Jonathan Taylor

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Michael Pittman & Zack Moss OUT; Taylor IN for Colts in Week 16
6 months ago

Michael Pittman was cleared from concussion protocol, but had a relapse in symptoms and will miss week 16 against the Falcons.

The Colts Offense will look different this week with Jonathan Taylor returning from Thumb surgery and Michael Pittman and Zack Moss both being ruled out from injuries suffered in last weeks win against the Steelers.


Without Moss, Taylor will return to a featured role in the Colts offense and be leaned on more than usual without Pittman in the passing game. Expectations for Taylor should still be tempered against a Falcons Defense that is yet to allow a rushing touchdown to a running back this season. Taylor will be backed up by Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodson, who can be left out of fantasy lineups this week.


Alec Pierce will be the leader in snaps at wide receiver without Pittman, but D.J. Montgomery looks to be the biggest beneficiary after dropping a would-be touchdown early last week before hauling one in later in the game.

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Jonathan Taylor- Expected to miss 2-3 weeks with thumb injury
7 months ago

Jonathan Taylor is undergoing thumb surgery for an injury he suffered in week 12 against the Buccaneers.


Not too long ago, Zack Moss was a top 5 fantasy Running Back while Jonathan Taylor sat out the beginning of the season with a contract dispute. Those days seem to be set to make a return as soon as this weekend with the latest news that Taylor will miss at least the next 2 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. Fantasy managers who held on to Moss as a handcuff are set to be rewarded as he immediately regains his status as the fringe RB1 he was at the beginning of the year as the Colts’ bell cow.


Colts owner, Jim Irsay, told reporters there isn’t confidence in Taylor’s hand strength or ability to control the ball, leading to the decision to have his thumb surgically repaired. While the hope is that it will only be a 2 week absence for Taylor, it’s clear there is potential for Taylor to be sidelined longer.


Contending fantasy managers rostering Taylor should make immediate plans to replace Taylor’s production. For those rostering Moss, he becomes a near “must-start” from now until Taylor returns, including this Sunday against a stout Tennessee run defense. Trey Sermon is expected to assume backup duties until Taylor returns, but only warrants being added in deep leagues based on his limited usage this season.



Jonathan Taylor- Paid and Ready to Play
9 months ago

Jonathan Taylor has been activated from Indy’s PUP list and is ready to play in week 5 after agreeing to a contract extension with the Colts.

Fantasy Managers who took a chance on Jonathan Taylor can now breathe a massive sigh of relief. Not only is Taylor set to play in week 5 after being activated from Indy’s PUP list, but it also appears the drama between him and the Colts will soon become a distant memory with the news of him receiving a massive contract extension that puts him among the highest paid running backs in the NFL. Taylor now slots in as an RB1 you can confidently start the rest of the season.


While some expect Taylor to be eased into action in week 5, it’s worth emphasizing that he should be in your lineups this weekend if he’s on your roster, even in a tough matchup against the Titans. It’s apparent that the Colts have been keeping their cards close to their chest and have immediate plans for Taylor, as the contract extension comes as a surprise to most who have been closely monitoring situation. It should be expected that Taylor immediately returns as a focal point of the Colts offense, as the Colts have made it clear they want their star running back on the field.


For Fantasy Managers who are rostering Zack Moss, this isn’t what you were hoping for. While you can’t drop Moss quite yet, he shouldn’t be in lineups for week 5. It will become clear soon that Moss will be nothing more than a handcuff to Taylor, at which point Moss will be safe to drop.

Jonathan Taylor Returning to Practice Wednesday
9 months ago

The Jonathan Taylor situation remains unsettled, even with the star running back expected to return to practice Wednesday.

It looks like the buying window for Jonathan Taylor could be slammed shut before we know it. Taylor is expected to return to practice for the Colts Wednesday, and could return to game action as soon as Sunday’s game versus the Tennessee Titans. While there has been nothing but positive sentiment around the topic conveyed from the Colts, it’s still unclear if Taylor wants to play another down for Indianapolis.


