UPDATE: Well, we have some bad news on the Mack front. He may not be returning for a bit.
#Colts RB Marlon Mack suffered a right hand fracture during today’s game, source said, but the severity will be determined after seeing specialists early this week. He almost certainly won’t play Thursday, but it’s up in the air beyond that.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2019
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Colts RB has a fractured right hand and will see a specialist early this week. It does not appear he’ll be ready to play in Thursday night’s game vs. the Texans, per Rap Sheet.
With Mack likely out, Jonathan Williams will become the early-down back with Nyheim Hines mixing in here and there and operating on third downs. Williams finished with 116 yards on 13 carries vs. Jacksonville, though Hines vultured a rushing TD and also had a few carries. I’ll give the early edge in terms of fantasy value to Williams, but each back will be viable in PPR leagues if Mack is going to miss time. Jordan Wilkins (ankle) was inactive vs. the Jaguars, but if he returns, he’d also be in the mix as well.
Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack was ruled out for the remainder of the second half vs. the Jaguars due to a hand injury, the team announced. Mack had been having a monster game, taking 14 carries for 109 yards and a TD, good for 16.9 fantasy points on the day despite not being active in the passing game. It’s unclear how serious the hand injury is or when it actually occurred, but it’s a big blow to his owners. The Colts have a 17-7 lead and should be handing the ball off plenty the rest of the game.
As for who will benefit from those carries, the early frontrunner is Jonathan Williams, who should see most of the carries on early downs. Pass-catching running back Nyheim Hines doesn’t have a carry today, but could get some work on the ground. He should see more snaps overall, and his usual work on third downs.
Williams would be the viable option to pick up after Week 11, regardless of the status of Mack. If you have Mack, you’d be best to handcuff now rather than waiting to see if he’s in or out in Week 12. Hines’ value isn’t impacted much, he’ll continue to be the third-down back, though could see more carries next week vs. the Texans if Mack is sidelined.
Check back here for more updates on Mack’s injury as we get more information.