Ryan Tannehill Fantasy News

Titans QB Jake Locker impressive in second preseason game

Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:40pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

After throwing just two passes against the Packers last week, Titans QB Jake Locker came out of the gate firing against the New Orleans Saints.

Locker confidently marched the first team on a seven-play, 62-yard scoring drive that saw him complete 4 of 5 passes for 30 yards with a pretty touchdown strike to "Making the Leap" candidate Justin Hunter.

After what Ken Whisenhunt did for Philip Rivers in San Diego last season, we're already seeing the coach's fingerprints on Tennessee's young passer.

Fantasy Impact:
Locker has averaged 15.1 FP in 16 career starts. That extrapolates to 241 points over a 16-game season, or about what Ryan Tannehill scored as the #16 QB in 2013. Health has been his biggest problem, but if he can stay upright, he could grow in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense.

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Teddy Bridgewater: 'I have to stop overthinking.'

Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:33am

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

Coach Mike Zimmer clearly is content with the way Matt Cassel is playing, saying, “I hope Matt continues to do what he’s been doing.”

As for Teddy Bridgewater, Zimmer is practicing patience.

“He’s got so much going on in his mind right now that I just want him to play,” Zimmer said. “That’s what I told him [Wednesday], and that’s what I’m going to tell him before the ballgame. Just go play. You’ve been doing this since you were 5 years old. Go play and have some fun. Throw the ball in there. If you make a mistake, we’ll fix it and go on.”

Apparently, Bridgewater has bought in.

“Basically, I have to stop overthinking,” he said. “I haven’t been pressing, but I have been overthinking.”

Fantasy Impact:
Cassel averaged around 240 yards, 1.5 TD and 1.2 INT in six starts last season, which equates to 244 fantasy points, which is about what Ryan Tannehill scored as fantasy football's #16 QB. If he's under center, he'll be usable in a streaming/QBBC strategy with Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph to throw to and a strong running game to lean on.

Matt Cassel 'seizing control' of Vikings QB competition

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:37pm

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

Vikings QB Matt Cassel entered camp No. 1 on the depth chart, holding a narrow lead over rookie Teddy Bridgewater. But the gap has widened, and a strong showing in Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals at TCF Bank Stadium could end the debate weeks ahead of the Sept. 7 opener at St. Louis.

Cassel looked good while playing just the first series in last week's preseason opener against Oakland. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 62 yards on the Vikings' only touchdown drive of a 10-6 win.

Fantasy Impact:
Cassel averaged around 240 yards, 1.5 TD and 1.2 INT in six starts last season, which equates to 244 fantasy points, which is about what Ryan Tannehill scored as fantasy football's #16 QB. If he's under center, he'll be usable in a streaming/QBBC strategy with Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph to throw to and a strong running game to lean on.

Monday, August 11, 2014, 1:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Miami starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill had one of his strongest practices of training camp on Monday.

Tannehill made strong, decisive throws and had big gains to receivers Brian Hartline, Rishard Matthews and Damian Williams in team drills. Perhaps Tannehill gained momentum from his strong start to the preseason last week against the Atlanta Falcons.

He will try to build on that Saturday in his second preseason game, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mike Wallace, Ryan Tannehill hope to connect on more long passes

Monday, August 11, 2014, 1:40pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

When it comes to taking advantage of WR Mike Wallace's speed, the Miami Dolphins need to make strides.

Little progress has been evident in training camp, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill is confident he'll hit Wallace on long passes more often this year.

Wallace ranks among the fastest players in the NFL, but he was often only a decoy last season, his first with the Dolphins. They targeted him on 34 passes thrown more than 20 yards, and only six were completed — 18 percent.

Fantasy Impact:
When Wallace was open deep, Tannehill frequently underthrew him, and the result was an incompletion or interception, the story said. The article went on to say after the season, Wallace estimated he should have scored at least 15 more touchdowns. Instead he scored five times and averaged 12.7 yards per catch, both career lows.

Ryan Tannehill looks sharp in preseason opener

Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:01pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill started a make-or-break third season in perfect fashion.

