J.J. Taylor
Running BackRB
Arizona Wildcats
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Rushes for 144 yards in loss
November 24, 2018
Taylor ran the ball 28 times for 144 yards and caught one pass for 18 yards against Arizona State on Saturday.
Taylor topped 100 yards for the fourth time in five games as he finished his sophomore year on an impressive tear. Arizona began to rely heavily on him down the stretch, with him recording 118 carries in the final four games of the season. However Arizona coughed up a three-score fourth quarter lead, which cost the Wildcats a shot at bowl eligibility.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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
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100 yard streak comes to an end
November 18, 2018
Taylor ran the ball 20 times for 69 yards against Washington State on Saturday.
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Rushes 40 times against Colorado
November 3, 2018
Taylor ran the ball 40 times for 192 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards while losing one fumble against Colorado on Friday.
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Tops 200 yards for the second time this season
October 28, 2018
Taylor ran the ball 30 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns against Oregon on Saturday.
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Finds holes in UCLA defense
October 21, 2018
Taylor ran the ball 19 yards for 154 yards and one touchdown against UCLA on Saturday.
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Rushes for 63 yards
October 13, 2018
Taylor ran the ball 14 times for 63 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards against Utah on Friday.
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