It’s been a surprising season for the Miami Dolphins as they’ve chipped to an 8-5 record and currently hold one of the AFC Wildcard spots. The surprises continued this past week as starting QB Ryan Tannehill sprained both his MCL and ACL.
— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2016
Luckily for Tannehill and the Dolphins, he didn’t suffer a tear which means there’s still hope if Miami is able to continue their playoff push in his absence. However, what does this mean for your fantasy playoff push? Key injuries always seem to happen at the most inopportune of times.
Veteran Matt Moore will make his first start in 5 years in replacement of Tannehill, and the team also signed T.J. Yates.
The Ryan Tannehill injury has Jay Ajayi owners rejoicing. As if their emerging star at running back hasn’t already been a workhorse, he will get a heavy dose of carries to finish the season with the key component of their passing game going down.
While Ajayi reached his peak back in weeks 6 and 7 where he broke off consecutive 200+ yard performances, he remains a high-end RB2 and now an RB1 with the injury to Tannehill. In week 15 or your semifinals, he should finish as one of the top RBs of the week as he goes against a New York Jets’ front which has underperformed in the past few weeks. Ajayi will be given 20+ carries and put together a double-digit fantasy performance.
For relevant receivers such as Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, they are huge gambles with Matt Moore under center. Landry is coming off his first 100 yard game since week 3, but he hasn’t posted double-digit fantasy points since then. While he has a decent matchup this week, he’s a low-end FLEX play. Parker has no business in your starting lineup – averaging less than 6 fantasy points over the past 3 weeks.