Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle) is "planning to be ready to play as early as Week 5," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That's when Taylor is first eligible to come off the PUP list. Taylor is "going to pass his physical and could pass it today," Schefter adds. We'll see whether Taylor is still on Indianapolis' roster come Week 5. The passed physical could make it more likely he's traded, although it sounds like the Colts have been asking for too much in return.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor needs thumb surgery, according to James Boyd of The Athletic. Owner Jim Irsay says the "hope" is that he can return in two to three weeks. That means you should expect Taylor to miss at least this week's game against the Titans and the Week 14 visit to Cincinnati. It also means there's no guarantee Taylor will return. RB Zack Moss should be on a roster in every league by this weekend and could be a season-changer. If he's available in your league, there's no bid amount too high -- especially if you need a RB. Trey Sermon sits behind Moss on the depth chart, but the backfield has belonged to Moss when Taylor missed time earlier this year. Taylor should obviously be kept as well, in case he does miss just the two games.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Colts RB Jonathan Taylor suffered a thumb injury in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers that "puts his status in doubt going forward." Taylor reportedly played the entire second half after suffering the injury. But he's now headed for further evaluation "with all options considered." We'll obviously be watching this one closely. In the meantime, Zack Moss deserves to be claimed anywhere he might be available. You can find more potential insurance pickups among our Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups and via your Free Agent Finder.
When we last saw Colts RB Jonathan Taylor in Week 10, he played 88% of the offensive snaps and out-carried RB Zack Moss 23 to one. Coming out of the bye week, the Colts went back to a committee backfield in the win over the Bucs. Taylor registered a 58% snap rate to Moss' 41%. Taylor out-carried Moss 15 to eight, but Moss saw the only three RB targets. We'll see if this was a one-game blip or if the Colts will stick with this arrangement the rest of the way. Taylor is a weekly fantasy starter regardless. But he's more of a high-end RB2 on this week's usage vs. a potential league-winner on that Week 10 usage. Moss could jump back into the RB3 discussion if he continues getting ~40% of the snaps.
Colts RB Jonathan Taylor remained a clear lead-back in Sunday’s win over New England. JT handled 23 of 24 team carries and saw Indy’s only RB target. His lone score came from one yard out on a pitch. Following a Week 11 bye, Taylor will encounter a neutral schedule. The 24-year-old is a firm hold in redraft leagues.
Let's get the bad news out of the way first. Colts RB Jonathan Taylor surprisingly managed just 2.6 yards per carry against a Panthers defense that entered this week allowing 5.1 yards per carry to RBs. Carolina simply won the battle in the trenches, giving Taylor very little running room. Now the good news. Taylor salvaged a fine fantasy outing with five catches for 22 yards and a score. And he dominated backfield work, playing 75% of the offensive snaps and out-touching RB Zack Moss 23 to 7. We'll see where the backfield goes from here, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Taylor play this type of role weekly going forward. Remember that the Colts handed him a three-year, $42 million deal a month ago. Taylor gets a neutral Week 10 matchup vs. the Patriots before a Week 11 bye.
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