Last week, the Dolphins (9-5) defeated the New England Patriots 22-12 without multiple key playmakers on their offense. Miami got the job done on the ground as running backs Salvon Ahmed and Matt Breida combined for 208 rushing yards and a touchdown. Tua Tagovailoa added two rushing touchdowns himself and passed for 145 yards.
As for the Raiders (7-7), they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 in overtime, which was a major blow to their playoff hopes. Additionally, they also lost starter Derek Carr to injury and had to depend on backup Marcus Mariota. Surprisingly, Mariota played well in spot duty, completing 17-of-28 passes for 226 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He was also the Raiders’ leading rusher with 88 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 26
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Channel: NFL Network
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Dolphins: #11 Overall — #16 offense, #11 defense, #4 special teams
Raiders: #22 Overall — #18 offense, #29 defense, #13 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Salvon Ahmed, RB, $5,600
The undrafted free agent rookie out of Washington has been a revelation in the Dolphins’ backfield this season. In four games for the Dolphins, Ahmed has 288 rushing yards on 63 carries and two touchdowns. Last week against the Pats, the 21-year-old had a career-game with 122 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also scored a season-high 20.7 fantasy points, which is RB1 territory. This week, he faces a Raiders’ defense that is giving up 17 touchdowns and 23.1 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, $5,400
If it was certain that DeVante Parker would play on Saturday, then he would be other selection here. But since we do not know, Tagovailoa should get some consideration as a starter this week. Despite not throwing a touchdown last week against the Pats, he did complete an efficient 76 percent of his passes, which isn’t bad. Tagovailoa will be going up against a Las Vegas defense, which is allowing 19.8 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Darren Waller, TE, $7,000
Over the last few weeks, Darren Waller has been on absolute tear. In the Raiders’ last three games, he has 29 receptions (39 targets) for 425 yards and three touchdowns. He’s absolutely a must-start each week and Las Vegas’ top receiving target. However, he might have some issues scoring on Saturday as the Dolphins’ defense has only allowed five touchdowns to opposing tight ends.
Josh Jacobs, POS, $6,600
After a tremendous rookie season, Josh Jacobs’ sophomore season has been a bag of mixed results. The second-year running back had 76 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown last week against the Chargers. It was the first time in two weeks that Jacobs scored a rushing touchdown. This week, he’ll be facing a Dolphins’ defense that is giving up 4.6 yards per carry, good for 27th in the NFL. If there’s no Carr, then the Raiders will need a lot of Jacobs to keep their playoff hopes alive.