Jonathan Taylor COVID Update Significantly Improves Nyheim Hines' Fantasy Outlook

Max Staley
Jonathan Taylor COVID update boosts Nyheim Hines' fantasy outlook.
Jonathan Taylor COVID update boosts Nyheim Hines' fantasy outlook. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor has been ruled out in Week 12 due to COVID protocols. This news is obviously a blow to Taylor's fantasy managers, but it should result in a significant boost in value for Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins.

Nyheim Hines Fantasy Outlook

Hines has flashed his potential in a big way a few times this season. He turned 18 opportunities (targets plus carries) into 115 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10.

Facing that same Titans' defense in Week 12, Hines could be in for a really nice game.

It's safe to assume he'll work as Indianapolis' primary passing-down back as usual, but Taylor's absence should lead to a few more carries for Hines as well. Facing a Titans' defense that surrenders top-12 production to opposing RBs in PPR formats, Hines should be a nice RB2 this week.

Jordan Wilkins Fantasy Outlook

Wilkins has generally worked as the Colts' third-string back this season. But he really impressed when thrust into a larger role in Week 8, turning 20 carries into 89 yards and a TD, adding another 24 yards on his lone reception.

In all likelihood, Wilkins will lead Indianapolis in carries while ceding pass-down work to Hines. The Titans are vulnerable against the run, as a below-average rush defense in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. But his lack of involvement in the passing game makes Wilkins a better play in standard-scoring formats than PPR leagues.

He should slot in as a decent RB3/FLEX option in standard leagues and a low-tier FLEX in PPR formats.

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