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Colts RB Zack Moss injury: What status means for Week 16 vs. Falcons

Zack Moss is dealing with an arm injury for Week 16. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

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UPDATE: The Colts have downgraded Moss from questionable to out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons.


The Indianapolis Colts look to continue toward a playoff push this week in a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Last week RB Zack Moss found the end-zone on a 16-yard touchdown as the Colts defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately Moss suffered an arm injury on that play and was forced to miss the remainder of the game.

Luckily for Moss, he underwent an MRI and X-rays on the arm came back negative. However, he did not practice all week and Moss was not even seen during Friday’s session, per Mike Chappell. His availability to play come Sunday is in doubt, as he is listed as questionable.

Zack Moss injury

Fantasy football analysis

It’s safe to say healthy or not, Moss would not be a fantasy start this week. Previously injured RB Jonathan Taylor logged two full practices and is primed to return from thumb surgery. Taylor coming back likely diminishes the role of Moss and makes it a split backfield.

That, combined with Moss not practicing all week increases the chance he doesn’t suit up come Sunday. Expect Taylor to get a big portion of touches against Atlanta, along with backups Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodson.

NFL DFS analysis

DFS players should stray away from the potential of Moss gracing the field on Sunday. With no practice time all week, it is unlikely he has any upside in DFS come Week 15. The return of Taylor also hurts his upside.

Betting analysis

The Colts are +120 underdogs and +2.5 on the spread with a point total set at 45 for their contest against the Falcons, per Draftkings Sportsbook. Although Moss is trending toward not playing, WR Michael Pittman successfully cleared concussion protocol and will play. Taylor coming back also bolsters their offense.

If the Colts defense can force Taylor Heinicke into some mistakes, expect Gardner Minshew and company to take advantage. The Falcons run defense has been lackluster of late, therefore Taylor on the anytime TD scorer prop is a play of good value.