Tagovailoa is poised for a breakout season in 2022, and he's worth drafting in all one-quarterback leagues with a late-round pick as a No. 2 quarterback with upside. In two-quarterback and Superflex leagues, Tagovailoa should be selected as a starter with a pick as early as Round 4. He got significant upgrades this offseason, led by Tyreek Hill coming to Miami via trade from Kansas City. And the addition of new coach Mike McDaniel, left tackle Terron Armstead, left guard Connor Williams and new running backs in Chase Edmonds, Sony Michel and Raheem Mostert should help also. Along with Hill, Tagovailoa will be throwing to Jaylen Waddle, who was a star as a rookie, Mike Gesicki, and another new addition in Ced Wilson, who signed as a free agent with the Dolphins from Dallas. There are now no more excuses for Tagovailoa not to succeed, and hopefully all the upgrades lead to a big year.
Considering what little Tua’s done to this point, you might think he’s an easy avoid in 2022 drafts.
After all, the QB position is rich with fantasy options.
We simply can’t discount the upside to a healthy Tua — only in year 3 — with this stacked Miami supporting cast. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle give him elite run-after-catch ability, so an iffy deep ball is less of a concern. Mike Gesicki and Cedrick Wilson supply some red zone size.
Mix in a breath of fresh air with new HC Mike McDaniel, and it’s easy to see Tua joining the spot-start QB1 mix this fall.
Tagovailoa is entering his third NFL season in prime position for a leap forward. Miami was busy improving his supporting cast during the offseason, adding a group that includes superstars Tyreek Hill and Terron Armstead. It might be the saving grace for Tagovailoa considering that he has not been a fantasy factor thus far in his career, registering one weekly finish better than 15th as a rookie and one better than 11th in 2021. He's thus far been very conservative (his 7.0 average depth of throw ranked near the basement of the league last season) and hasn't added much with his legs, but perhaps both will change with Mike McDaniel running the offense. Tagovailoa's youth and improved situation makes him well worth a late flier.
The Miami Dolphins have done a lot to put Tua Tagovailoa in the best position possible to succeed with the addition of Tyreek Hill and some new faces in the backfield. They are also trying to give him more protection via offensive line play and more runs to keep defenses from teeing off on him. It comes down to Tagovailoa, though, and whether he can reverse his increase in interceptions as well as be healthy and available for a whole season. For that he needs to show some better decision-making among other things. Until he does, Tagovailoa is no more than a bye week filler at best for fantasy owners.