This week, we look to Tampa Bay to exploit Miami's defense, plus a few more matchups to watch.
MATCHUPS TO EXPLOIT
Buccaneers (at Dolphins)
The Dolphins have ruined primetime football, as their “defense” has surrendered a combined 112 points in — as you might’ve guessed — three consecutive losses. Clearly rookie coordinator Matt Burke’s unit isn’t ready for primetime, and there’s little reason to believe they’re ready for the Bucs at noon either. Led by Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa got off the schneid vs. the Jets by basically being less awful than Gang Green. But against a run ‘D’ that put Alex Collins on the map, then picked Marshawn Lynch and Jonathan Stewart up off the mat, Doug Martin’s rebound awaits. And Cameron Brate — even more disappointing than Martin the past two games —should become the fifth consecutive TE1 finisher vs. the ‘Phins.
Must start: Mike Evans, Doug Martin, Cameron Brate
Solid play: DeSean Jackson
Worth a look: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chris Godwin, Bucs D/ST
Giants (vs. Chiefs)
They’re easy targets, but just as Jay Cutler isn’t Miami’s biggest problem, Eli Manning isn’t high on the Giants’ long list of issues. In fact, Manning played one of his better games in San Francisco and should stack strong outings vs. a Chiefs ‘D’ whose secondary is ripe for picking on (No 32 vs. fantasy wideouts, No. 27 vs. QBs). Sterling Shepard is WR14 over the past two weeks, and Evan Engram paces all tight ends over that span and is TE3 over the past month. This one has shootout potential with both defenses reeling, and although owners may have to live with a giveaway or two from Manning, he’ll produce with Shepard, Engram and surging RB Orleans Darkwa.
Must start: Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard
Solid play: Orleans Darkwa, Eli Manning
Worth a look: Roger Lewis