Fantasy Football Projections for Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, More Chargers If Tyrod Taylor Starts

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Mar 18, 2020, 07:00 PM EDT
  • Sean Koerner reveals his fantasy football projections for Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler and more Chargers players if Tyrod Taylor is the starter.

While Philip Rivers’ signing in Indianapolis has directed everyone’s focus to how this impacts the Colts, one thing we need to figure out is how Rivers’ departure impacts the Chargers’ fantasy studs.

On Wednesday we got some clarity on how the Chargers intend to handle their quarterback situation with reports indicating they aren’t expected to bring in a veteran. With the sixth overall pick in the draft, it is likely they target a QB such as Justin Herbert, but since the situation is still very much up in the air, I wanted to at least take a stab at projecting how the Chargers offense would look with Tyrod Taylor starting most — if not the entire — 2020 season.

As the Bills’ offensive coordinator in 2016, head coach Anthony Lynn already has experience with Taylor. And we already have a pretty good sense of what to expect from Tyrod at this point in his career, so with the talent on L.A.’s roster, between 210 and 240 passing yards per game would be a fair starting point.

His rushing upside is what always fueled his fantasy value, though it’s fair to assume at 31 years old, that will be on the decline. So altogether, I’m treating Taylor as a low-end QB2 assuming the Chargers do not draft a QB in Round 1.

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