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Miami Dolphins
Gillette Stadium | Sunday, November 08 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Patriots 30, Dolphins 27
New England Patriots
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBChad Henne
135 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Henne played great last time out against the Jets, going 12-for-21 with 112 yards and 1 TD. He's an efficient game manager that's going to be relied on to not screw up and let his RBs control the time of possession. He's a lower-end flex or bye-week option against a Pats team that had trouble stopping him a few weeks ago.
RBRonnie Brown
70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Ranking 11th in the NFL in rushing and third in TDs (with 7), Ronnie Brown gained only 27 yards on 11 carries. Even though he splits carries with Ricky Williams, the Dolphins fourth-ranked run game (and its many looks) is nasty, and Brown is a low-end No. 1/high-end No. 2 fantasy RB option against the 15th-ranked Pats rush defense.
RBRicky Williams
3 rec, 40 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Ricky has proved himself effective and very willing to share the rock. Williams rushed the ball 8 times for 27 yards against the Jets, his worst outing on the year. He also had 2 catches for 41 yards. He has 6 TDs on the year and is a low-end No. 2 fantasy RB against the Pats.
WRTed Ginn Jr.
2 rec, 50 yards, 1 TD
Ah, where to be-Ginn? Two weeks ago, he was benched after dropping two huge passes against the Saints, one of which led to a Darren Sharper pick six. Last week, he had two huge kickoff returns for TDs in their big win over the Jets. It remains to be seen whether Brian Hartline will keep his starting job, but Ginn is a threat to take it all the way every time he touches the ball. He's still a low-end fantasy option and shouldn't be started.
WRDavone Bess
2 rec, 25 yards
Bess had four catches for 18 yards against the Jets. This should remind you of fundamental truths in this world: Never get involved in a land war in Asia, don't go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line, and don't start a Dolphins' wideout.
TEAnthony Fasano
2 rec, 20 yards
He's scored a single TD on the year and is an inadvisable start under any circumstances.
KDan Carpenter
3 PATs, 2 FGs
Ol' Carpie's hit 10-for-11 on the year, including a 1-for-1 against the Jets -- a 48-yarder. He's worth a play.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
This Dolphins' unit ranks 17th in YPG and 25th in PPG after giving up 25 points to the Jets. They are not a recommended unit against New England
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTom Brady
225 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Brady went off during the two weeks before the bye, going 23-for-32 for 308 yards with 3 TDs and 2 INTs in London vs. the Bucs and, one week prior against the Titans, exploding for 380 yards and 6 TD in a 59-0 dismantling of the Titans. He's fourth in the NFL in completions, fifth in yards and third in TDs. He's obviously a must-start in any league, regardless of the circumstances.
RBLaurence Maroney
45 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Maroney stepped up to carry 16 times for 123 yards with a TD against the Titans. It seemed that a top option had finally emerged from the soup of the Pats' RB by committee. Then, Maroney went 13 for 43 against the Bucs' weak run defense (which was 31st in the NFL in YPG going into the game). Sammy Morris may be back this week, which would diminish Maroney's status. Regardless, he is a passable No. 3 fantasy RB.
WRRandy Moss
6 rec, 95 yards, 1 TD
Moss had 5 catches for 69 yards against the Bucs in London. The week before, Moss went off against the Titans with 8 catches for 129 yards and 3 TDs. Look for more of the same from one of the league's best. Miami is 21st against the pass and Moss is sixth in receptions, eighth in yards and TDs. He's an elite WR and still a must-start every week.
WRWes Welker
9 rec, 105 yards, 1 TD
Even after missing two weeks earlier in the season, Welker is fourth in the league with 46 receptions. He caught 10 balls each of his last two games, going for 107 yards and 1 TD against Tampa in London. If you're in a point-per-reception league, he's elite. If not, he's just darn good.
TEBenjamin Watson
2 rec, 25 yards
Watson caught only 1 pass for 35 yards against the Bucs, but made it count, taking it to the house. He didn't have a catch the week before and has only six in the last five weeks. He is not a recommended option, though his 4 TDs on the year (fourth among all TEs), make him a decent bye-week flier.
KStephen Gostkowski
3 PATs, 3 FGs
Gostko had 5 PATs against the Titans, but didn't register a FG. He's 13-for-16 on the year, good for the fourth-most attempts and FGs in the league. He is always a good option.
Defense
3 sacks, 1 INT
They are the sixth-ranked unit in YPG and third in PPG, but their fantasy numbers were pedestrian until their last two games against the Titans and Bucs. They are a lower-end No. 1 fantasy option against the Dolphins who rank 11th in the league in scoring and fourth in rushing.
 
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