Kickoff: Thursday, September 24th, 8:20 PM ET
Location: TIAA Bank Field
Betting Odds: Jax -3, 48 o/u total via Oddsshark
Network: NFL Network
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Sit)
There’s not much to say about this one. Fitzmagic has been Fitztragic. Nothing to see here…carry on.
Jordan Howard, Myles Gaskin, Matt Breida, (All Sits)
Again, not much to see here. The Dolphins’ offense has been abysmal. Myles Gaskin has been the only bright spot in this backfield. The problem is that Jordan Howard is taking goalline work, further diminishing Gaskin’s value. Even in a decent matchup, I would not recommend any of these backs.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
DeVante Parker (Flex, WR3), Preston Williams (Sit/Desperation Deep-league flex), Mike Gesicki (Start/Fringe TE1)
It may have just been easier to write, “sit all of the Dolphins’ offense”. DeVante Parker has been battling injuries and I am concerned about his overall durability heading into this matchup. However, with the lack of options in this passing game, it is hard not to suggest Parker. Preston Williams has not impressed and Mike Gesicki has become the only other viable receiving option in the Dolphins’ passing game. Even Gesicki is barely worthy of starting consideration in a deep tight end postition.
Gardner Minshew II (Start, fringe-QB1)
Is Minshew mania here to stay? Gardner Minshew has certainly impressed me so far this season and is surprising people with his play, given the overall expectations of the team coming into the season. He gets an incredible matchup against the Dolphins and should offer plenty of upside in this one.
James Robinson (Start, RB2), Chris Thompson (Sit)
James Robinson looked great last week against a Titans unit that is generally stingy against the run. This should be a much easier test for him and he should be deployed where he can be. Chris Thomspon has been disappointing and it is odd that they aren’t using him more in the passing game. He did snag a touchdown last week but he hasn’t been getting enough work to justify rolling out there.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
D.J. Chark (Start, WR2), Keelan Cole (WR4/Deep-Flex), Laviska Shenault (Sit), Chris Conley (Sit), Tyler Eifert (Sit)
I am calling this as the D.J. Chark breakout game if he is healthy and ready to go on Thursday night. Chark has not looked as good as we saw him last year and has been lacking the touchdown production. That should turn around with volume and he is the only one I trust to start in this matchup. Keep an eye on Chark’s injury status, but if he’s out there I love his chances in this matchup against an injury-depleted Dolphins secondary that just got ripped by the Bills. Feel free to flex the other guys if you have to but I do not know which is the better play between Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault in all honesty. Cole has been fairly consistent over two weeks, while Shenault is having plays designed for him in the running game. Tyler Eifert is getting red zone targets, but there are too many other tight end options this week.
-Aaron Rader (@Ray_Dur on Twitter and Reddit)