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What to do with Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines in Week 8 fantasy football

We go over Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines’ fantasy football outlook ahead of the Colts Week 8 matchup against the Lions.

Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts stiff arms Jessie Bates #30 of the Cincinnati Bengals as he runs down the field during the third quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

Coming off of their bye, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines should be rested and ready for their Week 8 matchup against the Detroit Lions. It’s an attractive one, certainly, but considering what each player has accomplished on the field over the past month or so, it’s not guaranteed that they will meet expectations.

Fantasy Football analysis: Colts RBs Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines

Fantasy managers are probably disappointed in both Taylor and Hines after what each of them accomplished in some early-season games. In Week 1, Hines scored twice, caught eight passes, saw 15 total touches and played more than half the snaps. He hasn’t scored since, has seen his snap rate fall to 30-35 percent and has amassed double-digit fantasy points just once.

Taylor teased his workhorse ability in Week 2, taking on 28 touches for 110 yards and a score. However, he hasn’t received more than 18 touches or topped 70 rushing yards in any of Indy’s last four games. The good news for Taylor is he does have three touchdowns, and the Colts have been getting him a little more involved as a receiver.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

While he doesn’t have as much upside as it appeared back in September, Taylor is a must-start option this week versus a Lions defense that has permitted the sixth-most DraftKings points per game to the RB position. In DFS, you can probably find better value elsewhere this week as Taylor is listed at $6,600. But for the long term, Taylor has an extremely friendly schedule down the stretch and should be a popular trade target right now.

Hines has handled the ball just 10 times in the past two games and is a PPR-only dart throw. He costs the minimum at $4,000.