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Week 15 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Patriots vs Dolphins

Larry Rupp
Miami Dolphins D/ST could be in for a big day in Week 15.
Miami Dolphins D/ST could be in for a big day in Week 15. / Mark Brown/Getty Images
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The Miami Dolphins (8-5) are looking to stay in the race for the AFC East title as they take on a divisional opponent in the New England Patriots (6-7) in Week 15 NFL action. This game is expected to come down to the wire as the Dolphins are just 1.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportbook's NFL betting odds.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 15 Patriots-Dolphins showdown.

Damien Harris Fantasy

Start Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots: The Patriots' offense has been dismal almost all season, but Damien Harris has shown some promise as a reliable starting running back. He has now seen double-digit carries in all but one of his games played this season and is averaging over 5.0 yards per carry. He draws a great matchup in Week 15 as the Dolphins are giving up 120.2 rushing yards per game (11th-most in the NFL). With the passing game almost nonexistent, look for the Patriots to lean on Harris a lot this Sunday as they try to upset the Dolphins. He's a solid FLEX play this week.

Miami Dolphins D/ST Fantasy

Start Miami Dolphins D/ST: A major reason why the Dolphins are competing for a playoff spot this season is the stellar play of their defense. They forced four turnover last week, tying Miami for the league lead with 25 takeaways this season (16 interceptions, 9 fumbles). The Dolphins also know how to attack the opposing QB, ranking 11th in the NFL with 34 sacks on the season. With the Patriots scoring just 3 points in their last two contests, this game has all the makings for an impressive defensive performance from the Dolphins. If they are available in your league, add them this week and start them.

Cam Newton Fantasy

Sit Cam Newton, QB, New England Patriots: Cam Newton is all over the place this season. He has had huge performances one week, followed up by complete duds the next week. He simply isn't reliable enough to be relevant in fantasy football right now. Newton has a combined total of 272 passing yards over the last three weeks and hasn't passed or rushed for a single touchdown in two out of those three games. Fantasy football managers have been waiting for him to figure it out, but it just hasn't happened. He is nothing more than a low-end QB2 for the rest of the season and should not come anywhere close to your starting lineup.

All Miami Dolphins Running Backs Fantasy

Sit All Miami Dolphins Running Backs: Good luck trying to figure this backfield out right now. With starter Myles Gaskin being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, there are multiple players competing for carries moving forward. First off, Salvon Ahmed may return from injury this week and Matt Breida just cleared COVID protocol. Add these guys into the mix with last week's running backs DeAndre Washington and Lynn Bowden Jr. Simply put, it would be hard to trust any of these players right now. If you need running back help, look at other options and avoid starting anyone in this backfield if possible this week.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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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