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Colts RB Jonathan Taylor injury: What status means for Week 16 vs. Falcons

Jonathan Taylor is dealing with a thumb injury for Week 16. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

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Inactives update: Taylor is officially active and should be in your fantasy football lineups. No Zack Moss should only boost his workload in a must-win game.


The Indianapolis Colts are fresh off a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, despite missing key players on both sides. Now they face the Atlanta Falcons in a pivotal Week 16 contest with playoff implications on the line. Luckily for Colts fans, RB Jonathan Taylor was back on the practice field this week and returned for all three sessions.

Taylor went down with a thumb injury in Week 12 against the Bucs, but was not placed on IR. He then went for surgery on Nov. 29 and started to rehab. Taylor now carries no injury designation and head coach Shane Steichen confirmed he’s back to form, per Joel A. Erickson.

Jonathan Taylor injury

Fantasy football analysis

Taylor returns and faces a struggling Falcons run defense of late that has allowed 129.1 rush yards per game over their last seven contests. Now with Moss nursing a forearm injury, Taylor is in must-start territory for any league format. In his last game before the thumb, he had 12 rushes for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Bucs.

Fantasy managers knew it would take Taylor some time to shake off the rust and he was finally turning the corner. Before going down with the thumb issue, in his last five appearances Taylor averaged 75.4 rush yards per game along with 4.4 yards per carry and 90.4 overall scrimmage yards. He also scored 4 touchdowns over that span.

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, according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Falcons allow 84.4 rushing yards per game to opposing backs along with 3 catches and 30 yards receiving. Despite not allowing a rushing touchdown on the year, Atlanta has given up four receiving TDs to RBs. Taylor for anytime TD scorer seems like a lock for this Sunday’s game.