Robert Turbin is back with the Colts, but his role as the primary backup to Frank Gore is very much up in the air. The Colts drafted Marlon Mack, a speedster who seems to have potential as the Colts' running back of the future. That's bad news for Turbin, who is pretty much the opposite of a speedster. He scored eight times last year, all from seven yards out or closer. He also failed to have any runs for 20-plus yards. Maybe Turbin will work out for Fantasy owners as a touchdown-or-bust guy you can find off waivers during the season, but so long as both Gore and Mack are upright, Turbin's numbers will be lame. You do not have to draft him.
Turbin had three carries for 11 yards and one reception for eight yards in Sunday's loss to Arizona. Turbin played more snaps on offense (28) than Robert Mack (11) behind Frank Gore in a reversal from Week 1. Turbin may get more playing time in the short term as Mack may have struggled in pass protection, but Mack may still get the nod as the starter if Gore were to get hurt given the explosiveness Mack has shown at times.
Turbin had two carries for seven yards and lost four yards on his only reception in Sunday's loss to the Rams. The season opener had a number of negative developments for Turbin's fantasy value. The Indy offense looks terrible without Andrew Luck at quarterback and Marlon Mack had more carries and was used at the goal line (scoring on a three-yard run). Turbin may have fallen to third on the depth chart and lost his goal-line role as a result.
Turbin (undisclosed) isn't listed on the Colts' injury report for Sunday's game against the Rams. Turbin sat out the final two preseason games, but doesn't seem to have missed much practice time as a result. He'll open the campaign as Frank Gore's top backup, though fourth-round rookie Marlon Mack could eventually push for a portion of the workload.
Turbin, who didn't play in Saturday's preseason game, has been in and out of practice with an unspecified injury, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports. It's not clear if Turbin did not play in Saturday's preseason game because he was hurt or just got the game off. He was set begin the season as the backup to Frank Gore and could reprise his role as the goal-line back. However, Marlon Mack could move ahead of him on the depth chart if Turbin's injury woes continue.
Turbin didn't have a carry or reception in Saturday's preseason win over Pittsburgh. Turbin got the night off so the Colts could take a look at Marlon Mack with the first team offense. Turbin will begin the season as the backup to Frank Gore and could reprise his role as the goal-line back. If Gore were to get hurt, however, it's uncertain whether he or Mack would become the primary ball carrier.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/08||San Francisco 49ers||18||17.00|
|3 Year Avg||57||224||3||16||129||1||58|