• Tyrod Taylor

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by Bill Riccette

HOU QB Tyrod Taylor - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Browns

Maybe Houston isn't so bad after all? Granted it was against the Jaguars, but Houston sure looked ready to prove doubters wrong in 2020, especially Tyrod Taylor, who had 291 yards and two touchdowns after what was a very strange and unfortunate 2020 season. When you have a playmaker like Brandin Cooks, it helps immensely. In Week 2, Taylor faces what should be an angry Browns team that had the Chiefs right where they wanted them and couldn't hang on. Week 2 will be the first true test for the new-look Houston Texans.

by Bill Riccette

HOU QB Tyrod Taylor - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs Jaguars

Tyrod Taylor was officially named the starting quarterback for the Texans, as expected. For now, at least. It's likely he'll eventually take a backseat to a rookie again, just like last year, though hopefully not because of a fluke injury. For now, Taylor gets his first NFL start since Week 1 last year with the Chargers, at least giving the Texans someone at quarterback for the time being. But the supporting cast just isn't very enticing at all, making Taylor a fringe QB2 against the Jaguars.

by Bob Harris

HOU QB Tyrod Taylor - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
It's possible the free-agent signing of Tyrod Taylor will be among the most important of the offseason. With last year's starter Deshaun Watson facing off-field issues and his stated intention of never playing for the Texans again, signing Taylor to an incentive-laden deal (at less than a $6 million base salary, Taylor will get solid backup money with upside if he ends up starting), the Texans have crafted an insurance policy for the game's most important position. If Houston is without Watson, they would at least have Taylor and his 47 games as an NFL starter as their fill-in signal-caller. Plus, Taylor worked with Houston's quarterbacks' coach/passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton with the Chargers last year, so there's some familiarity with the team's staff.

Fantasy Downside
While he would certainly be a serviceable option for Houston given the circumstances, with a less-than-dynamic supporting cast (beyond wideout Brandin Cooks, it's not a promising group at wideout), viewing Taylor as being of great fantasy interest would be a reach.

2021 Bottom Line
Again, serviceable is a word that comes to mind here. In 10 NFL seasons, Taylor has passed for 9,770 yards with 54 touchdowns and 20 interceptions and rushed for 1,850 yards and 16 touchdowns. With the chances of Watson's return -- at least his return and willingness to take the field for Houston -- seemingly minimal and with Davis Mills unlikely to be ready to assume the starting role without some developmental time, Taylor appears to be locked in as the most likely starter for the Texans this season.

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.

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