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Miami is currently 30th among NFL defenses in forcing turnovers, taking the ball away from their opposition just 16 times in 15 games.
Miami's turnover struggles will likely continue through the end of the regular season, as the New England Patriots visit Sun Life Stadium in Week 17. Tom Brady and company have turned the ball over just 14 times in 2015, the second-lowest total in the NFL. The Dolphins D/ST will be an unstartable fantasy option this week. Jan 3 - 1:57 AM

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The Miami defense is allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete passes at a 65.6 percent clip in 2015.

That mark is 25th among NFL defenses, and is on pace to set a new Dolphins franchise-high, according to the Miami Herald. The previous franchise record was 62.5 percent, set in the 1996 season. The Miami defense has been a wreck this season, and has allowed 30 or more points in three of the last four weeks. Even against a banged-up Matt Hasselbeck, it is hard to endorse the Dolphins D/ST in fantasy leagues this week.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:15:00 AM

The Miami Dolphins travel to San Diego in Week 15 to face the Chargers, who have failed to find the end zone in three of their last four games.

The Chargers have managed just a field goal in those contests and have hit rock bottom on offense. The San Diego running game checks in at 31st among NFL teams, and their passing game has taken a turn for the worst in recent weeks as injuries have hit the team hard. Due to the solid matchup, the Dolphins D/ST will be an interesting Week 15 streaming target for fantasy owners in need of defensive help.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 03:57:00 AM

The Miami defense has allowed 149.2 rushing yards per game over the last five weeks.

The recent slump has contributed to Miami's ranking of 30th among NFL defenses in defending the run. This week, the Miami defense will have a chance to improve against the New York Giants, who average only 88.1 yards on the ground each week, the 29th-most potent rushing attack in the NFL. Despite New York's lack of running success, the Dolphins still won't be a viable fantasy option in Week 14.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 04:21:00 AM

The Miami defense has allowed 30.0 points per game over the last five weeks, good for 29th in the NFL.

The most recent defensive collapse came last week against the Jets, when the Dolphins coughed up 38 points and 411 total yards. Miami hosts the Baltimore Ravens this week, making the Dolphins D/ST a potential streaming option due to the generosity of Baltimore QB Matt Schaub to opposing defenses. Despite Miami's struggles, they are worth a look this week.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 03:35:00 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 03:15:00 AM

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.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 02:46:00 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.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:49:00 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.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 01:12:00 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.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 02:06:00 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.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 04:22:00 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.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 06:29:00 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.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 03:06:00 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.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 02:49:00 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.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 03:26:00 AM

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