RB Marlon Mack - Indianapolis Colts
|5-11, 213||Born: 3-7-1996||College: South Florida||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Mack is aiming to return this week. The matchup against the Bucs isn't easy but getting a lead back off of the waiver wire in Week 14 is not something to pass up.
General News (Fri Dec 6): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week. Mack is not expected to be on a pitch count in Week 14 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to head coach Frank Reich, who also indicated that he'll have all four of his running backs active for the game. The potential unlimited usage was probably what Mack's fantasy owners want to hear, although the idea that Reich is going to make all of his backs active - a rarity in today's NFL - makes him slightly less attractive for fantasy purposes, especially in a difficult matchup.
General News (Wed Dec 4): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Bad matchup. Up until last week, the Marlon Mack-less Colts backfield seemed clear enough with Jonathan Williams leading the way after back-to-back 100+ yard outings. Things were certainly muddled last week though, as it was Jordan Wilkins who led the way with 11 carries, followed by Williams with eight and Nyhiem Hines with four. Wilkins looked like the better back as he saw a near-majority of the snaps in his first action since a Week 10 ankle injury. With Wilkins now back to full health, this backfield will remain a committee until the return of Marlon Mack, which could be as soon as this week pending his practice participation. Keep an eye on his status, as a return from Mack would immediately eliminate any upside coming from Wilkins or Williams. Regardless of who is running for the Colts, they will remain behind one of the top offensive lines in football that has been playing very well and remains healthy coming into the final stretch of this season. Tampa Bay continued to prove last week why they may have the best rushing defense in football as they limited Leonard Fournette and the Jaguars to just 49 rushing yards and no rushing touchdowns, with Fournette averaging a meager 2.7 yards per attempt. Opposing running backs are averaging a league-low 60 rushing yards per game and just 3.1 rushing yards per attempt on the season. Since their Week 7 bye, Tampa Bay is holding running backs to the fewest fantasy points per game and has given up just one rushing touchdown to the position. With massive interior defenders like William Gholston and Vita Vea, it is no wonder teams have struggled to run effectively on this team. Linebacker Lavonte David has also been a big part of their success as he has been a consistent leader in tackles and playmaker against the run. The Colts offensive line is indeed an elite unit, but even they should have issues with this equally elite run defense.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Marlon Mack's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 11 vs JAX (14 / 109 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack was playing great until a hand injury forced him out of the game. Mack followed a great block from Ryan Kelly at the second level and burst for 13 yards. A few plays later Mack found another hole up the middle and slipped a tackle from Myles Jack on his way to a 16 yard gain. Later on the same drive Mack spun twice to avoid two tackles and then outraced defenders on the edge to the pylon for a 13 yard touchdown. Mack should have been stopped for no gain but magically escaped two tackles. Mack got around the edge uncontested and picked up 13 yards before ducking out of bounds. Mack once again followed some great blocks and went nearly untouched for a 20 yard gain off left tackle. Mack left the game with a hand injury following the play and would not return. Mack reportedly has a broken hand.
2019 Week 10 vs MIA (19 / 74 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack played well but was hit in the backfield with great frequency against the Dolphins. Mack was dropped for a loss on a number of occasions by unblocked defenders. Mack still managed decent production despite the negative plays. Mack followed two nice blocks around the edge on his way to a 14 yard gain. Mack picked up 8 yards on a check down from Hoyer. Mack followed a nice block from Quenton Nelson at the second level and burst for 20 yards up the middle. Mack showed great patience on a toss play and picked up 11 yards when it looked like nothing was there.
2019 Week 9 vs PIT (21 / 89 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack kept the Colts offense on schedule against the Steelers. Mack consistently gained positive yardage even with the Steelers loading up the box. Mack did break into the open field for a big gain one time and had a number of nice runs that went for 5+ yards. Mack made a defender miss on most of his carries. Mack followed a pulling Quenton Nelson around the edge and picked up 24 yards down the sideline. Mack made Mike Hilton whiff on a tackle to pick up 9 yards on a 3rd and 1. Mack is consistent and productive which Frank Reich seems to value.
2019 Week 8 vs DEN (19 / 76 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack played well and consistently gained the yardage that was blocked for him. Mack was hit in the backfield with some frequency in this game but did well to churn out positive yardage most of the time. Mack found a big hole and got a nice block from Chester Rogers at the second level on his way to a 16 yard gain. On the following play Mack caught a swing pass in the flat from Brissett and picked up 14 yards before being forced out of bounds. Mack made a nice jump cut to the outside after finding no room to run inside and picked up 12 yards. Mack found a huge hole running a sweep and followed a key block from Zach Pascal on a 10 yard touchdown run. Mack showed good patience on the play and followed his blocks well.
2019 Week 7 vs HOU (18 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack handled the lion share of the workload for the Colts. Mack played well and consistently gained the yardage that was blocked for him but was not able to break into the open field or create any explosive plays. The Colts passing game was firing on all cylinders for much of the game leaving less of a need for the Colts to rely on Mack. The Colts also found success passing in the red zone scoring 2 2 yard touchdowns and a 4 yard touchdown through the air which took goal line opportunities away from Mack. Mack had 21 touches compared to 5 total between Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Expect Mack to be a key part of the Colts offense going forward.
