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Friday, August 12, 2016, 2:00pm
After an offseason of back-and-forth on Tyrod Taylor's contract, the Buffalo Bills locked down their starting quarterback.
The Bills announced an extension for the sixth-year pro on Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for six years.
Taylor was scheduled to enter the final year of his contract, and set to make just over $1 million in 2016, the lowest average of any starting quarterback. Now he'll be paid consummate to his actual worth.
General manager Doug Whaley called Taylor "undeniably the leader of the Buffalo Bills"
Taylor missed a couple of games which serves to depress his season-long numbers. From a production standpoint, there's a lot to like. He only threw for an average of 217 yards per game, but he had a 20-to-6 TD-to-INT ratio and his yards per attempt (7.99) was 5th in the league. However, what really makes him a fantasy producer is his ability in the running game. On average, he rushed 7.4 times per game for 41 yards and 0.29 rush TD. Assuming that he has a favorable offseason, and Sammy Watkins’ foot isn’t an issue, owners looking for 2014 Russell Wilson or 2015 Carson Palmer should consider targeting Taylor in the later rounds.
Posted by Chris Kucharski
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:48pm
Many people were surprised when Tyrod Taylor was named the starting quarterback for Buffalo last season. A virtual unknown backup took advantage of the poor play of former first round draft pick E.J. Manuel and played well enough to start every game he was healthy for. His numbers weren't mind blowing but solid averaging only 217 passing yards per game with 20 passing touchdowns and only six interceptions. He also lead NFL quarterbacks averaging 41 rushing yards per game. That last number helps push him up into the top 20 fantasy quarterbacks going into 2016.
Taylor does not have big build like Cam Newton or Ben Roethlisberger so he will have to be careful with running the football even if it is a strength. He only missed two games last season, but it is always a concern. Also, Taylor only has one season under his belt as starter so he has not built up enough NFL-clout to avoid being benched if things go wrong. The Bills offense could also limit growing those numbers because they are run-first team.
2016 Bottom Line
If Taylor stays healthy, he should play well enough to stay the starter in Buffalo for the entire season. That means pass attempts which will lead to yardage and touchdowns. His ADP of 138 puts him in the 13th round area. Basically, that puts him as a solid QB2. But he actually rates much higher than where owners are taking him. He is the kind of guy you will be able to use various weeks as your No. 1 so he is especially a good pick if you already drafted a QB in the 6th to 8th round.
2016 Strength of Schedule - BUF
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||17.29||27.14||216.79||1.43||0.43||7.99||12.54||7.43||40.57||0.29||0.07||5.46||65.93/66.21||99.54% |