Dolphins (1-2) vs Bengals (1-2)

Adam Gase may be a first-time head coach, but the 38-year-old was quick to light a fire under his underachieving team. He benched former first-round pick Ja’Wuan James after he got burned on a rush that led to a strip sack during last week’s contest. Gase hopes his aggressive action will provide a jolt for the sputtering Miami Dolphins, who will look to prevent their third 1-3 start in five years on Thursday when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals (Enter Contest).

About the Dolphins

With veteran Arian Foster still nursing a groin injury, Gase will be using rookie Kenyan Drake as the starter in a four-tier running back carousel. Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and Isaiah Pead. will round out the carousel. Ajayi had an 11-yard touchdown run in overtime last week. The Dolphins’ 25th-ranked ground attack is mustering just 83 yards per game. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill leads his team in that department with his 54 yards accumulated. Fortunately for the Dolphins, the air game fairs much better. Tannehill continues to click with trusted target Jarvis Landry (AFC-leading 314 yards receiving) and fellow wideout DeVante Parke. Miami will go with Dion Sims this week because fellow tight end Jordan Cameron nurses the fourth concussion in his six-year career.

The sputtering Dolphins’ defense allowed 169 yards rushing last week and an NFL second-worst 147.3 yards per game. In the last meeting with the Bengals, DE Cameron Wake recorded three sacks. The final sack resulted in a safety during overtime and led Miami to a 22-20 victory.

About the Bengals

While Miami was fortunate to walk away with its first win, Cincinnati has followed its impressive season-opening victory over the New York Jets with a 24-16 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 2 and a 29-17 setback to Denver on Sunday. Mercurial Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is eager to stop the bleeding when he makes his season debut on Thursday after serving a three-game suspension for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.

Running Back Jeremy Hill scored twice last week. He had 10 rushing touchdowns in his last 11 games. Andy Dalton (AFC-best 938 passing yards) has been limited to just 206 yards passing last week versus the Broncos. After an amazing first week, A.J. Green collected just 10 catches for 115 yards combined in his last two games. Cincinnati Pro Bowl TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is not expected to make his season debut. CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) has been held out of both practices this week, leaving his status for Thursday’s game in question.

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Green Bay Packers versus Chicago Bears Fantasy Preview

The Green Bay Packers have lit up the scoreboard the last three meetings with the Bears. In their two meetings in 2014 the Packers put up 38 points in Chicago and the return meeting over two months later saw Green Bay put up 55 points on the Bears defense. The Packers have thrown for over 300 yards in three straight meetings with Chicago.

The Bears have had success in the past rushing the football on Green Bay. With defensive minded head coach John Fox now at the helm he may try to be a bit more balanced with his attack on the Packers defense. The game held in Chicago saw the Bears pile up 235 yards on the ground.

Green Bay Packers WR:

James Jones was signed to a one year contract for the league minimum. One of Aaron Rodgers main targets in Jordy Nelson has been lost for the season and the Packers are looking for depth.

Randall Cobb suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason and is expected to play on Sunday. Cobb had played well against the Bears in their two meetings last year as he caught three receiving touchdowns with 185 yards combined in the home and away contests.

Green Bay Packers QB:

Aaron Rodgers threw ten touchdown passes in the two games against Chicago last year for a combined 617 yards. He completed a combined 40 of 55 throws.

Chicago Bears QB:

Jay Cutler is turnover prone. In his two games against the Packers in 2014 he threw for 528 yards combined with three touchdowns and four picks. With John Fox now as the head coach he may choose to run more.

Chicago Bears RB:

Matt Forte may have a different role with the Bears this year. Marc Trestman was a pass heavy head coach while under John Fox there may be more rushing attempts for Forte. He caught 102 passes in 2014 which was a league high. He ran for 4.6 yards a carry in 2013.

Chicago Bears WR:

Alshon Jeffery has a calf injury and has been reacting positively to treatment. He is listed as questionable for Sunday. In his two games against the Packers last year Jeffery combined for ten catches for 102 yards with one touchdown and he committed his only fumble of the season.

Kansas City Chiefs versus Houston Texas One Day League Draft Preview

It will be the first meeting in two years between these teams. In the 2013 campaign the Chiefs edged the Texans 17-16 at home.

Kansas City Chiefs QB:

Alex Smith will have a capable target in the passing game as the team signed Jeremy Maclin the former Philadelphia Eagle in the offseason. Smith had no touchdown passes to a wide receiver last year. They also added promising rookie Chris Conley. Andy Reid is run heavy so Smith may not have the opportunities to score hefty fantasy points.

Houston Texas RB:

Arian Foster underwent groin surgery during the offseason and is out indefinitely.

Alfred Blue will get an opportunity in his second season to increase his workload. Blue has some good runs outside the 20 during the preseason. He is not very good in short yardage and red zone situations.

Cleveland Browns versus New York Jets What Fantasy Draft Managers Need to Know

The last meeting between the Browns and Jets was in 2013 with New York winning at home 24-13. Two weak offenses from 2014 meet and this could be a very low scoring game.

Cleveland Browns QB:

Josh McCown gets the start but has a weak corps of receivers with Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe. The Browns ran poorly last year and provided no help to the passing game. McCown is backup quality and inserted as a starter because there are no other options for this team.

New York Jets QB:

With Geno Smith getting sucker punched by a teammate and out for at least four weeks the starters job will be veteran’s Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets upgraded the wide receiver corps with Brandon Marshall out wide with Eric Decker. The question is will the head coach Todd Bowles have enough faith in Fitzpatrick to be anything other than a game manager.

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