Written by Justin Knight, who goes by @jjknight16 on the Fantasy Life App, as well as @Justin16Knight on Twitter.
Miami Dolphins (1–2) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1–2) 8:25 PM (Est)
On tap for Thursday Night football this week the Dolphins will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals . An unusual match-up. These teams have meet only 21 times since 1968. The Dolphins have dominated the series with a record of 16–5–0 (Including three straight). Both teams have started the season off poorly, and will be looking to turn it around.
Losing close contests to the Seahawks and the Patriots, the Dolphins could easily be 3–0. They will try and build some momentum, coming off their first win of the season in an overtime victory over the Browns. The main problem for the Dolphins comes down to the running game. Their 4 man rotation averaged an anemic 3.75 yards per carry in the Dolphins loses. In there victory, they produced over 5 yards per carry. The key to victory for Miami is to get the run game going. Having Tannehill throw the ball 45 times is never a good idea.
For the Bengals, the problem lies in the offense as a whole. Particularly the passing attack. Dalton has averaged a 62% completion rate and 286 yards over his last 2 games. I’m expecting somewhat of another prime time meltdown. To take pressure of Dalton , the Bengals will need to rely on the rushing tandem of Hill and Bernard if they are to win this game. Getting Vontaze Burfict back will also give a much needed bust to their defense.
This is a must win game for both teams. In order to get the W they need to protect the average quarterback play by getting the running game going . I have the Bengals taking the victory. Score-line- 23–17
The Good: Jarvis Landry
Jarvis, the target monster. Is ranked third in targets through three weeks. Behind 1.) Antonio Brown & 2.) Mike Evans. He should continue his rein as a PPR king against an underwhelming Bengals secondary that ranks 25th in pass coverage. Landry is averaging over 11 targets a game. I’m expecting double digit targets again this week. Jarvis is a WR1 in PPR. WR2 in standard leagues this week.
The Good: Jeremy Hill
In a tough match-up against the Denver defense Hill looked like his old 2014 self again. Taking the rock 17 times for 97 yards and 2 scores. Including a season long 50 yard run. He will look to continue his quality play against a Dolphins front that is allowing more than 4.5 yards per carry this season. I expect the Bengals to lean on the run this Thursday Night. Hill is a RB2 with upside this week.
The Bad: Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton has produced pedestrian type numbers so far this season. Through three weeks he has 2 touchdown passes and as many interceptions. Dalton’s prime time game history is atrocious. His record is 4–8, while averaging 200 yards a game and 57% completion rate. In his 12 previous prime time games, he has 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He shouldn't be in your starting lineup this week. Low end QB2, even in a decent match-up.
The Ugly: The Dolphins Backfield
The Dolphins backfield is one of the ugliest RBBC’s in the league at the moment. With starting back, Arian Foster still sidelined with his groin injury. The Dolphins are using a 4 back rotation. Ajayi, Pead, Williams, and Drake. None of these RB’s can be trusted as anything more than a Flex in very deep leagues.