• Tyrod Taylor

  • QB
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 32
  • 217 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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by Bob Harris

LAC QB Tyrod Taylor - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
In a normal year, the Chargers would have gotten three months of offseason work with first-round draft choice Justin Herbert. This isn't a normal year. That's why head coach Anthony Lynn conceded the obvious as training camp opened: Herbert “can’t make up the physical reps” he missed due to the restricted offseason. So Tyrod Taylor will have a big advantage going into training camp. “He’ll probably be our Day 1 starter,” Lynn said on Jul. 29. This isn't a huge surprise. Lynn suggested the same in April. Lynn told Albert Breer of SI.com that Taylor remains in the No. 1 spot, but that he's not ruling out anything once the players get on the field. So Taylor almost certainly opens the season as starter. Beyond that? As ESPN's Matthew Berry noted, the Chargers have some very nice pass-catching weapons (Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler, for starters) and we all know Taylor can run.

Fantasy Downside
Taylor will be a fantasy factor for as long as he has the job, but how long will that be? As Profootballtalk.com suggested, the circumstances of this offseason may work against Herbert’s chances of pushing Taylor aside at any point in the near future, but the Chargers didn’t use such a high pick on a player they think is incapable of handling the job.

2020 Bottom Line
Given the seemingly tenuous grip on the job, Taylor ranks at the bottom of the list of likely Week 1 NFL starters for the very reason in the "Downside" above.

by Jordan Heck

CLE QB Tyrod Taylor - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. New York Jets

Tyrod Taylor was fine in his Week 2 game, completing 22-of-30 passes for 246 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also added 26 yards on the ground. Taylor hasn't been too impressive in his two games with the Browns, throwing one touchdown and one interception in each game.

He gets a fairly tough opponent this week in the Jets, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points so far this season. Of course, two games is a small sample size, but it's enough for us to get an idea of what we can likely expect. Taylor isn't a great option this week and should be seen as a middle-of-the-pack quarterback.

by Jordan Heck

CLE QB Tyrod Taylor - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at New Orleans Saints

Tyrod Taylor didn't get off to a great start in his Browns career. Usually an accurate QB, Taylor completed just 15-of-40 passes for 197 yards (and an interception). He did finish with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and did some damage on the ground with 77 yards, so it wasn't all bad.

He faces a Saints defense that was shredded in Week 1 for 417 yards. The Saints' defense was expected to be a good defense heading into the year. If Taylor can keep up his rushing numbers while improving slightly on his passing stats, he should be in a good position this week. We like him as a solid QB1 play vs. New Orleans.

by Jordan Heck

CLE QB Tyrod Taylor - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Tyrod Taylor signed with Cleveland this offseason after some successful years in Buffalo. Taylor was never the type to put up gaudy numbers, but he rarely makes a mistake. And he adds value as a rushing quarterback.

He's settled into a nice situation with the Browns, having weapons like Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon around him. He doesn't get a great matchup this week, but we expect Taylor to be just fine. He won't be an elite option, but he's a nice middle-of-the-road QB if you need a spot-starter.

by Jordan Heck

CLE QB Tyrod Taylor - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Tyrod Taylor is in line to start the season for the Browns, who have high hopes. Cleveland has a solid group of wideouts that includes Josh Gordon, free agent pickup Jarvis Landry, and former first-round pick Corey Coleman. Cleveland also improved its backfield, signing Carlos Hyde and drafting Nick Chubb.

Taylor joins Cleveland after a productive three-year stay in Buffalo where he had 65 total touchdowns (51 passing, 14 rushing) with just 21 turnovers (16 interceptions, 5 fumbles) in 44 games. He’s an accurate passer, who adds plenty on the ground, averaging 525 rushing yards per season in Buffalo.

Fantasy Downside

Although this isn’t fair to Taylor, Cleveland has typically been a place where quarterbacks go to die. It’s been a while since there’s been a reliable QB for the Browns, and although this doesn’t really reflect on Taylor in 2018, it’s hard to ignore.

Having said that, there are some reasons to be skeptical of Taylor this season. For starters, there’s always the threat of Cleveland wanting to turn to its No. 1 overall draft pick, Baker Mayfield. Also, while Taylor has been a serviceable fantasy option in the past, he’s not really an elite option who will put up big numbers. In his three seasons with Buffalo, he had just one 300-yard passing game.

2018 Bottom Line

Taylor likely won’t be a QB you draft to become your full-season starter. If you’re looking to stream quarterbacks, then Taylor would be a great late-round option. He’s surrounded with more talent in Cleveland than he ever had in Buffalo, so he could end up being a sneaky option in 2018.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF QB Tyrod Taylor - Week 18 Fantasy Football Outlook

Wild Card Round at Jacksonville Jaguars

Tyrod Taylor has gone three games without throwing an interception, but still has only been responsible for 3 touchdowns during that span (2 passing, 1 rushing). That has been his M.O. most of the season. He has played responsible football without glamor stats.

Taylor has the worst matchup of all the quarterbacks playing Wild Card weekend, facing a Jaguars defense ranked seventh in aFPA to quarterbacks. We don't expect much from him this week and he is ranked as our worst fantasy quarterback.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF QB Tyrod Taylor - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Miami Dolphins

Tyrod Taylor threw for 281 yards last week, but he has thrown only 1 touchdown pass in the past three games. He has had his moments this season, but overall, his inability to create touchdowns has been his biggest flaw as a fantasy quarterback.

He will face the Dolphins, who are 24th in aFPA to quarterbacks, for the second time in the last three weeks. He did throw and run for a touchdown in their previous meeting. With expected good weather in Miami, we think Taylor is going to be a factor in Week 17. Start him as a solid QB1 for Week17.

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