Tua Tagovailoa has quickly become one of the most popular names in the NFL. Not only is he one of the most talked about quarterbacks in the league, he also has one of the best-selling jerseys in the league as well.
After being drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the question is now whether he will play immediately. Miami is going to have to be careful with him after Tagovailoa suffered a brutal hip injury last season while playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He has been adamant that he is 100 percent healthy, but the Dolphins will still exercise caution.
With every rookie NFL quarterback comes great expectations. In addition to the normal pressure and the need to put up numbers and carry an offense, fantasy football has become an important part of many fans’ experience as well.
So, to all of those wondering if Tagovailoa is worth targeting for the 2020 NFL season, let’s take a look at the situation from a purely fantasy football perspective.
Should Fantasy Football Players Target Tua Tagovailoa This Season?
At this point, the Dolphins do not have great options at quarterback outside of Tagovailoa. Ryan Fitzpatrick is back in town for another year and Josh Rosen is also on the roster. Neither of those two took control of the offense last season.
Brian Flores and company are building a team that could compete for a playoff appearance in the near future. It may not be this year, but they have added a ton of quality pieces. Getting Tagovailoa experience is going to be a major part of their building process.
To answer the question, a simple answer would be yes, fantasy football players should absolutely target Tagovailoa this year. He has a very good chance to see the field fairly early on in the year. Tagovailoa is a much better player and can help the Dolphins win now more than either Fitzpatrick or Rosen.
There are reasons to be concerned about how the Dolphins will handle Tagovailoa. He isn’t likely going to be the Week 1 starter. However, by the middle of the fantasy football season, it would be reasonable to expect that he will be available.
On the off chance he does not play at all as a rookie, it is an absolute yes once again on Tagovailoa if for those in dynasty or keeper leagues. Tagovailoa has the potential to be a superstar in the future. He may not be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback this season, but by next year there is a good chance that he will be putting up that kind of production.
For those drafting Tagovailoa to be a starter at some point in 2020, be careful. He could end up filling that role and should see playing time as a rookie, but may not be QB1 material until 2021.
For keeper leagues, target Tagovailoa without question and keep him for next season. Miami is headed in the right direction and any fantasy football team will be as well if with him on the roster.