RB Chester Taylor - Arizona Cardinals

5-11, 213Born: 9-22-1979College: ToledoDrafted: Round 6, pick

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Week 14: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. David Johnson is by all accounts healthy, but he appears to have settled into a change-up role in the Cardinals offense. It makes sense, as Johnson simply hasn't been a very efficient runner since his rookie year of 2015. Over 43 games since, he's averaged a modest 3.9 yards per carry and 59 a game. And in the meantime, Kenyan Drake has laid claim to the lead role, taking on 51 snaps last week to Johnson's 15. (They shared the field twice.) Perhaps Johnson will pull that closer to even as he heals more, but Drake has been the more dynamic producer. Neither boasts a very strong fantasy floor - especially considering the sorry state of the Cardinals line - but the weekly leader always carries a high ceiling. At the moment, that's clearly Drake, whose speed and quickness project nicely against the Steelers run defense. The Pittsburgh run defense has made for one of the league's stingiest matchups. They're giving up just 3.8 yards per carry, fifth-best in football, and only 5 touchdowns on the ground (second-fewest). This isn't a flawless unit, though, with long-standing problems against quick, speedy backs. It's been a clear pattern for several years, and it's been on full display here in 2019. They're stout in the trenches, where Cameron Heyward and Javon Hargreaves lead a deep, powerful group of space-eaters. And Heyward is a special player, capable of blowing up runs at the point of attack on his own. But at linebacker, the Steelers still badly lack disciplined talent. Rookie Devin Bush is blazing fast, but frequently washed out of position, and veteran Mark Barron remains one of football's weakest run defenders. Unfortunately for the Steelers, the Arizona ground game is built exclusively on speedy runners. But even so, this unit boasts such a strong advantage along the line that that may not matter. They have their liabilities, but have shut down more imposing run games than this one.

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

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Chester Taylor's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Schedule

14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15vs Cleveland Browns
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams