34-Year-Old Cornerback – Pittsburgh Steelers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Taylor had a pedestrian 2013 season, as did most of the Steelers. He will return to start at cornerback this season after finishing the 2013 campaign with 63 tackles (52 solo)....
2014 ADP: –
Bye Week: 12
Ike Taylor Contract Information:
Agreed to a four-year contract with the Steelers in July 2011.
Taylor (arm) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts, Scott Brown of ESPN reports.
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Ike Taylor: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)This is Taylor's first participation in practice since suffering a forearm injury in Week 3, a positive step, but his Week 8 status remains unclear at this stage.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Taylor had a plate put in his forearm during surgery after Sunday's ugly injury and will now be sidelined for the foreseeable future. However, with the Steelers opting to keep Taylor on their roster, the possibility of him returning toward the latter portion of this season has not yet been ruled out. In Taylor's absence, William Gay is expected to start at cornerback opposite Cortez Allen, beginning this Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)NBC chose not to show the replay, after Taylor visibly had his arm broken by the helmet of teammate Lawrence Timmons. It had the look of a potential season-ending injury, leaving William Gay as the starter across from Cortez Allen, with Antwon Blake working as the nickel corner.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Taylor finished the season with 63 tackles (52 solo), but failed to record an interception for the first time since his rookie 2003 season. As a team, only Oakland and Houston had fewer interceptions on the year.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Taylor returns fully recovered from the leg fracture that cut his 2012 season short.
The image of Demaryius Thomas stiff-arming Taylor to the ground on his way to an 80-yard touchdown reception in the 2011 playoffs is hard to forget. Taylor is coming off of the worst season of his career, having recorded just 42 tackles and two interceptions. He could lose some playing time in 2012 to Curtis Brown or Cortez Allen.
Taylor is a terrific, physical corner but has seen a drop in his fantasy stock due to consecutive seasons with no more than 62 tackles. Low tackles and interceptions don't make for a strong IDP candidate. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so 2010 will be an important year for him.
Taylor takes on the oppositionís top wideouts week after week, but that doesnít always translate into prime fantasy numbers. This was the case in 2008 as his 65 tackles (down from 80 in 2007) didnít even crack the top 50 among defensive backs and was his lowest output since becoming a starter in 2005. He should bounce back in 2009, but not necessarily enough to be more than a middle of the pack IDP option.
Taylor showed improvement in his second season as the Steelers' starting cornerback with 79 tackles, a sack and three INTs. His growth should continue in 2008 as he develops into a solid IDP option.
Taylor was beaten into submission by wide receivers after signing a huge contract prior to the start of the 2006 campaign. Pittsburgh is hoping that Taylor simply had an off year and will return to his 2005 form when he defended 23 passes (as compared to 15 in 2006). Taylor has little IDP value because of his hands of stone.
Taylor became the Steelers' shutdown cornerback in 2005. He held Cincinnati standout receiver, Chad Johnson, scoreless in three contests. A big hitter, Taylor intercepted one regular-season pass and two in the post-season. He could easily have finished with another half-dozen picks with better hands. Should he discover how to use his hands, Taylor could become a valuable IDP pick in 2006.
Taylor is at an important juncture in his career. Either he steps up as a starter at cornerback, or is relegated to backup duty. The Steelers used a second-round pick on him in 2003, with the intention of him taking over the starting role in a couple years. That time is now, and it's up to Taylor to prove his wares.