Week 15 Fantasy Football Breakdown: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

Jeremy AlpertSenior Analyst IIDecember 19, 2010

Week 15 Match-up:  Buffalo Bills (3-10) at Miami Dolphins (7-6)

Rankings based on top 16 QBs, 32 RBs, 48 WRs and 16 TEs.

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Buffalo Bills (Bills Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Miami Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game Sixth - TDs Allowed T-Sixth

Miami Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game Seventh – TDs Allowed T-Sixth


Buffalo Offensive Cast

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 221/378 – for 2,526 yards and 21 TDs

The Dolphins are just too tough on defense to consider playing Fitz this week.


Fred Jackson (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 25)

2010 Season: 181 carries for 775 yards and five TDs || 28 receptions for 191 yards and two TDs

Freddy went back up over 100 yards against the Browns last weekend, but the Dolphins defense is a whole different animal to contend with.  He’ll get his fair share of touches in this one, but temper your expectations of FJax against a seventh-ranked Miami rush D that’s allowed just six rushing TDs on the season.


C.J. Spiller (RB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 56 carries for 232 yards and no TDs || 20 receptions for 82 yards and one TD

Spiller won’t be getting enough touches to do any damage with Jackson ahead of him and playing well.


Steve Johnson (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 13)

2010 Season: 66 receptions for 874 yards and nine TDs

Ever since his embarrassing drop in the end zone in OT against Pittsburgh three weeks ago, Stevie J has pretty much fallen off the fantasy map.  He’s still a touchdown waiting to happen, but the Dolphins don’t allow too many of those (15, sixth in the NFL) so temper your expectations a bit and find another third wide receiver if you can.


Lee Evans (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 37 receptions for 578 yards and four TDs

Evans has been placed on injured reserve, so go ahead and drop him from your team.


David Nelson (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 28 receptions for 292 yards and two TDs

Nelson is looking pretty good as a big 6’5” receiver, but you can’t play him just yet in a playoff situation.


Jonathan Stupar (TE Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 10 receptions for 104 yards and no TDs

HOLY CRAP!!!  Stupar caught THREE passes last week for 45 yards, nearly doubling his output on the season!


Miami Dolphins (Dolphins Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Buffalo Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game Fourth - TDs Allowed 25th

Buffalo Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 32nd – TDs Allowed T-26th


Miami Offensive Cast

Chad Henne (QB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 233/385 – for 2,676 yards and 13 TDs

Henne won’t be too bad of a play this weekend if you’re in desperate need of a QB.


Ronnie Brown (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 27)

2010 Season: 172 carries for 644 yards and three TDs || 23 receptions for 166 yards and no TDs

Ronnie has been a huge bummer this year grabbing just three TDs and not once rushing for more than 85 yards or putting up 100 total yards in a game.  If he’s going to do it, however, it will be against this awful Bills rush D (165.8 rush yards/game, last in the NFL).  He might be worth a shot if you’re looking for the home run this fantasy playoff weekend.


Ricky Williams (RB Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 132 carries for 578 yards and two TDs || 12 receptions for 86 yards and one TD

Ricky could see enough opportunities in this one to actually do some damage.  If you’re looking for someone to take a chance on, Ricky might be your best bet this playoff weekend


Brandon Marshall (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 20)

2010 Season: 60 receptions for 709 yards and two TDs

Marshall had eight catches in his first game against Buffalo this season, and seeing that Henne finally found him for his second touchdown of the season last weekend, “Baby T.O.” may be looking to go on his yearly end-of-the-season roll right about now.


Davone Bess (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 62 receptions for 673 yards and three TDs

Bess will be good for PPR leagues, but that’s about it this weekend with the Dolphins likely to run the rock all game.


Anthony Fasano (TE Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 34 receptions for 467 yards and four TDs

Fasano isn’t involved enough in the offense to be worth taking a chance on.