The Dolphins face a legitimate 'what if' scenario with Ryan Tannehill. Their quarterback injured his knee (non-contact) in training camp and the team remains in evaluation mode for Tannehill's outlook for 2017 while exploring alternate quarterback measures. Matt Moore is the in-house option and Miami is in discussions with Jay Cutler. Here are the cascading player values if Ryan Tannehill is out of the lineup in 2017:
Cutler had one of his finest seasons in 2015 under Adam Gase (now in Miami) with Chicago. Cutler had his second-highest completion rate (64%) and second-lowest interception rate (2.3%) of his career. While Cutler has oscillated around the NFL average in advanced passing metrics (per profootballreference.com) most of his career, 2015 was a notable season above baseline in the major categories with Adam Gase. Cutler is the upside option compared to Matt Moore for churning out passing production for the quality weapons in Miami. A general pause button on any Dolphins quarterback in 2017 is the track record of Gase. The run game has been a consistent element of his offenses and passing prowess has taken a back seat outside of the Peyton Manning effect during his years with Denver. Cutler would move into the 'QB2 with matchup upside' zone of fantasy quarterbacks in 2017 with a Miami signing.