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2013 Fantasy Football Profile and Projection: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill

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2013 Fantasy Football Profile and Projection: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
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The group of rookie quarterbacks in 2012 has the potential to become one of the best quarterback classes ever. For the first time in NFL history, five rookie quarterbacks were their team's opening day starter last season.

Even though he was selected with the eighth overall pick in the draft, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not enter training camp as the team's projected starter. Despite running Mike Sherman's offense in college, Tannehill began his collegiate career as a wide receiver and transitioned to quarterback during his junior season.

That said, he started every game for the Dolphins last season.

Going into his second professional season, Tannehill now has nearly as many starts for the Dolphins (16) as he had under center for the Texas A&M Aggies (20).

Based on comments from the coaching staff, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about his sophomore campaign.

I guess one way to describe him is he’s a gym rat. He loves football; he’s been here an awful lot,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin explained (via ESPN blogger James Walker). “He's been working out with the guys on their own, nothing orchestrated by us, well before the offseason program began. Those are all good indicators that somebody wants to be good. That’s kind of step one.

“If you don’t have players that want to be great, it’s hard for them to keep climbing and keep accelerating their development. That’s point number one that we’re excited about.”

It's great to hear that he's putting in the necessary work to take the next step in his development process. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman takes it another step by saying that he will make bigger strides than any of his fellow second-year quarterbacks.

“This young man will be the most improved quarterback in the National Football League from year one to year two this year – I promise you that,” Sherman said (via the team's official website). “He’s working extremely hard.”

Tannehill has plenty of room for improvement over his rookie numbers. Last year, he passed for 3,294 yards and threw more interceptions (13) than touchdowns (12).

Possessing prototypical size (6'4", 220) for the position, Tannehill has the arm strength to make all the throws and the mobility to extend plays or make plays as a rusher. He was one of 11 quarterbacks to rush for at least 200 yards last season.

One of the things holding Tannehill's production down as a rookie was his lack of weapons in the passing game. By adding Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller via free agency and re-signing Brian Hartline, the Dolphins have a much-improved group of pass-catchers this year than they had last season.

 

Except for those in a deep league or two-quarterback league, Tannehill will most likely be a fantasy reserve and bye-week replacement that provides fantasy owners with the potential upside of being a low-end QB1 in 12-team leagues.

 

Fantasy Strength of Schedule

 

Based on the cumulative fantasy points allowed by their opponents from Week 1 to 16, Tannehill has the league's 13th-ranked schedule among quarterbacks.


Projection: (Passing) 320/525 Comp./Att., 3,833 Yards, 20 TDs, 13 INTs; (Rushing) 264 Yards, 2 TDs


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