Fantasy Fins: Dion Sims emerging as receiving threat in Matt Moore’s offense

Miami Dolphins tight end Dion Sims (80) reacts after catching a pass for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Miami Dolphins tight end Dion Sims (80) reacts after catching a pass for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Last week against the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins proved they are not afraid to throw the ball with backup quarterback Matt Moore under center, and the fantasy football statistics reflected that aggressiveness.

Two of Miami’s top three receivers, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills, both scored double-digit fantasy points, aided by touchdown catches. Stills posted only one catch for 52 yards, a troubling sign when projecting future fantasy output, while Landry made three catches for 108 yards.

When pondering Miami’s best fantasy options in the passing game this week against the Buffalo Bills, Landry should be a safe start as he seems to have resurfaced in Moore’s offense as the team’s leading receiver.

But another player with the potential to put up a respectable fantasy number this week — when many leagues will be playing their finals — is tight end Dion Sims. The 25-year-old had a team-high four receptions against the Jets last week and appears to be Moore’s go-to check-down option with the running backs having seen little in the way of targets against New York.

Both Sims and Landry are most valuable in PPR leagues, especially considering the possibility that Moore, who threw for 236 yards and four touchdowns last week, may regress against a sturdier Buffalo defense. Though his targets may be strong fantasy starts, Moore almost certainly won’t reach the 33-point mark he hit in Week 15, making him a high-risk play.

Jay Ajayi, another Dolphin who has produced at a high rate, is coming off of a meager five-point fantasy week, amassing only 51 yards on 19 carries. Two straight disappointing performances should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone expecting Ajayi to put his lineup over the top. Despite a seemingly favorable matchup against the 27th-ranked rush defense in the league, Ajayi has only averaged just above nine fantasy points over the last six weeks, making him a high-end RB3 option —not a primary option — at the position.

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