Jonathan Taylor Fantasy Outlook: When will rookie unseat Marlon Mack as Colts’ RB1?

There has by no means been a working again in school soccer who rushed for extra yards in three seasons than Jonathan Taylor. He broke Herschel Walker’s file throughout his junior season at Wisconsin earlier than leaving faculty for the NFL. Taylor was taken by the Colts within the second spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 41st total decide, instantly taking over the rookie-RB-turned-automatic-sleeper mildew. He’ll should cope with Marlon Mack for touches after Mack annoyed his fantasy soccer homeowners with an injury-plagued 2019. 

Taylor has already acquired some rave evaluations throughout coaching camp, however with no preseason video games to present us hints, whether or not Taylor will probably be a fantasy drive come Week 1 is anyone’s guess. When you learn the tea leaves, although, you may uncover causes value believing in Taylor’s possibilities. 

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Jonathan Taylor fantasy outlook

Taylor’s school information converse for themselves, however let’s take a look at the numbers for a second. He rushed for 1,977 yards as a freshman, 2,194 as a sophomore and a pair of,003 as a junior. Throughout his profession, Taylor ran for six.7 yards per carry and 50 dashing touchdowns. He improved as a pass-catcher in his ultimate yr, too, going from single-digit catches to 26 as a junior.

A 3-time top-10 finisher within the Heisman Trophy voting, Taylor is 5-10 and 226 kilos, a bruising rusher with some shocking velocity. He ran a four.39-second 40-yard sprint on the NFL Mix.

If we assume Nyheim Hines continues to carry down pass-catching duties within the Indianapolis backfield, then it comes down as to whether Taylor can take Mack’s job. If Taylor can grow to be the No. 1 RB outright, we’re a robust RB2 for fantasy functions.

Even Mack mentioned not too long ago that Taylor’s going to be a “beast” on the NFL stage. Indications are that Mack will nonetheless be an enormous a part of the offense within the early going, so Taylor most likely will not begin the season as something higher than a flex choice with potential to raise later within the yr.

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Marlon Mack fantasy outlook

Regardless of lacking elements of a handful of video games final yr, Mack ran for 1,000 yards for the primary time in his three-year NFL profession. He nonetheless reached an environment friendly four.four yards per carry regardless of a career-high workload, and he discovered the top zone eight occasions. There is no cause Mack’s price stats cannot attain related ranges in 2020.

The largest problem with Mack, and the explanation Taylor is so interesting, is the accidents. Sports activities Harm Predictor provides Mack a 62 % likelihood to get damage in 2020 and tasks him to overlook three.1 video games. Mack fractured his hand final yr, has twice had important hamstring strains, has been recorded with a concussion twice and tore his labrum in 2017. Whereas possibly these accidents had been fluky in isolation, his bruising working model units him as much as proceed getting damage.

Doubtless, Mack begins the yr as a RB2/flex play who may miss time half approach by way of the season. Taylor may seize the complete job whereas Mack is out, and the veteran may wrestle to regain his footing as soon as again on the sphere. Mack is presently going 33rd amongst RBs, which is a fantastic worth to pay for that function, and if he by no means will get damage, there’s an opportunity he holds off Taylor as Indy’s lead again all yr.

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What about Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins?

Hines caught 63 passes as a rookie and 44 final yr. With Philip Rivers’ tendency to dump the ball off to his backs, Hines ought to stay a superb PPR choice for his work on passing downs. Identical to final yr, although, Hines is simply too small to be a direct handcuff for the Colts’ early-down work.

If Indianapolis hadn’t drafted Taylor, Wilkins can be a well-liked sleeper decide behind the injury-prone Mack. Because it stands, he’ll be buried additional on the depth chart. His is a reputation value remembering, although, since he is averaged a whopping 5.eight yards per carry in his NFL profession.

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