Miami Dolphins-New England Patriots: Monday Night Fantasy Preview

Jeff KerrContributor IOctober 4, 2010

Miami Dolphins-New England Patriots: Monday Night Fantasy Preview

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    The Dolphins and the Patriots square off in a key AFC East matchup on Monday Night Football.

    Miami (2-1) is coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Jets, but looks to keep their offense on fire against one of the NFL’s young defenses. 

    New England's (2-1) offense shined against the Bills, but now faces a tougher challenge against Miami’s front seven.

    If you own these players, expect to be in an excellent mood on Tuesday morning.

WR Brandon Marshall

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    Marshall finally started playing equivalent to the All-Pro receiver he was in Denver last Sunday night against the Jets.

    Marshall caught 10 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown against one of the NFL’s top secondary units (albeit without Darrelle Revis). 

    Expect the same tonight against a defense that has allowed 260.3 passing yards per game (28th in the NFL). 

    Marshall should score you around 13 to 25 points tonight.

RB Ronnie Brown

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    The Wildcat formation is back at full throttle, which means Miami will be relying on Brown to carry the workload. 

    The Patriots defense has struggled all season against the run, and the NFL’s 15th ranked rushing attack will not make it any easier.

    Brown has yet to have a big game, but tonight should be the night he will score a few touchdowns for your fantasy team. 

    Expect Brown to score around 12 to 21 points tonight

QB Tom Brady

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    The Patriots championship quarterback usually puts up good fantasy numbers every week. 

    Brady will not let you down this week either.  

    Miami’s secondary has not been tested this season facing former Bills QB Trent Edwards, Brett Favre, and Mark Sanchez. 

    Tom Brady will see how good the NFL’s ninth ranked pass defense really is. 

    Expect Brady to throw between 250-350 yards and around three to four touchdowns.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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    If Green-Ellis is available in your fantasy league, sign him. 

    With Fred Taylor out, Green-Ellis will see more carries as the featured back. 

    Green-Ellis had a good game last week, running the ball 16 times for 98 yards and scoring a touchdown against the Bills. 

    Miami’s run defense is still adjusting to life without Jason Taylor again and Green-Ellis could make it a long night for them. 

    Expect Green-Ellis to score around 17 to 20 points this week with a more intense workload.

TE Aaron Hernandez

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    Hernandez has been a trendy signing for fantasy owners over the last two weeks. 

    The tight end is the Patriots leading receiver with 13 catches for 211 yards. 

    Hernandez’s only downfall is he has no touchdowns and has not been targeted in the endzone by Brady. 

    This player is great in the middle of the field and will get you about 5 to 8 points if you start him tonight against the untested Dolphins secondary. 

    If he catches a touchdown pass tonight—your fantasy team should be in good shape.