Granted, it was only one 10-snap preseason-opening cameo against a retooled Atlanta Falcons defense Friday night. But the quarterback, who was pummeled for a league-high 58 sacks last season, looked comfortable and in sharp command of new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s up-tempo offense.

Tannehill hit all six of his passes for 62 yards to march the Dolphins 73 yards on a game-opening drive that culminated in his 6-yard scoring pass to wide-open slot receiver Brandon Gibson.

Fantasy Impact:
Tannehill looked good in his new offense led by Lazor, who came over from Philly where he helped Nick Foles to an impressive year. He's a low-end QB2 ranked 20th on our list but could have some use in certain matchups. According to ADPs he's not getting drafted in a lot of 10-team leagues.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:01am

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

Eagles OC Bill Lazor on how QB Ryan Tannehill is picking up the new offense: “Ryan is extremely willing to do the way we want him to do it,” Lazor said. “He’s just trying as hard as he can to learn it. Some of the things are different maybe then what he’s done in the past, but that’s football. And we’re just going to try to give him opportunities to grow and keep going forward. Probably when four practices into training camp with a new system, one of the things you have to be as a quarterback is thick-skinned. You’re going to get a coat of shellac because things are happening fast. You’re trying to learn. I think Ryan’s doing a great job.”

Things to read into that: While coaches praise Tannehill publicly, they’ve been critical behind closed doors. I like that, because except for extreme circumstances, it serves no purpose to throw your players under the bus in public. It also serves no purpose to sugarcoat in private.

Fantasy Impact:

Through the first 15 weeks, Tannehill was the #12 QB in fantasy. Unfortunately, he stunk it up in the final two weeks of the season, posting just 286 yards to go along with one TD and three picks in the final two games combined as the Dolphins skidded out of a playoff spot. Josh Freeman’s 2012 late-season swoon was similar, but the Dolphins are more committed to Tannehill than the Bucs were to Freeman. The arrival of OC Bill Lazor (from Philadelphia) should help. The players are raving about the new offense.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:54pm

South Florida Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Bill Lazor, the former Eagles QB coach, seems intent on making a faster pace to the offense happen as the new OC in Miami. Lazor, in his first job as an offensive coordinator, is tasked with taking an offense that was No. 26 in scoring last season (19.8 ppg) and turning it into a weapon.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is his main instrument. Lazor, who made Eagles quarterback Nick Foles one of the league’s most productive passers last seasons, knows what he wants to see from the position.

“At the quarterback spot it’s a couple of things – No. 1, it’s accuracy, No. 2 it’s decision-making, and then I think after that you’ve got to have a certain level of toughness.”

Fantasy Impact:

Lazor likely learned a hot from Eagles HC Chip Kelly and will put his own flavor on the Dolphins offense, too. But one thing the Eagles were know for last season was faster play calling and running a lot of plays and that's something Lazor wants to see. Tannehill is ranked 20th among our QBs, which makes him low-end QB2 in just about any format. Tannehill was actually #12 QB through the first 15 weeks last season before he began to struggle. If Lazor can keep Tannehill going, he has the potential to be a borderline QB1.

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 1:28pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

Dolphins receiver Rishard Matthews has felt like the odd man out this offseason. He showed a lot of promise last season starting as the slot receiver when Brandon Gibson went down with a patellar tear.

Yet with Gibson back and the Dolphins using a second-round draft choice on Jarvis Landry, Matthews is on the bubble.

But there’s no question he can catch the ball and at Sunday’s practice he was a prime target for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Gibson, still coming back from the injury, sat out the second half of practice and was seen with ice on his knee.

Matthews was the most active receiver at practice today and nearly made the play of training camp with a one-handed grab over Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. It was ruled incomplete but it’s a glimpse of how hard Matthews is working to stay on the roster.

Friday, July 25, 2014, 5:43pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

On Friday, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace connected on a deep ball in what was easily the play of the day. Wallace beat second-year cornerback Jamar Taylor by a couple steps and Tannehill hit Wallace in stride for an approximately 40-yard gain. Tannehill and Wallace struggled with deep-ball connections last season.

