All these great games in Week 13 -- Denver-Kansas City, New England-Green Bay, Seattle-San Francisco, even San Diego-Baltimore -- and we get stuck with the 6-5 Miami Dolphins against the 2-9 New York Jets on Monday night? Thanks a lot, schedule guys.
The Dolphins had quarterback Ryan Tannehill, running back Lamar Miller, wide receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Charles Clay on the week's injury report. Tannehill, Miller and Wallace all ought to be fine for Sunday, though Clay is more of a question mark as he deals with knee and hamstring issues. The Jets also have several fantasy players on the week's injury report. Running backs Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson and wide receiver Eric Decker are all expected to be fine for Monday night, while tight end Jace Amaro isn't likely to play as he deals with a concussion, and quarterback Michael Vick has already been benched.
The Jets host Monday's game at 8:30 p.m. ET. Let's look at the fantasy considerations:
Start 'em: Against a brutal pass defense, and playing really strong of late, Ryan Tannehill is a QB1 for Week 13. ... The Dolphins' defense is one of the league's top units, and the Jets don't have anything special on offense. That is the week's single best unit.
Start 'em?: All signs point to Lamar Miller being active Monday night, though against a strong run defense, he's only a strong flex play. ... Mike Wallace doesn't have a very high ceiling, but he has a reasonably high floor, and works as a decent flex play. ... Jarvis Landry has been strong of late, and looks like a mid-range flex play. ... Charles Clay's case is curious. If he plays, he's a strong fantasy option against that defense, but he's no guarantee to play, and the game isn't until Monday night. How lucky do you feel? ... Caleb Sturgis had his least productive game of the season in Week 12, but overall, he has averaged almost nine points a game all season.
Sit 'em: With Wallace and Landry looking strong, Brian Hartline's fantasy stock has faded.
Sit 'em: He's got the starting job back, but Geno Smith isn't anything like a fantasy option. ... The Jets moved to a Chris Ivory-heavy gameplan earlier in the season, but lately Chris Johnson has risen back up and made it a timeshare. Neither is a strong option; they are two super low-end flexes at best. ... Eric Decker is a better option than Percy Harvin, though you don't want to use either unless things have gotten really bad. ... With Jace Amaro out, the Jets will use Jeff Cumberland and Zach Sudfeld at tight end, and you are welcome to ignore them. ... Nick Folk is a good kicker on an offense that doesn't let him do that enough. ... The Jets' defense followed its best game of the season with its worst, and is a stay-away.
Start in every league: Ryan Tannehill, Miami defense
Start if you're desperate: Lamar Miller, Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry, Charles Clay, Caleb Sturgis
Bench: Brian Hartline, Geno Smith, Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, Eric Decker, Percy Harvin, Jeff Cumberland, Zach Sudfeld, Nick Folk, New York defense