The Miami Dolphins welcome the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday. The Rams are fresh off an impressive Monday night win over the Bears. While the Dolphins and newly named starter Tua Tagovailoa are coming off an off week.
The Rams win over the Bears solidified themselves as a contender in the NFC yet again. They needed to have an impressive performance coming off a tough divisional loss to the 49ers. The defense showed up and forced turnovers and put pressure on Nick Foles. In Tua’s debut, they’ll hope to do the same to the rookie.
In their win over the Jets — yeah I know, it’s the Jets — the Dolphins showed why they have a shot to be a threat in the AFC. The defense played as well as you could hope against the rudderless Jets offense and the offense was productive enough. The biggest wildcard for their playoff chances is how Tua performs against defenses the likes of the Rams.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 1
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Rams: #7 Overall — #5 offense, #11 defense, #25 special teams
Dolphins: #13 Overall — #16 offense, #14 defense, #3 special teams
Rams: -4, -20
Dolphins: +4, +180
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, $5,900
The Dolphins have a very middle of the pack rushing defense. Henderson is due for a breakout game and it might come this week. The good news is that even when Henderson has an off week in the ground game, he’s been alright in the passing game. It seems to be one or the other for productivity.
Rams, D/ST, $3,800
You should always take a defense against a rookie QB — even a QB that’s expected to be as poised as Tua. The Rams were so impressive against the Bears, and they’re surely excited to take on Tua and the Dolphins offense while they’re still figuring themselves out.
DeVante Parker, WR, $5,700
Parker’s been a productive receiver when healthy. Keep an eye on the injury report to ensure he’s playing, but if he is, he’s likely to be a key Tua target. As he becomes more comfortable in the pocket, Parker should be a key recipient of his comparability.
Myles Gaskin, RB, $5,200
On the back of Parker’s contributions to the offense, you should expect the Dolphins to try and control the pace of the game with Gaskin. Keeping the clock moving and keeping Tua from being relied on too often and too early is important, Gaskin should get plenty of chances. How much you trust him against an excellent Rams defense is the deciding factor in whether you play him or not.