The Miami Dolphins will head to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. The Buccaneers have yet to win a game this season, in fact, Monday will mark one year since the Buccaneers won their last home game. The 4-4 Dolphins are entering Monday's game as they look to put their off the field issues behind them. There is plenty of talent on both rosters, but their underwhelming output will finally see the national spotlight.
As usual, we're here to comment on what fantasy owners can expect from Monday's contest.
Ryan Tannehill: He's quietly put up double-digit fantasy points all season, but hasn't been able to put up strong QB1 numbers in the process. Tannehill will remain a QB2 against the Buccaneers. There is a lot of speculation that the Dolphins will commit to the run game more in Week 10, but shutting down Mike Wallace isn't going to keep Tannehill from finding some work in the passing game. That said, he'll likely do what he's always done: Keep fantasy owners afloat. He won't cost you your week, but it's unlikely he'll win it for you.
Running backs: Lamar Miller continues to flash when given opportunities, and the Dolphins gave him 18 carries in Week 8 and 16 carries in Week 9. Tampa Bay is average against the run, making Miller a decent RB2 option for the week. Daniel Thomas still saw 12 carries in Week 9, so he's a desperation play for anyone hoping for one or two shots at the goal line.
Wide receivers: Mike Wallace has been feast-or-famine for most of the season. He faces Darrelle Revis on Monday. Revis has improved lately, but can still give up big plays, which Wallace is very capable of. If it weren't for his ability to break out for a big play, Wallace wouldn't even be worth starting, but he'll be at WR3 option for most owners. Brian Hartline is another WR3 worth taking a look at. He'll likely see a good deal of targets -- adding to his value in PPR formats. Hartline hasn't found the end zone since Week 3, so you're likely starting him based solely on his yardage and reception projections.
Tight ends: If anyone else will benefit from Revis shadowing Wallace, it will be tight end Charles Clay. Clay has been a disappointment over the past several weeks, but he's a strong TE2 option in most formats that will see around five targets or more. Tampa Bay isn't the best defense to test with a fantasy tight end, but he'll get his share of opportunities.
Defense/ Special teams: Miami ended up with big fantasy numbers against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9, but it may not be as easy against the Buccaneers. Mike Glennon hasn't thrown an interception since Week 5, and the Buccaneers did just score 24 points against the Seahawks in Seattle. That said, Miami can be considered a top-10 start simply because there aren't many enticing matchups in Week 10.
Mike Glennon: Glennon, like Tannehill, hasn't posted huge fantasy numbers since being named the starter in Week 4. However, Glennon has managed double-digit points since Week 5. Miami isn't a matchup worth testing in most formats. Consider Glennon a QB2 on Monday.
Running backs: Mike James saw 30 touches in Week 9 against the Seahawks. His workload alone makes him a great RB2 moving forward. The Dolphins have allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs this season, making James even more appealing to owners that were savvy enough to scoop him from their waiver wire. Doug Martin is officially on the injured reserve, meaning James owners will be riding him out the rest of the way with confidence.
Wide receivers: Despite his rough outing against the Seahawks, Vincent Jackson remains a low-end WR1. Miami has limited fantasy points for wide receivers, but Jackson will continue to be Glennon's favorite target. Expect the Buccaneers to explore ways on getting the ball into Jackson's hands all evening. Mike Williams was the second-most targeted wide receiver on the roster, and he's out for the season with a torn hamstring. For the time being, there simply isn't another receiver worth gambling on on Tampa Bay's roster.
Tight ends: Aside from Jackson, tight end Tim Wright is the only other Tampa Bay pass-catcher worth starting. He has emerged as a legitimate weapon in the passing game with 24 targets over the past four weeks. Wright is making a case as a TE1 option moving forward, scoring a touchdown in each of his past two starts. When Jackson struggles to get open on Monday night, it will likely be Wright benefiting. He deserves to be considered a top-10 start in Week 10.
Defense/ Special teams: The Dolphins haven't been protecting Tannehill well all season, but their weakness isn't one that Tampa Bay will be able to easily exploit. They've totaled just five sacks over the past five games. That said, if there is any week for Tampa Bay to see a spark in pressuring the quarterback, it'll be Week 10. The Dolphins have allowed a league-high 35 sacks this season. Tampa Bay is a borderline 12-team start, but their inability to attack the quarterback makes them a shaky consideration.