The Dolphins give up the most points to quarterbacks of any fantasy defense. Manning is having his best season yet. Not much more to say about this one.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Dolphins defense allows only the 13th most fantasy points to opposing running backs, meaning this isn't the greatest matchup for Bradshaw. I do believe the Giants will continue to pound the ball, however, and you can't sit a guy who scored three touchdowns the last time he played.
I expect Manning to be able to move the ball at will against the Dolphins secondary. He'll spread the ball, like always, but Nicks is clearly his top target. Vontae Davis is a talented cornerback, but Nicks is an elite receiver, and a good bet for either 100 yards or a score, or both.
Mario hasn't been super this year, but he does have back to back games in which he caught five passes for 56 yards (there's something to say about consistency). Manningham came close to scoring a touchdown on a number of occasions against the Bills, so there's a strong chance he'll finally get in the end zone this week.
It's impossible to know whether or not Cruz will be above Manningham in the pecking order this week, but he does have a couple things in his favor. He only needs to see one ball come his way to put in one of his patented highlight reel catches, and the Dolphins' pass defense is retched enough that all three of the Giants' top receivers can put up solid numbers.
It's amazing how big a role he has had in the offense this season. Whether or not you believe that will continue, you can surely do worse than taking a flier on Ballard as a bye week fill-in. The Dolphins are giving up the second most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, and Ballard has at least 70 yards or a touchdown in three straight games.
This is a dream match up for any fantasy defenses. The Dolphins are allowing the second most points to opposing fantasy defenses, and they haven't even faced that many great defensive teams. The Giants are tied for the NFL lead with 21 sacks, and they'll finally welcome back defensive leader Justin Tuck. Anything
Dolphins Worth Starting:
Outside of Brandon Marshall (matchup: 8), there's not really anyone here I'd feel comfortable with starting. Daniel Thomas (matchup: 6.5) isn't a bad bye-week filler, but Reggie Bush (matchup: 5) should only be starting as a fill-in in PPR leagues.