Fantasy Start/Sit Week 5: QB Tyrod Taylor

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Tyrod Taylor
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Tyrod Taylor /

Tyrod Taylor had a disappointing fantasy week against the Atlanta Falcons, but looks to bounce back against the Cincinnati Bengals in week 5.

The Buffalo Bills’ quarterback plays a Bengals team that has been very up and down this season. Cincinnati held Joe Flacco and DeShone Kizer to under 7 fantasy points, but let Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers run up the score on them a bit. The Buffalo Bills play probably the easiest opponent they have yet, but the match-up may not be suitable for a QB 1.

All statistics and fantasy projections per ESPN standard scoring leagues.

Here is how Tyrod Taylor performed in recent weeks:

  • Week 3 vs. Denver Broncos
    • 213 passing yards
    • 13 rushing yards
    • 2 touchdowns/0 interceptions
    • 17.8 fantasy points
  • Week 4 vs. Atlanta Falcons
    • 182 passing yards
    • 12 rushing yards
    • 1 touchdown/0 interceptions
    • 12.5 fantasy points

The Falcons defense did a very good job of containing Tyrod Taylor on the ground last Sunday. The Bengals will return to Cincinnati to play a home game following a two game stint on the road. This may affect how Tyrod Taylor plays; when he is found in a hostile environment against a Bengals team desperate for another taste of victory.

Here is how the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense has fared against opposing quarterbacks in recent weeks:

  • Week 3 vs. Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers)
    • 313 passing yards
    • 3 touchdowns
    • 24.8 fantasy points
  • Week 4 vs. Cleveland (DeShone Kizer)
    • 183 passing yards
    • 0 touchdowns
    • 6.3 fantasy points

There is a large difference between Aaron Rodgers and DeShone Kizer, but Tyrod Taylor lies somewhere in the middle. It doesn’t hurt that the Buffalo Bills are on somewhat of a hot streak.

Here are Tyrod Taylor’s ESPN projections for week 5:

199 passing yards – 1 touchdown – 35.1 rushing yards – 15.6 fantasy points

ESPN has 11 quarterbacks projected to perform better than Tyrod Taylor, which means there may be better options than the Bills’ quarterback in your league. It depends on how the Bengals defense performs, more-so than how Tyrod Taylor does.

Tyrod Taylor may be a QB2 for this game, but if you have no other options then don’t be uncomfortable about starting Taylor. The projections are spot on for him this week, and 15 to 17 fantasy points would not be a bad week for him.



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