by Andrew Teuscher
Ryan Tannehill: Ryan completed his second straight season finishing as a QB1 in 2021 finishing as the QB12. However, it was his least impressive season in the past 3 years as he only managed 15.8 ppg, good for the QB16. His days being a QB1 in fantasy football are likely over. The loss of AJ Brown will take a hit, and it was always going to be difficult for him to maintain his QB1 status on a low pass-volume team with Derrick Henry taking up much of the goalline touchdowns. Look for Tannehill to finish as mid/back-end range QB2 in 2022.
Derrick Henry: The once invincible back turned mortal last season, missing half of the season with a broken foot. Prior to that he was on pace to destroy the all-time rushing title on what could have been a monster fantasy season. His 24 points per game was by far the best of his career. Henry was able to return in the playoffs, but didn’t look nearly as explosive. So far, Henry looks great during offseason workout videos and if he can continue to be an outlier, he should be able to finish as a top-5 running back in 2022, even at the older age of 28.
Treylon Burks: The first round pick out of Arkansas has BIG shoes to fill with the departure of AJ Brown. Expecting him to step in and take over where AJ left off is probably a bit too optimistic, but having said that, he does have the physical tools to do that. He may not have tested as well as most thought he would at the NFL Combine, but put on some of his tape, and the athleticism is impossible to ignore. He’s a very physical WR who’s built like a running back, and will likely be used in a sort of Deebo Samuel-esque way. He’s a WR3 with upside.
Robert Woods: Returning from an ACL tear after turning 30 is not ideal. But, it’s also a role that fits Woods perfectly. He’s never been flashy, but he’s always been able to get the job done. Bobby Woods’ WR1 days are long gone, but he could be a decent value. Tannehill will likely rely on him as the veteran WR in the group which should give him some flex value that you can take later in your drafts.
Austin Hooper: Want a tight end who can finish as TE1 but you don’t have to draft them? Look no further than the former Top-5 tight end, Hooper. The 27 year old joins an ambiguous group of pass catchers, and has the chance to stand out as a reliable short yardage security blanket for Tannehill. He could provide back-end TE1 numbers that you can draft with your last pick.
Andrew Teuscher is a fantasy-football enthusiast and certified fantasy try hard.