Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller, Jarvis Landry's Post-Week 9 Fantasy Advice

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2015

Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Preston Brown (52) closes in on Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill (17) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
Bill Wippert/Associated Press

It was a rough day for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in a 33-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills in New York, but fantasy owners of some of their offensive stars made out pretty well.

Lamar Miller didn't rack up the yards on the ground, but he made up for it by finding the end zone twice.

Week 9: Lamar Miller Stats
CarriesYardsTargetsReceptionsYardsTD
124477972
Source: ESPN.com

Although Miller has just 59 yards rushing the past two weeks, he has scored three touchdowns. The Buffalo game was the fourth straight in which he scored at least a touchdown after being held without one the first four games of the season.

Miller is clearly the No. 1 back on Miami, as no other rusher carried the ball more than five times Sunday. Another surprising positive for Miller owners is his 12 receptions the past two weeks. He caught all seven targets from Tannehill against Buffalo. 

It was his best game of the season, and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel thinks he will continue his success if the Dolphins utilize him more often:

Fantasy owners can consider Miller a low-end RB2 at this point. His knack for finding the end zone is appealing, but with only two games of at least 100 yards on the ground, it's a bit of a risk to start him in case he does not score.   

Week 9: Ryan Tannehill Stats
CompletionsAttemptsYardsTDINT
273630900*
Source: ESPN.com/Lost a fumble

Tannehill had his second straight game with at least one turnover and no touchdown passes. He started the season hot with 13 touchdowns over his first six games, but owners can't be happy with the recent lack of scoring.

His 609 passing yards the past two weeks are decent but don't mean much if he isn't finding receivers in the end zone and is racking up negative points with turnovers. He has now thrown nine interceptions his past six games after throwing zero his first two.

With games in the next three weeks on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets and a home matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, Tannehill is not worth a start.

If you are dealing with an injury at the quarterback position or your starter is on a bye, he's a good option as a short-term fill-in at best.

Week 9: Jarvis Landry Stats
ReceptionsYardsTDTargets
1169013
Source: ESPN.com

Jarvis Landry continues to be Tannehill's favorite receiver but failed once again to score a touchdown Sunday. His 13 targets against Buffalo were by far a team high, but he only turned it in to 69 yards.

He did add four rushes for 18 yards, and actually completed a pass to Tannehill for nine yards. ESPN's James Walker noted how much he means to the Dolphins:

However, importance to a team does not always equal fantasy success for owners.

Landry has just two receiving touchdowns all season, and they both came in the same game Oct. 25 against a putrid Houston Texans defense. He does have a punt return for a touchdown, and one rushing touchdown on 12 carries, but that's not enough to consider him a WR1 at this point.

His 53 receptions make him much more appealing in a points-per-reception league, but even there he is a WR2 at best. In non-PPR leagues he checks in at WR3 until he can start finding the end zone.

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