RB - IND - OUT
Week 12 Outlook
RB Jonathan Taylor was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday and will not play in Sunday’s Week 12 contest against the Titans.
“Taylor had been in quarantine since his girlfriend learned Friday she tested positive for COVID-19 following an out of town trip,” per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. “Taylor didn’t test positive himself, but because of NFL protocols, he will not play on Sunday. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday. Look for Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins to lead the Colts’ backfield in a divisional showdown against the Titans. With Taylor out, Hines becomes a borderline RB2 while Wilkins is considered a flex option in fantasy for Week 12.
Jonathan Taylor rushed the ball 22 times for 90 yards in Week 11 in the win against the Packers. He added four receptions for 24 yards.
Taylor had looked like he was losing his starting job to Nyheim Hines but the rookie looked good on Sunday and was the workhorse in the win. Taylor will look for a repeat performance in Week 12 against the Titans.
Jonathan Taylor rushed seven times for 12 yards and brought in both his targets for 25 yards in the Colts' 34-17 win over the Titans on Thursday night.
Taylor finished third in carries for the Colts on Thursday as the rookie running back is falling down the depth chart. Unless Taylor can turn things around quickly and regain his top spot then he is no longer a must-own in standard fantasy leagues by owners.
Colts coach Frank Reich said he still has confidence in rookie RB Jonathan Taylor.
"I have a level of confidence in all of our backs. ... I wish I could have gotten him more touches later in the game," Reich said when asked about Taylor. Jordan Wilkins has now out-snapped Taylor 62-47 over the past two weeks, with the rookie receiving just one touch in the second half of Week 9. A first quarter TD saved Taylor's fantasy day in this one, but he's a risky FLEX option moving forward.
Jonathan Taylor rushed six times for 27 yards and scored a touchdown while also catching two passes for seven yards on Sunday as the Colts lost to the Ravens by a 24-10 score in Week 9 action.
Taylor had been dealing with an ankle issue during the week but was healthy enough to play on Sunday. He struggled against a tough Ravens defense but did help fantasy owners with the touchdown. The rookie running back is also losing touches to Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins and is no longer a must-start in standard fantasy leagues.