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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 Oct 27): Tannehill didn't post the big numbers we were hoping for against the Jaguars, but two pick sixes by Blake Bortles early make it hard for the game to encourage Tannehill to open things up. He did have yet another solid day as a runner, and he should still be worth carrying as at least a high upside backup on your fantasy team.

Week 9: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill have taken care of business and beat the teams they should have defeated over the past two weeks, with 16/29 for 196 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown at Jacksonville (a 27-13 win) and 25/32 for 277 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions tossed at Chicago (a 27-13 win). Mike Wallace leads all Miami receivers with 15 targets during that time span, for 7/105/1 receiving; Charles clay has seen eight targets for 5/59/1 receiving in the Dolphins' spread-it-around pass offense. The Chargers have not taken care of business in the past two weeks, dropping two games straight while allowing 25/35 for 286 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions to Peyton Manning last week (zero sacks) and 19/28 for 211 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with three sacks for -10 yards, to Alex Smith at San Diego two weeks ago. Though the Chargers are sixth in the NFL averaging 219.1 net passing yards allowed per game, they've coughed up 14 passing scores vs. a mere four interceptions and 15 sacks generated to date (tied for 23rd- and 18th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). The Chargers' D is reeling entering Week 9. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

6 vs GB 20 31 231 2 2 3 49 0 0
7 at CHI 25 32 277 2 0 6 48 0 0
8 at JAX 16 29 196 1 1 5 48 0 0
9 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 22 34 * * * 4 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 22 36 * * * 4 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 23 37 * * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs GB (20 / 31 / 231 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 49 / 0 rush)

It was a tale of two halves for Ryan Tannehill on Sunday vs. the Packers, as the slow starts for the Miami offense continued. The Dolphins were anemic on offense for the fourth first half in five games, with the lone impressive first half coming in London against the hapless Raiders. Despite being gifted great field position, not once, but twice on their first two possessions, but poor execution and held them to just three points. They stalled for a field goal after a Jarvis Landry 50-yard kickoff return after picking up one first down. Then, following a punt block by their special teams unit, the Dolphins started their second drive inside the Green Bay 20. After a first down, the Dolphins went uptempo inside the 5 and Knowshon Moreno was stopped on three of four plays. The defenses tightened up and dominated the rest of the half, with the Dolphins picking up just two first downs (both on a stalled drive near the end of the half) in the second quarter. Really, it was both phases of the offense that were struggling in the first half, with the running game unable to get going, which led to longer second and third down situations. That allowed Mike Daniels and Julius Peppers, in particular, to get home in with the pass rush, disrupting Tannehill and forcing him into some shaky throws. Coming out to start the second half though, the scorching heat might've been in play as both defenses started to wear down. Green Bay also lost starting corners Tramon Williams and Sam Shields for the game in the third quarter, but the switch for the Miami offense had already been turned. The running game, specifically Lamar Miller got going, and Tannehill was able to find more of a rhythm. Specifically, with Jarvis Landry getting more snaps from the slot with Brandon Gibson out, Tannehill often found himself looking for Landry and Mike Wallace. Tannehill's touchdown pass to Landry was very pretty, as the quarterback threw an inch-perfect touch pass off his back-foot to a covered Landry. The rookie went up and took the ball, flashing some of the ball skills everyone saw while he was at LSU. Tannehill's other touchdown was a simple throw to Mike Wallace, who did the rest. Neither of Tannehill's two first half interceptions were very good throws, but he's not completely to blame. On a third and 12 play with Dom Capers dialing up the blitz, Tannehill didn't have much time. He was staring down Landry, but Casey Hayward made a very smart play to read his eyes and make the relatively easy grab. RT17's second pick came on a deep ball nearing the end of the first half. The Dolphins had just picked up one of their first first downs of the quarter, so it wasn't a bad idea to take a shot. However, he threw into double coverage to Brian Hartline, who really wasn't able to make a play on the ball. The deep-balls are still an issue, and after another up and down day, there will be more questions for Tannehill. Yet, he still made some plays with his legs, both in the running game, and to extend plays, eventually finding a receiver on a handful of scrambles. He's still squarely on the QB2 radar, but he'll be a matchup play during the bye weeks.

