2013 Fantasy Football Preview: Ryan Tannehill

By alanlim
Ryan Tannehill
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In his second season in the NFL, Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is poised to have a break out season this year.

Tannehill started at wide receiver at Texas A&M University and then started at quarterback after Jerrod Johnson did not play well. He only started 19 games at quarterback in college. Playing every single regular season game in his rookie season, he has a better understanding on how to read NFL defenses. He will reduce his turnovers by understanding his mistakes he made in his first year.

Because former Pittsburgh Steelers WR Mike Wallace, former St. Louis Rams WR Brandon Gibson and former New York Jets TE Dustin Keller signed with the Dolphins, Tannehill has plenty of receivers to throw the ball to, compared to last year where he only had Brian Harline (re-signed with the Dolphins) and Davone Bess to an extent.

Wallace can stretch the field vertically with his pure speed, which can increase Tannehill’s stats by a lot. Gibson can play slot receiver and can be the go-to third down receiver. Tannehill had a problem on third-down conversions. He only converted 56 out of 167 third downs, ranking him 23rd. Keller can be a security blanket for Tannehill to check down to. Suffice to say, he has a lot of options in the skill position thanks to Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland signing receivers.

The one concern is losing LT Jake Long for pass protection as Jonathan Martin will be the new starter. Tannehill can run the read-option to create more fantasy points on your team, and he runs very fast.

Tannehill should be a low-tier No. 1 quarterback or a high-tier No. 2 quarterback in your fantasy leagues. Consider him in the top-15 quarterbacks behind Eli Manning and Michael Vick.

Fantasy projection: 4,000 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 400 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.

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