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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 Dec 15): For part of the game, Tannehill didn't play as well as his numbers suggest, but he did play better than the score suggests. He was able to rack up a lot of yards in garbage time, and he returns home in Week 16 to play Minnesota. The Vikings pass defense is coming on, but Tannehill is still a viable streamer in the championship.

Week 16: vs Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Tannehill finally went over 300 yards passing again last week, in New England (29/47 for 346 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -38 yards), after flubbing attractive matchups vs. Baltimore's secondary (23/33 for 227 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) and the Jets' secondary (25/35 for 235 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown). During that three-week span, Mike Wallace (22 targets for 14/212/1 receiving) and Jarvis Landry (28 for 22/222/0) have stood out has Tannehill's favorite targets, followed by Brandon Gibson (10 for 6/53/0), Charles Clay (10 for 8/100/0), and Lamar Miller (10 for 8/57/0). The Vikings' pass D allowed 17/28 for 153 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to the Lions last week (zero sacks), after handing over 18/29 for 242 yards passing, one TD and one interception (with three sacks for -12 yards) to Geno Smith and company two games ago. This season, Minnesota is ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 216.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 22 passing scores given up vs. 12 interceptions and 38 sacks generated (tied for 15th- and sixth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). This is a tough matchup for Tannehill and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
12 at DEN 26 36 228 3 1 4 15 1 0
13 at NYJ 25 35 235 0 1 4 13 0 0
14 vs BAL 23 33 227 1 0 2 6 0 0
15 at NE 29 47 346 1 2 3 21 0 0
16 vs MIN 35 47 396 4 1 5 1 0 0
16 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds 21 35 * * * 4 * * *
16 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay 24 37 * * * 4 * * *
16 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom 28 41 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs NYJ (25 / 35 / 235 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)

The Miami offense looked similar to the 2013 version on Monday night against the Jets, as they went with a 2:1 pass-to-run ratio and were relegated to a mostly short passing game. Likely by design against a stout run defense, and a shakier offensive line in recent weeks, Tannehill didn't really have too many intermediate and deep reads to look to. He did have some success looking to the intermediate part of the field later in the game, but fantasy owners were likely looking for a bit more success against the soft NY secondary. For the first half, the issue was game flow; the Jets ran the ball 29 of 36 times in the half, leaving the Dolphins with little possession. When they did have the ball in that first half, Tannehill was hitting most of the quick trigger passes, but always short of the chains. In the second half, Tannehill had a bit more success, but not without some struggles. The interception in the third quarter came as a result of a poor throw, combined with a bit of bad luck. Tannehill was pressured in the pocket and wasn't able to make a very good checkdown throw to Lamar Miller. However, the ball hit Miller's hands as he went low for it, but popped up right into the hands of Darrin Walls. Unlucky interception, but it certainly could've been avoided by a better throw. Calvin Pace also dropped another sure interception as the Dolphins were driving again. This one was more of an egregious decision from Tannehill, as he just didn't see Pace moving back into coverage. He did make his fair share of good throws though. Mike Wallace dropped what would've been a pretty touchdown pass, limiting the Dolphins to three points. The pass was over 20 yards as well, so it would've quieted some of the deep-ball doubters. However, as the game wore on, Tannehill started making some more difficult throws. He had a few in the 10-20 yard range over the final drive or two to Dion Sims that were impressive. He still ended the night with 235 yards, but on 35 attempts and against the Jets, QB streamers were hoping for a much better effort. He's likely settled back into the QB2 range, and with a suddenly banged up offensive line, will be more difficult to trust in the fantasy playoffs.

