Fantasy Spin: Tyrod Taylor Traded to Cleveland Browns

By Matt Johnson on Friday, March 9th 2018
Fantasy Spin: Tyrod Taylor Traded to Cleveland Browns

Less than two hours after the team acquired Jarvis Landry in a trade, the Cleveland Browns now have their immediate answer at quarterback. On Friday, Cleveland traded the 65th overall pick to Buffalo for quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor's arrival in Cleveland is certainly unexpected given early indications the Bills wanted to keep Taylor. But now they've found a home for him in a trade that really gives both organizations something they badly needed.

For Buffalo, the addition of the 65th overall pick adds another top-75 pick to their arsenal and all but secures a draft day move up for a quarterback. With the 21st, 22nd, 53rd and 56th picks in their pockets, Buffalo will now be a serious landing spot for one of the best quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft.

As for Cleveland, Taylor will come in and provide an immediate upgrade over anything the team has had for years. While he isn't a top-12 quarterback in the league, Taylor is a consistent producer who can excel with talent around him and an offense that fits the play calling around his traits.

While Taylor's 2017 season didn't go particularly well with Buffalo, given he passed for fewer than 3,000 yards and averaged just 6.66 yards per pass attempt, the team put him in an awful situation. Now he goes from an offense that wiped out its best wide receivers to an organization that will surround him with weapons and could add even more through the draft.

From a fantasy perspective, Taylor's acquisition is very good news for the stock of Landry, Josh Gordon, Duke Johnson, David Njoku, Corey Coleman and even Taylor himself. Cleveland's wide receivers all now have a legitimate quarterback who can put the ball in their hands and allow them to make big plays. This offense could take even further steps if the front office drafts running back Saquon Barkley. If that happens, this will be an electrifying offense.

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