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Fantasy Football: Why Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor is a safe bet for solid production in 2020

The Los Angeles Chargers will field an offense this season without Philip Rivers starting at quarterback for the first time in nearly two decades. Veteran Tyrod Taylor is set to receive first crack at captaining a loaded Chargers offense, yet fantasy drafters seem hesitant to invest in the nine-year NFL vet. 

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According to BestBall10s drafts dating back to the beginning of July, Taylor’s ADP currently sits at 231.25, ranking him as the QB31. This places Taylor in the same range as Tua Tagovailoa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Foles, Jameis Winston and Dwayne Haskins. Many of the players in this range happen to either be fighting for playing time (like Taylor), rank highly as a backup quarterback or are young players on bad teams looking to make any possible impact.

With first-round rookie Justin Herbert waiting in the wings, it's fair to group Taylor among these players. But Taylor has proven far more in his time as a quarterback than many of the names surrounding him. As a mobile QB with a proven track record, Taylor could prove to be a steal so long as he can recapture some of the magic that made him a solid option from 2015-2017.

Fantasy points per game

Taylor hasn’t played significant snaps since his last season as a starter in 2017, which is why we’ll evaluate his performances between 2015-2017 during his time with the Buffalo Bills.

In 2015, Taylor finished the season as the overall QB15 (276.2 total points) and ranked third in points per dropback (0.59). Not only did Taylor prove to be a quality option, but he managed to accomplish this feat in only 14 games of playing time and was the only quarterback in the top 18 that season to appear in less than 16 games. Taylor ranked eighth in fantasy points per game in 2015 with a 19.3 mark. The following chart displays his weekly performances.

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