This is a way early sleeper article for 2015, but is it really every too early for fantasy football talk?
The 2015 free agent market left a lot to be desired with the likes of Bryan Hoyer, Mark Sanchez, and the now retired Jake Locker headlining the class.
Just because the free agent class lacked any pizzaz didn’t stop the Bills from reigning in a potential fantasy sleeper in Tyrod Taylor.
If you followed college football for the past five or so years you would be familiar with Taylor because he was consistently making jaw-dropping plays for Virginia Tech.
However, despite his obvious talent Taylor fell down draft boards most likely because he is only 6’1, and considered a ‘running QB’ due to his 4.51 speed.
Now, four years after being a sixth round draft pick Taylor is out of the shadow of Joe Flacco and looking for an opportunity to start. It appears he will actually be afforded that opportunity because his competition is only EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel. Also, Rex Ryan has had his eye on Taylor for years, and he even tried to trade for him on the Jets. He at least has that going in his favor.
While there really isn’t much competition for Taylor, it’s hard to predict how he’ll fair considering his limited NFL experience. In four years Taylor has only thrown 35 passes to go with one rushing touchdowns and two interceptions. There really is nothing to take away from those numbers considering he never had a consistent shot at playing time because Joe Flacco has been a staple for the Ravens for the past eight years.
For fantasy owners the aspect to keep in mind with Taylor is his 4.5 speed. If he gets the Bills starting job it’s safe to assume he’ll take off quite a bit, and could at least run for 500 yards to go with a few touchdowns.
However, Taylor’s passing ability shouldn’t be underrated. Taylor has average arm strength, and he can pretty much make all of the throws. Also, judging from college tape, it’s clear he trusts his arm and is willing to make the tough passes in traffic.
Although he only completed 57.2 percent of his passes in college he also only threw 10 interceptions in his career. He may have been a bit erratic, but he made good decisions.
While his college stats are nice, that was four years ago, and Taylor is a mystery in the NFL. We don’t know much about him, but if he somehow gets the Bills job he could be a line to put up the type of numbers of a top 15 quarterback. Football is still a ways away, but just keep Tyrod Taylor in mind.