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Week 8 Patriots vs Dolphins Start 'Em or Sit 'Em: Can Lamar Miller be Stopped?

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Will the Patriots defense be able to stop the Dolphins key running back?

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

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The New England Patriots are proud owners of a few key starts this week. Quarterback Tom Brady is projected to be the most valuable player in football this week, while tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to thrive at tight end. Brady has been the top quarterback in fantasy football due to his command of the Patriots offense and with the Dolphins coming to town with Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, look for the Patriots to throw the ball all game.

Gronkowski will benefit from all the passes and he is expected to continue to make up for lost touchdowns from earlier games.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman is expected to get back on track after two straight performances plagued by drops in key positions, while Brandon LaFell is a sleeper flex play as he'll continue to increase his production in the offense. Danny Amendola remains a stash play because his value hinges upon Edelman not producing. The Dolphins don't have a player in the secondary like Darrelle Revis, which means that Edelman will have an easier time on the field.

It's hard to project the Patriots running backs because the qualiy of the Miami defensive line would imply a game for Dion Lewis, but his abdominal injury really limits his upside. The Patriots might not use LeGarrette Blount until crunch time. These are both high upside plays, but with nonexistent floors.

As for the Dolphins, running back Lamar Miller is reemerging as an every-week must play and the Patriots will give him as much focus as they gave Chris Ivory. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a sneaky must-play because opposing quarterbacks not named "Brandon Weeden" have averaged 20.8 fantasy points per game, which is the equivalent of using Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton.

Wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews are both flex options with greater value in PPR leagues. The Dolphins offensive players are similar to the Jets in the sense that the offense flows through three players in Miller, Landry, and Matthews. All are possible fantasy plays.