Tannehill, Wallace 'have a long way to go' on deep ball

Friday, July 25, 2014, 2:16pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace have a long way to go on their deep ball connections. Still. The Dolphins duo combined for one completion deep down the left sideline midway through practice during seven on seven drills. But there were two other instances when Tannehill underthrew on deep passes -- one to Wallace who was wide open behind Will Davis and once when Damien Williams was open deep.

Fantasy Impact:

According to HC Joe Philbin, the duo has improved in this area this offseason, but it hasn't shown up in camp thus far. It's something to monitor as the summer wears on. Tannehill has a great schedule and is a good candidate for a QBBC strategy. For more info, click here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:50pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey will begin camp on the physically unable to perform list. He needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip last month and is expected to miss the start of the season. Though the best-case scenario is he’ll be back in late September, there is now concern he could be shelved for the first half of the season.

A source familiar with the center’s surgery and recovery says it’s likely he will miss four months (from the time of surgery June 23). That would carry the rehab process through September and into late October.

“Eight weeks is probably what we’re looking at,” the source said Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:
His absence has a negative impact on Ryan Tannehill's protection and the ability of the line to run block for Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno.

Philbin: Deep passing game has been 'better'

Monday, July 21, 2014, 6:44pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

The biggest question Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has to answer is can he connect with Mike Wallace consistently with the deep ball. Last season the duo constantly struggled when they dialed up big-yardage plays.

"They have, a number of times," coach Joe Philbin insisted at the end of last month's three-day minicamp. "We hit Mike on a deep-corner route [the second day of minicamp] in practice for a touchdown, one of the better inside-post routes that we've hit in my time here where they connected deep, and some other verticals. It's been better."

Fantasy Impact:
Through the first 15 weeks, Tannehill was the #12 QB in fantasy. Unfortunately, he stunk it up in the final two weeks of the season, posting just 286 yards to go along with one TD and three picks in the final two games combined as the Dolphins skidded out of a playoff spot. The arrival of OC Bill Lazor (from Philadelphia) should help. The players are raving about the new offense, especially Wallace, who loves the fact that he's moving around pre-snap.

Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:42pm

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

There were all kinds of questions about Titans QB Jake Locker's future following another significant injury. Many questions linger. He looked rusty as he limped through workouts in May, but in June he looked significantly better, moving and throwing well. The Titans hope he picks up in July where he left off in June.

Fantasy Impact:
Locker has averaged 15.1 FP in 16 career starts. That extrapolates to 241 points over a 16-game season, or about what Ryan Tannehill scored as the #16 QB in 2013. Health has been his biggest problem, but if he can stay upright, he could grow in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense.

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 7:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Dolphins spent $60 million acquiring WR Mike Wallace from the Pittsburgh Steelers a year ago. But last season former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman seemed lost with how to use his newfound toy. Miami’s offense with Wallace was too predictable and it impacted everyone’s production. Sherman was fired and Bill Lazor was hired as Miami’s new offensive coordinator. Already players, including Wallace, are raving about the new scheme. Wallace is being moved around -- sent in motion to make things less predictable. Wallace also is showing a strong work ethic this offseason and looks poised to have a better season.

Wallace, first and foremost, is a big-play receiver. But to make big plays and get behind a defense, it takes good pass protection and a quarterback able to throw deep to take advantage of Wallace’s elite speed. The Dolphins had neither last season. Miami allowed a franchise-record 58 quarterback sacks and starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, in two seasons, has struggled throwing the deep ball. He missed Wallace various times last season in what could have been game-changing plays. Other times, Tannehill didn’t have enough time to allow Wallace to get downfield. The Dolphins believe they’ve fixed both issues, but that remains to be seen. Miami’s offensive line will have five new starters in Week 1 and Tannehill must still prove he can throw a good deep ball.

Fantasy Impact:
Wallace finished the season as the #25 WR, but was an unreliable option for most of the year. Thanks to four touchdowns in his final six games, he averaged 10.8 FP in that span, which equates to low-end WR1-type numbers. We're not expecting that kind of production, though he should be a top-end WR3 if his late season surge continues into this season. The arrival of OC Bill Lazor should help; Wallace really seems to like the new offense. The main concern is the offensive line -- Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is going to miss three months after undergoing hip surgery.