Jordan Wilkins Fantasy Football News 2018

Colts RB Jordan Wilkins injured his ankle in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Redskins and is questionable to return. He had been working in a 3-way committee with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines. We'll update Wilkins' status when we learn more.

UPDATE: Wilkins returned in the 2nd half.

11:09am EDT 9/16/18

Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. It’s unclear how Indy will divide work between Mack, Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. (Christine Michael is inactive.) This is a situation to try to avoid in Week 2 fantasy lineups, but Mack is certainly worth a roster spot if he’s available in your league.

Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Redskins. But he appears on track to play after putting in a full practice on Friday. “He looked good,” HC Frank Reich said afterward. “He’s got that explosiveness, that quickness. He’s really made good progress.” We’ll get Mack’s official status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, he figures to join a committee alongside Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. It’s a situation to avoid in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

11:09am EDT 9/9/18

Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Bengals. He was reportedly a game-time decision, so a Week 2 return seems likely. Just how big a role Mack plays when he gets back might depend on how rookie Jordan Wilkins runs it today.

Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He's been out since August 9 and is looking like a long shot to play against the Bengals this weekend. That'll leave Indy's backfield to Jordan Wilkins, Christine Michael and Nyheim Hines. It's a situation best avoided in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) isn't practicing on Monday, according to insider George Bremer. Mack has been sidelined since hurting his hammy in the preseason opener on August 9. He seems unlikely to play against the Bengals this weekend. Rookie Jordan Wilkins is considered the favorite to serve as Indy's lead back in that one.

ESPN's Mike Wells considers Colts RB Jordan Wilkins the "front-runner" to start Week 1 if RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) isn't ready. Mack has yet to return to practice and seems unlikely to play against the Bengals on Sunday. That'd leave the backfield to Wilkins, Christine Michael and Nyheim Hines. All 3 guys figure to be involved, but it sounds like Wilkins is the favorite to lead the way in touches. It's a situation to avoid in Week 1 if possible, but Wilkins certainly deserves to be rostered in most fantasy leagues.

Colts RBs Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines worked with the 1st-team offense in Saturday night's preseason game against the 49ers. Neither guy was impressive, though. Wilkins carried 4 times for 0 yards and caught 1 pass for 4 yards with QB Andrew Luck and the starters. Hines mustered 3 yards on 3 carries with the 1st-team offense. RB Christine Michael also saw time with the starters and finished with 2 yards on 5 carries. The winner here looks to be Marlon Mack, who remains the favorite for lead RB duties if he can get past his hamstring issue.

The Colts have signed RB Branden Oliver. It was a rough preseason opener for Indy's backfield, which saw Marlon Mack exit with a hamstring injury and Nyheim Hines struggle. Oliver is still a long shot for 2018 fantasy value but is at least worth keeping an eye on. He caught 36 balls as a rookie back in 2014 before injuries got in the way the past 3 years.

The Colts say RB Marlon Mack is "week to week" with a hamstring strain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That, of course, means we don't know if he'll miss a week, or 2, or even 3. Any missed time at this point for Mack -- who sat out offseason workouts following shoulder surgery -- is not good, as he tries to lock down the starting job. Extra opportunities are great news, on the other hand, for rookie RBs Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines -- as well as veteran Christine Michael. (Yeah, he's still around.) RB Robert Turvin also remains on the sideline with an ankle issue and will sit out the 1st 4 games because of a PED suspension. Hines and Wilkins are players to make sure you get shares of if you're drafting multiple fantasy teams this month.

Colts RB Marlon Mack suffered a hamstring injury in the 1st half of Thursday night's preseason opener. He carried 4 times for 9 yards and caught 2 balls for 23 yards before exiting. We'll look for an update on the severity of the injury, but bum hammies have a tendency to linger. Mack's absence would open up a bigger opportunity for rookie RB Jordan Wilkins.

Colts HC Frank Reich talked up rookie RB Jordan Wilkins after practice on Wednesday. “Jordan is one of those guys we are talking about with a real toughness,” Reich said. “I just feel like this guy loves football and he loves the physicality. He has no fear in his game. I think he’s making a very good impression. I’m very happy with the progress that he’s making. He’s showing the ability to play on all 3 downs. He’s better out of the backfield, as a receiver, than I thought he would be. Pass protection, he knows his stuff. He’s making good progress.” Wilkins’ all-around skill set has a real chance to be utilized early in the regular season. He’s on the radar as a late-round flier.

Colts RB Marlon Mack (shoulder) has been cleared for the start of training camp, GM Chris Ballard said. Mack missed spring workouts after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He's still the favorite for lead-back duties this year but will need to fend off rookies Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Mack's ADP is currently sitting in the 8th round.

Colts RB Robert Turbin has been suspended 4 games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. The 7-year vet ran with the starters this spring and drew some positive buzz. But he owns a career 3.8 yards-per-carry average and faces a bunch of backfield competition from Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Turbin wasn't a great bet for fantasy value even before this 4-game ban. His roster spot might now be in jeopardy.

Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins have been garnering the fantasy attention in the Colts backfield. But insider Stephen Holder warns not to rule out Robert Turbin. "If there’s one thing this offseason has shown, it’s that Turbin seems to have an important place on this football team," Holder writes. Turbin has been getting a bunch of 1st-team snaps this spring. But we wouldn't consider that a surprise considering Mack is sidelined after shoulder surgery and Hines and Wilkins are rookies. Still, HC Frank Reich talked up Turbin's "size and power and strength" this week. Holder believes Turbin is in line to play a short-yardage, goal-line role in what will be a full-blown committee backfield. It'll certainly be a situation to monitor when training camp opens, but we're not ready to call Turbin an option in fantasy drafts.


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