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Marlon Mack Injury Update Boosts Fantasy Outlook Ahead of Likely Week 14 Return

Jason Schandl
Marlon Mack runs the ball against the Jaguars in Week 11.
Marlon Mack runs the ball against the Jaguars in Week 11. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Marlon Mack hasn't played since the Indianapolis Colts' Week 11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, as he's recovering from surgery on a fractured hand.

He's back at practice this week though, and he looks firmly on track to return to action for the Colts' Week 14 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Through Week 11, when Mack went down, he ranked 14th among all RBs with 12.0 standard scoring fantasy points per game (and 21st with 13.2 in PPR), and he was a weekly must-start at the position.

That production was coming on the back of some elite volume. Mack ran the ball 192 times through the first 11 weeks of the season, which ranked sixth in the NFL. His return, likely re-claiming that huge workload, will destroy the fantasy value of the rest of the backfield, especially Jonathan Williams and Jordan Wilkins.

Mack doesn't return in an ideal spot, though. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't defend the pass well, but their defense is No. 1 against the run in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metrics. For a rushing-reliant RB like Mack, this matchup is a significant downgrade.

Accounting for his return to full game action, Mack is the only Colts RB that lands on our Week 14 PPR fantasy football rankings, checking in at RB22 for the week.

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