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Jonathan Taylor Has Arrived

Jonathan Taylor
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 11: Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter in a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Before the fantasy football season started, there was much debate on who would be the best running back. Christian McCaffrey was coming back healthy, Dalvin Cook recorded the best season of his career and there stood the new name of the pack. First year rookie Jonathan Taylor. 

Taylors Hot Start

As someone who has Taylor this year and watched him from a far last year, it is important to note just how good he is this early in his career. In his rookie campaign Taylor had a relatively slow start to the season. However around the mid point of last season, he flipped a switch and never looked back. From that point Taylor would go on to rush for a 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns. Coming into the season it was no surprise to see Taylor drafted off the fantasy boards in the first round.   

Taylors Breakthrough

However, early this season managers might have second guessed their decision to draft Taylor. Similar to last season Taylor was off to another slow start. The offensive line had some injuries and the team as a whole looked out of sync. In week 4 though Taylor resurrected out of his slump and tore apart a Miami Dolphins defense running wild for 103 yards and a touchdown. It was only a matter of time before Taylor hit his stride.  Now through eight games Taylor has heated up for 649 yards and 6 touchdowns. Taylor now leads all running backs in yards with the recent news of Derrick Henrys injury.  

Maybe the most surprising thing about Taylor is his amount of touches. Splitting work with teammate Nyheim Hines, Taylors lower usage illustrates just how efficient he is when he gets the ball. Taylors breakaway speed, strength and ability to break tackles is what separates him from other good running backs. It puts him with the likes of Henry, McCaffrey and Cook in that aspect.  If Taylor can remain healthy he will undoubtedly finish as the best running back in fantasy. Starting Thursday night, Taylor will surely start to make his case for that title as he faces a New York Jets defense allowing the most fantasy points to running backs this season. 

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