• Marlon Mack

  • RB
  • , Indianapolis Colts
  • 25
  • 213 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Marlon Mack - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars

Marlon Mack is a talented runner, and he put together his first 1,000-yard season last year with 1,091 yards on 247 carries. He also scored eight touchdowns and now has 18 over two years as a starter. Mack has also missed six games during that span with injuries and is starting to get an injury-prone label. But the biggest concerns with Mack are his lack of production in the passing game (just 17 targets last year) and the presence of second-round rookie Jonathan Taylor. Mack is in a contract year and could ball out, but he’s more likely to be in a timeshare this season with Taylor, and a timeshare that could get shorter and shorter for him if Taylor looks as dynamic as he did in college. This week, even in a great matchup, think of Mack as a low-end RB3 option in most leagues, with some potential to produce with the touches he gets, but with the risk of losing work to Taylor.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Marlon Mack - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Marlon Mack ran for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns last season in 14 games. He had 908 yards and nine touchdowns in 12 games in 2018 and has averaged 4.5 yards per carry over the past two years combined. Mack is a hard runner with enough explosiveness to make big plays in the running game. Pro Football Focus had him tied for third in most runs of 20-plus yards in 2019. He’ll be playing in a contract year and is assisted by one of the best offensive lines in football. Justin Edwards ranks the Colts offensive line as fourth-best in the league entering the season.

Fantasy Downside

Mack has a lot going against him. He isn’t very active in the passing game with just 17 targets last season. He has missed games every year he’s been in the league with injury. Most worrisome is the addition of Jonathan Taylor in the second round of the draft, a highly touted, wildly productive back out of Wisconsin who looks like a three-down player. Mack will need to earn every opportunity he gets this season, and his upside is likely limited to a time-share situation with the rookie in the fold.

2020 Bottom Line

With Taylor around and the lack of production in the passing game, it’s hard to put a ton of faith in Mack continue to get enough touches to warrant serious fantasy consideration. As such, his ADP has fallen to the eighth round. That’s pretty good value if he stays in a time share, but probably not worth gambling on when you can get other timeshare backs in that realm with more upside in the passing game such as James White and Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Still, Mack won’t go away without a fight, so there’s some hope that he cashes in one more quality season trying to secure a deal elsewhere in 2021.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Marlon Mack - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars

Marlon Mack had a nice game against the Panthers last week in a lopsided victory. He had 16 carries and two receptions for 101 total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Mack has been mostly steady throughout the season when healthy and eclipsed 1,000 yards for the first time in his career last week.

Mack has a great matchup in the finale. Only the Panthers rank lower in aFPA to opposing running backs this year and the Jaguars look to be disengaged in a lost season. Mack has a high floor with his workload as the main back for the Colts and he should be considered a safe RB2 option to finish out the season, particularly in non-PPR leagues.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Marlon Mack - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Carolina Panthers

Marlon Mack struggled along with the rest of the Colts offense last week against the Saints, gaining just 19 yards on 11 carries in a blowout loss. Mack is still the bellcow in Indianapolis, but the team was completely inept against the dominant Saints. That shouldn’t happen every week, and Mack should be a high-floor option for the remainder of the season due to his likely workload. He’s averaged 18 carries per game this season.

The Panthers are dead last in aFPA to opposing running backs this season and just gave up 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground to Chris Carson a week ago. If Mack gets a full workload and the Colts can stay competitive enough to keep from abandoning the run, he has significant upside in a great matchup. Start him as a borderline RB1 option this week.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Marlon Mack - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at New Orleans Saints

Marlon Mack returned from a hand injury last week and found the end zone, though he was limited to just 2.9 yards per carry on 13 rushing attempts. Mack is the unquestioned lead back for the Colts when healthy and the Buccaneers have held some great backs to limited production this season, so fantasy owners shouldn’t worry about the 2.9 average in one game. If he’s healthy, he remains one of the higher-floor options, particularly in standard formats.

This week, Mack faces a Saints defense that ranks eighth in aFPA to opposing running backs, so it won’t be easy for him to produce. Without the benefit of activity in the passing game, Mack shouldn’t be counted on for PPR production in shallow leagues, and we have him ranked as an RB3 option in a tough matchup.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Marlon Mack - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Marlon Mack was a semi-bright spot in a forgettable loss to the Dolphins last week, gaining 82 yards on 19 carries and a reception. Mack has only found the end zone three times this season, but he’s averaging 21.2 touches per game, giving him a high floor every game.

Fantasy owners should have Mack active this week as a fringe RB1 against the Jaguars. It should be a tough, grind-it-out game between two strong rushing attacks and Jacksonville ranks 21st in aFPA to opposing running backs. Mack is a safe option and he should be in all fantasy lineups every week.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Marlon Mack - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 vs. Miami Dolphins

Marlon Mack had 89 yards on 21 carries against the Steelers last week as the Colts lost a tight game that ultimately came down to a missed field goal at the end. Mack has been pretty steady all year, and while he’s only found the end zone three times this season, he’s averaging 21.25 touches and 93.4 yards per game, giving him a high floor each week as a solid RB2 option.

This week, Mack has RB1 upside against the Dolphins who rank dead last in aFPA to opposing running backs this year. While the Miami offense has shown a little life in recent weeks, making scores less lop-sided, they’re still struggling to compete on defense and have lost key players on both sides of the ball to injuries. Mack is a must-start this week in a great matchup and should be active in all league formats.

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