NFL Week 11: Is Ryan Tannehill a Reasonable Fantasy Football Option This Week?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 15, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 23-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a favorable matchup in the Thursday Night Football game this week.

The Buffalo Bills rank 21st in passing yards allowed at 246.3 yards per game. They are also one of six teams to have allowed 18 or more passing touchdowns.

With a number or quarterback injuries (Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Michael Vick and Alex Smith), as well as quarterbacks on bye (Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, Jake Locker and Christian Ponder), should you turn to Tannehill considering his juicy matchup?

If you are playing in a two-quarterback league, the likelihood that you would use Tannehill goes up. In 12-team leagues, 24 of the 28 starting quarterbacks are in play this week.

In one-quarterback leagues, though, I’d say only use Tannehill if you’re desperate.

Last week, Tannehill also had a favorable matchup. He did not throw a touchdown pass, yet the Tennessee Titans remain tied for the league lead with 20 touchdown passes allowed.

Not only did he not throw for a touchdown, but Tannehill threw three interceptions to kill any fantasy owners that took a chance on him.

Tannehill is holding his own in reality. But for fantasy purposes, he just hasn’t been very good. He has just one game with multiple touchdown passes and five games in which he did not even throw for a score.

Tannehill has only topped 225 yards in two games this year. Plus, he’s not exactly making up for his lack of passing production with his feet. He has just one rushing touchdown on the year and 23 yards on 20 carries. Overall, he has three games with positive rushing yardage. His totals in those games were 14 yards (Week 2), three yards (Week 3) and 16 yards (Week 6).

If you’re for in an absolute bind, you can roll with Tannehill. But you may be better off going with the likes of Nick Foles, John Skelton or Byron Leftwich this week.

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