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The Miami defense has allowed more yards per catch to opposing tight ends than any other NFL team.
The Dolphins will have another test in Week 11 when Jason Witten visits Miami with QB Tony Romo back from injury. "We’ve addressed it and we know that we have one of the all-time great tight ends this weekend," defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said. "We’ve got to make sure we know exactly where he is and don’t ever get in that situation again." The Miami defense is not a startable Week 11 fantasy option with Romo back for Dallas. Nov 22 - 3:15 AM

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Miami rookie CB Bobby McCain is expected to see more playing time in Week 10, according to coach Dan Campbell.

"[Bobby] has earned the right to get out there and compete," Campbell said. "Bobby McCain will play a little bit. Brice [McCain] will still be in the nickel." Perhaps Campbell is looking for a spark from his defense, as Miami has been crushed for 69 total points in their last two games, both losses. The Dolphins D/ST will be a middling option in Week 10 on the road at Philadelphia.
Nov 13 - 2:46 AM

Dolphins DE Chris McCain has moved from linebacker to defensive end and will attempt to help the Miami pass rush after the loss of DE Cameron Wake (Achilles').

With Wake out for the season, the Miami defense will be looking for help in the pass rush department and McCain will attempt to fill-in as the Dolphins travel to Buffalo in Week 9. The Bills have given up 20 sacks this season, so Miami will be in a decent spot to try out their new-look pass rush without Wake. The Dolphins D/ST is a top-10 fantasy option this week.
Nov 7 - 3:49 AM

Despite a recent turnaround in performance, the Dolphins D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option this Thursday at New England.

The Miami defense has performed very well under interim coach Dan Campbell but travel to Gillette Stadium this week to take on the New England Patriots. The Patriots lead the NFL in scoring and have registered under 30 points just once this season. The Miami D/ST will return to relevancy in Week 9 when they face Buffalo.
Oct 29 - 1:12 AM

The Miami Dolphins will look to repeat their Week 6 defensive success on Sunday when they host the Houston Texans.

The Miami defense looked like a completely different group in Week 6 under interim coach Dan Campbell as they forced four turnovers and racked up six sacks against Tennessee. This week, the Dolphins D/ST will matchup with Houston and quarterback Brian Hoyer at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Although Hoyer has been uncharacteristically accurate this season, the Miami D/ST will be a top-five fantasy option in Week 7 as they appear to be ready to play up to preseason expectations.
Oct 24 - 2:06 AM

The Miami Dolphins will attempt to revitalize their pass rush this week under new DC Lou Anarumo.

Miami made some coaching changes during their Week 5 bye and is hoping for changes in the team's performance this week at Tennessee. The Dolphins still have recorded just one sack this season, by far the worst mark in the NFL. Tennessee has allowed 14 sacks in four games, so there is potential for the Miami D/ST to get on the right track on Sunday. Until the Miami defense shows improvement, they will be a bottom-tier fantasy option.
Oct 15 - 4:22 AM

The Miami Dolphins have fired defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.

Coyle will be replaced by Lou Anarumo, who was serving as Miami's defensive backs coach. The Miami defense was extremely disappointing under Coyle, as the group sits currently 30th among NFL teams in total yards allowed and dead-last in run defense and sacks. The Dolphins will have the remainder of their bye week to begin work under Anarumo before facing the Tennessee Titans in Week 6.
Oct 8 - 6:29 PM

The Miami Dolphins have recorded just one sack in 2015, last among NFL defenses.

The Dolphins have struggled on defense from the opening kickoff of the 2015 season, and have had virtually no success pressuring opposing quarterbacks. Miami has one sack on the season, which is four less than any other NFL team, and haven't registered a sack since Week 1. A matchup with Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans awaits Miami after their Week 5 bye, but the Dolphins D/ST won't be a recommended fantasy option anytime soon.
Oct 8 - 3:06 AM

The Miami D/ST has recorded just one sack through three games this season.

Miami's defense has struggled in the sack department this season and has a Week 4 matchup with the New York Jets, who have allowed just two sacks of Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2015. The Dolphins have also created only two turnovers in three games, which has contributed to the team's early season struggles. The Miami D/ST won't be an advised fantasy start this week when they take on the Jets in London.
Oct 1 - 2:49 AM

The Miami Dolphins have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw 61 straight pass attempts without being sacked.

This nugget comes courtesy of the Miami Herald, and illustrates the Dolphins' lack of success in pressuring opposing quarterbacks. The Miami defensive front has recorded just one sack so far in 2015, and it came on the opening drive of the season. The offseason acquisition of Ndamukong Suh was aimed to boost this defense, but results have not surfaced to this point. Week 3 will see Miami host the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East battle and with Buffalo allowing eight sacks through two games, this could be a spot for the Dolphins to break through. The Miami D/ST is a borderline startable fantasy unit in Week 3.
Sep 26 - 3:26 AM

The Miami Dolphins recorded only one sack in Week 1 at Washington, but will have a prime opportunity to increase that total in Week 2.

Miami will travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars, who have incredibly allowed at least four sacks in each of their last eight games, according to the Florida Times-Union. The Miami D/ST is a top Week 2 fantasy option, with Blake Bortles fresh off a two interception, five sack performance in Week 1. Start the Dolphins D/ST with confidence.
Sep 20 - 1:50 AM

The Miami Herald reports that cornerback Brice McCain will start in Week 1 over Jamar Taylor.

McCain, an offseason acquisition for the Dolphins, racked up three interceptions in Pittsburgh last season and should be a suitable corner for the Miami defense. The change should not dramatically impact the Week 1 outlook for the Miami fantasy D/ST unit that is a top option as they face Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins.
Sep 10 - 2:50 AM

With the indefinite benching of Robert Griffin III, the Miami Dolphins D/ST will be squaring off with Washington QB Kirk Cousins in Week 1.

The matchup for the Dolphins D/ST got a bit more interesting when RGIII was assigned clipboard duty for the 2015 season. Cousins has 18 career touchdown passes and 19 career interceptions to his credit, and will be facing a fierce defensive front led by Ndamukong Suh. The Dolphins were sixth in the NFL in pass defense in 2014, allowing 222.3 passing yards per game, and will be a highly recommended Week 1 D/ST play despite playing on the road.
Sep 1 - 11:27 PM

The Palm Beach Post called LB Koa Misi a "constant on Dolphins defense no matter where he plays."

Misi recorded a career-high 66 tackles in 2014 and will look to further improve in the Miami defense led by new addition Ndamukong Suh. The Miami D/ST is currently being drafted eighth among fantasy defenses and draws a decent matchup in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins. The addition of Suh alone makes this D/ST worth pursuing in fantasy leagues.
Aug 29 - 10:54 AM

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