Fantasy Football Defenses Are Must-Start Options Against Miami Dolphins

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Miami Dolphins reacts after the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens v Miami Dolphins | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins' offense has started the season about as poorly as possible, combining for only 10 points in matchups against the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots through the first two weeks.

These struggles have seen them concede huge fantasy scores to their opposing defenses, giving up 13 to the Ravens and 37 to the Patriots.

Most Points by a Defense in Fantasy Football

Those 35 fantasy points from the Patriots were by far the highest of any team in the 1 p.m. slate of games, and eight points more than any defense scored in Week 1.

In fact, no defense recorded even 35 fantasy points in any game in the 2018 or 2017 seasons either, and there hasn't been any other instances of a defense eclipsing 37 fantasy points in the last five years. The Dolphins just gave up a historically high fantasy score.

The Dolphins may switch to Josh Rosen at quarterback, but considering Rosen threw more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (11) as a rookie, that's not necessarily going to be much of an upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The next two weeks also see the Dolphins take on two of the NFL's best defenses in the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers. If you have either one on your fantasy squad, they're going to be must-start options against Miami.

Even after that two-game stretch, though, every single one of the Dolphins' opponents should be considered viable fantasy defense options, either as must-start top defenses or as streaming options, until Miami manages to turn things around.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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