The New England Patriots’ offense looked much better in the opener against the Philadelphia Eagles last week than they looked the majority of last season.
The offense was wide-open, as Mac Jones threw the ball 54 times, and the offense looked more explosive. Running back, Rhamondre Stevenson didn’t run the ball great against the Eagles (12 carries for 25 yards), but he was a big factor in the passing game (six catches for 64 yards).
With the Patriots in action on Sunday night against the Miami Dolphins, what should fantasy football managers do with Stevenson?
Should I Start or Sit Rhamondre Stevenson in Fantasy This Week?
Stevenson had a solid 14.9 PPR fantasy points last week, and that number could be even higher this week against the Dolphins’ defense.
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Miami got a lot of talk last week after the monster performances by Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill. However, those performances were needed because, as good as those two were, the defense was almost equally bad.
The Los Angeles Chargers rushed for 233 yards, as Austin Ekeler (16 carries for 117 yards and one touchdown) and Joshua Kelley (16 carries for 91 yards and one touchdown) were both able to have big games.
The passing game of the Chargers was also solid, as Justin Herbert went 23-of-33 for 229 yards and one touchdown.
Simply put, the Dolphins have an explosive offense, but Stevenson could be in store for a huge game and absolutely should be in your lineup.
Fantasy Outlook for Stevenson vs. Miami Dolphins
The fact that Stevenson got 18 total touches against the Eagles is a positive sign heading into this week. The Eagles are a better defense, pretty much across the board, and he still had a good day.
He is currently RB12 in the PFN Consensus Fantasy Rankings and has the potential to have a big game this weekend. The only negative for Stevenson last week was that he averaged only 2.1 yards per carry against the Eagles. However, the defensive line of the Eagles is substantially better than the Dolphins.
Miami has shown they are capable of playing in high-scoring games, and this has all the makings of being a 28-24 type of game. However, one thing the Patriots will look to do is keep Tua and Co. on the sidelines. What better way to do that than to feed Stevenson the ball 20-25 times and allow him to go against that defense?
This looks like one of those matchups that just favors a player, and Stevenson could easily be in store for 100-115 total yards of offense. If he can get into the end zone, he could even flirt with an RB5 type of week.
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