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What to do with Jonathan Taylor, Colts RBs in Week 9 fantasy football

We go over Jonathan Taylor, Colts RBs’ fantasy football outlook ahead of the team’s Week 9 matchup against the Ravens.

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) carries the ball under the pressure of Detroit Lions defense during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Game day update: Jonathan Taylor did not end up receiving an injury designation on the team’s final injury report. Despite his high draft stock in season-long leagues, Taylor is no longer a must-start. ESPN Fantasy Football projects Taylor to lead the team at 11.5 fantasy points, projecting Nyheim Hines at 8.0 and Wilkins at 4.5.

The Indianapolis Colts running back situation is turning into a bit of a disaster from a fantasy owner perspective. For those who have Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines or Jordan Wilkins, here’s how you should handle them going into Sunday’s game.

Fantasy Football analysis: Colts RBs Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines Jordan Wilkins

In Sunday’s 41-21 victory over the Detroit Lions, Wilkins took over in the second half, and the Colts continued to ride the hot hand as he finished with 89 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown. Taylor started the game but finished with just 22 yards on 11 rushing attempts. Hines had five rushes for eight yards in addition to three catches for 54 yards with a pair of receiving touchdowns. All three figure to be contributors in Sunday’s game.

The Colts will be matched up with the Baltimore Ravens, which allowed 47 carries and a touchdown to James Conner of the Pittsburgh Steelers in their last game.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

It’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen this weekend, but Taylor and Wilkins likely cannot be trusted as anything more than No. 3 running backs. Hines should remain on the bench for fantasy purposes.