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QB Ryan Tannehill - Miami Dolphins

6-4, 221Born: 7-27-1988College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 1, pick 8

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Week 3: vs Kansas City Chiefs

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ryan Tannehill posted 31/49 for 241 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -31 yards in Buffalo last weekend. He targeted Mike Wallace (eight targets for 5/51/1 receiving), Brian Hartline (eight for 5/36/0) and Charles Clay (eight for 7/31/0) eight times each last week, followed by Jarvis Landry (six for 5/49/0 receiving). With 49/81 for 419 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown to date, Tannehill is the 21st-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land through two games. The Chiefs' pass D ranked 25th in the NFL last year averaging 248 net yards allowed per game, with 25 passing scores given up during the season. They also had 21 interceptions, though (tied for third in the NFL) and 47 sacks (tied for sixth) - the Chiefs pressure opposing passers up front and in the secondary. Jake Locker took the Chiefs' defense apart in Week 1 despite being sacked four times and hit eight other times - when the dust settled Locker had posted 22/33 for 243 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Kansas City. The Broncos posted 21/26 for 237 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last Sunday. Kansas City is tied at 10th in the NFL with six sacks to date, but they aren't doing much else to annoy opposing passers. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
1 vs NE 18 32 178 2 1 3 -2 0 0
2 at BUF 31 49 241 1 1 4 11 0 0
3 vs KC 21 43 205 1 0 1 9 0 0
3 vs KC PROJ-Dodds 23 36 * * * 3 * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay 23 38 * * * 3 * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Bloom 23 34 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NE (18 / 32 / 178 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

The numbers didn't exactly look great for Ryan Tannehill, but he played better than the numbers bear out against the Pats on Sunday. However, after Week 1, it remains to be seen whether or not the Miami signal caller will be a viable fantasy contributor in 2014. There are signs that point towards either end of the spectrum. With Nick Foles' QB coach from last season in town as offensive coordinator, is it too bold to say Tannehill could represent a reasonable facsimile to Foles' production last season. Well, Foles was deadly accurate (for the most part) and didn't turn the ball over last season. There are already some marks against Tannehill in both of those categories this season. Both Mike Wallace's fumble and Tannehill's interception targeting Wallace probably could've been avoided by a little more accuracy, in the case of the fumble, and just better recognition, on the pick. The one real knock on the Dolphins' QB from Week 1 has to be his intermediate and deep ball accuracy. But, that's getting to be a broken record now. Tannehill did well to clean it up in the second half, and ultimately acquitted himself quite well. The ball was out quickly, on time, and mostly accurate, at least in the short term. Lazor has been hammering his QB about getting the ball out quickly and it showed on Sunday, as the Dolphins allowed just one sack. Both touchdown passes were very pretty, as he identified the mismatch in one (Ninkovich vs. Miller) and trusted his timing and anticipation in fitting a ball into Mike Wallace for the other. More often than not, the running game will be the focus for Miami. That may lead to lower yardage totals for Tannehill, but it also could lead to some more touchdowns, so there's a silver lining there. Additionally, another thing to keep an eye on is the usage of some read-option looks. It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when Bill Lazor will pull out this card. The former Texas A&M wide receiver would add some real value if he consistently starts to add 30-40 rushing yards and a chance at a score. Investing in Tannehill as a fantasy QB is more of an investment in the Miami offense, which as shocking as it sounds, might not be a fantasy wasteland anymore. He's firmly on the QB2 radar right now, but there's certainly some upside there if the offense continues to perform.

2014 Week 2 vs BUF (31 / 49 / 241 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)

Sunday's dud by the Dolphins looked remarkably similar to the performance they had in Buffalo last season. Just like 2013, the Dolphins were fresh off a big victory at home over the Patriots, but consistency eluded them again. This is more and more just looking like a bad matchup for the Dolphins, regardless of the offensive line they run out there. Of course, the game script was thrown for a bit of a loop when Knowshon Moreno dislocated his elbow on his first carry of the game. The Dolphins failed to adjust and lost. It wasn't the even dominating display that was seen from Buffalo's defensive line last season. In fact, Brandon Albert and Ja'Wuan James did a fairly decent job neutralizing Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes. It was on the interior, though, where Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus mostly had their ways with Shelley Smith (and Dallas Thomas after Smith left with a knee injury) and Daryn Colledge. So, while it was mostly a clean pocket for Tannehill to throw, there were certainly times where he was unable to properly step up and maybe force the ball downfield more. With the early deficit and injury to Moreno, the offense looked similar to last year's pass-heavy unit. Throwing the ball almost 50 times, and coming away with 240 yards isn't the best look. There's certainly a combination of factors that went into Tannehill's struggles though. Ryan Tannehill's deep-ball accuracy has often come into criticism, but it was his overall accuracy that left plenty to be desired. In fact, his two deep shots, one to Wallace and one to Hartline, were both well thrown. However, Hartline let the ball slide through his hands and Da'Norris Searcy made a good play to deny the connection with Mike Wallace. Additionally, by count, there was a total of eight batted and dropped passes. The batted passes, by Kyle Williams or Dareus are on Tannehill, and is something he's struggled with since entering the league. However, five drops, with multiple coming on third downs, are true drive-killers. His touchdown pass was a good sign though, and demonstrated some sense of chemistry with Mike Wallace. Normally you wouldn't throw a back-shoulder fade to Wallace, but Tannehill placed it where only his WR could get to it, and while fighting off Stephon Gilmore's sticky coverage, Wallace made a contested one-handed catch. His interception really was nothing to wag a finger at, as it came with just seconds remaining and the game already decided on a fourth down play. A poor decision, sure, but one that didn't affect the outcome of the game. After a promising start in Week 1, it looks like Tannehill and the Miami offense, besides maybe Mike Wallace, could be wildly inconsistent, especially with Knowshon Moreno sidelined.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill not guaranteed start (Mon Sep 22, 01:17 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is not guaranteed to be the starting quarterback in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders after head coach Joe Philbin declined to name a starter for the game.

Our View: Oh boy, here we go. What would benching Tannehill and starting Matt Moore accomplish? Yes, Tannehill has struggled this year--but if he's still the franchise quarterback for the team then they need to work through his mistakes. This is the first year of the new Bill Lazor offense, and it's the first time in about eight years that Tannehill is not running a Mike Sherman system (Sherman was his coach in college). These things take time, but apparently the Dolphins could be on the verge of sitting their 2012 first-round pick.
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Dolphins | Dolphins struggling to execute offense (Mon Sep 15, 01:25 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill struggled to deliver accurate passes in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills, and TE Charles Clay had several dropped passes. Tannehill was 5-for-16 (31 percent) on third downs, and the team was sluggish in the running game. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor likes to spread the field and create one-on-one matchups, but the Dolphins might not have the talent to run his schemes the way they were meant to be designed.

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Schedule

3vs Kansas City Chiefs
4@ Oakland Raiders
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Green Bay Packers
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
9vs San Diego Chargers
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Denver Broncos
13@ New York Jets
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15@ New England Patriots
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17vs New York Jets