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TE Thomas Duarte - Miami Dolphins

6-2, 231Born: 3-30-1995College: UCLADrafted: Round 7

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Week 15: at Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jay Cutler is coming off his best game of the season, but he's still not much of a fantasy option. All told, he'd actually be a fairly tough Week 15 sell as a QB2 if not for his prime defensive matchup. Cutler has been uncharacteristically gun-shy all year, throwing deep (15+ yards downfield) on just *****% of his throws. As a result, the Dolphins offense has been tragically built around low-impact check-down man Jarvis Landry, and Cutler's downfield receivers have produced hit-or-miss numbers at best. DeVante Parker has taken a huge step back in 2017 - mainly by his own doing - and Kenny Stills doesn't see consistent enough volume to truly matter for fantasy purposes. Cutler is generally more interested in throwing four-yard slants to Landry. We can't merely discount Cutler's Week 14 as nothing, but we do have to note the opponent (the Patriots pass defense) and the fact that if you're a startable fantasy quarterback, 263 yards and 3 touchdowns shouldn't be your season's second-best performance. The Bills pass defense is by no means a consistent one, but it's no pushover, either. They've allowed 284+ passing yards to 4 of their last 9 opponents, with some dazzling lines given up to WR1s - A.J. Green, Mike Evans, Michael Crabtree, Michael Thomas, and Keenan Allen have all recorded 83-189 receiving yards in this matchup. The Bills do boast an impressive secondary, including rookie cornerback TreDavious White and ascending star safety Jordan Poyer. This unit can indeed flow aggressively through a game and limit a passing attack - they've shut down a handful of mediocre passing offenses, after all. But of late, it's not manifesting on the stat sheet. It's generally fair to chase efficiency, if not volume, in plays against the Buffalo defense.

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Schedule

15@ Buffalo Bills
16@ Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Buffalo Bills