Taylor Heinicke
Taylor Heinicke
28-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Washington Football Team
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Heinicke has been bouncing around pro football since 2015, including a stint in the AAF and one start for the Panthers in 2018. He actually was finishing up his engineering degree at Old Dominion last December when he got an offer from Washington to join the practice squad. After an Alex Smith injury and another Dwayne Haskins meltdown, Heinicke ended up starting in the wild-card round of the playoffs, tallying 306 passing yards, 46 rushing yards and two total touchdowns against the eventual Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. Washington saw enough to give Heinicke a two-year, $4.8 million contract, making him the favorite to beat out Kyle Allen this summer for the team's No. 2 QB job. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Week 1 starter, but Heinicke is just one injury or benching away from seeing the field again. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8.75 million contract with Washington in February of 2021.
Impresses in Week 2 win
QBWashington Football Team
September 16, 2021
Heinicke completed 34 of 46 passes for 336 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Washington's 30-29 win over the Giants on Thursday night. He also rushed four times for six yards.
ANALYSIS
In a contest that was widely expected to be a lower-scoring affair, Heinicke ended up authoring a prolific performance that came complete with an exciting game-winning drive. The Old Dominion product averaged a solid 7.3 yards per attempt and displayed particularly impressive chemistry with No. 1 wideout Terry McLaurin, with whom he connected on 11 occasions for 107 yards and one of his touchdowns. Heinicke found veteran tight end Ricky Seals-Jones for a 19-yard score as well, and he made critical completions to Dyami Brown, Adam Humphries and McLaurin on the late 50-yard march that culminated with Dustin Hopkins' game-winning field goal. Heinicke and his teammates will now have a couple of days to savor the hard-fought victory before beginning preparations for a difficult Week 3 road trip to Buffalo to take on the Bills a week from Sunday.
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    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
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  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
0.0%
 
Avg Target Depth
8.1 Yds
 
Sack Rate
1.6%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.5 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
3.3%
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
42.8
 
Cornerbacks
37.6
 
Safeties
59.7
 
Linebackers
56.3
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Taylor Heinicke
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6 days ago
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6 days ago
Ryan Belonga breaks down the Thursday night DFS contest as it's Taylor Heinicke time in Washington.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After playing in just one game through his first three seasons, Heinicke made five abbreviated appearances last year prior to Cam Newton being shut down for the final two games. That opened the door for Heinicke to make his first career start Week 16, when he completed 33 of 53 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He suffered an elbow injury in that contest, however, and was placed on IR shortly thereafter, truncating his opportunity. The 26-year-old subsequently underwent surgery but returned to the Panthers this offseason in hopes of earning a roster spot again. That being said, following the selection of third-round pick Will Grier, the odds don't seem to favor Heinicke.
Heinicke is in a tight battle for the Panthers' No. 2 quarterback job with Garrett Gilbert after playing one game with the Texans in 2017.
Heinicke will try to win a spot as the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Sam Bradford and backup Case Keenum. His status on the active roster may depend on whether Teddy Bridgewater can return at some point from a serious knee injury.
Heinicke enters the 2016 season on the Active/Non-Football Injury list after severely injuring his lower-left leg in a freak accident while trying to break into his own home. He's projected to be back a couple months into the regular season, but he'll be unable to back-up starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for at least the first few weeks. Veteran Shaun Hill figures to secure the No. 2 spot on the quarterback depth chart, but Heinicke has the talent to someday take over the offense if Bridgewater gets hurt. The Vikings also have rookie Joel Stave out of Wisconsin, who'll likely make the roster initially due to Heinicke's injury. Heinicke shouldn't be on anyone's fantasy radar at this point, but he could be a serviceable backup option for the Vikings upon his return.
The undrafted free agent is a long shot to win the third quarterback job.
More Fantasy News
Starting in Week 2
QBWashington Football Team
September 13, 2021
Heinicke will start Thursday's Week 2 matchup against the Giants, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Excellent in relief
QBWashington Football Team
September 12, 2021
Heinicke completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown after coming in for an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Chargers.
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Not playing Saturday
QBWashington Football Team
August 28, 2021
Heinicke will not play Saturday against the Ravens, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
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Follows Fitzpatrick again
QBWashington Football Team
August 20, 2021
Heinicke completed 11 of his 13 passes for 80 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions in Friday's preseason game against Cincinnati. He also added four rushes for 26 yards.
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Mediocre in loss
QBWashington Football Team
August 13, 2021
Heinicke completed nine of 15 passes for 86 yards in Thursday's 22-13 preseason loss to New England.
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