Ryan Tannehill Fantasy Outlook Positive Against Buccaneers in NFL Week 8

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Ryan Tannehill has shown the ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL since being inserted as the Tennessee Titans QB midway through a Week 6 contest with the Denver Broncos.

Last week, in a start against the Los Angeles Chargers, Tannehill validated the Titans' faith in him by going 23-of-29 for 312 yards and two touchdowns. This week, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tannehill gets an even better matchup, which should be music to the ears of fantasy football owners looking for a bye week replacement in Week 8.

In looking at Tannehill's start last week, he showed the ability to move the ball and utilize Tennessee's talented receiving corps. Both A.J. Brown and Corey Davis enjoyed a season high in targets and catches. The two combined for 12 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown.

Now, in Week 8, Tannehill and the Tennessee offense faces Tampa Bay's league-worst passing defense. As the only team in the NFL giving up more than 300 passing yards per game, the matchup lines Tannehill up as a low-end QB1 in most formats. If you were worried that perhaps Derrick Henry would cut into Tannehill's workload, the Buccaneers boast one of the league's best run defenses, allowing close to 70 yards per game.

Tannehill has upgraded Tennessee's passing offense and now faces a defense that gives up the sixth most fantasy points to the QB position. While some fantasy owners might be scared off by the name, the numbers say that Tannehill is in position to be a sneaky QB play this week.

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