Robert Turbin signed with the Colts this offseason, and he will look to compete for a roster spot after failed stints in Seattle, Cleveland and Dallas. He appeared in seven games for the Cowboys in 2015 and had 32 carries for 139 yards and one touchdown and five catches for 15 yards. Maybe he can make an impact in Indianapolis, but it's hard to count on him heading into training camp. Keep an eye on his role behind Frank Gore, but we don't recommend drafting Turbin in the majority of leagues.
The Colts and Turbin agreed to a contract Tuesday. In his first three seasons with the Seahawks, Turbin established himself a decent handcuff for Marshawn Lynch, accumulating at least 250 yards rushing on each occasion. Turbin was also adept as a pass-catcher, with 43 receptions (on 55 targets) for 427 yards and two touchdowns during that span. However, he suffered a high-ankle sprain at the end of the preseason and promptly waived a few days later before he was plucked by the Browns. Making 10 appearances with Cleveland and Dallas thereafter, he managed nearly 4.0 yards per carry and 2.3 yards per target on 5.7 touches per game, meaning the best-case scenario in Indianapolis is a change-of-pace role behind Frank Gore.
Turbin carried the ball five times for 23 yards and failed to catch his only target in Sunday's loss to the Bills. Darren McFadden has been producing as the starting RB for the Cowboys over the last few weeks, leaving few touches available for Turbin. A free agent in the offseason, the former Seahawk may not have done enough to warrant a return to Dallas in 2016.
Turbin carried the ball seven times for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Packers. He split the backfield workload almost evenly with Darren McFadden, and Turbin continues to see the majority of short-yardage work. He'll have a tough matchup Saturday against the Jets, however, making him a very risky play even in formats that emphasize TDs.
Turbin ran the ball six times for 12 yards Monday, and caught his only two targets for an additional 12 yards. The bulk of his touches came when Darren McFadden was briefly out of the game being checked for a possible concussion, but Turbin didn't do much with his opportunities. He'll remain in a backup role unless something happens to McFadden.
Turbin gained 35 yards on seven carries and caught one of two targets for three yards in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. The 25-year-old looked sprightly in his Dallas debut, gashing Miami for five yards per carry in support of Darren McFadden. Turbin appears to have already earned the top backup nod, as no other back received a carry on the day, and he should still see a few touches per week as the Cowboys try to remain balanced on offense. Next on the schedule is a Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Panthers.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|8||10/30||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|9||11/06||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|3 Year Avg||67||258||0||10||90||1||40|