• Jonathan Taylor

  • RB
  • , Indianapolis Colts
  • 22
  • 221 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Taylor - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Jonathan Taylor only had 56 yards on the ground last week against the Seahawks, but he had 17 carries and added 60 yards on six receptions. He was targeted seven times and looks like he’s going to get the workload fantasy managers hoped for going into the season.

The Rams don’t look like a good matchup on paper, and they were ranked sixth last season in aFPA to opposing running backs, but David Montgomery went for 108 yards and a touchdown on Sunday night, giving managers with Taylor on their roster some hope for RB1 numbers. Taylor’s workload gives him a high floor, regardless of matchup, and he should be active in all leagues.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Taylor - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Jonathan Taylor had an up-and-down start to his career last season, but finishes really strong, including 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Jaguars in his last regular-season game. Most notably, Taylor had eight touchdowns over his last five games, then again in his lone playoff appearance.

The Seahawks were better against the run than they were against the pass last year, but they still ranked just 16th in aFPA to opposing running backs. Taylor should get a healthy dose of touches to kick off the season, making him a must-start in all league formats as a top-10 fantasy option.

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.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Taylor - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jonathan Taylor continued his late-season assault last week against the Steelers, rushing for 74 yards and two touchdowns in a loss. Taylor had 18 carries, and now has five straight games with at least 16 touches. After a rough start to the season, he’s rebounded to score 10 touchdowns and needs just 84 more yards to reach 1,000 rushing.

This week, he should get those 84 yards against a Jaguars defense that ranks 25th in aFPA to opposing running backs. Expect the Colts to take a ground-based approach in their final bid for playoff seeding, and for Taylor to benefit from it. He’s an RB1 this week in all formats.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Taylor - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers

Jonathan Taylor has become the rookie we all thought he was over the past four weeks. Over that span, he has 414 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards on 13 receptions, and four touchdowns. He’s averaging 21 touches per game during this production explosion and has severely rewarded fantasy owners who held on to him all year and still made the playoffs.

This week, Taylor faces a Steelers defense that ranks third in aFPA to opposing running backs. While it’s definitely a bad matchup, Taylor’s workload as of late and the likelihood that the Colts defense can keep the game close, give Taylor a high floor as a workhorse back. If he continues to get the work he’s gotten over the past four games, he should be a very solid RB2 in all league formats.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Taylor - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Houston Texans

Jonathan Taylor now has three quality games in a row after exploding against the Raiders last week for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries. Taylor has at least 90 rushing yards in three straight games now and seems to be hitting his stride. He had a 62-yard run last week.

It’s another great matchup for Taylor this week. Only the Lions rank lower in aFPA to opposing running backs this year. If the workload keeps up, there’s no reason to think Taylor won’t turn in another quality fantasy performance. He’s a solid RB1 this week and should be active in all leagues.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Taylor - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Las Vegas Raiders

Jonathan Taylor had another solid day last week against the Texans, gaining 91 yards on 13 carries, and adding 44 yards on three receptions, including a catch-and-run, 39-yard touchdown. Taylor has finally started to look like a starting caliber back after an uneven rookie season thus far, with two straight games with double-digit fantasy points.

Taylor has a nice matchup this week against the Raiders, who rank 23rd in aFPA to opposing running backs. If he gets another 16-plus touches, he should be right up there in fringe-RB1 territory again. Start him in all leagues.

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