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Fantasy 101: Dolphins vs. Broncos

A Ryan Fitzpatrick led comeback fell short as the Denver Broncos held on to a 20-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Here’s the fantasy recap from the week 11 matchup in Denver.

Denver Broncos

QB Drew Lock (18-for-30 and 270 passing yards and 23 rushing yards)

It was another meh performance from the Broncos starting QB. Despite not throwing a TD all game, Lock did just enough to squeeze out a victory by not taking a sack and only throwing one INT after throwing four the week prior. Since back-to-back 20+ fantasy points in half-PPR scoring in weeks eight and nine, the second year QB has come back to Earth with only one TD pass and five INTs the last two games.

Even though he’s the starter for now, his future could be in question as the franchise QB if he doesn’t show any signs of improvement down the stretch run of the season. Lock's a desperation play next week as he gets a home matchup against the New Orleans Saints who just sacked Matt Ryan eight times and picked him off twice this past weekend.

RB Melvin Gordon (15 carries for 84 yards and 2 TDs)

Despite getting less touches than RB Phillip Lindsay (16 to 15), Gordon made the most of his as he ran in both of his TD's, one from a yard out and the other a 20-yard run. Gordon almost had his third of the game but fumbled right before crossing the goal line giving the Dolphins a chance to tie the game.

The solid 18.4 half-PPR performance by Gordon comes only after scoring a combined 26.5 fantasy points his last four games. It was also only the second time Gordon’s gone over 80 rushing yards all season as this continues to look like a 1A and 1B backfield between Gordon and Lindsay. He’s a borderline RB2/3 next week against a tough Saints defense.

Miami Dolphins

QB Tua Tagovailoa (11-for-20, 83 passing yards and a TD)

Despite not turning the ball over all game, Tagovailoa was benched for veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the fourth quarter with the team trailing 20-10. Head coach Brian Flores shockingly said after the game that the move was not injury related and he put out there who gave him the best chance to win. However, Flores has already confirmed that the rookie QB will be the starter next week at the New York Jets.

Outside of where it got an INT deep in Broncos territory early in the first quarter, Tua and the Dolphins could get anything going and punted six of its first eight drives. The rookie QB was also sacked six times and struggled to get the offense going in this tough matchup. Tagovailoa and the Dolphins will look to regroup next week against a very fantasy friendly Jets defense.

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