The Indianapolis Colts are right in the thick of the playoff race, but they now face a huge obstacle. Running back Marlon Mack injured his hand in Sunday’s Week 11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and postgame reports suggested it was fractured.
Mack will undergo testing on Monday after which the extent of the injury will be revealed. It seems unlikely he will play this Thursday against the Houston Texans, and if he needs surgery, it would potentially be an even longer absence.
In his absence on Sunday, Jonathan Williams stepped up. Williams rushed 13 times for 116 yards and caught a 31-yard pass. Nyheim Hines had three rushes for 11 yards and also caught three of four targets for 24 yards. Jordan Wilkins would have been involved, but he was inactive with an ankle injury.
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Wilkins is the big question mark heading into Week 12, as he would have likely been ahead of Williams on the depth chart in this game. If Wilkins returns to practice this week and plays on Thursday, he would either supplant or at least limit Williams. However, with a short week approaching, odds are decent Wilkins does not play after missing all three practices last week.
Williams would be the standard league option to consider on your fantasy football waiver wire. Hines holds PPR value, but no standard value. Williams is a solid start this week against a shaky Texans defense.