Bottom 5 Passing Matchups Week 8

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Bottom 5 Passing Matchups for Week 8

Bottom 5 Passing Matchups Week 8

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Miami vs LA Rams

The Dolphins enter the Tua Tagovailoa era at a curious time. This attack was getting by decently with -year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, completing 70% of its throws en route to a surprising .500 start. Even at 3-3, though, the Dolphins are strictly future-minded; they want to see what they have in their prized rookie. It’s anyone’s guess as to which receiver(s) will grab Tagovailoa’s attention and build quick rapport, so his outlooks for volume and distribution are unknown. Tagovailoa’s reputation is that of a precision passer with outstanding downfield vision, yet he’s thrown just two garbage-time balls thus far. He likely won’t enter the league winging deep balls across his body, nor even looking for many splash plays downfield. It’s fair to expect a safe, scripted attack through DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, and Mike Gesicki on shorter routes, with little asked of the rookie on Sunday. That may be the safe developmental play, but it doesn’t bode well for the Dolphins’ fantasy prospects off the bat.

The Rams pass defense, built with star power on every level, continues to dominate. The axis is its two supreme stars, Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, both of whom lay solid claim to being football’s best at their positions. Donald is so dominant as to draw constant double- and triple-teams and free up the entire front seven to make plays. (Donald often wins those, anyway. He’s top-two league-wide in both quarterback hits and sacks.) They make life easier for Ramsey and the secondary, which has been suffocating for much of the year. Ramsey is dominant all over the field, and his extensive time in the slot which is a new development is paying big dividends. It keeps him closer to the ball, and it takes some pressure off the snakebitten safety group. In premier matchups with the likes of Amari Cooper, Terry McLaurin, Stefon Diggs, and Allen Robinson, this unit allowed a weak 7.3 yards per target and just a single touchdown. It’s unlikely any Dolphins buck that trend particularly in stage one of their offensive transition.

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