Player Outlook
Hines had just three games with more than 10 PPR points last year, and everyone is still drafting him with a mid- to late-round pick. Word out of Indy is that Hines will be much more involved in the Colts' passing game, particularly with new quarterback Matt Ryan in town. Ryan led all quarterbacks in percentage of targets thrown to running backs last year with 26.7%, a high rate for any passer but particularly high for Ryan until you realize it came in his 14th season. Perhaps he's relying on shorter throws to make up for declining arm strength. And if that's not enough of a hint, coach Frank Reich's declaration of "[i]f I was gonna be in a Fantasy league, I think I'd pick Nyheim this year" should seal the deal. Hines was a top-30 rusher on a PPR per-game basis in 2020 and might be right back there in 2022. If he's still on the board in Round 9 in PPR (and Round 11 in non-PPR), go get him.

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2022
2021 276 4.93 2 2 40 310 1 724.2
2020 380 4.27 3 63 482 4 1308.1
3y Avg. 285 4.32 2 1 49 371 2 875.4
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Fantasy News

  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Gets start in preseason opener

    Hines got the start at running back with Jonathan Taylor sitting out and had eight carries for 26 yards and two receptions for 13 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to Buffalo. The Colts plan to hold out Taylor from preseason games to play it safe, so Hines got the starting nod. The offense overall was sluggish, meaning it's difficult to read too much into Hines' performance, other that it could be an indication that the coaching staff plans to follow through on talk this summer that he'll get more touches. However, it's also worth remembering that head coach Frank Reich made similar proclamations about designing plays and making sure Hines was part of the game plan last summer.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Could get larger pass-catching role

    The Colts expect Hines to catch 60 or more passes this season, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Teams often try to raise a player's real-life trade value by exaggerating expectations, but in this case, the Colts seemingly want to pump up Hines' fantasy ADP. Head coach Frank Reich said in May that he would pick Hines if he were playing in a fantasy league this year, a not-so-subtle hint that the team has more in mind for the 26-year-old than last year's 56 carries and 57 targets. A big increase in carries wouldn't make much sense unless Jonathan Taylor gets injured, but the Colts could throw more, substitute Taylor out more often on pass snaps and/or deploy more two-back formations. Both backs played all 17 games last season, with Taylor handling a 68.9 percent snap share, Hines at 31.2 percent and the team's other halfbacks combining for 6.9 percent. Additional playing time is a necessity for a big jump in production, as Hines is already close to maxed out in terms of his frequency of being targeted when on the field. He saw the ball on 30 percent of his routes each of the last three years -- a top-10 mark among all pass catchers on each occasion.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Could see slot work

    Hines is a candidate to benefit from the Colts' addition of quarterback Matt Ryan, Nate Atkins of the Indianapolis Star reports. Per Atkins, look for team to utilize Hines in more creative ways, which could include work out of the slot, a scenario that would boost the running back's touches while working behind top option Jonathan Taylor. Per JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site, the notion of Hines seeing more work out of the slot has been echoed by GM Chris Ballard, while coach Frank Reich has also suggested that the team will look to find ways to get the ball into the hands of the 2018 fourth-rounder more often. This past season, Hines logged 56 carries for 276 yards and two TDs in 17 games, while catching 40 of his 57 targets for 310 yards and a receiving score. The 25-year-old's catch and target totals last year while working with QB Carson Wentz represented career lows, but with Ryan at the helm, it's reasonable to expect Hines to see an uptick in both categories, and with that, increased PPR utility in 2022.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Limited role in 2021

    Hines rushed 56 times for 276 yards and two touchdowns while catching 40 of 57 targets for 310 yards and a touchdown during the 2021 campaign. Hines was in a relatively even timeshare with Jonathan Taylor across the first few weeks of the season, but Taylor established himself as the clear lead back later in the year. However, Hines still played in every game and was on the field for double-digit offensive snaps in all but one of his appearances. He remains under contract with the Colts for two more years and could continue to see playing time in a reserve role during the 2022 campaign, but Taylor will remain the clear No. 1 back for Indianapolis.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Six touches in loss

    Hines had two carries for four yards and four receptions for 14 yards on four targets in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Las Vegas. Hines had the most touches he's had in three games, and it's just the second time he's had six or more since Week 9. That says more about how little Hines has been used in the second half of the season than any change in his workload. Hines will continue to have a minimal workload as long as Jonathan Taylor remains healthy.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Another sparse outing

    Hines recorded three carries for 11 yards, one catch (on one target) for seven yards and one kick return for 16 yards during Saturday's 22-16 win at Arizona. Per usual, Jonathan Taylor dominated the Colts backfield, compiling 27 carries and going without a catch on two targets. In 13 contests prior to the team's bye week, Hines averaged 6.4 touches per game, but he's totaled just five touches in two outings since then. Considering the negligible recent workload, it's tough to rely on much, if any, production from Hines during the stretch run of the season.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Sneaks into end zone Saturday

    Hines caught one of two targets for a six-yard touchdown in Saturday's 27-17 win over the Patriots. He opened the scoring late in the first quarter on a trick play by the Colts, as Jonathan Taylor took a direct snap and handed it to Carson Wentz, who then shoveled it to Hines to take into the end zone behind a convoy of blockers that included Taylor. Unfortunately for Hines, it was his only touch of the night as Indy built a 17-0 lead by halftime and then leaned on Taylor to kill the clock. The TD was Hines' third of the season but his first receiving score. Given his diminished role in the offense, he'll remain a touchdown-dependent fantasy option in Week 16 against the Cardinals.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Garners six touches

