Fantasy Player Projections

 
Dolphins
Reliant Stadium
Sunday , Sep. 09 | 01:00 PM EST (CBS)
Texans
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBRyan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill

180 pass yards, 2 INTs, 14 rush yards

One of an NFL-record five rookie quarterbacks starting in Week 1 this season, Tannehill has few passing weapons in South Florida. It’s going to be a while before the Texas A&M product is fantasy worthy.

RBReggie Bush

Reggie Bush

70 rush yards, rush TD, 5 rec, 25 rec yards

The good news: The Dolphins will give Bush every chance to make some plays. The bad news: The defense knows that Bush is the Dolphins' best chance, so it's going to be all over him like a cheap suit.

RBDaniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

25 rush yards, 2 rec, 8 rec yards

With rookie Lamar Miller breathing down his neck, Thomas rushed for 31 yards on five carries in Miami's preseason finale. He'll have to bring up his 3.5 yards per carry, though.

WRDavone Bess

Davone Bess

5 rec, 55 yards

Bess probably isn't even happy that he's the Dolphins' No. 1 receiver, but that's the reality. He could be targeted a lot, but he has never been much of a playmaker.

WRLegedu Naanee

Legedu Naanee

3 rec, 25 yards

Naanee comes to South Florida via Carolina and San Diego. With the Panthers last season, he had 44 catches for 467 yards. Unfortunately, his rookie QB this season isn't expected to do what his rookie QB did last season.

TEAnthony Fasano

Anthony Fasano

3 rec, 25 yards

Fasano caught five balls for 82 yards in last season's opener, but he's not expected to be a big factor for this offense. But a rookie quarterback tends to look for his tight ends to get bailed out.

KDan Carpenter

Dan Carpenter

PAT, FG

The Dolphins kicker will be called upon frequently when the offense stalls in the red zone. Unfortunately, this offense is not expected to get into the red zone often. Carpenter was 2-for-4 from beyond 50 yards last year.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Dolphins are going to have their hands full trying to stop the best running back in the NFL in Arian Foster, and one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in Andre Johnson. This is a below-average fantasy unit.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Schaub

Matt Schaub

240 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Schaub completed more than 75 percent of his passes in the preseason, and looked good doing it. The Dolphins had a below average pass defense last season and Schaub should take advantage, via Andre Johnson and Arian Foster.

RBArian Foster

Arian Foster

95 rush yards, rush TD, 5 rec, 75 rec yards, rec TD

The Texans ranked second overall in the NFL in rushing last season, although they will be facing a pretty good Miami rushing defense. When the Dolphins' offense is unable to move the ball, the defense will wither in the fourth quarter. Foster is considered the top player in fantasy for good reason.

RBBen Tate

Ben Tate

40 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

While Tate isn't someone to consider starting in Week 1, he warrants a lot of fantasy attention because he backs up one of the best running backs in the league. Tate can still produce, even when Arian Foster is healthy, but it's hard to start him outside of the flex spot.

WRAndre Johnson

Andre Johnson

7 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

Injuries continue to haunt the 10-year veteran, as he battled a groin injury this summer. He's healthy now, though, and the Dolphins are ripe for the picking. He caught seven passes for 95 yards and a TD in last year's opener.

WRKevin Walter

Kevin Walter

3 rec, 35 yards

Walter is essentially Andre Johnson's caddy, and he's not worth playing in most fantasy leagues. If Johnson gets hurt (a frequent occurrence), that could change things.

TEOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

4 rec, 35 yards

In 2009, Daniels was having a huge season, with five touchdowns in eight games -- and then he hurt his knee. He still hasn't bounced back to that level, but he's a serviceable fantasy option, especially against the Dolphins.

KShayne Graham

Shayne Graham

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Graham beat out Randy Bullock for the starting placekicker job after the latter tore a groin muscle. The Texans offense gets up and down the field with force, and Graham will be a solid fantasy kicker once again.

DEFENSE

2 INTs, 4 Sacks

Considering the Texans are hosting what is expected to be one of the most anemic offenses in the NFL, they should get the start on your team. Also, return man Trindon Holliday gives them a weapon they've missed on special teams.

 
 
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