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Running Back, Indianapolis Colts

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Draft: 2020 Round 2 (9)
College: Wisconsin
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 226 DOB: 1999-01-19 Age: 21

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2020 IND 10 135 518 3.8 4 28 26 227 8.7 0 98.5 9.9
2020 (Projected) IND   186 837 4.5 7   20 135 6.8 1 145.2  

2020 Outlook
Depth Chart
Although we do not have any NFL data on Jonathan Taylor, we should assume he will have immediate success running the ball. Not only will he run behind one of the top "power" offensive lines in the league (rated 7th in power run blocking per, but he showed himself to be a very skilled runner between the tackles during his time at Wisconsin.

Taylor averaged over 2,000 rushing yards per season at Wisconsin, averaging 6.7 yards per rush over his career. He also scored 50 rushing touchdowns in three seasons. During the Combine he showed why he produced so well, as he ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.39 seconds (at 228 pounds). He also showed great burst and agility, finishing in the top 11 runners in virtually every drill.

It is unknown how the workload will be split up, and the Colts have emphasized that they intend to split the workload between Taylor and Mack. Both have skill, but over the course of the season Taylor will likely seize more of the early-down and between-the-tackles workload, while Mack is given more opportunities in the passing game and outside of the tackles. Taylor did not catch the ball much in college, and pass protection is difficult for young backs, so I expect he will not be on the field much on clear passing downs.

In addition, Taylor struggled some with fumbling at Wisconsin, coughing the ball up 18 times in his three collegiate seasons. That can be corrected, but keep an eye on his progress on that front in the preseason, as that issue also often limits the touches of young backs.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB3 Nyheim Hines
RB2RB4 Jordan Wilkins
RB3RB1 Jonathan Taylor
RB4RB2 Marlon Mack
Colts Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Jonathan Taylor placed on COVID-19 list
Out for Week 12
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 28, 12:30 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Rookie running back and leading rusher Jonathan Taylor was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and starting center Ryan Kelly was downgraded from questionable to out with a neck injury. Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines will share the running load with Taylor sidelined. (Fox 59 in Indianapolis)

FFToday's Take: Taylor received 26 touches last week, his first 20-touch game since Week 2. In his place, we should see a lot of Hines and Wilkins with Hines being the preferred option in PPR leagues. The Titans are giving up the 10th most fantasy points to running backs.

Jonathan Taylor's limited usage due to game script
Saw only three touches after first two drives in Week 9
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 9, 8:20 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Reich chalks up Jonathan Taylor's lack of carries after the fumble to a lack of rushes in the second half overall. Colts had six runs after halftime. (Joel Erickson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It appeared as if Reich made establishing Taylor a priority early on, but it's a weak excuse from Reich as Indy didn't trail by more than four points until four minutes into the fourth quarter. He didn't even have the excuse of Jordan Wilkins being "hot" this week, nor did Indy pepper Nyheim Hines with targets after the Ravens went up two scores. At this point, Reich is doing about everything he can to stunt the confidence of his rookie back. Until Reich comes to his senses, Indy appears to have little more than three flex options at running back.

Jonathan Taylor dealing with minor ankle issue
HC told reporters injury didn't affect play-calling
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 2, 8:20 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Frank Reich acknowledges that starting RB Jonathan Taylor has "a little bit of an ankle injury," though it didn't come up until after Sunday's win. (The Athletic - Zak Keefer)

FFToday's Take: Queue the haters and people comparing Taylor to Trent Richardson. Jordan Wilkins rushed for 86 yards and 20 carries while Taylor settled for 22 yards on 11 attempts in Week 8, putting quite a damper on any fantasy owner hoping the Colts unlocked the key to getting Taylor on track after a bye week. It's unlikely Taylor needed more motivation - the Colts have run him between the tackles a bit too much for someone with his explosiveness - but Wilkins may be on the verge of turning this backfield into a "hot-hand" situation.

Injury MRI confirms torn Achilles for Marlon Mack
Injury occurs in final year of rookie deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Sep 14, 11:00 am

Indianapolis Colts
Marlon Mack’s worst fear has been confirmed. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test revealed the Indianapolis Colts’ feature running back suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in Sunday’s opening 27-20 loss at Jacksonville, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Surgery is required, which will end his season and perhaps his career with the team. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This was Mack's final year of his rookie contract. Expect Jonathan Taylor to assume the bulk of the rushing duties for the Colts with Nyheim Hines mixed in. Both should excel in PPR leagues as Philip Rivers loves the dump-off pass to running backs.

2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at JAC L 20-27 9 22 2.4 0 6 6 67 11.2 0 8.9
2 MIN W 28-11 26 101 3.9 1 2 2 9 4.5 0 17.0
3 NYJ W 36-7 13 59 4.5 1 1 1 3 3.0 0 12.2
4 at CHI W 19-11 17 68 4.0 0 1 1 11 11.0 0 7.9
5 at CLE L 23-32 12 57 4.8 1 3 2 17 8.5 0 13.4
6 CIN W 31-27 12 60 5.0 0 4 4 55 13.8 0 11.5
8 at DET W 41-21 11 22 2.0 0 3 2 9 4.5 0 3.1
9 BAL L 10-24 6 27 4.5 1 2 2 7 3.5 0 9.4
10 at TEN W 34-17 7 12 1.7 0 2 2 25 12.5 0 3.7
11 GB W 34-31 22 90 4.1 0 4 4 24 6.0 0 11.4

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