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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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 13:  Tight end Randy McMichael #81 of the Miami Dolphins is stopped by cornerback Hank Poteat #32 of the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter on November 13, 2005 at Miami Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Patriots defeated th
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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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    MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 26: Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins makes a catch against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Jets won 31-23. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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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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    MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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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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    FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out the play in the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills during on September 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Bills 38-30.  (P
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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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    FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 26:  BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots gains yardage against the defense of Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Im
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Aaron Hernandez #85 of the New England Patriots runs through a tackle from David Harris #52 of the New York Jets during the first quarter at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jer
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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.