Player Outlook
Only a blip on the Fantasy radar over the past two years, Mack is looking at his next (and last?) chance to matter as the potential starting running back for the Texans. Moving to H-town this offseason, Mack is expected to compete with rookie Dameon Pierce and veteran Rex Burkhead for playing time. It's entirely possible the 26-year-old begins Week 1 as the Texans' lead runner even though he's hardly played since tearing his Achilles in September of 2020. Odds are Mack won't often clinch 15 touches in a game, but as a late-round running back pick, you could do worse, especially if you eschew running backs with your first four or five picks on Draft Day and need warm bodies to fill out your roster.

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2022
2021 101 3.61 2 8 101.7
2020 26 6.50 3 30 55
3y Avg. 406 4.37 3 6 40 628.9
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Fantasy News

  • Texans' Marlon Mack: Starts in preseason opener

    Mack carried the ball three times for six yards in Saturday's 17-13 preseason win over the Saints. Mack drew the start at running back with the Texans' first-team offense on the field for the opening two series, but only one of his three carries went for more than three yards as the unit struggled to move the ball early. Rookie fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce eventually impressed as he paced the backfield with five rushes for 49 yards while Mack looked on, which could help the former earn some run with the ones this coming Friday against the Rams. However, Mack remains atop the depth chart at running back for the time being.
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  • Texans' Marlon Mack: In line to play Saturday

    Mack is slated to play in Saturday's preseason contest versus the Saints, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports. Meanwhile, Rex Burkhead is not expected to suit up. Notably, Mack was listed as the top running back on the Texans' first unofficial depth chart, so it stands to reason the coaching staff may hold a different view on the situation. In any case, rookie fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce will sub in for Mack and likely get a fair amount of action before halftime, while the team's remaining healthy RBs are Dare Ogunbowale, Royce Freeman and BJ Emmons.
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  • Texans' Marlon Mack: Atop depth chart with Burkhead

    Mack and Rex Burkhead are listed as the first running backs on the Texans' unofficial depth chart for the preseason opener against the Saints on Saturday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports. The two veterans lead the position group, with Mack's name listed first. It was presumed the former Colt would be the team's lead back, but the Texans want to see him prove it during preseason game action, as Mack is coming off an Achilles injury that wiped out his 2020 season and was used sparingly (six games, 57 snaps) in 2021. Dameon Pierce, a 2022 fourth-round pick out of Florida, is third in line.
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  • Texans' Marlon Mack: Confident in Achilles

    Mack said he fully trusts his Achilles and did not get a chance to show how healthy he was in 2021 with the Colts, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports. Mack suffered an Achilles injury that wiped out most of his 2020 season, and by the time he was healthy last season, the lead-back job in Indianapolis was in the capable hands of Jonathan Taylor. Mack played just six games and had 28 carries for 101 yards last season, but the five-year veteran gets a chance to show off his health as the perceived lead back for Houston, which is expected to run often in 2022. Along with Mack, Rex Burkhead and Dameon Pierce round out the top of the depth chart.
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  • Texans' Marlon Mack: Competing for role

    Mack is competing with Rex Burkhead, Dameon Pierce and other running backs for roles in the Houston backfield, Drew Dougherty of houstontexans.com reports. Pierce reportedly is making a strong impression, but it seems like a wide-open competition, and Mack is the only one with experience working as an NFL lead back. That was years ago, of course, and he's taken only 28 regular-season carries since suffering an Achilles tear in Week 1 of 2020 with the Colts. Mack did run for 908 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018 (195 carries - 4.7 YPC), followed by 1,091 yards and eight TDs in 2019 (247 carries - 4.4 YPC).
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  • Texans' Marlon Mack: Heading to Houston

    The Texans and Mack agreed to a contract Friday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. A fourth-round pick of the Colts in 2017, Mack worked his way to the top of the depth chart at running back in his second and third seasons, combining for 1,999 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground between 2018 and 2019. Indianapolis then selected Jonathan Taylor in the second round of the 2020 Draft, which was followed by Mack tearing his Achilles in Week 1 of that campaign. Mack only appeared in six games last year, averaging 3.6 yards on his 28 carries, and otherwise was a healthy scratch after Week 8, a late-season bout on the reserve/COVID-19 list aside. In Houston, he'll vie for slotting in the backfield with Rex Burkhead, Royce Freeman and Dare Ogunbowale.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Ends year as No. 4 on depth chart

