How many of you remember "Fragile Fred" Taylor? In his first four seasons, he played 15, 10, 13, and 2 games and gained a reputation for being injury-prone. But he was fabulous when on the field: in his 1st three years, from 1998 to 2000, only Emmitt Smith scored more TDs among RBs than Taylor's 32 – and it took Smith 9 more games to do it. Taylor was 4th among backs in fantasy points per game (FP/G, point per reception scoring) in those three seasons, behind only Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James, and Mike Anderson. But his 2001 season sealed his reputation when he injured his groin after 2 games and missed the rest of the year. Consequently, a lot of fantasy owners took him off their draft boards, or at least heavily downgraded him.
Those owners tended to miss out on his 2002-2004 seasons when he played all but 2 games and ranked 14th in FP/G in that span. In an odd twis...
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