Tyrod Taylor: Huge Fantasy Steal

Right now, Tyrod Taylor is one of fantasy football's best values.

As an avid fan of fantasy football, it's always interesting to see where Buffalo Bills land in terms of average draft position (ADP). Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy are the first two Bills who will come off the board for Buffalo, but Tyrod Taylor is the best value among Bills players. The quarterback may actually be one of the best values among all players in fantasy drafts right now.

Average Draft Position (ADP)/QB Ranking

Here's a current look at where Taylor is going in fantasy drafts in terms of ADP and QB ranking.

Site ADP QB Ranking
Scout Fantasy (FFToolbox) 144.81 22
ESPN 125.6 20
Fantasy Pros 152 19

Currently, Taylor is going pretty late in terms of ADP and QB ranking. No one should necessarily go into their fantasy drafts and select Taylor as their starter (one of the first 12 QBs off the board), but he should be viewed as one of the top backup options based upon his play in 2015. 

Fantasy points per dropback

Last year, only two quarterbacks had more fantasy points per dropback than Taylor in 2015: Cam Newton and Russell Wilson.


Taylor thrived in two areas last year among QBs: Rushing yards and deep ball passing.

Taylor's 568 yards rushing in 2015 was second among all QBs. Only Cam Newton rushed for more yards (636) in 2015. Buffalo's QB averaged 41 rushing yards per game. How your league scores rushing yards for a QB should factor into where you select Taylor.

As for deep ball passing, Taylor showed a knack for throwing far down the field with accuracy and his deep balls accounted for more than half of his 20 touchdowns.


Not only did 11 of Taylor's touchdown passes come via the deep ball, but 1,014 of his 3,035 yards passing came on passes that were 20 yards or more downfield. In his second season, Taylor should be given more opportunities to pass and he's certainly not shy about stretching the field. That obviously means more opportunity for Taylor to add to his fantasy points.

TD/INT Ratio

If you've played fantasy football, you know that interceptions can hurt your fantasy points. Taylor was among the best last year in TD/INT ratio. In terms of passing, Taylor threw 20 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He added four more touchdowns on the ground. Overall, he had 24 touchdowns to just six interceptions. That's an exceptional ratio for a fantasy quarterback.

Based upon his current ADP, Tyrod Taylor is being slept upon in terms of fantasy production. It's understandable if you don't want to depend upon Taylor as your starting QB in fantasy football, but he should be viewed as a top backup in fantasy football due to his upside.


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