Ryan Tannehill Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) out at least three months

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:42am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey underwent hip surgery Monday and is expected to miss at least three months, sources familiar with the injury said. Pouncey also faces a possible suspension from the NFL. He's the only player implicated in last year's bullying scandal still on the Dolphins' roster. Pouncey tore the labrum in his hip sometime during the Dolphins' offseason workouts. His absence will shake up a Miami offensive line that was transformed this offseason. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Pouncey was the lone returning starter on the unit, the leader of the line and arguably Miami's best offensive player.

Fantasy Impact:
This is a big blow to the team's new offensive line and the offense in general. Pouncey is the unit's best player and lone returning starter. It will impact Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller and the other Miami skill players.

Dolphins TE Charles Clay 'ready to pick up where he left off'

Monday, June 23, 2014, 10:05am

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Anytime Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill needed someone to bail the offense out on third down TE Charles Clay was the playmaker he turned to. Clay, who produced a breakout season last year, catching 69 passes for 759 yards and scoring a team-leading seven touchdowns, appears ready to pick up where he left off in 2013. Clay hopes another productive season will land him the lucrative contract extension he seeks.

Fantasy Impact:
Along with Delanie Walker, Clay is a cheap option at tight end who should offer baseline (top 12) numbers in the later rounds.

Jake Locker (Lisfranc) ahead of schedule

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 10:53pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans begin training camp on July 26. Titans QB Jake Locker (Lisfranc) should be even better physically by then, but mentally he should be way ahead of the game. He said he's up to speed in the new offense, and has a good chemistry with his receivers. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has been been impressed with Locker's work ethic and approach with teammates. "Jake works hard," the coach said. "He's done a great job as far as studying the offense and understanding his reads. He's really done a good job with a lot of the little things – his footwork, his techniques. We've seen a lot of improvement there and that's really exciting to see. … The team really rallies around him, and that is an important quality to have."

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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:20pm

James Walker, ESPN - [Full Article]

Dolphins beat writer James Walker on the possibility that the team moves on from QB Ryan Tannehill: "It is definitely in Ryan Tannehill’s best interest to show that he is the long-term solution this year. Rarely do starting quarterbacks get four consecutive years to show their worth after mediocre play. The only recent example I can think of is Mark Sanchez with the New York Jets, and his deep runs through the playoffs his first two seasons bought him time through his inconsistencies. Tannehill is 15-17 in his first two years and has no postseason resume to speak of. If Tannehill has another losing season, that most likely will lead to a coaching change. A new coach may want to win or lose with his own quarterback, which means Tannehill could be replaced or have to compete for a starting job."

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.

Monday, June 9, 2014, 7:29pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

On paper, the Dolphins O-line should be much better. QB Ryan Tannehill has two Pro Bowlers at center and left tackle, which are the most important positions on the offensive line.

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 5:08pm

Sun Sentinel - [Full Article]

"He wants to play fast," Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said of new OC Bill Lazor, who is widely credited for the emergence of Nick Foles, who led the league in passer rating and set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio (27:2). "I think that's his biggest point at this time is just getting to the line, playing fast, putting pressure on the defense. We're going to huddle. We're going to take our time in that standpoint, but once we break we want to put pressure on the defense."

Fantasy Impact:
If Lazor is half as successful as Chip Kelly was in his first year calling plays in the NFL, then the Dolphins will have several fantasy relevant players on the roster. Tannehill, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Charles Clay and Knowshon Moreno are players to monitor this summer.