• Tua Tagovailoa

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  • , Miami Dolphins
  • 24
  • 218 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

MIA QB Tua Tagovailoa - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 at Buffalo Bills

Tua Tagovailoa had a strong fantasy outing last week, finishing with 291 pass yards, four touchdowns and 29 rush yards. He also had two interceptions, but the positives fully outweighed the negatives in that game. It's the second week in a row Tagovailoa has totaled 300+ yards, which is nice to see considering the Dolphins' passing game was averaging just around 200 before then. But we wouldn't be surprised if that production came down in Week 8 in a brutal matchup against the Bills. Buffalo has allowed the fewest schedule-adjusted fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Tagovailoa got injured in his first matchup vs. Buffalo, and the Dolphins finished the game with zero points and under 200 pass yards. Tagovailoa has proven he can be a nice streaming option in favorable matchups, but we'd probably stay away from him in Week 8. He's outside the top 20 QB plays this week.

by Jordan Heck

MIA QB Tua Tagovailoa - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 vs. Atlanta Falcons

As of now, Tua Tagovailoa is a member of the Dolphins. Trade rumors suggest Miami may move him to Washington, but for now, we'll just focus on his status with the Dolphins. Tagovailoa had one of his better games last week, finishing with 329 pass yards, two touchdowns, an interception and 22 rush yards. It's the third time in 12 career starts he's surpassed 300 yards and the fourth time he's scored multiple pass touchdowns. He should be able to build on that success this week in a favorable matchup against the Falcons, who are 28th in schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Tagovailoa enters QB1 territory this week, especially with so many players on bye.

by Jordan Heck

MIA QB Tua Tagovailoa - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Dolphins designated Tua Tagovailoa for return from IR, meaning he's eligible to play vs. Jaguars. No official decision has been made yet, but we'd expect him to play. However, his status is worth monitoring. Assuming he plays, he won't have as many weapons as he had at the start of the year. Will Fuller has been placed on IR and DeVante Parker has been listed as DNP this week with a shoulder/hamstring injury. We've only seen Tagovailoa play once this year, and that was against a tough Patriots defense. He gets a much easier matchup this week against the Jaguars who are 23rd in schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed to QBs.

Tagovailoa isn't a great option this week as he's ranked outside our top 15 quarterbacks, but he's also not the worst option available if you need a streamer. As 4for4's Chris Allen noted, three of five opposing quarterbacks have finished in the Top 12 vs. the Jaguars this season.

by Jordan Heck

MIA QB Tua Tagovailoa - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Buffalo Bills

Tua Tagovailoa had a solid debut in Week 1, finishing with 202 yards, two total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing), and an interception. Although he'll once again be without Will Fuller in Week 2 as the wide receiver deals with a personal issue (Fuller was suspended for Week 1). It was a decent game, especially considering it was a tough matchup. He gets another tough matchup in Week 2 against the Bills who gave up just 188 passing yards in Week 1. Tagovailoa had 361 passing yards against the Bills last season, although he threw the ball 58 times in that contest. He also finished with just one score and three interceptions. We expect another modest outing from Tagovailoa in Week 2, placing him around the 20th ranked quarterback for the week.

by Jordan Heck

MIA QB Tua Tagovailoa - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at New England Patriots

Tua Tagovailoa is headed into his sophomore season after a bumpy rookie year. But there's reason to expect improvement, most notably by all the additions Miami brought in this offseason. However, one of the primary additions, Will Fuller, will be sitting out this first game due to a suspension. And Miami will miss him in a tough matchup against the Patriots, who allowed the eighth-fewest passing yards in the league a season ago. Tagovailoa might be better in Year 2, but it's hard to trust him in Week 1 against a tough opponent while also missing one of his top weapons. We have Tagovailoa ranked outside the top 20 quarterbacks in Week 1.

by Jordan Heck

MIA QB Tua Tagovailoa - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
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.

Fantasy Downside
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.

by Jordan Heck

MIA QB Tua Tagovailoa - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Buffalo Bills

Tua Tagovailoa was benched again last week, the second time he's been pulled from a game this season. Tagovailoa wasn't awful, completing 17-of-22 passes with no turnovers, but he wasn't getting the ball downfield as he had just 94 passing yards. It's the third time this season Tagovailoa has finished below 100 passing yards in a start (out of eight starts). Miami is expected to return to Tagovailoa as their starter again, but there's always a risk of him being benched again. It's a critical game for Miami as a win gets them into the playoffs. It's a fairly tough matchup against the Bills, but there's a chance Buffalo rests its starters. With so many question marks surrounding this offense and its quarterbacks, it's probably best to play someone else at QB in Week 17.

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