Polarizing Players: In or Out at Tua Tagovailoa? (2022 Fantasy Football)

Our very own Scott Bogman and Pat Fitzmaurice recently reviewed a dozen polarizing Dynasty fantasy football players on the FantasyPros Dynasty Football Podcast. These are players who have a high standard deviation in our expert consensus rankings. Some managers can’t get enough of these players, while others want nothing to do with them based on their current Average Draft Position (ADP) and dynastic trade value. Let’s take a look at one polarizing player on their roster, Tua Tagovailoa.

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Tua Tagovailoa 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

Someone at the Miami Dolphins is in for a rude awakening in September. Mike Gesicki, Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill are all being pushed up the rankings/draft committees in hopes of third-year Tua Tagovailoa taking a big step forward under first-year head coach Mike McDaniel.

I’m not optimistic that Tagovailoa can be the vehicle to bring fantasy goodness to all those plays in South Beach because this offense will be very run heavy. McDaniel rose through the coaching ranks under Kyle Shanahan as an outstanding run-game coordinator. And should he follow in Shanahan’s footsteps as an offensive mastermind in Miami, fantasy managers will have to reckon with a lot of hectic and YAC intrigue.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ranked 29th in aDOT (7.6) in 2021 after finishing 39th and 35th in the category the two years prior. Tagovailoa’s aDOT was 34th in the league in 2021 (7.6).

He averaged just over 16 fantasy points per game during Jimmy G’s most prolific seasons – good for QB17 in 2021. Tagovailoa is yet to eclipse 14 fantasy points per game two years into his career. He also placed 31st in the intermediate level throwing (62.5 PFF rating) out of 37 qualified passers last season.

While Tua is considered a popular late-round quarterback in fantasy circles, I have to admit that I won’t be dumping him in 1QB redraft formats. Especially with his brutal early schedule. New England, Baltimore and Buffalo are hardly the stream-worthy places where you can be sure to start the southpaw QB. In the Dolphins quarterback’s four combined starts against these teams in 2021, his fantasy finishes were QB23, QB24, QB18 and QB16.
— Andrew Erickson

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