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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Tannehill continues to put up numbers with his arm and his legs, and he is very comfortable with the myriad of options he has in the passing game. He's a QB1 against the Jets next week, and a potential hot hand to ride at QB in the fantasy playoffs.

General News (Thu Nov 27): practiced fully on Thursday.

Week 13: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. This renewal of an AFC East rivalry occurs in the shadow of the Patriots' 9-2 record, but Miami has a shot at a wild-card berth at 6-5 while the pitiful Jets are trying to be spoilers at 2-9. The Jets' pass D is awful. They are dead last with 27 passing scores given up, and dead last with three interceptions generated to date. Kyle Orton just hit them for 24/32 yielding 220 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions with one sack taken for -10 yards en route to a 38-3 win over the Jets. While they don't give up huge amounts of passing yards (238.6 on average, 14th in the NFL), the Jets' secondary is extremely bad in other categories. Ryan Tannehill has thrown for multiple TDs in three of his last four games, with 26/36 for 228 yards, three TDs and one interception thrown at Denver last week during a narrow 36-39 loss. Jarvis Landry (11 targets for 7/50/2 receiving), Brandon Gibson (six for 5/42/0), Mike Wallace (five for 4/35/1) and Dion Sims (five for 4/31/0) all played important roles for Tannehill in the spread-the-wealth Miami attack at Denver last week. This is a great matchup for the Dolphins even though they are on the road. The Jets are just playing out the schedule at this point.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs SD 24 34 288 3 0 4 47 0 0
10 at DET 27 38 207 1 1 2 0 0 0
11 vs BUF 26 34 240 2 0 4 16 0 1
12 at DEN 26 36 228 3 1 4 15 1 0
13 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds 23 36 * * * 4 * * *
13 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 23 36 * * * 4 * * *
13 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom 23 34 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs DET (27 / 38 / 207 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was another slow start for Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense in Detroit on Sunday, and inability to finish out drives later in the game proved to be disastrous for the Dolphins. It didn't help that the Lions went on a 15-play, nearly 9-minute drive after the opening kickoff, but the Dolphins followed with a three-and-out, the Megatron TD, and then another three-and-out. This left Miami in an early 10-0 hole, which ultimately led to a 2-to-1 pass to run ratio for the Dolphins in the game. Ryan Tannehill's completion percentage was a very attractive 71%, but only nine of his 38 attempts came 10+ yards down the field. He did about as well as expected against a Detroit defense that had been limiting QBs to the fewest fantasy points in football. There were two plays that specifically held Tannehill back, in addition to killing the Dolphins' chances at winning the game. The Dolphins started moving the ball in the second quarter, and were into the red zone, when Tannehill stared down backup tight end Gator Hoskins on a short out-route. James Ihedigbo was playing off coverage, but it was a simple interception. The Miami QB even threw the ball towards Hoskins' wrong shoulder, making it an even easier play for the Ihedigbo. Tannehill did make a TD-saving tackle down the field though, beating the Detroit defensive line and showing his athleticism to make the play on the Detroit safety. That held major significance because Brent Grimes may have made the play of the year on the next play to intercept Matthew Stafford and give the ball back to his offense before the half. The other play happened on that same drive. On a 2nd and 8 play from their own 40, Mike Wallace got a step on Rashean Mathis. Tannehill threw a very good looking ball, but it was about a yard or two overthrown. Certainly not an egregious miss, but a throw and catch that should be completed. Bill Lazor has no choice but to keep taking a few shots per game, but it's fair to wonder if this pair will ever find any consistency with that part of the game. To make matters worse for the Dolphins, they lost Branden Albert to a significant knee injury on the final drive of the second quarter. It's an immense loss for the team, as Albert had brought stability to the blindside, and was easily one of the free-agent signings of the season so far. Rookie Ja'Wuan James took over at left tackle with Dallas Thomas moving into the right tackle position. Tannehill made a concerted effort to get the ball out quick without Albert, and to some extent, it worked. When he wasn't under any pressure, he completed 18-of-19 passes, but for just 135 yards. More often than not though, the four-man pressure of the Lions was fairly overwhelming for the makeshift offensive line. Ndamukong Suh and company recorded 18 pressures of Tannehill on Sunday, showing even without Nick Fairley, that their pass rush is unrelenting. Additionally, with a 10-0 hole, and an ailing Lamar Miller, Lazor didn't really attempt to establish the run. Aside from a 19-yard run from Damien Williams in the fourth quarter, the running game produced 31 yards on 18 carries. Tannehill's one zone-read attempt was stifled, and the lack of the running game prevented any opportunity to get loose in that regard. Tannehill did keep some plays alive with his feet and found the likes of Landry and Clay a few times, but this was about what was expected in a tough road spot against the Lions. The more worrisome part is the loss of Albert and the looming schedule of the Bills and Broncos, who both possess fearsome pass rushers. Additionally, unlike recent weeks, there wasn't much of an effort to move the pocket, get Tannehill outside the pocket to throw, which were areas the Dolphins had been successful in over recent weeks. Perhaps Lazor had to simplify some of the looks for the sake of the makeshift line, or the Lions are just too tough to pull that off against. All in all, while the results, especially in the red zone, were lacking, Tannehill couldn't have been expected to do much more against one of the best defenses in the league.

