Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/6/12

Miami: Ryan Tannehill finally had a breakout game last week, throwing for over 400 yards against a pretty good Cardinals secondary.

Now he faces off with a defense that ranks in the bottom half of the league in passing yards per game, and a Bengals offense that ranks in the top 10, so that means Tannehill likely will have to throw the ball to keep pace. 

You probably have a better starter on hand, but if you’re a Romo/Stafford owner that’s in a pinch because of the bye week, you could do worse than Tannehill.

Of course when Tannehill throws for over 400 yards, the receivers had to be worth playing, and boy was Brian Hartline ever worth it. 

Hartline caught a ridiculous 12 passes for 253 yards, including an 80-yard bomb on broken coverage. Even if you take the TD away as an aberration of horrible coverage, he still had a very Wes Welker-esque 11 catches for 173 yards. 

Tannehill seems to love throwing to the guy, so take advantage of it against a vulnerable Bengals secondary.

Reggie Bush gutted out a bruised knee to play last week against the Cardinals, trying desperately to put his reputation as a brittle runner behind him. He only gained 67 yards, but it was good to see that no other runner got more than 4 carries. As long as he plays, you have to start Bush on opportunity and potential alone.


Good Start: RB Reggie Bush, WR Brian Hartline

Middle of the Road: QB Ryan Tannehill, WR Davone Bess

Bad Start: TE Anthony Fasano


Cincinnati:  Since getting pasted by the Ravens in Week 1, the Bengals have come on strong, winning all three of their games in that time span. Now the Bengals get the Dolphins who gave the Cardinals all they could handle last week. Andy Dalton has looked good so far this year, and he faces off against a Dolphins defense that ranks 30th against the pass.  

Like Tannehill, Dalton probably isn’t your regular starter, but he makes a fine backup and this is a game where you could start him with confidence if your regular starter is on bye or has a bad matchup.

And if you’re facing off against the 30th ranked pass defense and you’re an A.J. Green owner, you’re probably salivating at the potential stat line for this game. Green has turned into the best receiver in fantasy football, and he has shown no signs of slowing down.

This should be another 100-yard receiving day for him with at least one score. You could also confidently start slot sparkplug Andrew Hawkins, as well as Armon Binns  and Jermaine Gresham if you’re having bye week issues or your regular flex player has a poor matchup. 

I would expect one of those three to end up with a score, and I would hedge my bets toward Hawkins on a big play.

The one guy I probably wouldn’t start this week from the Bengals is BenJarvus Green-Ellis. So far, Green-Ellis hasn’t been any better than Cedric Benson has been the last couple of years, and he has even fumbled four times after never fumbling at all last year. The Dolphins rank No. 1 in the league at stopping the run, so don’t expect more than about 50 yards from Green-Ellis this week.


Good Start: QB Andy Dalton, WR A.J. Green

Middle of the Road: WR Andrew Hawkins, WR Armon Binns, TE Jermaine Gresham

Bad Start: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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