I started my fantasy outllook features by taking a look at Adrian Peterson, so I figured it was only fitting to follow that up with some analysis as to how his back up will fare in fantasy leagues this season.
THE GOOD: Chester Taylor has been one of the best backup running backs in the league after Adrian Peterson swiped the starting job away from him. He’s more versitle than Peterson is, given that he has more solid blocking, recieving, and even throwing skills. Taylor would make a great handcuff player if you are lucky enough to draft Adrian in round one. If the unspeakable were to happen to Peterson and he is sidelined for a good length of time, then Taylor instantly becomes a starting fantasy back in most leagues.
THE BAD: There is no doubt that Taylor is one of those hit-and-miss players in fantasy. Some games he may be worth 15 fantasy points for you, but then see his fantasy scores drop down to three points for the next five games. As Peterson works harder and harder at becomming a complete back, then Taylor will see fewer and fewer touches per game.
THE BIG QUESTION: The Vikes are rumored to be implementing the Wild Cat formation, and that Taylor could be a useful playmaker in that set. I personally find it hard to believe that Childress will abandon his conventional play-calling for a gimic, but if he does then Taylor could see an increased role on the offense.
PREDICTION: I expect Taylor to rush for over 400 yards, recieve for over 400 yards, and get 4 touchdowns this season if Peterson starts every game. Those numbers sky rocket if Peterson gets hurt. Also, you can never rule out a few throwing stats if the Vikings do go forward with the Wild Cat.
WHERE TO DRAFT: Snag Taylor in the last two or three rounds as a 4th running back. Grab him sooner if you ahve Peterson on your team. Taylor is not worth starting right off the bat, but could provide great value down the stretch if you can afford to stash him on your bench for awhile.