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Taylor had a murky 2023 season due to injuries and a contract dispute, but he found his stride from Week 7 on when he earned the featured role in the Colts offense. Over that final stretch, Taylor averaged just fewer than 100 total yards per game (99.4) despite missing a three-game stretch from Weeks 13-15. With Anthony Richardson back at QB, Taylor should see more open run lanes with defenses accounting for the QB's rushing ability. He should also see more red zone opportunities. Taylor is a locked-in RB1 and will be selected in the back half of Round 1 in most Fantasy leagues.

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 741 4.38 7 19 153 1 12712.7
2022 861 4.48 4 3 28 143 11110.1
3y Avg. 1138 4.93 10 2 29 219 1 17913.8
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Valiant effort to end campaign

    Taylor (ankle) finished with 30 carries for 188 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for eight receiving yards in Saturday's 23-19 loss to Houston. It's incredible to think that Taylor could have had an even bigger rushing night had he not missed a portion of Saturday's action due to an ankle injury. The star tailback carried a stagnant Indianapolis offense throughout the contest, generating his first game of 100-plus rushing yards this season in the process. The Colts' season came to a disappointing end after the offense failed to convert on fourth-and-one while keeping Taylor -- who gained the previous nine yards on three straight rushes -- on the sidelines. The 24-year-old will conclude a holdout-shortened season with 894 yards from scrimmage and eight total touchdowns across 10 active games. Taylor was clearly playing through the ankle injury he sustained, so more news is likely to come on that front as the Colts prepare to enter the offseason.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Back in Saturday's game

    Taylor (ankle) returned to Saturday's game versus the Texans, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. Taylor initially was deemed questionable to return due to a heel injury, but immediately before he reentered the contest he was deemed doubtful with an ankle injury. He now will look to build upon the 23 touches for 173 yards from scrimmage and one rushing TD he had before hitting the locker room for half of one quarter.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Exits with heel injury Saturday

    Taylor departed Saturday's game against the Texans due to a heel injury, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. Taylor looked like his vintage self before heading to the locker room near the end of the third quarter, reeling off 165 yards on 21 carries and hauling in both targets for eight yards. His contributions on the ground included a 49-yard touchdown run, as he outran the entire Houston defense. Zack Moss likely will lead the Colts backfield for as long as Taylor is sidelined, with Tyler Goodson getting any RB reps that linger.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Season high in rushing yards Sunday

    Taylor carried the ball 21 times for 96 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for eight yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Raiders. The 96 yards were a season high for Taylor in an injury-plagued 2023, and he extended his scoring streak to four games with a five-yard TD run in the first quarter. Over those four contests, a stretch interrupted by a three-game absence due to thumb surgery, Taylor has delivered 299 rushing yards and five touchdowns. The Colts remain in a three-way tie atop the AFC South, so the fourth-year RB figures to be a big part of the game plan again in a Week 18 showdown with the Texans.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Heavy workload in return

    Taylor rushed 18 times for 43 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his only target in the Colts' 29-10 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Taylor had the backfield nearly all to himself in his return from a three-game injury due to a thumb issue, as Zack Moss (arm) was sidelined. Taylor certainly got the type of workload that was expected under such a scenario, but he found tough sledding against a Falcons defense that has frequently been stingy against the run. Taylor's lack of involvement in the passing game was also disappointing, considering Indianapolis was also down Michael Pittman (concussion). Taylor did salvage his day with a one-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring and capped off the Colts' opening drive, and he'll aim to boost his numbers back up irrespective of Moss' availability in a Week 17 home matchup against the Raiders on New Year's Eve.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Makes first post-surgery practice

