I have a love-hate relationship with Tyrod Taylor, as I seemingly cannot nail down when Taylor will have a good or bad fantasy football game. I’ll own that right away, although really, that’s his fault. Remember the first axiom of fantasy football: you don’t fail, you are only failed. So far, that has been my relationship with Taylor. I think he should go off, he doesn’t. I think he will stink out loud, he pulls an eighty-yard bomb out of his rear end to have a suddenly great fantasy day. With that in mind, please listen to me when I tell you that this week, this week! This week is the week I will be right: Tyrod Taylor should be started in your fantasy leagues, especially if you lost Aaron Rodgers or need a streamer to spell Matthew Stafford or Deshaun Watson.
Tyrod’s had an up-and-down year, mostly on the back of not doing much, as he exceeded 28 passing attempts just once this year. Ironically, that game (at Cincinnati) was his worst game of the season. That’s reasonable, as the Bengals have the sixth-best fantasy football pass defense this year. The issue isn’t just a lack of use, though. It’s our old friend: the home-road split.
When TyGod is adjacent to the great white north this season, he averages 61 more passing yards per game, and that’s the least enticing part about him playing at home. He averages fewer turnovers at home and averages two touchdowns at home this year, compared to two in three games on the road. This isn’t a new phenomenon, either. Last season he averaged more rushing yards, more passing yards and nearly an entire touchdown more at home compared to on the road.
This week Tyrod takes on one of the best possible matchups for quarterbacks in the league. Five QBs have gone against the Bucs, all went over 280 passing yards. Those five QBs are responsible for 11 touchdowns. Those QBs include garbage like Mike Glennon, Case Keenum and 2017 Eli Manning. And some jamokes named Tom Brady and Carson Palmer. The Bucs defense got back some banged up players in week six, but that made almost no difference, as the Cardinals tore up Tampa Bay.
Tyrod makes for the ideal streaming QB candidate this week as he will be on the waiver wire in about half of leagues. He has his best possible situation to succeed: at home, off a bye week and against a bad pass defense. This is the week I’m right about him, I swear. I swear.