• Jonathan Taylor

  • RB
  • , Indianapolis Colts
  • 22
  • 221 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Taylor finished No. 6 last season (half-PPR) but owned the No. 9 per game average. Excluding Week 1, he did have two games with fewer than 10 touches, so his weekly floor feels a little low for a consensus first round pick. 26 running backs played a higher snap percentage, though Taylor’s rate was higher than Nick Chubb’s so that’s something. Taylor was No. 11 in touches per game, so there’s enough usage there. The Colts have a great offensive line, though the presence of Nyheim Hines does serve to cap his upside a bit.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Taylor - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Taylor had a rough stretch in the middle of last season, but his end-of-year stats ended up very solid. He wound up with 232 carries and 36 receptions, for a total of 1,468 yards and 12 touchdowns. If Taylor continues the pace he finished last season with – first among running backs at 25.1 fantasy points per game after Week 12 – then he has a legit chance to be the RB1 this season. Taylor plays behind an offensive line that Justin Edwards ranks third in the league heading into next season and should benefit from a full offseason as the clear RB1.

Fantasy Downside

There’s really not a lot of downside to Taylor, but the main threat to his status as an RB1 is Nyheim Hines’ activity in the passing game. The Colts like to use their versatile third-down back regularly. Without a tremendous amount of receiving upside, it’ll be hard for Taylor to keep pace with some of the other elite backs. 36 receptions last year is something to build on though, and this should be considered a minor concern when considering Taylor’s potential this season. Marlon Mack’s return from injury on a one-year deal might eat into Taylor’s workload, but most likely, Mack will be considered a handcuff after Taylor ended last season on such a high note.

2021 Bottom Line

If Taylor stays healthy, he should get the kind of workload fantasy owners salivate over and the Colts’ offense has a chance to be sneaky good. Taylor will cost a pretty penny in all league formats, but he might be worth it. We have him ranked just outside our top-five running backs, which makes his 1.07 ADP feel just about right.

2021 Strength of Schedule - IND

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
16
SEA
5
LAR
28
@TEN
11
@MIA
13
@BAL
31
HOU
8
@SF
28
TEN
14
NYJ
29
JAX
20
@BUF
1
TB
31
@HOU
BYE21
NE
19
@ARI
30
LV

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

Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@JAX922002.446670611.178.914.926/7435.1%
2MIN26101103.8829024.5017.019.049/7367.1%
3NYJ1359104.5413013.0012.213.224/6040.0%
4@CHI1768004.001110111.007.98.933/7245.8%
5@CLE1257104.75217038.5013.415.431/5655.4%
6CIN1260005.004550413.7511.515.537/6358.7%
7BYE--------------
8@DET1122002.0029034.503.15.126/7733.8%
9BAL627114.5027023.507.49.421/6830.9%
10@TEN712001.712250212.503.75.717/7024.3%
11GB2290004.09424046.0011.415.447/8456.0%
12TEN--------------
13@HOU1391007.003441314.6719.522.533/6947.8%
14@LV20150207.50215027.5028.530.534/6155.7%
15HOU1683105.19412053.0015.519.538/5470.4%
16@PIT1874204.1100000.0019.419.440/6958.0%
17JAX30253208.4311021.0037.438.455/6782.1%
Per game15.4777.930.730.075.042.4019.930.072.678.3114.4516.8534.07/67.8050.74%
Totals23211691115.04362991408.31216.8252.8511/101750.74%
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