    Taylor (thumb) was a full practice participant Thursday. The Colts listed Taylor as a full participant on their second straight practice report, though Wednesday's was merely an estimate after the team held a walk-through session to kick off Week 16 prep. Taylor had missed each of Indianapolis' last three games while recovering from Nov. 29 surgery to repair a ligament tear in his right thumb, and while the running back wouldn't formally confirm Thursday that he'll return to action Sunday in Atlanta, all signs point to him playing following the full practice. Assuming Taylor does play Sunday, he'll be doing so with some sort of protective brace or wrap on his injured thumb, per James Boyd of The Athletic. Taylor's potential return comes at an opportune time for the Colts, who could be without the services of Zack Moss (forearm) on Sunday. Moss had served as the Colts' lead back in Taylor's absence for each of the last three games before exiting this past Saturday's 30-13 win over Pittsburgh with a right forearm injury that continued to keep him off the field for Thursday's practice.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Could be back in Week 16

    The Colts have optimism that Taylor (thumb) could return to action for the team's Week 16 game Dec. 24 against the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Taylor has already been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Steelers, but Rapoport notes that it's possible the running back returns to action Week 16 following a three-game absence. Added context on that front will arrive once the Colts begin posting injury reports next week, but in the meantime, Zack Moss will continue to lead the team's backfield versus Pittsburgh.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Won't face Steelers

    Coach Shane Steichen relayed Thursday that Taylor (thumb) won't play Saturday against the Steelers, James Boyd of The Athletic reports. Taylor thus is slated to miss his third straight game, which sets the stage for Zack Moss to continue to lead the Colts' rushing attack Week 15. Taylor will now target a potential return to action Sunday, Dec. 24 against the Falcons.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Not practicing to begin week

    Taylor (thumb) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report. Per Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis, head coach Shane Steichen spoke to the media earlier Tuesday and didn't definitively rule Taylor out from returning in Week 15 against the Steelers, though the expectation remains that the running back will miss his third straight contest. Taylor's continued absence from practice supports the notion that he won't be available to play this Saturday, setting Zack Moss up for another turn as the Colts' lead back.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: No update on Week 15 status

    Head coach Shane Steichen said that the Colts will see how Taylor progresses in his recovery from right thumb surgery throughout the week before making a determination on his status for Saturday's game against the Steelers, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. Though Steichen isn't definitively ruling Taylor out, the expectation remains that the running back won't be cleared to practice this week and will miss a third consecutive game after he underwent surgery Nov. 29. At the time Taylor had his surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the 24-year-old was facing a recovery timeline of around 3-5 weeks, and Steichen added Tuesday that the Colts are still planning for Taylor to play again at some point this season. Zack Moss looks poised to lead the Indianapolis backfield for at least one more game, though a return to the lineup Week 16 against the Falcons could still be realistic for Taylor.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Sits out Wednesday's practice

    Taylor (thumb) is listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report. Taylor is unlikely to practice or play this week, after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Sunday that the running back was likely facing a 3-to-5-week recovery after undergoing thumb surgery Nov. 29. Zack Moss likely will get a large workload this Sunday against the Bengals after playing 94 percent of the snaps on offense in an overtime win over the Titans in Week 13.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Facing 3-to-5-week recovery

    Taylor is expected to require 3-to-5 weeks to recover from the right thumb surgery he underwent Wednesday in Los Angeles, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The estimated recovery timeline provided by Rapoport differs slightly from the one Colts owner Jim Irsay initially offered up Tuesday, when he said the star running back would be sidelined for 2-to-3 weeks, according to James Boyd of The Athletic. Because it's not a given that Taylor will need to miss at least four games while recovering from the procedure, the Colts will hold off on placing him on injured reserve with the hope that he'll be ready to play Week 16 in Atlanta or possibly even Week 15 versus Pittsburgh. At least for the next two games, however, Zack Moss is primed to step in as the Colts' lead back, a role he handled between Weeks 2 and 4 while Taylor was completing his recovery from January ankle surgery. Moss played more than three-fourths of the Colts' offensive snaps in each of those three contests while averaging 24.0 touches per game, so he could end up handling one of the heavier workloads among all backs in the league for however long Taylor is sidelined.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Status uncertain due to thumb issue

