin Johnson (DET) – 3 catches, 76 yards, TD
Jerome Simpson (CIN) – 5 catches, 114 yards
Ken Dorsey (CLE) – 9/11, 143 yards, TD
Brady Quinn (CLE) – 7/12, 124 yards, TD
Eli Manning (NYG) – 4/7, 52 yards, 2 TDs
Danny Ware (NYG) – 10 carries, 97 yards
Domenik Dixon (NYG) – 4 catches, 63 yards, 2 TDs
Syndric Steptoe (CLE) – 3 catches, 80 yards, TD

You’ve seen the Sleepers.  Now it’s time to explore the players who I feel will be disappointments to fantasy football owners.  Here are the Running Backs I’d avoid.

Steven Jackson – Up until a couple weeks ago I would have said S-Jax is in line for a big turnaround.  His holdout scares me though.  After being burned by Larry Johnson last year, I have little faith in RBs who hold out.   They don’t get in game shape and then they get hurt.  I won’t be party to that again this year.

Brandon Jacobs – He’s big.  Real big.  Shouldn’t he be the one hurting DBs and LBs?  He’s also in a crowded backfield.  Ward and Bradshaw both looked good last year.  I’m afraid there will be too much sharing for the G-Men.

Ryan Grant – Take Brett Farve out of the mix.  Add basically a rookie QB.  Can you say “eight men in the box”?  That’s what I’d do until Aaron Rodgers proves he can handle the load.  Taking away Brett Favre from the mix leaves a lot of questions.  Until they are answered I’ll be taking a comparable back.

Ricky Williams – If you are taking Ricky because you think he may still have “it”, then I’d say you’ve been using the very stuff that got Ricky in trouble in the first place.  He hasn’t played in the NFL (besides 6 carries last year) since 2005.  That’s a long time, especially in Running Back years.  I’d rather take someone with a little more upside than Ricky.  Not to mention the constant threat his season goes “Up in Smoke”.


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