QB - LAC
Week 2 Outlook
Tyrod Taylor completed 16-of-30 passes for 208 yards and rushed six times for seven yards in the Chargers' 16-13 win over the Bengals Sunday.
Taylor put up a fantasy clunker Sunday against Cincinnati. He faces a tough Kansas City defense next week where he will be a low-end streaming option in 2QB leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters today that "Tyrod Taylor is our starter."
The veteran QB from Virginia Tech has earned the starting QB role for the Chargers heading into Week 1 versus the Bengals. With reports suggesting that rookie Justin Herbert may have a redshirt year, this should offer a longer leash for fantasy owners, as Taylor should be considered a viable option in two-QB or Superflex leagues.
While live tweeting Hard Knocks, Daniel Popper of The Athletic Los Angeles explains that QB Tyrod Taylor will likely start “most, if not all” the games in 2020 with rookie Justin Herbert still having a lot to learn.
Herbert admitted on the show that sometimes the amount of information he needs to take in “catches up” to him. Without OTAs and a preseason to learn from and build upon, Herbert is already behind where most first-round rookie QBs would be at this point in a normal season. This is music to the ears of anyone who is thinking about streaming QBs this season, as Taylor could make for a fantastic late-round QB option given his rushing ability. His ability as an accurate passer also shouldn’t be underestimated either.
QB Tyrod Taylor will almost “certainly be the Week 1 starter, barring an injury or something unforeseen,” per Daniel Popper of the Athletic.
“I think Taylor will start at at least eight games this season, both because the Chargers are preaching patience above all else with QB Justin Hebert,” Popper added. Chargers HC Anthony Lynn recently stated that Taylor is not viewed as a “bridge QB.” The 30-year-old is expected to be the team’s starting QB for at least the first few weeks. His rushing ability gives him QB2 appeal, and he should be drafted in all Super-flex/Two-QB league formats. Taylor is currently 30th among all quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Peter King of NBC Sports reports Chargers coach Anthony Lynn doesn't view Tyrod Taylor as a bridge quarterback.
Taylor is ready to take over the Chargers' quarterback situation following the departure of Philip Rivers this off-season. However, there is a scenario in which the team could select Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa with the sixth overall pick in this week's draft. That would essentially make Taylor a "bridge quarterback" until Tua is ready. But, if LA passes on Tagovailoa then it is all systems go in regards to Taylor as a late-round fantasy sleeper. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, and Hunter Henry would form the strongest supporting cast Taylor has ever had. Additionally, his rushing ability gives him a high fantasy floor.