2014 Week 11 vs BUF (26 / 34 / 240 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)

In his first game without blindside protector, Branden Albert, Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense understandably went with short, quick passing game. Often the victim of slow starts, the key early on was the quick trigger from Tannehill, as he found receivers before the Buffalo pass rush could get home. A few first downs on the opening drive certainly gave Tannehill and the offense confidence, with the short passing game serving as an extension of the running game, as it took a few drives for Lamar Miller to get on track. The Bills front four obviously provide a stiff test, but without Albert, this may just be the Dolphins offense going forward. Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas were both picked on in Thursday's game, but Tannehill adjusted, by getting the ball out quickly or buying time. Bill Lazor also made some adjustments, getting his QB on the move some to avoid the rush. However, getting the ball out quickly was important, as just 10 of Tannehill's 34 passes went 10+ yards down the field. Tannehill killed one drive in the first half with a crippling fumble near the red zone. Instead of sliding or getting down on his own volition, he tried to pickup a few more yards, and got the ball knocked out. It was rare to see Tannehill lose the ball so clumsily after watching him look so natural with the ball in his hands recently, but Jerry Hughes made a nice play. Tannehill simply has to go down on the play. Into the second half though, the Dolphins really started finding success on the ground with Lamar Miller, making solid 1st and 10 gains, setting Tannehill up for success. The ground game also set up those play action rollouts, such as the one Miami used on their first touchdown. After a Lamar Miller first down run of 9, putting the Dolphins inside the 10, it was a simple run fake to the left, with Tannehill rolling out and finding Brandon Gibson unmarked in the end zone. His second TD was a simple out to Jarvis Landry, where Landry did most of the work, slipping his man and breaking the plane of the end zone. Tannehill probably should've been picked off once, and he lost the fumble in the red zone, so it could've been a bigger day for him really. However, there is some consistency starting to show up in his performances. Without Branden Albert, the Dolphins will have to avoid slow starts going forward, but setting up Tannehill with quick reads and passes should get him into a rhythm early. Tannehill's seems to be developing a consistent floor, but it's probably not quite high enough to warrant starting him as anything more than a QB2 quite yet.

2014 Week 12 vs DEN (26 / 36 / 228 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 15 / 1 rush)

Ryan Tannehill looked about as comfortable as he's ever looked in Bill Lazor's offense on Sunday at Denver. The Miami defense may have been feeling the altitude by the end of the game, but there wasn't a slow start or really any let up from the offensive side. Despite a makeshift offensive line, which became even shakier when Ja'Wuan James had to leave the game in the second quarter, Tannehill's accuracy still shone through for most of the game. Von Miller had his way with Dallas Thomas for most of the day, but Tannehill either stood tall in the collapsing pocket, or eluded his former Aggie teammate to make a play outside the pocket. Sunday's effort was Tannehill's best fantasy output of the season because, in addition to his season-high three TD passes, he added another score with his legs. The read-option has been an increasingly useful tool in Bill Lazor's playbook. While Tannehill didn't bust out a 20+ yard run, as he has done in multiple games this season, the Dolphins finally called one on the doorstep and Tannehill calmly beat Kayvon Webster and T.J. Ward to the pylon. Tannehill running is not going away anytime soon, and if anything, Lazor is using it even earlier in games now. His first TD pass, before halftime, was easily his prettiest. Mike Wallace was matched up against Aqib Talib, who had been in and out of the game throughout the first half, and wouldn't return to the game after the break. Setup at the 10-yard line, Wallace ran an out to the corner pylon. In a collapsing pocket, Tannehill anticipated, got the ball out as Wallace made his break, and placed it low to the ground, where only his receiver could reach it. His second TD pass came on a good play design: Jarvis Landry was setup as the outside receiver to the left, something he rarely does. His ability to win at the line of scrimmage came in handy, as he came off the line and beat Bradley Roby soundly on a slant. Tannehill's comfortable targeting the rookie, and put the ball nice and high for Landry to go and get. A few years ago, Landry may have taken a vicious hit courtesy of Rahim Moore or T.J. Ward or Brandon Marshall, but in the end, it was an easy score. Tannehill's final TD pass was another to Landry. This time, coming out of a bunch set, Landry sat down right on the edge of the end zone and it was a simply pitch and catch. Lazor has made some brilliant play-calls inside the 5 recently and this was another. A motioning Daniel Thomas drew Von Miller into the flat, so Tannehill had to simply look Thomas' way, and then comeback to Landry for the easy score. Is it time to start taking Ryan Tannehill serious as a QB1 option? Other very good offenses have gone into Mile High, and haven't scored 30+ points like the Dolphins did on Sunday. Of course he won't be scoring 4 total TDs every game, but with the way Bill Lazor has the offense humming, the third-year QB should be owned in nearly every fantasy league.


Latest News

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill takes part in practice (Thu Nov 27, 03:15 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.

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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill listed as probable (Fri Nov 21, 06:07 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 21, but he is probable for Week 12 against the Denver Broncos.

Our View: We fully expect Tannehill to play, though an angry Broncos defense gives us some pause. If healthy though, he should be good as a QB2 even if the offensive line is shaky and the defense he faces is tough.

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill limited again (Thu Nov 20, 06:50 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Tannehill faces a tough defense, but has been playing well. We are optimistic that he produces, though only as a solid QB2.

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill limited (Wed Nov 19, 06:28 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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