2014 Week 14 vs BAL (23 / 33 / 227 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

It was another week of poor protection, abandoning the run game, and some missed opportunities for the Miami Dolphins offense. The offense is starting to take on the look of last year's edition, where the protection issues had Ryan Tannehill constantly on his back and the lack of a running game is derailing the offense. The only difference is this year, Miami can run the ball, but they'll go away from it all too often. Despite taking a lead into the second half, the Dolphins finished the 16:33 run-to-pass ratio. In fact, on their first drive, they ran the ball on five of their first six plays, so that ratio becomes an even uglier 11:32 ratio if you take out the first drive. The Ravens usually bring a ton of pressure, but didn't need to against the hapless Miami offensive line. They were able to get pressure on 22 of Tannehill's 39 drop-backs and only sent a blitz on two of those occasions. Seeing seven drop into coverage and seeing pressure on every other drop-back isn't the greatest recipe for success, but Tannehill at least made it work, finding Lamar Miller and Jarvis Landry on a host of short passes, and escaping the collapsing pocket to make a few other plays. His lone TD pass came on a quick slant to Brian Hartline from two yards out, a play that Tannehill and Hartline have perfected over the last few seasons. Hartline beat CB Asa Jackson to the inside, and ILB Daryl Smith wasn't quick enough to come over and make a play. It was a pretty tight window, but it's a two-yard throw that Tannehill should make in his sleep. Tannehill and Mike Wallace finally made a deep connection, as Tannehill escaped the pocket to the right and fired a dart to a diagonally streaking Wallace. Of course, the play was called back due to Mike Pouncey being ineligibly being downfield for the second time in the game. Any progress is a good sign, though, as Tannehill will need to hit on some big plays to even be a considered a potential streamer in the fantasy playoffs. His running prowess wasn't there on Sunday either, but his knee did get turned awkwardly one of six sacks he took. He was moving gingerly on it following the hit, but it didn't look like a significant injury. Without those three to five extra points in the running game, Tannehill's value takes a further hit. With a ceiling of about 250 passing yards per game, the Miami signal caller has settled back into QB2 range.

2014 Week 15 vs NE (29 / 47 / 346 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)

Despite another poor day in the red zone, Ryan Tannehill did show some promise in some areas that had previously been lacking. Game flow, of course, went in his favor as the Dolphins moved the ball well, but couldn't put together a touchdown drive until the end of the half. Once the Patriots starting putting up points in bunches in the second half, the Dolphins naturally abandoned the run and Tannehill was able to put up some empty yardage, posting his first 300-yard game of the season. Tannehill was yet again on the move and on the ground a bunch, as the Branden Albert injury continues to rear its ugly head for the Dolphins. Ja'Wuan James started the year well at right tackle, but has often looked overmatched on the blindside. Although he was pressured on 23 of his 51 drop-backs, Tannehill made some good pocket movements and throws under pressure. His lone touchdown, on a 32-yard strike to Mike Wallace right before the break, is probably one of the better throws he's made this season. After underthrowing Wallace, but completing a 50-yarder to him on the first play from scrimmage, Wallace went back at rookie Malcolm Butler down the right sideline. On both plays, he did well holding Devin McCourty in the middle of the field long enough to fit the pass down the sideline. Wallace probably made the best play he's made all season on the TD catch, controlling the ball with one hand and securing the catch. Although he likely could've used two hands for the catch, at the time, the play made it a 14-13 game at the half and gave Wallace 82 yards in the first half. Tannehill's interceptions both have to be hung on him though, as one off target throw and one ill-advised throw gave the Patriots prime field position, which they naturally converted into 14 points. The first pick, in the second quarter, was simply an overthrown ball to an open Brandon Gibson. Despite having a clean pocket to work in, Tannehill just air-mailed the pass. To make matters worse, the Dolphins were driving for a potential go-ahead score in the second half after dominating possession for most of the first half. The overthrow allowed Duron Harmon to take the ball in stride and set up the Pats inside the Miami 10-yard line. The second pick was a little less his fault, but it was still a throw that he didn't have to make. Lamar Miler peeled out of the backfield on a simple curl route, with Brandon Browner coming off his receiver for underneath coverage. With Browner coming on, there was certainly a shout for a hold or pass interference, but the ball bounced right off Miller and into Patrick Chung's waiting hands. Gronkowski scored on the next play, effectively putting the game away.

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17vs New York Jets