    Hines rushed three times for 24 yards and caught three of four targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 31-0 win over the Texans. Hines was efficient with his six touches, which included a game-long catch of 24 yards. That play helped him finish second on the Colts in receiving, but he watched fellow tailback Deon Jackson score a three-yard touchdown to end the game, missing out on an easy opportunity to add to his output. The versatile Hines now enters the bye week with difficult matchups against the Patriots and Cardinals awaiting once the Colts return to action.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Four touches in Week 12

    Hines recorded one carry for three yards while hauling in three of four targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers. Although Hines' 25 offensive snaps Sunday marked his highest snap count since Week 9, he was unable to generate significant production against the stingy Tampa Bay defense. The 25-year-old topped 100 yards from scrimmage against the Jets in Week 9 but has had just seven carries for 46 yards while securing five of eight targets for 43 yards since then. The Colts' rushing attack has a more favorable matchup against Houston next week, but Hines' fantasy upside remains limited as long as Jonathan Taylor is healthy.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Just four carries in win

    Hines had four carries for 31 yards in Sunday's win at Buffalo. Hines played just 13 snaps on offense as he's had a smaller role in the offense then last season with Jonathan Taylor continuing to get more work (32 carries Sunday, and 17 targets over the last four games). Hines may have a week where he figures more prominently in the game plan as he did in Week 9 (108 scrimmage yards), but it's hard to see those coming and he otherwise isn't a major factor if Taylor is healthy.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Just four touches Sunday

    Hines had two carries for 12 yards and two receptions for 17 yards on four targets in Sunday's 23-17 win over Jacksonville. After a big game last week against the Jets (a TD and 108 total yards), Hines was back to his more modest role in the offense. He played on just 18 of the offense's 64 snaps as Jonathan Taylor had a season-high 21 carries. Hines is capable of big games when Indy needs to throw the ball, which wasn't the case Sunday when playing from a large lead.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Flashes with rushing TD in win

    Hines rushed six times for 74 yards and a touchdown, secured four of six targets for 34 yards, returned one punt for 10 yards and ran back one kickoff for 15 yards in the Colts' 45-30 win over the Jets on Thursday night. Hines opened the scoring on the night with an impressive 34-yard scamper in the first quarter -- only his second touchdown of the season -- and he remained highly efficient by averaging eight yards per carry on his other five totes as well. Hines also recorded multiple grabs for the second straight game and fifth time overall this season, setting him up well for a favorable Week 10 matchup against the Jaguars a week from Sunday.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Four receptions Sunday

    Hines had one carry for two yards and four receptions for 22 yards on five targets in Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss to Tennessee. Hines played on 25 of the offense's 80 snaps despite being limited in practice last week due to a rib injury. He was tied for third on the team in targets, but continues to have a limited role in the offense, as he hasn't had a game with more than 10 touches since Week 3.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Full practice Thursday

    Hines practiced in full Thursday, clearing any concerns over his ability to play Sunday against the Titans. The running back was dealing with a rib injury to open the week, limiting his participation on Wednesday. He's now primed to play second fiddle to Jonathan Taylor again in Week 8. On the season, Hines has racked up 115 rushing yards and a score while reeling in 16 receptions for 131 yards through seven games.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Listed as limited

    The Colts listed Hines as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report due to an injury to his ribs. Top back Jonathan Taylor (ribs) was also listed as limited Wednesday, but so far there's nothing to suggest that either player is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Titans. Hines is coming off a Week 7 effort in which he logged eight carries for 14 yards and one catch for minus-2 yards in the Colts' win over the 49ers. Given that his involvement in the team's passing game has been limited over the last four weeks, Hines profiles as a weak fantasy option versus Tennessee.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Just 12 total yards Sunday

    Hines had eight carries for 14 yards and lost two yards on two receptions on three targets in Sunday's 30-18 win at San Francisco. Hines had a bad drop on a pass that would have gone for 10-to-20 yards, which would have made his game look much better. He played on 19 of the offense's 68 snaps, which has been about his usual workload. However, he's just not a big part of a game plan unless the team is playing from far behind and is forced to throw as he hasn't had a game with more than 10 touches since Week 3.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Just four touches Monday

    Hines had four carries for 18 yards and no receptions on one target in Monday's loss to Baltimore. Hines played 26 snaps (38 percent of offensive plays) which is about his average workload, but he had fewer touches than Marlon Mack. Hines was hindered by a sore shoulder in practice, but it doesn't sound like the injury was a factor in his workload. While he may get more work when the Colts are playing from behind, it's been worrisome he's had such little involvement the past two weeks (four touches last week) and Mack has become more involved.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Logs limited practice

    Hines (shoulder) was a limited participant in Friday's practice. Hines' return to the field Friday after missing Thursday's practice bodes well for his chances of suiting up Monday against the Ravens. The Colts will release their final injury report of the week Saturday, when it will be known whether Hines carries an injury designation into Monday's contest.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Back at practice

    Hines (shoulder) returned to practice Friday, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports. The Colts will release their second injury report of the week later Friday, which will reveal Hines' participation level. Regardless, his return to the field in any capacity after not practicing Thursday is a good sign with regard to his status for Monday's game against the Ravens. If available for the contest, Hines will continue to work in a change-of-pace role behind Indy's top back, Jonathan Taylor.
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  • Colts' Nyheim Hines: Just four touches Sunday

    Hines had two carries for six yards and two receptions for five yards on two targets in Sunday's win over Miami. "In my mind, the starting point is Jonathan [Taylor] with 20 carries, Nyheim with five and Marlon [Mack] with five,'' head coach Frank Reich told Fox 59 TV Indianapolis after the game. "But there's give-and-take depending on how the game goes.'' Hines played a season-low 22 snaps on offense and went out on just 11 routes. He got less playing time because the Colts were running the ball effectively with Taylor (103 yards on 16 carries) and playing with a lead. Hines will be more active when Indy needs to throw the ball more.
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