The Miami Dolphins recently fired head coach Joe Philbin and promoted Dan Campbell to take the reigns. The results? After averaging 14 points per game over their first four games, the Dolphins posted 38 and 44 points in the two games coming out of their bye week. Lamar Miller has seen his points per game average rise from 6.7 to 22.6, his carries per game increase from 9.25 to 14, and his yards per carry improve from 3.5 to 7.2. In fact, the entire offense has gotten a boost. What we thought we knew about the Dolphins in terms of fantasy value and production changed dramatically overnight. Of course, new Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter was quick to point out that not all change is good, or immediate.
Mike Mularkey has now replaced Ken Whisenhunt at the helm in Tennessee. What we thought we knew about the Tennessee Titan players, in fantasy terms, no longer applies. All we have are unknowns. That might create a buying opportunity. Supposedly, Antonio Andrews is the workhorse. Rumors in the twitterverse say that David Cobb was a little overweight last week and might not be activated for Sunday’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints. This means that the rookie’s price on the wire may be suppressed. We’ve seen how quickly the pecking order can change in one snap due to an injury, fumble, or simply the hot hand. Kendall Wright is dealing with a knee injury and may not be able to suit up on Sunday. This means that 6’5” Dorial Green-Beckham should be on your radar. He’s been non-existent in the Titans offensive scheme to this point. Due to the aforementioned, that could change. Entering Week 9, DGB remains a desperation flex play, though for DFS players the matchup against the Saints secondary might be worth the cheap Hail Mary in GPP contests. Depending on his usage, the rookie has decent upside in season-long leagues as we head down the stretch. If you were impatient and cast him off a week or two ago as I did, you may want to use a token amount to get him back if you can afford the roster space. Don’t forget about Harry Douglas either.
Pep Hamilton is out as Offensive Coordinator in Indianapolis. Pep has been criticized in previous years for trying to ‘force’ the run game, even when it’s not there, only turning to Andrew Luck when trailing late in games. The Colts brought in Andre Johnson to give the passing game another weapon, but they’ve been unable to utilize the former Texans star. The Colts brass has been coy and deceptive about Luck’s injuries and there’s no way to be sure about the quarterback’s health moving forward. Having said that, now that Rob Chudzinski is calling the shots, I expect the Colts to open things up more. It will be interesting to see if they figure out how to get Andre Johnson to contribute more. Yes, he looks slower, but not enough to explain why he’s been unplayable in fantasy this year. He’s 34, not 45, and just a year removed from being a solid WR3 with an inferior QB. In 2014, he outproduced Keenan Allen, Jarvis Landry and Allen Robinson. Only time will tell if AJ will become flex worthy again. Keep an eye on Dwayne Allen’s usage as well.
You don’t need me to tell you about Jeremy Langford, but it will take most of your FAAB to get him.
Various players of interest:
Karlos Williams has the burst and speed but has been sidelined with concussion symptoms the last few weeks. The underrated fifth-round pick has resumed practicing and is on target to return to game action this weekend. LeSean McCoy is the only thing standing between him and a full complement of snaps.
If you are a glutton for punishment, you can try to roster Kendall Gaskins or Jarryd Hayne. With Blaine Gabbert taking over passing duties, defenses will stack the box. If you’ve got to drop Arian Foster and it’s just a $1 flier, sure. Otherwise pass.
Peyton Manning finally gets his replacement for Julius Thomas with the acquisition of Vernon Davis. Denver’s offensive line looked reborn against Green Bay, and coming off two weeks of rest, Peyton was able to throw accurate deep passes again.
With Keenan Allen out for the year and San Diego playing from behind a lot, Malcom Floyd might benefit from the volume.
Rounding out the list are Dwayne Harris, Marques Colston and Jay Ajayi.