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How to handle Colts RB Zack Moss for fantasy football in Week 15 vs. Steelers

The Colts will be without top back Jonathan Taylor again this week. Moss should get plenty of carries but it’s a tough matchup. We go over how to approach things in fantasy football.

Zack Moss of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on December 10, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts remain in the hunt for the AFC South title entering a Week 15 matchup vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday afternoon. The Colts’ RB room has been quite polarizing this season. Indy started out with RB Zack Moss as the lead back and he was big in fantasy football for managers.

Until RB Jonathan Taylor was activated off the PUP list with a new contract. That put a nice dent in Moss’s campaign, which was looking like a top 10-15 RB finish in fantasy football. Taylor is out again this week and Moss is expected to lead the way again. We’re going to go over what to expect from Moss in fantasy football for the playoffs in Week 15.

Fantasy football start sit advice: Colts RB Zack Moss

Moss was thrust back into the lead back role with Taylor out last week vs. the Bengals. The game did not go the Colts’ way, however, with Cincinnati winning 34-14 in a blowout. That limited Moss in fantasy football. He finished with plenty of touches (17) but it only translated to 56 yards and 9.6 fantasy points in PPR. So while the elite volume is still there, the production wasn’t great. You can point more to how the game was going as to why Moss didn’t break out again. The Colts started the game down 14-0 and had a defensive touchdown in the first half. Cincinnati started to pull away in the third quarter and that limited Moss’ ability to get going on the ground.

So how do we go about Moss in Week 15 in the fantasy playoffs? Well, you’re still playing him in almost all formats. The previous week without Taylor, Moss got over 20 touches. He’s almost a shoe-in for 15-20 touches again vs. the Steelers. Pittsburgh should give Indy some good field position given the offensive situation with Mitch Trubisky under center. You’d think the Colts would lean on the defense and running the ball with Moss, something that worked well early in the season. The only format you may need to make a decision on Moss is in shallow non-PPR leagues. If it’s PPR, Moss shouldn’t have an issue getting to around double-digit fantasy points. His upside is also 25-30 touches and a score, something in the 20+ FPT range. That’s too good to pass up unless you have crazy RB depth.

Is there anyone else worth playing?

Not really. Trey Sermon is the second-string RB behind Moss while Tyler Goodson is the other back on the roster who should be active. Sermon got three carries for 13 yards in Week 14 vs. the Bengals. He’ll see a few carries here and there to spell Moss so he isn’t worn down. But Sermon has no fantasy football value (at least none that we can see at the moment). Is it crazy to think Sermon might get 5+ touches? No. He could get some more work but it would be surprising if he ended up being a viable fantasy play in any format.