Success was hard to come by for the Colts backfield in Week 9, as Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins combined for 66 yards on 17 carries. Taylor managed to salvage an otherwise poor performance with a touchdown. The Colts take on the Titans on Thursday night and Taylor and Wilkins will look to improve on their prior performances. Which back is most likely to lead you to victory in Week 10? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Colts RBs Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Wilkins
Jonathan Taylor seemed to have a good grasp on the lead back position earlier this season, but Jordan Wilkins has been slowly eating into Taylor’s workload lately. Over the past two games Wilkins has seen 31 carries to Taylor’s 17. Taylor averaged 14.5 points per game over his first six games of the season, but since Wilkins began receiving an increased workload, Taylor has averaged only 5.8 fantasy points. The Titans allow the 11th highest average fantasy points per game to opposing teams’ running backs at 21.1. Unfortunately with Wilkins cutting into his workload, Taylor has lost significant value from earlier this season and is now more of a low end RB2. Despite his reduced value, he is still start-able and belongs in most standard lineups.
Jordan Wilkins has worked his way into fantasy relevance as he received 31 carries over the last two games. That is an impressive increase in workload, as Wilkins received only 29 carries over the first six games of the season. With his value continuing to rise and with four teams on bye this week, Wilkins is worth consideration for your starting lineup as a flex play. The Colts appear willing to use him in the passing game as well, which boosts his upside in PPR leagues.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Jonathan Taylor as a low end RB2
Start Jordan Wilkins as a flex