Tannehill will be riding the pine this week…for Malcolm Jenkins’ team
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is just like everyone else for the fact that he plays fantasy football. Prior to the season, he took a flyer on Ryan Tannehill and drafted him, but he won't be in his starting lineup this week.
The reason for that, of course, is because Tannehill is playing against Jenkins and the Eagles.
On the field, Jenkins' job is to intercept and cause problems for Tannehill, which will in turn hurt his fantasy team.
“I have him as my fantasy quarterback,” Jenkins said Monday on 94WIP’s Locker Room Show. “He’s obviously not gonna start this week.”
Eagles center Jason Kelce, who was also on the radio show, asked if he's benching him this week.
“Yeah, he’s not gonna start this week.” Jenkins replied. “I plan on playing well. Interceptions are negative points in fantasy, so I plan on getting my hands on a couple. Gotta sit [him] on my bench this week.”
It's a smart move by Jenkins, given the Eagles' ability to generate turnovers this season. They're tied for first in the league with 20 takeaways, with Jenkins playing a big part in that category. He's picked off one pass and forced three fumbles and has played as well as any safety in the league.
On the flip side, Tannehill has thrown nine interceptions and fumbled it seven times, losing two of them. It's no wonder he's made his way to Jenkins' bench.