    Taylor suffered a thumb injury in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Buccaneers that will require further evaluation and could threaten his availability, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Colts didn't provide any indication that Taylor emerged from the Week 12 contest with an injury after he played 42 snaps and carried 15 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Tampa Bay. An update on Taylor's status will likely come within the next day or two once he undergoes a more thorough evaluation, but with his availability for Sunday's game in Tennessee -- and potentially beyond -- now up in the air, Zack Moss could see a significant role in the backfield once again. Moss had previously served as the Colts' clear lead back in Weeks 2 through 4 while Taylor opened the season on the PUP list.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Finds end zone in Carolina

    Taylor carried the ball 18 times for 47 yards and caught all five of his targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Panthers. The rushing yards total was his lowest since Week 6, but Taylor made an impact as a receiver instead, taking a screen pass from Gardner Minshew 10 yards for a TD in the second quarter. The running back has brought in at least three catches in three of his last four games, posting a 14-115-1 line on 17 targets over that stretch. Taylor should again be one of the focal points of the Colts' offense in Week 10 against a Patriots defense that's given up a touchdown to a RB in three straight contests.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Another encouraging effort in loss

    Taylor rushed 12 times for 95 yards and brought in one of two targets for two yards in the Colts' 38-27 loss to the Saints on Sunday. Taylor put together an impressive performance on the ground for the second straight week, but he notably logged just one more carry than backfield mate Zack Moss, who also recorded the Colts' only rushing touchdown. Taylor also only had one carry in the second half. Taylor appears to be explosive following his offseason ankle surgery, but with Moss also remaining effective and a similarly proficient pass catcher, it appears the duo will continue to operate in a fairly even timeshare for the foreseeable future. Taylor draws a favorable matchup in Week 9 on the road against the vulnerable Panthers run defense.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Totals 120 yards in split backfield

    Taylor rushed the ball 18 times for 75 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 39-38 loss to the Browns. He added three receptions on four targets for 45 yards. Taylor split carries with Zack Moss evenly, similar to the workload split in Week 6. While that's a disappointing outcome for Taylor, his performance was excellent. His longest gain on the ground went for 24 yards, and he also chipped in lengthy gains of 20 and 19 yards as a receiver. Taylor supplemented his yardage total with a five-yard touchdown run to record his first score of the season. The ongoing backfield split will keep Taylor's potential tempered, but he appears to have regained his explosiveness and efficiency.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Sit Him (Lineup Decisions)

    Until there's more evidence that Taylor is back to his old self and/or the Colts give him goal line chances, he's got to be used as a borderline flex in PPR and as a desperation start in non-PPR. I'd sit Taylor for the guys I'd start Moss over, but I'd give Taylor a chance over Rachaad White, Justice Hill and any Cardinals RB.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Sit Him (Lineup Decisions)

    Because Taylor is still ramping up and it takes as many as four weeks to "get right," Moss should lead the way and could see as many as 15 touches and Taylor as many as 10. I'd view Taylor as at best a bye-week replacement with an eye on his Week 9 matchup at Carolina as his breakout game.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Larger workload expected Week 6

    Head coach Shane Steichen said Wednesday that the Colts plan to ramp up Taylor's workload Sunday against the Jaguars, James Boyd of The Athletic reports. Taylor played just 10 snaps in his season debut against the Titans in Week 5, logging six carries and one catch during his brief time in the game. He had spent the first four weeks of the season on the PUP list due to an ankle injury and was signed to a three-year, $42 million extension shortly after being activated. Zack Moss rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee, and while Moss has likely earned himself a regular role on offense moving forward, Taylor should get the majority of backfield touches once he's up to full speed.
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  • Colts' Jonathan Taylor: Limited in return

    Taylor (ankle) carried the ball six times for 18 yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Titans. He added one reception for 16 yards. Taylor made his season debut after being activated from the PUP list, though he was eased back in his return. His longest gain on the ground went for only five yards, and his biggest contribution came as a pass catcher. Taylor's workload will undoubtedly tick up in future games, but Zack Moss has performed well as the lead back and could remain a part of the offensive gameplan more than previously expected.
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