Fantasy football projections, Week 8: Dolphins vs. Patriots featuring Ryan Tannehill, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski

Maddie Meyer

We break down the Week 8 matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots.

The Week 8 contest between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots could feature some serious tight end production. We've got all the fantasy projections for you courtesy of numberFire.

Ryan Tannehill will look to get his team back on the winning trail as the Dolphins find themselves in the middle of a three-game skid. Tannehill did manage to throw three touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills in Week 7, but he also threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a score.

He'll have to do better against the Patriots and if he finds himself in a sticky situation, he'll most likely rely on tight end Charles Clay as a check down. Clay has had all of his three touchdowns in the last three games for the Dolphins and he should see more targets against the Patriots than the three saw against Buffalo last week.

New England Patriots

The organization left fantasy owners stumped in regard to when their star tight end Rob Gronkowski would return from injury. Luckily, Gronkowski himself didn't stump his owners when he took the field against the New York Jets in Week 7. Although Gronkowski did not find the endzone in the contest, he was targeted a team-high 17 times in the contest and caught eight passes for 114 yards, immediately re-establishing himself as one of the league's elite fantasy tight ends.

Unfortunately for owners of quarterback Tom Brady, Gronkowski's return didn't have as much of a positive effect on Brady's numbers as many would have hoped. For the second time in years (and the second time in the last three games), Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass against the Jets last week. While fantasy owners may have been holding their breath thinking that Brady's down year was mostly due to injuries in the receiving corps, it seems that Brady may just be slowing down after all.

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