• Stepfan Taylor

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  • 5' 9"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Stepfan Taylor - Week 2, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 – Stepfan Taylor vs. New York Giants

Stepfan Taylor got one carry and three receptions last week against the Chargers in change-of-pace work and finished with 26 total yards from scrimmage. He did catch a five yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but banking on that is a long shot week-to-week, and until Taylor shows that he’s likely to get more than periodic spot duty at number three on the depth chart, he should remain on waivers.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Stepfan Taylor - Week 1, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 – Stepfan Taylor vs. San Diego
Stepfan Taylor didn’t get a lot of work last year, but he’ll be battling Jonathan Dwyer for change of pace carries behind starter Andre Ellington this season. He opens the year against San Diego, a team that ranked 12th against the run a season ago. We’re optimistic that Taylor will ultimately beat out Dwyer for the RB2 spot on the depth chart, but ranked in the 50’s this week, he’s not a guy you want to have in your fantasy lineup. After a few weeks of seeing how Arizona uses its secondary backs, the value of Taylor may increase.

Update:

Taylor could see an increase in workload if Ellington misses time, so keep an eye on the status of Ellington. Either Taylor or Dwyer will become borderline RB3 options against the Chargers if Ellington doesn't suit up.

by Bob Harris

ARI RB Stepfan Taylor - 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
As ESPN.com recently noted, when it comes to talking about who the Cardinals' starting running back will be this coming season, the conversation has centered on Andre Ellington since last year's starter, Rashard Mendenhall, retired in March. But what about Taylor? While Ellington seems all but certain to handle the leading role, Taylor appears to have what it takes to handle the power role Mendenhall held down last year. The powerfully-built Taylor has the strength to bulldoze through the line and has thighs so strong they seem to bounce would-be tacklers a few yards back.

Fantasy Downside
Ellington is clearly locked in as the starter and should get a vast majority of the RB touches in Arizona as long as he's healthy. In addition, Taylor's expected playing time might be cut into by Jonathan Dwyer, who played for HC Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh.

Bottom Line
Not surprisingly, Taylor isn't letting anybody get in the way of his goals. "Like I said, I prepare to be the starter," Taylor said. Even if he falls short of that, a goal-line/short-yardage role seems like a safe assumption. More is possible if Ellington doesn't hold up to the increased workload.

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