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Tyrod Taylor


#39 Quarterback

62 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 10
Experience: 10 Yr(s)
Age: 31
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
40 Time: 4.47

2021 Projections & Outlook


#39 Quarterback

62 Projected Points

ADP Comp/Att P Yds P TD INT Att R Yds Fum
Not Available 63/101 687 4 1 70

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What You Need to Know:

  • Taylor opened last season as the Chargers’ starter. He threw for 208 scoreless yards and ran for 7 more in a 16-13 Week 1 win over the Bengals.
  • Just prior to kickoff of Week 2, the Chargers’ team doctor accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung while giving a pain-killing injection. QB Justin Herbert played well in relief and kept the starting job the rest of the season.
  • Taylor’s last and only extensive NFL action came with the Bills from 2015-2017. He averaged 2,952 yards and 17 TDs passing and 525 yards and 4.7 TDs rushing per season. Taylor finished 17th, 15th and 19th among QBs in fantasy points those years.
  • He turns 32 in August.
  • The Texans signed Taylor to a 1-year, $5.5 million contract in free agency.
  • Houston also spent a 3rd-round pick on QB Davis Mills.
  • QB Deshaun Watson’s future with the team is on shaky ground. He requested a trade in January and is likely looking at a suspension after 22 sexual assault claims were filed against him in March.
  • Taylor and Mills will battle for the starting job if Watson isn’t available.
  • Whoever is under center will be working with a shaky pass-catching corps after the Texans lost WR Will Fuller in free agency. Houston’s top 5 WRs figure to be Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Nico Collins, Keke Coutee and Chris Conley. Jordan Akins looks like the top TE.
  • The Texans hired David Culley as their new HC this offseason. Culley retained OC Tim Kelly, though, so the offensive scheme shouldn’t change much.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Taylor’s experience probably makes him the favorite to be Houston’s Week 1 starter over rookie Davis Mills if Deshaun Watson isn’t available. Taylor can provide some fantasy value with his legs, but he’d still be an unexciting option pilioting what figures to be a bad Texans offense. And the team will likely want to get a look at Mills at some point.

Taylor is only worth a look near the end of 2-QB and superflex drafts.


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QB Tyrod Taylor has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Texans, according to NFL Network. The contract will pay him $6 million, with a top value of $12.5 million through incentives. Tom Pelissero calls it "similar" to what Cam Newton and Jameis Winston have gotten recently. That range in value says Taylor could wind up as anything from Houston's backup to the fill-in should Deshaun Watson get traded. We'll see where the situation goes from here.

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Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest) is out for Week 4. QB Justin Herbert will make his 3rd straight start but is a lower-end QB2 vs. a tough Bucs defense.

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is dealing with a punctured lung. Per Schefter, the Chargers’ team doctor accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung while giving a pain-killing injection. Unbelievable. Taylor still belongs on rosters in deep superflex formats, but rookie Justin Herbert will make his second start Sunday against Carolina.

Update: Schefter adds that doctors are advising Taylor to remain out "indefinitely." We'll watch for updates to that timeline, but it sounds like time to drop him for Herbert.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest) is not likely to be ready for Sunday's game against the Panthers. That means QB Justin Herbert gets another start. HC Anthony Lynn says a healthy Taylor is still his starter -- but another strong outing from the rookie might alter that thinking. Herbert is worth grabbing in all 2-QB and superflex leagues, and deeper 1-QB setups.

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The Chargers consider QB Tyrod Taylor "week to week" with the chest injury that kept him out of Sunday's OT loss to the Chiefs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That leaves the team unsure of who will start against Carolina in Week 3 as of now. Unless Taylor returns to 100% by the weekend -- which isn't usually the case for an injury a team dubs "week to week" -- this should be incentive for L.A. to give rookie Justin Herbert another start. If he delivers another strong performance, it'd be tough to turn back. And if he falters, the Chargers could just say they're going back to their healthy "starter." If Herbert does play Week 3, he'll carry big fantasy upside against what has been a generous Panthers defense through 2 games.

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