Tua Tagovailoa is a player the mainstream media wants to grab at every opportunity and so it’s hard to decide if he has a future in your fantasy teams.
According to some media, Tua Tagovailoa will be replaced while the Dolphins play the Bengals by Teddy Bridgewater. So should you draft Bridgewater instead? No.
For many fantasy leagues, Tua won’t be of much value this season, at least not during the draft. If you’re playing with a group of Dolphins fans, like in one of our many leagues, Tua will go much higher than most other leagues, but it should work fine for you.
If you’re discussing a roster spot for Tua, don’t. You absolutely have to draft him even if you already have two other QBs on your roster. It’s going to be an interesting season for the young QB and you should get into it while you can. He can’t sleep after this season.
For the most part Tua isn’t drafted until the middle and later rounds and we’re definitely talking round 10, watch the mock draft later in the summer as they’ll start to show more consistency where players are likely to to land. For now, confidence in Tua is not high.
So why should you draft him? If history teaches us anything, it teaches us that stats aren’t always accurate in the NFL. Tua was an average QB last year and the year before, but there are a number of reasons why that’s the case and you have to consider one thing first and foremost. Tua’s accuracy is legit at the top level of the NFL. It’s really not a debate.
So where’s the deal with Tua keeping him lower on the drawing boards? The Miami list of course.
- Offensive Line – Ranked 32nd
- Two OCs and a QB coach calling plays
- No HC support internally or externally
- Lack of depth and quality at WR behind Waddle
- Mack Hollins, Albert Wilson, DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant, Will Fuller – Enough Said
So what does this mean? Those chips are what Tua dealt with last season and you can’t ignore how bad it all was. Including the fact that Miami’s QB coach had never coached in the NFL. Last year was a complete mess, but Tua was the one who was consistent up front.
In the 2021 season, Miami went on a seven-game losing streak. During that streak, Jacoby Brissett started four straight losing all four. Tua would return against Jacksonville in London, he led the attack to a score late in the game but the defense gave up the win. He repeated the following week against the Falcons and Tua failed miserably against the Bills.
Miami’s seven-game winning streak was entirely with Tua at the helm, except for the Texans game and the end of the 3rd and 4th quarters against the Ravens.
- offensive line
- A singular OC
- A united CH
- An offensive HC
- Waddle, Hill, Wilson to WR
There have been universal changes in attack on the offensive line and in particular on WR. Tua has more talent on the offensive side of the ball than at any other time in his NFL career, albeit over two short seasons. With Tua’s accuracy and lack of errors, he should have a great year in 2022 and it could benefit you in fantasy football.
While it’s too early to tell if Tua will explode into a fantastic winning QB, there’s enough to warrant consideration later in the draft and he should be on your radar at some point after the sixth round. .
Teddy Bridgewater won’t get you much this year except injury to Tua, but that makes him valuable if you have Tua. Keep an eye on Bridgewater because if Tua gets injured, Bridgewater will be a very popular pickup in all leagues. In fact, you should be able to draft in the last two rounds and even if you keep him on the bench for the first few weeks, you might be rewarded if Tua goes down.