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Marlon Mack Could See 16-20 Touches Per Game
Date: August 5th | 2018
Around the NFL writer Chris Wesseling reported that when speaking of second-year running back, Marlon Mack, Colts Owner Jim Irsay had this to say:
“I think Mack has a chance to be a special guy this year,” Irsay raved Friday, via the Indianapolis Star. “Depends on how many times you want to feed him the ball, 16-20 touches on the ground [per game] and I could see him approaching 1,500 yards [for the season]. I really could. He is just better than you think he is every time you watch him.”
With Frank Gore out of town, Mack is in line to get the first crack at starting duties in the Colts backfield. While 1,500 yards sounds like a stretch, it may not be as hard to reach as you think if you’re talking total touches and not just rushing attempts. Last season, Mack averaged 5.1 yards per touch per PlayerProfiler.com and that was while he was injured all season, mind you. If the Colts do indeed ride Mack to the tune of 16-20 touches per game (16 being more likely) and using his 5.1 yards per touch average from last season, he would finish the season somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,305-1,632 yards from scrimmage.
Mack was considered a winner on draft day as the team waited for all the way until the 4th round to address the running back position when they selected Nyheim Hines. The team also spent a 5th round pick on Jordan Wilkins. Mack himself was also a 4th round pick just last season.
There were flashes from Mack last season as a big play threat and the Colts offense with Andrew Luck under center this year should be night and day compared to last season. Mack will have his work cut out for him, as Wesseling notes in his article, “New coach Frank Reich comes from Philadelphia, where the Super Bowl champions succeeded with a weekly backfield rotation that incorporated three or four backs in a situational attack meant to play to each runner’s strengths.”
Mack is fairly priced with a 7th round ADP as the RB33 currently on FantasyFootballCalulator.com. He has a chance to outperform his draft spot and creep into the top-20 RB’s this season. If Frank Gore could finish last season as the RB19 in PPR leagues at the age of 33, Mack could easily finish the same this season.
Luck Ready for NFL Training Camp
Date: July 20th | 2018
Indianapolis Colts beat writer Zak Keefer is reporting QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) will be “good-to-go” for the start of training camp. Colts GM Chris Ballard made the Luck announcement to the press on Monday afternoon — he also mentioned that RB Marlon Mack (shoulder) and TE Erik Swoope (knee) were cleared for the start of camp as well. It looks like the Colts offense will be in full swing at training camp, which bodes well for everyone’s fantasy value.
Luck has been out for so long, he clearly needs the reps with his weapons. In fact, since the last time Luck has thrown a meaningful football, he lost offensive contributors that include Frank Gore, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett, while gaining weapons like Eric Ebron, Ryan Grant, Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines. Now, while Luck will return to the field at full health, he will also be eased back into action. He is expected to have designated days off leading up to Week 1, so don’t be surprised when he’s absent from practice. However, I would be alarmed if he begins to regress leading into the start of the regular season.
While I’m buying into Luck, I’m also protecting my investment by targeting an upside QB2 a bit earlier than I would if I was targeting a quarterback with a better track history health-wise. And if you’re someone who doesn’t carry a QB2 on your fantasy roster, I heavily advise against it if Luck is your guy. I’d rather be able to rest easy at quarterback over struggling to find consistency and upside on the waiver wire or trading too many assets for one in-season because your back is against the wall.
Chester Rogers Ready For A Breakout Season?
Date: July 7th | 2018
The Colts offense was lifeless without Luck under center last season. Chester Rogers was able to provide some spark in Week 10 however when he hung a 6/104/1 line on the Steelers. While all the attention on the Colts offense early on has been focused on both Andrew Luck and how the backfield will shake out, a key battle has been hiding in pure daylight. Roger’s will be fighting former Redskin, Ryan Grant, for the WR2 role behind T.Y. Hilton on the Colts depth chart.
Grant underachieved for the most part over the last four years with the Redskins. Rogers has a slight advantage having played with Luck and built chemistry in 2016. Rogers also ranked third best amongst wide receivers last season in target separation, according to PlayerProfiler.com.
Most recently, Donte Moncrief showed us that the number two wideout role on an Andrew Luck led Colts offense can be a lucrative one. Moncrief was able to rack up 18 touchdowns over the last four years despite missing time with injury.
Rogers is going undrafted completely in a majority of early fantasy drafts. If Rogers indeed wins the WR2 role for the Colts, he could be a name to target towards the tail end of drafts this season.
Written By: John Ferguson | @FantasyFerguson
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