2021 Dynasty Watch: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa
It is true fantasy football never ends, especially if you are playing Devy or Dynasty. One of the most critical positions in any fantasy football roster is the quarterback.
If you can hit on a steady quarterback, you are set for a while anyway. Let’s take a look at Tua Tagovailoa. No quarterback is coming into the 2021 season with more questions than Tagovailoa: First, he was outplayed by fellow rookie Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert.
Then there is the memory of his last game on the field, where he completed 35-of-58 passes for 361 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, and only 28 rushing yards on six carries. Of course, is the ever-present speculation of a trade imminent, Tagovailoa to Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson to Miami. And, of course, the shadow of Ryan Fitzpatrick looms large.
If Tagovailoa stays in Miami, will they also bring back Fitzpatrick? Making the option of Tagovailoa being pulled from any game at any time a possibility. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: http://ProFootballFocus.com has Tagovailoa ranked 30th in passing grade among passes with at least 200 dropbacks. Statistically speaking, he was the QB31 in fantasy points for 2020.
He finished with 11 touchdowns (29th) and five interceptions (three in one game). He ran the ball 36 times for 109 yards and had one fumble. He averaged 6.25 yards per attempt.
For the season, he had 1814 passing yards and 109 rushing yards. Tagovailoa started nine games. He played in 10.
Tagovailoa is 23 years old and will be in the second year of his rookie quarterback. Those who do not think that drafting a quarterback back-to-back is out of the question (Dolphins currently have the third pick in the draft) do not forget about the Arizona Cardinals drafting Kyler Murray the season after Josh Rosen. All I am saying is that it is a possibility.
Tagovailoa’s stats aren’t bad, remember it was his first year and the first time he legitimately been on the field since his injury. The problem is the aforementioned Burrow, Herbert, and not to mention the incoming rookie class.
There is also head coach Brian Flores propensity to pull his quarterback in-game for a better option. Even if Fitzpatrick does not return, there is always the possibility of the Dolphins picking up one of the veteran free agents available.
Free Agent Quarterbacks 2021 Jacoby Brissett, Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton, Dak Prescott Philip Rivers Mitchell Trubisky, Jameis Winston
Any of those players could go to the Dolphins as a “back-up,” further devaluing Tagovailoa. BUY OR SELL There is that chance that Tagovailoa will have a bounce-back year in Miami if he stays and Fitzpatrick goes. But your dynasty fortunes should not be held hostage by “so you are saying there is a chance” theory of trades. If you can sell Tagovailoa, now is the time to strike. There is no reason that you want to buy Tagovailoa, even at a bargain-basement price.