Marlon Mack, RB Indianapolis Colts

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Colts RB Marlon Mack leaves with hamstring injury

Friday, August 10, 2018, 8:25am

Mike Chappell - [Full Article]

Colts running back Marlon Mack exited the first preseason game with a hamstring injury. The severity is unknown.

Fantasy Impact:

These are the kinds of injuries that can linger throughout the year, or lead to other issues for running backs. Monitor this closely. Rookie Jordan Wilkins is likely the next in line for early-down carries, while Nyheim Hines is expected to have a sizable receiving load.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

Mack showed exciting breakaway ability in his rookie season on limited touches. Of his 93 carries, seven went for 15+ yards. He is also cleared for the start of training camp after recovering from a shoulder injury this offseason. The Colts adding mauling Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson doesn't hurt either. Frank Gore's departure opens up 290 carries, creating a massive opportunity for Mack to emerge.

Fantasy Downside

The Colts' new coaching staff has indicated this will be a full running back by committee (RBBC), but with Gore gone and Robert Turbin now suspended four games, the question will be whether it's a two- or three-man RBBC. Mack did have breakaway runs last year, but he also had 30 of his 93 carries go for zero or negative yardage. Coaches hate that kind of dancing behind the line of scrimmage. His pass protection is also in question.

2018 Bottom Line

Mack is a legitimate sleeper but will have to fight off rookies Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins for volume. He's being drafted outside the top 24 of running backs in the middle rounds and is a gamble potentially worth taking in an Andrew Luck offense with an upgraded run blocking offensive line. His 10.7 yards per reception production from last season also makes him attractive in PPR formats at his price.

2018 Strength of Schedule - IND
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
27
CIN
28
@WAS
3
@PHI
11
HOU
16
@NE
20
@NYJ
24
BUF
9
@OAK
BYE19
JAX
13
TEN
25
MIA
19
@JAX
11
@HOU
8
DAL
23
NYG
13
@TEN

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@LAR1024102.401210121.0010.511.517/5034.0%
2ARI6-300-0.501110111.000.81.811/7115.5%
3CLE--------------
4@SEA--------------
5SF9911010.1112012.0015.316.317/7622.4%
6@TEN218009.000002-1.81.814/5824.1%
7JAX526005.204400610.006.610.632/6747.8%
8@CIN1127002.453361512.0012.315.339/7452.7%
9@HOU929003.220000-2.92.927/6640.9%
10PIT77001.00219049.502.64.625/5942.4%
11BYE--------------
12TEN411002.752200210.003.15.120/6331.7%
13@JAX646007.6718028.005.46.430/6943.5%
14@BUF723003.292210310.504.46.417/7123.9%
15DEN614002.330001-1.41.424/5444.4%
16@BAL417004.252370218.505.47.415/6224.2%
17HOU728104.00210035.009.811.822/6434.4%
Per game6.6425.570.2103.851.5016.070.072.3610.715.887.3822.14/64.5734.42%
Totals93358303.852122513310.7182.3103.3310/90434.42%