    Mack rushed 28 times for 101 yards while securing two of five targets for eight yards across six appearances in 2021. The 25-year-old began the 2021 campaign as the Colts' No. 3 running back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, but he saw limited playing time early in the season. Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade in late September, but a trade partner wasn't found. The 2017 fourth-rounder didn't appear in any of the final nine games of the season, mainly due to being a healthy scratch. Mack is slated to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him attempt to carve out a role elsewhere.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Remains sidelined

    Mack (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Mack has not played since Week 8, when Deon Jackson jumped him on the depth chart. Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines will continue to serve as the team's primary backs.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Inactive Sunday

    Mack (coach's decision) will not play Sunday against the Raiders. Mack has not played since Week 8 against the Titans. He'll work to earn a chance to suit up in Week 18 against the Jaguars.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Back from COVID list

    The Colts activated Mack (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Mack landed on the list Monday but was able to clear the NFL's return-to-play protocols in timely fashion. The 25-year-old has been a healthy scratch since Week 8, and he's unlikely to see the field Sunday against the Raiders if the rest of the Indianapolis backfield remains in good health.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Lands on COVID-19 list

    Mack was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. Mack will need to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocols before seeing action again, but with him being a healthy scratch in seven straight games, his absence should not affect any roles in the Colts' backfield.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Scratched Saturday

    Mack (coach's decision) is inactive Saturday in Arizona. Mack last was part of the Colts offense Week 8, and he'll miss his seventh consecutive game as a healthy scratch. Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines will continue to man the Indy backfield.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Inactive again

    Mack is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. As long as Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines are healthy and available to lead the Colts' backfield, Mack will remain the odd man out of the mix on a weekly basis.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Healthy scratch Sunday

    Mack (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Buffalo. It's the third straight game Mack has been made a healthy scratch. Deon Jackson will be the available depth running back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Inactive again Sunday

    Mack (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Jaguars. Mack is a healthy scratch for the second straight contest while the Colts again roll with Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines and Deon Jackson as their available running backs.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Made inactive Thursday night

    Mack is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Jets. With Mack a healthy scratch Thursday night, Deon Jackson is slated to serve as the Colts' No. 3 back behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Just three carries Sunday

    Mack had three carries for four yards in Sunday's 30-18 win at San Francisco. Mack played on just four snaps on offense as his small role was slightly lower than his past three games because Jonathan Taylor was on a roll (18 carries for 107 yards). The larger question for Mack's fantasy value is whether he's moved before the Nov. 2 trade deadline because Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade three weeks ago.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Five carries in blowout win

    Mack had five carries for 12 yards in Sunday's win over Houston. Mack played nine snaps and got some work in a blowout win. It looks like Mack will continue to get about five carries a game in a reserve role. He's also a candidate to be traded after Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade two weeks ago.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Has 47 yards rushing

    Mack had five carries for 47 yards and one reception for seven yards on two targets in Monday's loss to Baltimore. Mack played just 10 snaps on offense with both Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines healthy. Last week, head coach Frank Reich said he ideally would give Mack five carries a week, which seems odd given his spot on the depth chart and with him demanding a trade two weeks ago. Still, it looks like he may continue to see a steady, but small, role in the offense, usage which could be intended to showcase him for a team in need of backfield help.
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  • Colts' Marlon Mack: Gets 10 carries Sunday

    Mack had 10 carries for 22 yards and one reception on two targets for one yard in Sunday's win at Miami. "In my mind, the starting point is Jonathan [Taylor] with 20 carries, Nyheim with five and Marlon [Mack] with five,'' Frank Reich told Fox 59 TV Indianapolis after the game. "But there's give-and-take depending on how the game goes.'' Mack had received just five carries Week 2 and no touches the other two weeks. He got more carries in a game where the Colts were rushing the ball well (Taylor had 103 yards), which makes sense. However, it's a little odd Mack had increased usage, and Reich gave him a vote of confidence just days after Mack and the Colts mutually agreed to seek a trade. Unless he's traded to a team with a need at running back, Mack is still likely to have a minimal role off the bench unless Taylor or Nyheim Hines gets hurt.
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