Breaking Down Sunday’s Fantasy Matchups for Bills-Dolphins

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch vs. Dolphins LB Channing Crowder

Lynch no doubt is frustrating fantasy owners a bit. He has yet to hit the 100-yard mark, but he has performed well and has five touchdowns. The Bills continue to get good play from backup running back Fred Jackson, who is cutting into Lynch’s touches a bit. Lynch is receiving 19.5 touches per game, counting receptions. He is due for a big game on the ground. However, Miami has a better run defense than pass defense. The Dolphins may be without nose tackle Jason Ferguson (ribs), though. With Crowder leading the pursuit, the Dolphins rank 12th against the run. They are 27th against the pass.

Bills WR Lee Evans vs. Dolphins CB Will D. Allen

The Dolphins have to be Evans’ favorite team to face. In eight games against Miami, he has accounted for 554 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Coincidentally, all eight of Evans’ touchdown catches against Miami have come in the second game of the season in this AFC East series. Allen should draw Evans, who is 5-foot-10, 197 pounds, because of their comparable sizes. Allen played last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens despite nursing a sore left knee and wasn’t his usual, sharp self. He slipped on a critical third-down play and allowed receiver Derrick Mason to catch an 11-yard touchdown pass. The Dolphins have allowed the most pass plays of 20 or more yards in the league.



Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano vs. Bills LB Keith Ellison

At 6-foot, 229 pounds, Ellison, the fill-in for injured starter Angelo Crowell (knee), is built more like a strong safety than strongside linebacker. While he’s experienced (21 starts in three seasons), Ellison isn’t strong enough to push around Fasano on running or passing downs. Fasano is averaging 14.6 yards per catch, but he has disappeared at times this season. He hasn’t caught more than three passes since his season-opening eight-catch performance against the New York Jets.


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