The Buffalo Bills play the Miami Dolphins this week for second place in the AFC East. With the New England Patriots sitting comfortably ahead of the pack at 8-3, it’s unlikely that either Buffalo or Miami will play for anything other than second place as the year progresses. However, that doesn’t mean that this match-up will have any less action.
Both teams have had some solid fantasy football performances of late. With bad weather expected for the game, it could limit potential fantasy scoring. Of course, it could also lead to a few big plays due to poor field conditions.
Here are the Dolphins who just might have good fantasy football days against our Bills.
RB Kenyan Drake
Yes, he’s listed as questionable due to a shoulder injury, and yes, he missed time at the end of the game against the Indianapolis Colts last week. Head coach Adam Gase has also said that Drake will be a non-contact participant all week in practice. If he does play, however, Drake is definitely the runner to have in Miami’s backfield. Even as Frank Gore continues to outpace Drake in carries per game and in yards per game, Drake has more touchdowns (4), receptions (28), receiving yards (298), and receiving touchdowns (3) than Gore. In 3 career games against Buffalo, Drake has 34 carries for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s added nine receptions for 50 yards. He’s worthy of the wait even if he’s a game-time decision on Sunday.
K Jason Sanders
Miami’s placekicker has 80 fantasy points on the year, which is only 18th among kickers. He has been very accurate, however, making 16-of-17 field goal attempts so far, including 8-of-9 attempts of greater than 40 yards. His only limit to his fantasy scoring has been opportunity, and in a game that I expect will be tight against a tough Buffalo defense, I think he will have more chances to convert than usual.
Even as they’ve lost two games in a row, the Dolphins have been able to force turnovers and generate sacks. They have at least one turnover forced in three straight contests, and they’ve registered more than one sack in over half their games this season. A wet football does some funny things, so if the weather is poor, the Dolphins defense may be able to score a few points as a result.