Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
QB - #18 45.00 MIA Active 4 years 26 6'4 222 @ryantannehill1

2014 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Jun-23-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

SNEAKY UPSIDE: This may very well be Ryan Tannehill's make-or-break year. Despite having a disastrous offensive line that allowed him to be sacked 58 times, Tannehill was much-improved in 2013. He doubled his touchdowns from 12 to 24 and threw for over 600 more yards. It wasn't all good news though, because unfortunately the Dolphins once again missed the playoffs and Tannehill really struggled with his deep ball. That problem may have been due to lack of time, but much of free agent signing Mike Wallace's struggles were blamed on Tannehill. With new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Tannehill will get every opportunity to throw the ball and throw it often. Expect Tannehill's attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns to increase. His job will be to keep the turnovers down and completion percentage up. It is also expected for him to carry the ball more than 50 times this season.

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Miami has taken great strides to improve their offensive line by signing offensive tackle Branden Albert from the Chiefs. They also drafted Tennessee OT Ja'Waun James in the first round and North Dakota State linemen Billy Turner in the third. Tannehill doesn't necessarily have the greatest weapons, but has more than enough to be successful. If the line is in fact improved, the running game should take some pressure off the passing game. Wallace reportedly has a better grasp on the offense this season, so he should be able to take the top off the defense. He has plenty of short to mid-range targets in Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews, Charles Clay, and rookie Jarvis Landry. Knowshon Moreno has also come over from Denver and is a proven pass catcher out of the back field. After playing only one full season at QB at Texas A&M, there was expected to be a learning curve, but patience is rare in the today's NFL. Everything is set for Tannehill to have a breakout season, now he just has to make it happen. Tannehill is a very good fantasy backup with upside.

Latest Update

Mar-02-15 Dolphins TE Charles Clay gets the transition tag

We've already talked about the franchise tag, so let's cover it's lesser-known cousin, the transition tag. That's the tag that was placed on Dolphins tight end Charles Clay today. That tag will pay him about $7.1 million for the 2015 season. But since the value of the transition tag is an average of the top 10 salaries at a player's position -- as opposed to an average of the top five salaries at a position -- this tag is more than $1 million cheaper than the franchise tag.
Clay will still be able to talk to other teams about a new contract, and the Dolphins will have the right to match any offers. But if they don't match an accepted offer, Miami won't receive any consolation. If a player signs with another team while under the franchise tag, that player's now-former team would receive two first-round picks from the bid winner.

Fantasy Analysis:

It may be best for Clay to play with the tag, improve upon a somewhat underwhelming 2014 stat line -- 58 catches, 605 yards, three touchdowns in 14 games -- and then hit the market next March at the age of 27 in search of some really fat cash.
Clay is a athletic and versatile tight end who was hampered by a knee injury for much of last season, but he did become more prominent in the offense during the second half of the year. From Week 9 on, he caught 36 passes in seven contests, accumulating 400 yards and two scores. At a position that is really anyone's guess outside of the top three or four, Clay can definitely be a solid and relatively cheap TE1 in Bill Lazor's system. With the exodus that's currently occurring inside Miami's wide receiving corps and may also include Mike Wallace, Ryan Tannehill may lean on Clay often in 2015.

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3/2 - Dolphins TE Charles Clay gets the transition tag

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
14.01 SiriusXM Fantasy - Better chemistry with Mike Wallace on the deep ball and improved O-Line play could make Tannehill this seasons Nick Foles
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