2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics
Pros: Taylor's pass blocking and receiving prowess bid well for Mike Martz's high-octane system. The 30-year-old back should again sniff the 40-reception plateau he has reached in four of the last five seasons. Matt Forte, Taylor's backfield companion, took a sophomore year nosedive and hasn't proven overly effective in single-back work. Taylor thrives on that setup. His three-year stretch as a backup to Adrian Peterson with the Minnesota Vikings probably bought him a few more serviceable statistical seasons.
Cons: In the last two years, he has averaged just 3.8 yards per tote; despite his size, he doesn't offer much between the tackles anymore. His career high of 303 carries in a season came back in '06; it's hard to think Taylor will earn more than a split with Forte, who's still considered the future in Chicago's backfield. Forte is a good receiver, as well.
Fantasy tip: Taylor can be had as a No. 4 back - more potential to rank higher in PPRs. He's often being taken in the 11th round. Forte isn't stable, so it's possible Taylor winds up a good value pick.
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