Could Ryan Tannehill Be the 2013 Breakout Fantasy Football Quarterback?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IApril 25, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 30: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick surprisingly joined Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck as the new breed of NFL superstar quarterbacks.

Not only can they all beat you with their arm, but they also all have the athleticism that gives defensive coordinators fits. They all led their respective teams to the NFL playoffs while putting up the necessary numbers to make fantasy football players happy.

While Ryan Tannehill didn’t have nearly the success statistically as the aforementioned quartet, he does have plenty of upside. Tannehill threw for 3,294 yards, which ranked 20th in the league.

Tannehill threw for more yards than RGIII, Wilson and Kaepernick. He did finish behind Brandon Weeden’s 3,385 yards, though, so let’s not be quick to assume that he’s arrived.

There are plenty of things to be concerned with. Tannehill completed just 58.3 percent of his passes and threw more interceptions (13) than touchdowns (12). He also took 35 sacks with Jake Long protecting his blind side for 12 games.

Long has since moved on to the St. Louis Rams, but the Dolphins are exploring a trade to replace him with Branden Albert of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Dolphins have given Tannehill some talent to work with. Not only did they bring back Brian Hartline, they added Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller to the mix.

While it’s not an elite arsenal, it certainly gives Tannehill an upgrade in receiving options. He should easily be able to add to both his passing and touchdown totals.

Tannehill ran for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He won’t confuse anyone for RGIII, but he did average 30.1 yards on the ground over the last six games of the season. It wouldn’t be a stretch for Tannehill to run for 400 yards and four touchdowns next year.

While he still has to face Darrelle Revis in Week 10, at least he doesn’t have to take him on twice a year after being dealt from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Dolphins face the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills in Weeks 15 and 16, which could make him a decent sleeper option in the fantasy football playoffs.

There are plenty of quality quarterbacks to have on your fantasy team, but Tannehill has a lot of upside as your backup fantasy football quarterback.

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