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Fantasy football advice, Week 7: Who to start/sit for Texans vs. Dolphins

This has to be a "loser leaves town" match, right? The loser is officially done for 2015.

The Miami Dolphins had a lot of preseason talk as a potential contender, but instead sit at 2-3 after six weeks. The Houston Texans didn't have as much hype, but with the league's best defensive player and great players at running back and wide receiver, you had to think they'd be decent, but instead they are at 2-4, and are only contenders because the AFC South has struggled so mightily. Sunday, they play each other, and you have to think the loser can close the book on 2015.

The Texans will be without wide receiver Cecil Shorts III in Week 7 as he deals with a hamstring issue. The team has several other names on the injury report -- running backs Arian Foster, Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes and wide receiver Nate Washington -- but they all should be available for the game. On the Miami side, there is much less to discuss; wide receiver Kenny Stills is the only fantasy-relevant player on the injury report, and he should be fine for the game.

Houston will be in Miami for Sunday's game, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Let's take a look at the fantasy names consider:


Start 'em: Even as he continues to deal with groin issues, Arian Foster is a clear must-start at running back. ... DeAndre Hopkins has been a monster all year; he has one game with fewer than 15 fantasy points in 2015.

Sit 'em: Since taking back the team's starting job, Brian Hoyer has looked good, but it's hard to buy into that continuing. ... Foster pushes Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes to all fantasy benches. ... With Cecil Shorts III out, Nate Washington and Jaelen Strong will be the Texans' secondary receivers, but these aren't fantasy options. ... Garrett Graham has four catches all season, for 30 yards. Only a Week 2 touchdown has given him any fantasy points. ... C.J. Fiedorowicz has been better than Graham, which is as "damning with faint praise" as is humanly possible for a fantasy column. ... Nick Novak is averaging 6.3 fantasy points a game as a Texan. ... The Texans' defense has had only one decent game all season.


Start 'em: If Lamar Miller can continue to perform like he did in Week 6, he'll be much more interesting the rest of the way. ... Jarvis Landry has been competent or above in every game this year. He's a must-start, albeit without a significant ceiling. ... Jordan Cameron is a borderline TE1, but if you have him, odds are you're using him.

Start 'em?: We're still waiting for big games from Ryan Tannehill, but the team looked much improved after its bye, making him a reasonable QB2. ... Rishard Matthews has at least eight fantasy points in four of five games. He's not great, but has potential. ... The Dolphins' defense was supposed to be better than it has been, but it came out of its bye really strong.

Sit 'em: Landry and Matthews are the only wide receivers in Miami worthy of use right now. Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings and DeVante Parker are just roster-fillers at best. ... Andrew Franks hasn't cracked double-digit fantasy points all year.


Start in every league: Arian Foster, DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Cameron
Start if you're desperate: Ryan Tannehill, Rishard Matthews, Miami defense
Bench: Brian Hoyer, Alfred Blue, Chris Polk, Jonathan Grimes, Nate Washington, Jaelen Strong, Garrett Graham, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Nick Novak, Houston defense, Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings, DeVante Parker, Andrew Franks