After a solid breakthrough in 2018 (908 rushing yards, nine touchdowns), Marlon Mack followed it up by topping 1,000 yards (1,091) with eight scores last year. He was a top-20 running back in standard fantasy scoring both seasons (RB19 in 2018, RB17 in 2019).
Mack is heading into the final year of his rookie contract. In recent comments to 105.7 The Fan, Colts head coach Frank Reich spoke of “inherent respect for the starter returning” when trying to prop Mack up. The drafting of Jonathan Taylor in the second round reeks of a lack of respect for what Mack has done.
Continuing the coach-speak, Colts’ offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni said he sees Mack and Taylor as a “1-1 punch”. And don’t forget about Nyheim Hines and the role he’s in line for with Philip Rivers under center.
Even in the context of a good situation, Mack is a back you haven’t been and still won’t be excited to take in a fantasy draft. Now, there’s some baked-in downside this year.
Here are three reasons Marlon Mack will be a fantasy bust in 2020.