LB - CAR
Week 17 Outlook
Tampa Bay linebacker Adarius Taylor reportedly was outmatched along with all the other linebackers in Sunday's loss. He did record six combined tackles and a forced fumble, which is decent "production by default" if this is the case of going forward and outmatched or not.
Simple mathematics, Taylor saw 98% of the allowed defensive team snaps. Riley Bullough started and played about 55%, he had two solo tackles. Devante Bond was at 81% with just two combined. Production by default counts in IDP. This is it, maybe for the rest of the season. In a lost cause scenario, how excited can they be to risk Lavonte David (knee), who suffered an MCL sprain a week ago and wasn’t able to practice this past week?
Tampa Bay "fill-in" starting middle linebacker Adarius Taylor recorded four solos and five assisted tackles in the loss Sunday to Carolina. In Taylor's second full fill-in start for Kwon Alexander (knee) he improved his production on the field by a large amount. His first contest as a starter was lackluster, to say the least, with only three combined tackles in Week Eight in a nice matchup versus the Bengals.
For IDP owners there is no way to sugar coat what we are likely looking at for the rest of the 2018 season and in dynasty leagues. There simply isn't a positive indication that Taylor will be a long-term dynasty option at this time. He does hold some upside as a production by default player for the rest of the current season, but with some risk. With Taylor not exactly lighting the world on fire in his performance on the field and along with last year's Alexander replacement Kendell Beckwith (ankle) recently returning to practice, his production by default could be in jeopardy. If Beckwith is completely reinstated from the PUP, Taylor's IDP owners may be in trouble. It is a situation to keep track of over the next week or two.
Tampa Bay middle linebacker Adarius Taylor struggled to make plays in his first official start in place of Kwon Alexander (knee) in the loss to Cincinnati Sunday. In a contest that Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon carried the ball 21 times for 123 yards and two scores, Taylor only recorded three combined tackles as the main cog in the center of the defense.
IDP owners had to be disappointed with Taylor's one solo and two assisted tackles after scrambling to the waiver wires this past week. The end result was nowhere near what IDP owners had hoped for in a prime position such as the middle linebacker. This will now cloud the situation as what to expect as Tampa Bay heads into Carolina in Week Nine.
Adarius Taylor recorded four solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one tackle for loss, and one sack in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Week 7 win against the Cleveland Browns.
Taylor stepped up big-time after Kwon Alexander's injury. He's worth a speculative add if you have the space, as there's a huge production hole to fill in the Bucs' defense now that Alexander is out for the year.
Adarius Glanton has been placed on injured reserve after breaking his leg while replacing Lavonte David (hamstring) in the lineup Week 15.
With Glanton on I.R., Devante Bond should be next man up if David cannot go again in Week 16. IDP owners should think of another avenue if David can't go. Bond is a last-ditch effort if in a championship matchup in fantasy leagues.