2019 Week 5 vs KC (29 / 132 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack was the engine of the Colts offense. Mack kept the Colts offense on schedule with consistent gains and a few big plays. Mack exploited the middle of the Chiefs defense and found big holes running inside. Mack showed excellent patience and made a nice jump cut to find a crease through the middle of the Chiefs defense for an impressive 30 yards gain. Quenton Nelson helped clear the lane for Mack on the play. The run set up a 1 yard touchdown run by Jacoby Brissett. Mack found another crease behind Nelson and burst for 11 yards up the middle. Mack found a huge hole right up the middle and sprinted up field for 11 more yards. Mack caught a check down from Brissett and showed off his footwork to evade a defender pick up 11 yards and set up 4th and 1. Mack converted the 4th down with a physical run off right tackle. With 5 minutes remaining Mack received a hand off on 6 consecutive plays totaling 21 yards to help the Colts burn clock.
2019 Week 4 vs OAK (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack saw a limited workload thanks in large part to the Colts trailing the majority of the game. Mack produced mixed results on his limited carries either getting dropped for a big loss or picking up good yardage. Mack was dropped for a 5 yard loss on his second carry thanks to a missed blocking assignment. Mack picked up 18 yards off left tackle on his next carry. The Colts did a great job sealing the edge for Mack on the play. Mack again got the edge on the Oakland defense and escaped outside for 14 yards. Mack was dropped for a 4 yard loss again being met in the backfield by an unblocked defender.
2019 Week 3 vs ATL (16 / 74 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack played very well and looked healthy despite being questionable with injury. Mack showed he is clearly the Colts lead back with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins in complementary roles. Mack touched the ball on the Colts' first 4 offensive plays and totaled 25 yards with those touches. Mack found his way through heavy traffic at the line of scrimmage and escaped to the second level for a 14 yard run. Mack had a nice 9 yard carry in the red zone where he refused to go down on first contact. Mack received a hand off from the 1 yard line but was dropped for a loss. Marlon Mack beat 3 defenders to the edge with stiff arms and his speed to score a 4 yard touchdown. It was a great individual effort by Mack. Mack burst into the open field for 26 yards to help seal the victory for the Colts. Mack got a key block from Quenton Nelson on the play.
2019 Week 2 vs TEN (20 / 51 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack struggled to find room to run against the Titans. Mack was frequently stopped at the line of scrimmage or for minimal gain. It seemed like the Titans were keying on Mack in an effort to make Brissett score points and throw the ball. Mack had a 22 yard carry negated by a holding penalty. Mack slipped out of two arm tackles running inside for a tough 10 yards. Mack made a 9 yard catch on a check down from Brissett. Mack had a pair of impressive carries back to back. First Mack picked up 9 yards running inside through heavy traffic. Then was hit behind the line of scrimmage on 3rd and 1 but still managed to convert. Mack was outrushed by Jordan Wilkins who looked great on his limited opportunities but I would expect Mack to continue to see the majority of the work.
2019 Week 1 vs LAC (25 / 174 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marlon Mack had a huge second half against the Chargers. Mack picked up 25 yard running a sweep on the first play of the second half. Mack got excellent blocking on the play and showed good patience before exploding into the open field. A few plays later Mack made a nice cutback at the line of scrimmage to find a crease for 10 yards. Mack followed excellent blocking into the open field and slipped two ankle tackles on his way to outracing the defense for a 63 yard touchdown. Mack got an excellent block from Quenten Nelson on the play. Mack converted a two point attempt with a run right up the gut.
Latest NewsColts | Marlon Mack back with a touchdown (Sun Dec 8, 08:19 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hand) ran 13 times for 38 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, playing in the stadium where he starred in college for South Florida. link to story Colts | Marlon Mack on track to play (Fri Dec 6, 06:13 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hand) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 14. Our View: Mack will return to the lineup this week against the Buccaneers. We see him as more of a RB3 or flex option in Week 14.
link to story Colts | Indianapolis' injury report for Week 14 (Fri Dec 6, 04:48 PM) - Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf), CB Kenny Moore (ankle) and PK Adam Vinatieri (knee) were unable to practice Friday, Dec. 6, and have been ruled out for Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. CB Rock Ya-Sin (ankle) also did not practice Friday but is listed as questionable. S Malik Hooker (foot) took part in a full practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. DL Denico Autry (rest), OT Anthony Castonzo (rest), DE Justin Houston (rest) and LB Darius Leonard (rest) were held out of practice Friday but do not appear on the injury report. S Clayton Geathers (rest), RB Marlon Mack (hand), TE Mo Alie-Cox (thumb) and WR Parris Campbell (hand) practiced in full Friday and have also been removed from the injury report. link to story Colts | No pitch count for Marlon Mack (Fri Dec 6, 02:09 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hand) is not expected to be on a pitch count in Week 14 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to head coach Frank Reich, who also indicated that he'll have all four of his running backs active for the game.The potential unlimited usage was probably what Mack's fantasy owners want to hear, although the idea that Reich is going to make all of his backs active - a rarity in today's NFL - makes him slightly less attractive for fantasy purposes, especially in a difficult matchup. Owners should have a more enticing flex option on the roster if they've survived the last couple of weeks without him. link to story Colts | Rough return for Marlon Mack? (Thu Dec 5, 09:33 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hand) faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14, and the Buccaneers have allowed a league-low 723 rushing yards to opposing backs while holding them to the second-fewest yards per carry (3.26). Our View: Mack will be a low ceiling option who will probably need a touchdown or two to come through for you in Week 14.
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