Jordan Wilkins Fantasy Outlook Could Make Him an RB Sleeper With Marlon Mack Injury

Jason Schandl
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Jordan Wilkins didn't see much volume in Week 2, but he made the most of the touches he did get, racking up 86 total yards on five carries and one reception.

His workload could be set to explode in Week 3 with Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack still very questionable after missing Thursday's practice. The opportunity to start in Mack's place would make Wilkins a terrific fantasy option this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Colts have opened the post-Andrew Luck era with an incredibly run-heavy approach on offense, and they're one of only five teams with a pass play percentage below 50 percent.

The lead RB, Mack has eclipsed 20 carries in both games, and his 45 rush attempts on the season were the most in the NFL through the first two weeks. He's only seen three targets in the passing game, but that rushing volume is high enough that he was still tied for second at the position with 47 touches.

Nyheim Hines' role would also be set to increase some with Mack out, but Hines works more in the receiving game (which is always a favorable spot against the Falcons), and Wilkins would likely be the RB in line to soak up the bulk of Mack's volume.

Wilkins is still a speculative add with almost no value if Mack does play, but the upside makes him well worth adding to your bench ahead of Week 3, especially if you're thin at the running back position. Mack reportedly practiced on Friday, which suggests he's likely to play, but Wilkins is still worth an add.

Mack sits 13th among RBs in our Week 3 fantasy football rankings, and while Wilkins wouldn't rank quite that high as a starter, he'd still be a safe bet as a high-volume RB2.


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