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Don’t Laugh. Start Tua Tagovailoa in Fantasy Football Week 7 vs the Falcons

As a Tua Tagovailoa owner in the RSJ dynasty Superflex league, I never thought I would consider starting the young quarterback in redraft. That is, until this week. While the Dolphins are coming off a pathetic loss to the Jaguars at the home that Blake Bortles built, Tagovailoa finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback after missing in action since Week 2 due to fractured ribs. Tua amassed 329 yards and two touchdowns through the air and 22 yards rushing for 22.36 fantasy points. Not bad.

“I thought Tua played well,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “Very good throws. Stepped up in the pocket. I thought he played well.”

This week, he gets a juicy matchup against the horrific Falcons’ defense that ranks 30th in pass DVOA this season and has given up the fifth-most points to quarterbacks. The Falcons DST has sacked the opposing quarterback only nine times in five games, created one measly interception, and given up 136 points to the opposition.

Thus, Tua comes in at QB8(!) on The Wolf’s Week 7 Fantasy Rankings — mostly due to the matchup and the fact that Dak Prescott, Justin Herbert, and Kirk Cousins are all on the bye this week. There are worse options to stream and don’t be afraid to trot Tua out there if you’re running a QB-needy fantasy squad.

THE EMERGENCE OF WADDLE & GESICKI

With Will Fuller, DeVante Parker, and Preston Williams sidelined, Tua peppered two main targets in Week 6: Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki.

Waddle led the team with 13 targets and finished the day with 10 receptions for 70 yards. That was the second time this season the rookie saw 13 targets in a game and it’s clear when Tua is under center, he looks for his former Alabama teammate. He’s electric with the football in his hands and he should only improve when one of the lid-lifting wideouts returns from injury.

Just like his quarterback, Waddle is a definite streaming candidate, as the Falcons have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to wideouts this season. Expect another 10-plus target game for Waddle in Week 7 and he is our WR20 this week.

Then there is the uber-talented tight end, Mike Gesicki, who’s been the TE8 overall this season and the TE4 overall since Week 3. The tight end has seen six targets in his last five games and is a constant mismatch for opposing defenses.

Gesicki should remain a TE1 until further notice and is our TE6 this week.

This Dolphins trio should be locked into lineups this week.

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