2014 Week 7 vs CHI (25 / 32 / 277 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 48 / 0 rush)

Ryan Tannehill looked in complete control of the Miami offense in Sunday's win over the Bears, looking in rhythm and playing with confidence. It was reminiscent of their fast start in London, when they jumped on the Raiders and never really looked back. With his performance yesterday, Tannehill has now posted three straight starts with 65+% completions, 240+ yards in the air, and 2 TDs. Additionally, he has at least 35 yards on the ground in each of those games, further buoying his fantasy value. Although the competition wasn't exactly stiff (Oakland, Green Bay, Chicago), it's starting to look like the third-year QB is finally maintaining some level of consistency in Bill Lazor's offense. Furthermore, two of the last three games were Dolphins blowouts, so Tannehill's fantasy output could've been even bigger. Hats off to Lazor, who called an excellent game. From the outset, the zone-read was something the Bears had to account for, against the run and the pass. This allowed for some pocket movement, which gave Tannehill some well-defined and fairly easy throws to get into a rhythm. His accuracy, always a hot-button issue, was a little shaky, as Jarvis Landry and Charles both had to make adjustments on early catches. Still, after slow starts doomed the Dolphins against the Bills, Chiefs, and Packers, the early rhythm was key to the hot start. The pass protection issues of 2013 seem like a thing of the past, as Tannehill usually had all day to throw. He was sharp from the clean pocket as well, going 23-of-27 when seeing no pressure. With Chicago's linebackers banged up, Miami keyed in on exposing Khaseem Greene, D.J. Williams, Shea McClellan, and Daryl Sharpton. Tannehill's first TD pass, to Charles Clay, did just that, as both McClellan and Williams were late getting over to cover Clay on a simple corner route. Nothing fancy, Tannehill was looking his way the entire time, and it was an easy six points. His second TD, to Mike Wallace, was a bit more impressive. Once again sitting in a clean pocket, Tannehill worked through one, two, and three reads, before Wallace slipped Tim Jennings and his QB found him in the back of the end zone. At that point, Tannehill was 10/10 with 136 yards and 2 TDs, so the rest of his day was mildly disappointing as he produced about 140 yards in the air, 0 TDs, in addition to his rushing totals, but with Miami milking the lead, it was expected. What's been impressive over the last few weeks is Lazor's usage of his QB in the running game. Perhaps the Dolphins are playing some mind games by adding Tannehill to the injury report with an ankle issue, but his ability to tuck the ball on the read-option is real, and a legitimate addition to the game-plan. Additionally, most of his runs have been by design, so against more fearsome pass rushes (at Denver, at Detroit) in the coming weeks, he may have to use his legs a bit more to improvise. Can Tannehill be trusted to fill in for a QB1 during a bye week? Maybe not, but 240 yards, 2 TDs, and 30-50 yards on the ground is a great baseline for any QB streamer. The only question is if he can stay that consistent.

