Ryan Tannehill Will Start Against Panthers Friday: Fantasy Implications

August 10, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass during the second half of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium. Tampa Bay won the game 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

The Dolphins will be starting rookie QB Ryan Tannehill tonight. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Miami Dolphins have confirmed on 790 The Ticket that rookie QB Ryan Tannehill will be getting the start Friday night against the Panthers. Originally listed at 3rd on the depth chart, Tannehill put himself in the conversation for starter after an impressive preseason debut, going 14 for 21 with 167 yards and a TD while playing with the second-team.

Analysis: It's unknown how much playing time Tannehill will get, but his performance with the first-stringers will be an important barometer for his progress in training camp. With David Garrard out for the remainder of the preseason with knee surgery, it's become a two-QB race in Miami for the starting job. If Tannehill continues to play well, Garrard's roster security is on the ropes - as the Palm Beach Post notes, he's guaranteed $2.25 million if he makes the Week 1 roster and hasn't taken a snap since 2010. His release seems almost inevitable now.

For more on the Dolphins, check out The Phinsider.

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