Tua Tagovailoa showed some promise in his rookie season as three of his nine starts saw him finish with 361 yards, 316 yards and 296 yards. He had at least two touchdowns in four of his starts, finishing with a 14-6 TD: turnover ratio. The Dolphins also have a revamped offense that includes offseason acquisitions Will Fuller and rookie Jaylen Waddle. They join an already talented receiving corps that includes DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Lynn Bowden and Mike Gesicki.
Tagovailoa showed promise as a rookie, but he also had times where he struggled. In three of his starts, he finished below 100 passing yards and in six of his starts, he had one passing touchdown or less. As a result, he only scored more than 18 fantasy points twice. Tagovailoa has a history of injury concerns dating back to his serious injury at Alabama, and even last season when he missed a game due to a thumb injury.
2021 Bottom Line
Tagovailoa carries some risk for 2021, but there are plenty of reasons to like him this season. He dealt with a lot as a rookie including his recovery from a major injury, shortened OTAs, lack of receiver depth and Ryan Fitzpatrick lurking in the background. This year Fitzpatrick is gone, the receiving corps has improved and Tagovailoa has had another year to get better. We like him as a top 15 quarterback this year.