Ryan Tannehill had a great second half with the 2019 Tennessee Titans, parlaying that into a multi-year deal. Will he be a top-12 fantasy lock in 2020?
Ryan Tannehill was a huge part of the Tennessee Titans’ run to the AFC Championship game. The former Miami Dolphins signal-caller took over for Marcus Mariota midway through last season and flourished in his opportunity to start once again. Though made his first career trip to the Pro Bowl last year, how sure are we he will be a top-12 fantasy lock at quarterback in 2020?
The Fantasy Footballers recognize he will probably end up being someone’s QB1 in fantasy next year. He is a mobile playmaker in the backfield and an accurate passer. Tannehill will put up yards through the air and on the ground. However, did Tannehill cash in on a small sample size and will inevitably fall back to his typical level of play, or is this the new normal for him on the Titans?
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From a value standpoint, Tannehill won’t be flying off the board at the quarterback position like some if his counterparts. Though the Titans won’t be perfect in the red zone again, Tannehill does seem to have a firm grasp of Arthur Smith’s offense in Nashville. Plus, with him signing a multi-year deal, Tannehill is part of the Titans’ long-term plans and they’ll want to use him a lot.
The guys also factored in wide receiver A.J. Brown‘s likely rise to stardom. He had a tremendous rookie year for the Titans out of Ole Miss. While he’s probably not going to average the same yards after the catch he did as a rookie, Brown could very well be the next wide receiver superstar in the AFC. The guy throwing him the ball in Tannehill will obviously benefit from this aerial connection.
Overall, Tannehill being a top-12 fantasy quarterback feels about right. But to say he’s a lock for it feels like a bit of a stretch. There will be skeptics of his come fantasy draft time, who will say the second half of last season was a flash in the pan. They might end up being right, but we also can’t deny what we saw out of the Tennessee offense down the stretch. It was a well-oiled machine.
Ultimately, Tannehill will end up being a low-end QB1 for somebody. His receiving corps is good and he has Derrick Henry to lean on in the ground game. For those reasons, we may see more success for the Titans in the red zone. Tannehill will benefit from that. He was a former top-10 pick for a reason. It looks like he’s finally in an offense that will get the most out of his talent.