2014 Week 8 vs JAX (16 / 29 / 196 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 48 / 0 rush)

The Miami offense ran nine plays in the opening 25 minutes or so of the game, finally stringing together their only sustained drive of the first half using the two-minute drill. First things first, Daryn Colledge had an abysmal start to the game, allowing two drive-killing sacks on first two series. It's lucky he didn't get Ryan Tannehill hurt in someway, and it was later found out that he was battling migraines during the early portion of the game. So, the Dolphins were off to another poor start again. Unfortunately, for the offense, or fortunately, for fantasy owners who started the Miami defense, two pick-sixes of Blake Bortles essentially ended the Jaguars as any threat to the Dolphins in this game. The Dolphins made their usual second-half adjustments and started moving the ball against an improving Jacksonville defense, but this wasn't exactly the outing QB streamers expected at the outset of the week. After some of those early sacks and pressures, he missed a few throws and had a few balls batted down at the line of scrimmage. He's been better about not locking onto reads this season, telegraphing the direction of his throws to the defensive lineman, but it's still an area to work on. In the second half, though, the running game was able to get on-track, which allowed the play-action game to pick up as well. In truth, it really could've been a very nice week for him if not for one poor throw and a smart slide at the end of the game. On 1st and goal at the JAX 5-yard-line in the fourth, with the Dolphins already leading 24-6, it seemed like Tannehill's last chance to post a TD. He was sitting around 150 yards and had a TD, but owners would've liked more. After leading a lengthy drive down the field, he stared down Rishard Matthews who was running a quick slant. Rookie LB Telvin Smith was able to get a hand up, tip the pass, and let teammate J.T. Thomas intercept it. Later in the fourth, with the Dolphins about to kneel on the ball and end the game, Tannehill kept the ball on a zone-read and scampered 30 yards down to the Jags' 20. He slid down, the smart move, but owners can lament the play, claiming Tannehill could've made it in for the score. It was his third straight game with a 30+ yard run, and Tannehill's tuck-and-runs have been a worthy addition to the Miami playbook. The extra 5 points per game for fantasy owners doesn't hurt either. Tannehill had two throws that stood out on Sunday, which may help him moving along. Both came when he was under duress, but both very different plays. The first was his 50-yard hookup with Mike Wallace. It was the longest play of the season for the Dolphins and the first time in a season and a half of playing together they've hooked up for that long of a pass. It was a somewhat broken play as well, as Tannehill was flushed out of the pocket, to the right, almost immediately. The Dolphins have been looking to get him throwing on the run more often, and he threw an absolute seed down the sideline. The second throw came in the fourth quarter of an already won game, but was impressive nonetheless. He stood in a collapsing pocket and fired a strike between two defenders to Dion Sims. Sims had a little space, but this wasn't an easy throw to make in a shaky pocket. With games coming up against the Chargers, Broncos, and Lions, Tannehill will be on the streaming radar with six teams on bye each of the next few weeks. How much can he be trusted is another question.


Latest News

Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill thriving in recent weeks (Thu Oct 23, 01:53 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has completed 72 percent of his passes for 799 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions since the team refused to name him the starter heading into their Week 4 game. Several reasons account for this, starting with the fact that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has reduced long passing plays, and he has installed more of the read-option play. Tannehill also has proven that he can step up in the face of pressure and adversity. He threw 12 touchdown passes and five interceptions in five games after the team's 2013 bullying scandal. The biggest factor this year, though, has been Lazor tailoring the offense to Tannehill's strengths. The team has averaged 5.9 yards per play on 254 snaps where Tannehill has been the focal point. In the 148 snaps where he hasn't been, the team averages 4.5 yards per play. Tannehill is also protecting the ball much better, and he's on pace to turn the ball over 13 times this year, compared to 22 times last season.

Our View: Tannehill needed to take the next step--and he definitely has. We have him rated as a borderline QB1 this week and feel he can take full advantage of a shaky and inconsistent Jaguars defense coming off their first win of the season.
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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill not throwing deep (Wed Oct 22, 02:00 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has completed five of his 18 passes that have gone for at least 20 yards this season and is on pace to throw only 48 deep passes this season. Tannehill has thrown 58 play-action passes and is on pace to throw more than the 90 play-action passes he throw last season. He has an 87.6 passer rating on play-action passes.

Our View: Tannehill just looks off when he throws the ball deep--especially when he's targeting Mike Wallace. The team is letting him run more, and they're keeping things simple for him with shorter passing. It's working out, so expect them to maintain similar game plans going forward.
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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill running more (Wed Oct 22, 01:59 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has rushed for 150 yards on 22 carries so far this season, after rushing only 40 times for 238 yards in the entire 2013 season. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has been willing to call the read option more often.

Our View: Tannehill had a 65-yard touchdown run against Oklahoma State years ago when he was in's no mystery that he's a great athlete who can use his legs to attack a defense. It's great to see the Dolphins use that asset in his game to full effectiveness. Simply put, Tannehill looks more comfortable over the last few weeks.
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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill thrives in reduced system (Mon Oct 20, 10:27 AM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was effective in a scaled-back offense that utilized short-to-intermediate throws and reduced the number of troubling deep throws Sunday, Oct. 19. He was 25-for-32 for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 7 game and rushed six times for 48 yards. He completed his first 14 passes to open the game for the second time in three weeks.

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