NFL Expert Says Dolphins Week 1 Quarterback Competition Already Over

Jason Schandl
The Miami Dolphins Week 1 quarterback battle may already be over, according to one NFLexpert.
The Miami Dolphins Week 1 quarterback battle may already be over, according to one NFLexpert. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Tua Tagovailoa's hip injury has been one of the biggest stories of the NFL offseason. There was a point in the pre-draft process where rumors swirled he could fall in the draft, but the Miami Dolphins pulled the trigger, as expected.

Talk on draft day was still that Tua may redshirt his first season entirely, while Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to serve as the Dolphins' starter. However, recent reports have emerged on the opposite side, saying that it's a foregone conclusion that Tua will start in Week 1.

This is in stark contrast to what the betting markets have been predicting. On FanDuel Sportsbook, Tua is a +370 underdog to be the Week 1 starting QB, while Ryan Fitzpatrick is a hefty -550 favorite.

It's still fairly common for rookie quarterbacks to sit out at least a few games as long as the team has a competent veteran at the helm, and Fitzpatrick showed last year he's still a solid starting option. To project Tua to start in Week 1 means not only that you're projecting the team to believe he's 100 percent at full health, but also that they have no interest in bringing him along slowly.

The merits of starting a rookie quarterback early are always hotly contested, so Dolphins fans are likely going to be split about whether they'd like to see Tua or Fitzpatrick at the helm in Week 1.

Either way, a report like this is a great sign that Tua's health isn't raising any more red flags. Miami's 2020 season is shaping up to be a fun one.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.