J.J. Taylor
Running BackRB
Arizona Wildcats
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Taylor would ideally show better ball security (seven fumbles in 2018), but other than that he's very clearly one of the most uniquely explosive runners in college football, and a likely top asset in college fantasy football. He took 255 carries for 1,434 yards (5.6 YPC) and six touchdowns last year, and normally a from-scrimmage threat of that caliber will stumble into touchdowns at a higher rate than that. As much as his touchdown rate may have been unlucky in 2018, it might be worth keeping in mind a potential regression in rush attempts given his diminutive frame (5-foot-6, 184 pounds). Read Past Outlooks
Scores against Washington
RBArizona
October 13, 2019
Taylor ran the ball 18 times for 89 yards and one touchdown and caught three passes for 37 yards against Washington on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Taylor had been limited due to an ankle injury but returned and showed no signs of being hampered against Washington, with Taylor featuring on the ground and helping out in the passing game. When healthy, Taylor is a mainstay in the Wildcats' ground game, and with him appearing to be back on track he should factor into the offense next week against USC.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2018
Taylor has just four games under his belt after having his freshman season cut short by an ankle injury, but he was undeniably impressive when given the opportunity. He torched Hawaii and Washington for a combined 265 yards and two touchdowns on 37 total carries before being felled by the ankle injury. A healthy Taylor enters the year behind senior Nick Wilson in the Arizona backfield, but Wilson has missed nine of 25 games over the past two seasons due to injury in his own right, so there’s a chance coach Rich Rodriguez tries to spread the carries so as to not overload the senior back. With that, Taylor stands to see a decent workload that he should be able to convert into strong per-carry production. It is worth noting that Taylor (5-6, 170) is on the smaller end of the spectrum, so he shouldn’t be expected to see workhorse volume even if Arizona suffers attrition to the rest of its running back corps
Taylor played a much bigger role in 2017, as he saw 146 touches and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. He broke out against Washington State and Oregon State, scampering for 153 yards and 129 yards, respectively. Taylor is slated to be the top dog out of the backfield for the upcoming season, with not much experience behind him between Nathan Tilford and Branden Leon. Quarterback Khalil Tate will undoubtedly absorb a large chunk of Arizona's workload, as Tate recorded 153 rushing attempts in 2017, although there should be plenty of carries to go around with Arizona's run-heavy offense even with new coach Kevin Sumlin at the helm. Taylor figures to garner plenty of opportunities, especially if the Wildcats put less of an emphasis on Tate's running in order to keep him fresh over the course of the season. Tilford is a name to keep an eye on in the Arizona backfield, however, as he has a size advantage over Taylor that could net him goal-line opportunities.
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Held out after first series
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Lower Leg
October 5, 2019
Taylor ankle) ran the ball once for four yards before being held out the rest of Saturday's 35-30 win over Colorado due to injury, Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star reports.
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Will play, starting status unclear
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Lower Leg
October 5, 2019
Taylor (lower leg) will play in Saturday's contest against Colorado but it's unclear if he will start the contest, C.J. Holmes of The Athletic reports.
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Warming up in full gear
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Lower Leg
October 5, 2019
Taylor (lower leg) is in full gear and warming up ahead of Saturday's game against Colorado, Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star reports.
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Doesn't play Saturday
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Lower Leg
September 29, 2019
Taylor (leg) didn't play in Saturday's win over UCLA, Kelly Presnell of the Arizona Daily Star reports.
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In uniform Saturday
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Lower Leg
September 28, 2019
Taylor (lower leg) is in uniform ahead of Saturday's game against UCLA, Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star reports.
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