Taylor now has now out-touched Hines 64-29 in last three games together, meaning Taylor is the clear RB1 for the Colts right now. The Colts get the Texans and then the Steelers over the next two fantasy playoff weeks.
The Colts activated Jonathan Taylor from the Reserve/COVID list and he is expected to practice Wednesday.
Taylor never tested positive for the virus but was deemed a high-risk close contact with someone who did so he had to sit out last week as part of the league's protocol. Taylor being activated today means he is on track to play Week 13. Taylor returns to a soft matchup against the porous Houston run defense.
The Indianapolis Colts placed RB Jonathan Taylor on their COVID list Saturday, meaning he will not play Sunday against the Titans.
Taylor’s absence means more work for Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Hines is more of the passing-down back already in Indianapolis and has jumped up to No. 14 in our half-PPR rankings. Wilkins still has value as an early-down back and is now inside our top 30 backs, making him a worthy flex option in a huge AFC South battle with the Titans for first place.
Jonathan Taylor hasn’t been so bulletproof in Indianapolis. Initially promoted to the bell cow role in the Colts’ offense after starter Marlon Mack suffered a torn Achilles in the season opener, Taylor leads Indianapolis running backs in carries (106), yards (416), yards per carry (3.9) and touchdowns (4), but his playing time has been severely limited the past two weeks.
As the story pointed out, Taylor was forced into the bell cow roll after Mack went down, and even he wasn't expecting it. The story added Taylor has responded by working hard, impressing teammates and coaches with his work ethic, his preparation and his desire to live up to his draft billing and hasn't show any disappointed in his new time share. It's possible that work ethic could earn him his bell cow role back at some point this season, which is why the Colts are highly invested in him.