Until Taywan Taylor finds regular playing time with the Browns and puts up good numbers, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Taylor played just three games and had one target in 2019. The Browns never settled on a third wideout, and they never really needed one as Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry gobbled up almost all the targets (130 apiece). Taylor was given some run early on when Rashard Higgins was hurt, but he was a healthy scratch for 13 of 16 games. New head coach Kevin Stefanski may not change the outlook for the third wide receiver position. According to Scott Patsko of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, his offense in Minnesota used formations with three wide receivers a league-low 18 percent of the time, the only team to dip below 30 percent. Instead, Stefanski deployed multiple running backs or tight ends while with the Vikings. Cleveland's personnel currently suits that type of offense, so Taylor, who is under contract for one more year, could have a limited role once again. His experience as a returner could vault him into a special teams role, but the third-year veteran is not expected to have a significant offensive role.
Taylor (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the 49ers. Taylor has only been active for three games this season, and in those contests he primarily played on special teams. The third-year pro's absence doesn't carry significant fantasy repercussions.
Taylor did not catch his lone target in Monday's 23-3 win over the Jets. Taylor was inactive in Week 1 and, regarding offensive production, might as well have been inactive for Week 2. The former Titan was an interesting pickup during roster cuts but hasn't established himself in Cleveland yet. It's probably unfair to expect too much after two weeks in a new offense on a team with the likes of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, but things aren't likely to improve once Antonio Callaway returns from his four-game suspension.
Taylor is inactive Week 1 against the Titans. Taylor was traded to Cleveland on Aug. 31, but he won't be available to suit up in the opener against his former team. There doesn't project to be many opportunities available in a wide receiver group led by Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins, so this may not be the first time we see Taylor wind up a healthy scratch, especially with him presumably still acclimating himself to the playbook.
Taylor was traded to the Browns from the Titans on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. The exact details of the trade are unknown, but the Browns evidently gave up a 2020 draft pick in order to acquire Taylor, who was buried behind Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, A.J. Brown and Tajae Sharpe on the Titans' depth chart. It'll be interesting to see where the 2017 third-round pick ultimately slots in with his new home, as Rashard Higgins was a popular sleeper pick in fantasy with the news that Antonio Callaway would be suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Despite the obvious upgrade at quarterback compared to Tennessee, it's hard to imagine Taylor will come close to his 2018 figures in which he recorded 37 receptions, 466 yards and a touchdown.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Washington Football Team||24||23.00|
|8||11/01||Las Vegas Raiders||22||22.63|
|15||12/20||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|16||12/27||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3 Year Avg||28||18||232||1||9||12.89||30|