In what came as a surprising plot twist to many, the surging Miami Dolphins have made a
Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will be replaced by Tua Tagovailoa starting with the team’s next game
on Nov. 1 against the Rams. Fitzpatrick had been one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL so far
this season, coming at No. 5 in completion percentage (70.1) and No. 7 in QBR (79.6).
“I was shocked by it,” Fitzpatrick said. “It definitely caught me off guard. It was a hard thing for
me to hear yesterday, just kind of digesting the news. My heart just hurt all day. It was
heartbreaking for me.”
Despite his success, the team has decided to go with the rookie on a starting basis. Tagovailoa
made his first appearance of the year last week, completing both of his passes in garbage time
against the Jets.
Offshore sportsbook Bovada has released props for the rest of his regular season. Tagovailoa is
expected to start the rest of Miami’s games this year. He is -270 to start ‘over’ 8.5 games and is
+180 to go ‘under’ 8.5.
It’s tough to see Fitzpatrick starting again this year. He proved his worth and the team still chose
to go with the rookie, so it appears as if they are building towards the future.
Oddsmakers are projecting Tagovailoa to throw for around 240 yards per game. His total for
regular season passing yards is set at 2,380.5, with both sides juiced to -120. The expectation is
that he starts all 10 games down the stretch.
Tagovailoa’s regular season passing touchdown total is set at 13.5. Fitzpatrick had thrown 10
touchdowns in six games, so oddsmakers are expecting a slight drop-off in production going
Bovada also has a prop for Tagovailoa’s interception total, which is set at nine. Fitzpatrick had
thrown seven interceptions in six games. The playbook could be more limited now, at least to
start. Tagovailoa did an excellent job taking care of the ball at Alabama, only throwing 11
interceptions in his 32 collegiate games.