This situation was one of the most intriguing stories of the off-season, and you should keep your popcorn handy for what happens next. If Taylor returns to action, he immediately regains his status as a Fantasy RB1 in a Colts offense that has been a pleasant surprise, ranking middle of the pack in most key offensive metrics in 2023. This would immediately render Zack Moss useless for Fantasy purposes as anything more than a handcuff.


Fantasy Managers with Moss should have a plan for Taylor’s return, but shouldn’t drop him quite yet. There are multiple scenarios (a trade, Taylor continuing to hold out, etc..) that could keep Moss as an RB2 for the foreseeable future. Trey Sermon and any other Colts running back you may be rostering besides Moss is safe to drop at this time.

Jonathan Taylor - Staying Put On Indy's PUP
10 months ago

Jonathan Taylor is set to miss at least the first four games of the season, following the Colts failing to find a trade partner and keeping him on PUP after today’s 4pm deadline to determine 53-man rosters.

Fantasy Managers who have invested in Jonathan Taylor are in ruins right now as this is the worst possible scenario that no one saw coming. By keeping him on PUP, (for what everyone assumes is because of a contract dispute) the Colts will be paying Taylor to not play the first 4 weeks of the season. That certainly isn’t something that has happened previously with other players who have held out due to contractual issues.


While a trade isn’t completely out of the question, a source close to the situation said the Colts were looking for a 1st round pick in the deal, and they didn’t even get a 2nd round pick in any of the offers they received. A trade would be the quickest and best scenario to get Taylor back producing for Fantasy Managers, but Colts Owner Jim Irsay said a few months ago it was “a certainty” Taylor wouldn’t be traded now, or in October. As the dust settled on these trade talks, it’s seemed more and more like the press around a deal being close may have been the result of some strong campaigning from Taylor’s camp.


Fantasy Managers shouldn’t be worried regarding a long-term injury, as nearly every bit of knowledge out there on his ankle says it should be fully healed by now. It seems like Taylor is suffering from “Contract-itis” and doesn’t want to play until he gets a new deal, but we are still trying to understand the Colts angle in leaving him on PUP and not designating him for the NFI list where they could dispute paying him anything at all while he doesn’t play. Fantasy managers shouldn’t be afraid to pass on Taylor in the early rounds of redraft leagues, as it’s clear this is a situation where no one can predict what will happen next. For the other Colts RBs, you can expect a solid bump in Deon Jackson & Evan Hull’s value for the moment, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Colts bring in a Veteran RB to compete for a starting role in the next few days.




Jonathan Taylor Defends Holdout
11 months ago

The Indianapolis Colts placed Jonathan Taylor on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The reason cited is offseason ankle surgery, though it is clear the star RB is a holding out.

Jonathan Taylor has made it known that he is unhappy with his contract and looking for an extension, casting doubt on if the injury is real or a negotiation tactic. Doubts on the severity of Jonathan Taylor’s injury have been accelerated after Jim Irsay sent a late-night tweet calling Taylor and his agent “bad faith” negotiators. 


Jonathan Taylor will not practice for the foreseeable future, and his return date is TBD. The unfortunate reality for JT, and other running backs, is that they hold next to no leverage in these negotiations. If the Colts refuse to sign Taylor to a contract extension before the season, any games missed while on the PUP will be held against him in future negotiations. Best case scenario: the Indianapolis Colts sign Jonathan Taylor to an extension and he is set to play all 17 games.


Worst case scenario: the Indianapolis Colts do not sign Jonathan Taylor and he is forced to play 17 games in order to put together the requisite film to receive an extension in 2024. Zack Moss, Deon Jackson, and rookie Evan Hull will compete for Fist Team reps in Taylor’s absence, but do not figure to have a fantasy relevant role barring a real injury.