Dolphins Week 1 Starting Quarterback Odds Heavily Favor Ryan Fitzpatrick Over a Pair of Rookies

Max Staley
Ryan Fitzpatrick was great for the Dolphins in 2020.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was great for the Dolphins in 2020. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Ryan Fitzpatrick helped stabilize the Miami Dolphins offense once he regained the starting job last season. After the team started 2-9, Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins to a 3-2 record over the team's final five games of the season.

Still, at 37 years old, he's certainly not the long-term solution at the position and most analysts have Miami selecting a quarterback near the top of the first round. Even if he's likely to be competing for the job, Fitzpatrick is still the heavy favorite (-210) to be Miami's Week 1 starter, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Following Fitzpatrick is a pair of highly-touted prospects in Tua Tagovailoa (+270) and Justin Herbert (+500). Tua has been rumored to be Miami's target for quite some time, though a litany of injuries have muddled his draft stock. There's also a strong possibility that the Dolphins would have to trade up in order to acquire him.

Herbert, on the other hand, is much more likely to be available with the No. 5 pick, though he's not quite the prospect that Tua is.

After those two, Cam Newton (+1700), Jameis Winston (+2000) and Josh Rosen (+2000) round out the rest of the top six. Rosen is currently the back-up QB for Miami, though his play last season didn't exactly do him any favors.

While Fitzpatrick is the heavy favorite to open as the team's Week 1 starter, the odds certainly suggest that Miami will be in the QB market this offseason.

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