13 Days Miami Dolphins
Dolphins OC Mike Sherman says Ryan Tannehill will be the "most improved quarterback from year one to year two."
"I promise you that," Sherman added. Tannehill studied all of his rookie snaps and pointed to his footwork as being fundamentally unsound, leading to far too many errant passes. He also needs to be better on third downs, as Tannehill's 65.3 rating was lowest among qualifying quarterbacks. The additions of Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, and Dustin Keller should help, but Tannehill won't be any more than a QB2 in fantasy as a sophomore.
4 Months Miami Dolphins
Despite not matching the impressive seasons of fellow rookie quarterbacks, the Dolphins remain excited about Ryan Tannehill's potential.
Tannehill averaged 216 passing yards in his 15 complete games, with 12 touchdown passes, 13 interceptions, all of which pale in comparison to the numbers of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson. However, head coach Joe Philbin believes Tannehill can make a big jump in his second year. Philbin was particularly impressed by Tannehill's awareness. "Sometimes you'll ask a guy, 'Was it man or zone? Did they blitz?' Some guys kind of give you the blank look, but Ryan's been very aware and in tune to what's happening on the field," said Philbin.
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds
PROS: From a prototypical standpoint, outside of not being the ‘ideal height,' he has everything NFL teams look for in a quarterback. Big, strong arm, good pocket command, mechanics are there, and all reports indicate he has the intangibles, too.
CONS: Struggles in key situations - red zone, third down, late in games, and going downfield. Real tough to look past these issues, while he looks like a quarterback he too often doesn't play like an NFL caliber one.
DRAFT BRIEFING: Buzz has circulated of late that NFL teams, notably the Kansas City Chiefs who are drafting No. 1, are higher on him than the draft community. In a draft class lacking lead guys at quarterback in a league that is quarterback-hungry, teams looking to fill that hole will be looking to find ways to justify risky picks. Wilson has all the tools needed to be successful, but whoever drafts him will need to groom him in those key areas.
2013 OUTLOOK: Like most rookie quarterbacks (until recently anyway), he is a redraft after thought. He doesn't run much and he doesn't strike me as the type that will transition quickly like Andrew Luck.
DYNASTY OUTLOOK: Whether Wilson is a worthwhile risk or not right now will depend on his cost on rookie draft day. I am not overly optimistic in him being a great quarterback because he has too many bad problems to fix. In order to justify using a first-round pick on a quarterback, he really must become great. However, if he is selected Day 1 in the actual draft and he falls into Rounds 2 or 3 of the draft (see Ryan Tannehill in 2012), then he becomes a very interesting target.
Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida, 5-foot-11, 210 pounds
PROS: Advanced in the passing game (blocking and catching) at this stage of development, does not take plays off, reliable runner that usually maximizes what he can get out of each run based on what is available.
CONS: Will not create anything extra on his carries, whatever is there he will get but that is usually it, just isn't dynamic enough to be anything better than the good side of the committee.
DRAFT BRIEFING: As the league becomes more and more passing centric, types like Gillislee become more valuable. I think he is a Day 2 target of many teams, planning to feature him in the passing game and using his functional running abilities just to keep defenses honest.
2013 OUTLOOK: In the right situation, he will be a late round target of mine. His...
4 Months Miami Dolphins
After a solid-if-unspectacular rookie season, Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland stated that Ryan Tannehill still has a "long way to go."
Ireland has "a long way to go" himself when it comes to evaluating offensive skill-position players. It's been a glaring weakness throughout his Dolphins GM stint and held back Tannehill in 2012. "Accuracy, ball placement, getting the ball out faster and tempo," were the areas to which Ireland pointed when discussing where Tannehill must improve as a sophomore NFLer.
4 Months Miami Dolphins
Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said he's got to find Ryan Tannehill some "help" on offense.
"We've got to get him help. Maybe its (O-line) help. We've got to score TDs. That's what we didn't do enough of," said Ireland. Miami seems pretty set at the offensive line aside from a tackle with Jake Long headed for free agency, but they desperately could use a receiver or four. Irleand is fully expected to make a run at one or maybe even two of Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace, and Greg Jennings in free agency.
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Ryan Tannehill completed 13-of-25 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
He added carries for 44 yards. Both of Tannehill's touchdowns were to Reggie Bush, and he completed just two passes to leading-receiver Brian Hartline. However, Tannehill didn't throw any interceptions for the fourth straight week, and his 31-yard scramble set up the Dolphins' second touchdown. He'll look to stay hot when the Dolphins take on the Patriots' injured secondary in Week 17.
There are two types of fantasy owners. There are those who play from season-to-season and then there are dynasty owners; who love fantasy football so much that they need to play all year long.
One of the best things about being in a dynasty league is even if you had a bad year, you are never done playing. Owners are always looking to make moves to improve their teams for the future.
Right now is a great time for those owners who missed the playoffs to buy low on some younger players that could help their team down the line. Here are four players dynasty league owners should be targeting:
Ryan Tannehill, QB Miami Dolphins -- Tannehill has been outshined by other rookie quarterbacks but if you are playing for the long-term, there is a lot to like about the Miami signal caller. Tannehill was thrown into a situation where the Dolphins have one of the least talented groups of receivers in the NFL. Still, Tannehill has displayed a live arm and good pocket presence. Also, Tannehill only started 20 games in college, so while he was inconsistent in 2012, his best days are still yet to come.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB Pittsburgh Steelers -- Mendenhall's days in Pittsburgh may be coming to an end after he has been a healthy scratch the last two weeks but at only 25-years old, the former 1,000-yard rusher is far from done. Assuming Mendenhall is healthy next season, a change of scenery could be just what he needs to jump-start his career. In the two years before tearing his ACL, Mendenhall averaged 1,191 yards and 10 touchdowns, so he is a nice buy-low candidate right now in dynasty leagues.
Robert Turbin, RB Seattle Seahawks -- There are not many feature backs left in the NFL but Marshawn Lynch remains the epitome of a bell cow. In the last two seasons Lynch has touched the ball 579 times. Lynch is a punishing runner, so all those carries could start taking their toll soon. Turbin looked good in the preseason and in his limited opportunities spelling Lynch; displaying nice vision and impressive power. Turbin is also an excellent receiver, so he could be a big-time fantasy producer if he is called upon to be the starter.
Robert Housler, TE Arizona Cardinals -- Some liked Housler as a possible sleeper this year but when a team's quarterback situation is so unsettled that Larry Fitzgerald turns into an average fantasy play, Housler does not have much of a chance. Still, Housler has given owners a reason for optimism over the second half of the season, catching 33...