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What to do with Ryan Tannehill in Week 13 fantasy football

Coming off a four-touchdown performance against the Jaguars, can Tannehill continue to be a viable fantasy option?

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill takes the field during player introductions before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

It’s for the best to understand as quickly as possible that things don’t always go as you expect in life. This is an especially true sentiment when it comes to Fantasy Football. There’s always a waiver wire running back that changes the course of the season. There’s always a stud wide receiver who comes up with a dud in the playoffs. There’s always a kicker who misses a chip shot and send your team into the gutter. This is just the way it is. Still, sometimes we get a surprise so shocking that I have to remind myself of the constant uncertainty. For me, Ryan Tannehill’s performance the past six weeks is that type of surprise.

Going back to the beginning of Week 7, there are basically two groups of quarterbacks one could fall into. You’re either Lamar Jackson or you’re not. Jackson’s averaged an insane 1.26 fantasy points per drop back within that span of time, going so far as to almost double-up the production of every other qualified QB in the league. Yet, when you take away the outlier that is the Ravens’ sophomore pivot, it’s Tannehill who leads everyone else in that same category, with the Texas A&M product possessing a hyper-efficient mark of 0.73 points. Again, that’s better figure than the ones mustered by Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson in the exact same stretch. I’m not 100% sure what Mike Vrabel was expecting to get out of benching Marcus Mariota, but it probably wasn’t this.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill

The knock on Tannehill, which is justifiable, is his level of volume. The Titans have run the ball on 44.8% of plays in 2019 and that philosophy has left their quarterback with a mere 27 completed passes the past two weeks combined. Yet, that view point doesn’t take into account Tannehill’s own ability to scramble, a trait he’s used to rack up 115 yards and three touchdowns dating back to Week 9. You also have to consider possible game script with the Colts as home favorites and Indianapolis flaunting a defense that’s held opponents to a minuscule 66.0 rushing yards per game in its past three matchups. On top of Tannehill’s efficiency, this could be a situation where Tennessee’s forced to take to the air.

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