Tua continued his steady play in a decisive win over the Giants, throwing for 244 yards and 2 TDs in the 20-9 victory. He completed 30 of his 41 passes as he hooked up with 8 different receivers. The connection to rookie and college teammate WR Jaylen Waddle is really flourishing as the pair have 26 completions over the past 3 games. Tua’s TDs came late in the game to seal the deal as the Giants defense did a nice job most of the game keeping him in check.
Tagovailoa has been stellar when throwing more than 30 passes, with 5 of those 6 games completing over 70% of his passes. He has an 11:3 TD:INT ratio when he completes more than 25 passes in games as well. While he may not be the flashy option some other signal callers have become, his consistent play—especially during their 5-game winning streak—has put him in a startable position for the rest of the year. A juicy matchup against the Jets, following a Week 14 bye, gives Miami a good crack at making it 6 in a row. Tagovailoa will be a viable QB1 in that plus draw.
In his 2nd start back from a finger injury, Tagovailoa completed 27-of-31 passes for 230 yards and 1 score in Sunday's win over Carolina. He continued to lean on Jaylen Waddle (9-137-1), who has quickly emerged as one of the league’s top young WRs. Next week will likely bring the return of DeVante Parker, although Will Fuller will remain out. Regardless of who's available (or not), the QB looks like a fine spot-start option for a home matchup with the Giants.
A hot and cold Tua struggled to keep drives going for an overmatched Fins offense. On the day, Miami went just 4 of 14 on 3rd downs. Tua also turned it over on a late-game pick where he threw late over the middle. On the plus side, he made it through the game healthy (unlike his first meeting with Buffalo). Tua added a rushing TD at the goal line on the second of back to back QB runs. That marked his first rushing score since Week 1. Volume keeps Tua in the streaming mix going forward, but his shaky decision-making and lack of arm strength show up too often to produce an overwhelming amount of confidence. He’ll also remain without Will Fuller for a Week 9 date vs. Houston.
Aside from an ugly INT, Tua largely played well against a beatable Atlanta pass D. Tossing 40 passes, he completed 80%(!) for 291 yards and a pair of INTs. Not bad consider he played without Will Fuller and DeVante Parker. Tua hit Mack Hollins, Isaiah Ford, Mike Gesicki and Myles Gaskin for scores. Overall, the 2nd-year passer showed improved accuracy and a willingness to push the ball downfield. He even took off and ran when necessary, finishing with 4-29 en route to the overall QB1 week. While he’s built up momentum, a Week 8 date at Buffalo looks like a spot to pull back the reigns. Tua, of course, was knocked out of his 1st matchup with the Bills due to a rib injury.
Tua returned from a rib injury to post a 329-2-1 passing line against Jacksonville. He wore a flak jacket for this one but didn’t seem limited. Tua also avoided taking a sack despite attempting 47 passes. Overall, you have to be encouraged by the performance, especially with both DeVante Parker and Will Fuller sidelined. Fuller (broken finger) can’t return until Week 8, but Parker (hamstring) has a shot to suit up next week in a favorable matchup vs. Atlanta. Tua’s likely a top-15 option for that one.
Tua’s first start of 2021 turned up some improvement. He pushed the ball downfield more, leading to an average depth of target of 10.1 yards — a top-5 mark on the week. And he did so without Will Fuller (suspension). Still, he showed little in-pocket working through reads. And he ultimately wasn’t very efficient with an adjusted completion rate of 66.7% (2nd worst on the week). He helped his fantasy day with a zone-read rushing score early on. Later, he found Jaylen Waddle on a well-designed goal line play that got him the ball in space. Ultimately, Tua’s QB2 numbers are what we’d expect most weeks. A tough Bills pass D comes to town for Week 2, but at least Tua will get Fuller back.