The Indianapolis Colts are heading into the 2021 NFL season with big expectations for their offense. One of the shining stars for the offense is second-year running back Jonathan Taylor. While he is expected to have another good season, there are a lot of Fantasy Football players wanting to know what to expect from the Colts’ backfield.
Taylor seems likely to be the starter to begin the season, but the Colts did re-sign veteran back Marlon Mack. That was a bit of a surprise, but Mack will have a role in the offense. Indianapolis also has Nyheim Hines still in their backfield as well.
With that being said, no one truly knows what to expect from Taylor in 2021. Even if he is the starter, he is going to lose some touches to the other two talented backs on the roster.
During the 2020 season, Taylor took over the starting job after Mack went down with a torn Achilles. He ended his rookie season with 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns on 232 carries. Taylor also caught 36 passes for 299 yards and another score for the Colts.
There is no question that Taylor is capable of being a workhorse back for Indianapolis this season. He played that role very well in college for the Wisconsin Badgers. However, Frank Reich and the coaching staff do not want to wear him down and will work to split carries between the three running backs.
What Should Fantasy Football Players Expect From Jonathan Taylor?
Quite simply, the expectations should still remain high for Taylor entering the 2021 season. He is going to lose some touches to Mack and Hines, but he will still be the team’s primary running back. There is no doubt about him being the best running back on the depth chart entering the season.
Every Fantasy Football player loves to hear that, but they want to see the number predictions. We will do our best to provide that prediction for you.
It would be reasonable to expect around 900 yards and eight touchdowns from Taylor this season. He should also chip in 20-25 catches for 150-175 yards and another score. Those numbers may not make him a surefire starter week in and week out, but he will still put up good points for your Fantasy Football team.
Even though the Colts have other running back options, they have a 22-year-old back that they want to continue developing. They will not take too many touches away from him. Taylor also gives the offense the best balance alongside new starting quarterback Carson Wentz.
Don’t be worried about taking Jonathan Taylor in your draft. These predictions are conservative and he could very well end up having a second straight 1,000-yard rushing season. Taylor is well worth a pick as an RB2.