The Miami Dolphins (6-4)will be looking to bounce back after their loss last week when they take on fellow AFC East division rival, the winless New York Jets (0-10) Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. The Dolphins are only one-game behind the Buffalo Bills for first place in the AFC East.
Last week, the Dolphins lost 20-13 to the Denver Broncos on the road, which snapped their five-game winning streak. Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was under center for Miami, but he was benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick late in the second half. After the game, head coach Brian Flores said that he felt the veteran quarterback in Fitzpatrick gave them the better chance to win.
Tagovailoa was 11-of-20 for 83 yards with a touchdown, while Fitzpatrick was 12-of-18 for 117 yards and an interception. That being said, the former Alabama standout should be back under center for Sunday’s game.
As for the Jets, they put up a tough fight against the Los Angeles Chargers, but ended up still losing 34-28. In that game, the Jets’ defense struggled once again as they got torched by the combo of Justin Herbert and Keenan Allen. Herbert was 37-of-49 for 336 yards and Allen had 16 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Offensively, veteran Joe Flacco got the start for the Jets and didn't play bad. He was 15-of-30 for 205 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. That being said, Sam Darnold might be back under center on Sunday, after missing last week’s game with a shoulder injury.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 26
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
DeVante Parker, WR, $5,900
With the Dolphins still without the services of Preston Williams, Tua Tagovailoa will be leaning on veteran wide receiver DeVante Parker down the stretch. Last week against Denver, Parker had six receptions (nine targets) for 61 yards and a touchdown. He also scored 12.1 fantasy points, which was his best performance this season.
On Sunday, he’ll be looking to replicate this stat line against a Jets’ defense that is giving up 26.4 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The last time Parker faced New York in October, he only had 3.5 fantasy points. I highly doubt that will happen again.
Salvon Ahmed, RB, $5,100
Undrafted rookie running back Salvon Ahmed has become a priority add on the waiver wire and cheap FLEX option in DFS. Last week against the Broncos, Ahmed had 74 yards of total offense on 17 touches. This is coming off an 85-yard performance the previous week against the Chargers. That being said, Ahmed’s status is unclear for Sunday’s game as he did not practice on Wednesday because of a shoulder injury.
If he cannot play, that won’t hurt fantasy football managers much as he’s only scored 15 and 7.4 fantasy points in the last two games, respectively. However, if Ahmed can play, he should have a solid game against New York’s defense, which is struggling against opposing running backs.
Breshad Perriman, WR, $4,200
There aren’t many desirable fantasy football options on the Jets this season. However, if we have to choose one, Breshad Perriman is a solid WR3/FLEX choice for Sunday. The veteran wide receiver has scored three touchdowns in New York’s last two games.
Last week against the Chargers, he had two receptions (four targets) for 54 yards and a score. If you convert those stats to fantasy football, Perriman scored 11.4 fantasy points, which is perfect for a FLEX play. Unlike other wide receivers, who need volume to produce, Perriman just needs one big play.
Denzel Mims, WR, $3,500
Staying with the Jets wide receivers, Denzel Mims has been receiving a healthy amount of targets since making his debut last month. In four games, the rookie wideout out of Baylor has 13 receptions (25 targets) for 217 yards. Within those games, Mims has gone over 50 receiving yards in back-to-back games against the New England and Los Angeles Chargers.
If the Dolphins’ defense is going to try and make sure Perriman doesn’t beat them over the top, then Mims might have some opportunities in the passing game. The Jets’ running game isn’t very formidable, so we could see Sam Darnold dropping back a lot on Sunday.