NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Recap: New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson (38) runs with the ball during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Rhamondre Stevenson: 15 carries, 60 yards, 3 receptions, 10 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

Nick Folk: 4 field goal attempts, 4 field goals made

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Monitor Deon Jackson’s health: The Colts running back left the game after suffering a knee injury. He didn’t play in the last 14 minutes of the game.

  • He received the start with Jonathan Taylor out due to an ankle injury.
  • The Colts traded Nyheim Hines earlier in the week for Zack Moss and a draft pick. Moss was inactive.
  • It’s likely Moss was only inactive because he just started learning the offense. He could be more involved later in the season.
  • Jackson had played 38 of a possible 48 snaps through the first three quarters.
  • Jordan Wilkins hadn’t been on an NFL roster all season but was a backup for the Colts for several years. He’s primarily a receiving back, which made him unnecessary with Hines on the roster, but he returned after Hines left.
  • Wilkins leapt past Phillip Linsay on the depth chart. He was the primary backup for three quarters and played 9-of-14 snaps in the fourth quarter.
  • Wilkins and Moss are both waiver wire targets in case Taylor and Jackson can’t play next week. They have a great matchup against the Raiders' run defense. Ideally, reports will indicate who the starter is so we know which of the two to start in fantasy football.

The Patriots’ new backup running back: J.J. Taylor was signed off the practice squad and served as the Patriots’ backup running back for this game.

  • He was signed to the active roster rather than being a gameday elevation, so Taylor will remain on the roster in future weeks.
  • Damien Harris was inactive due to illness.
  • Kevin Harris was a healthy inactive. Pierre Strong was active but showed up on the injury report Thursday with a hamstring injury. It’s possible Strong would have been the backup if he was healthy.
  • Taylor gained just nine yards on 10 carries. Half of his carries occurred in the last nine minutes of the game.
  • There is a chance both rookies will be inactive going forward if New England keeps all five players on the roster.

Slow the Tyquan Thornton hype: There was a chance the second-round rookie would become the clear No. 2 receiver on the Patriots’ depth chart, but that doesn’t seem like it will happen this season.

  • DeVante Parker was inactive with a knee injury.
  • There were trade rumors involving Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor, but both remained on the roster.
  • Bourne and Thornton had similar snap and route counts in recent weeks when both were healthy, but Bourne was clearly ahead of Thornton on the depth chart this week.
  • It appears Thornton will fall back down to fourth on the depth chart once Parker is healthy.
  • It was also discouraging that the Patriots got Lynn Bowden Jr. involved for the first time all season, rather than sticking with their top four wide receivers. This slightly hurts the value of all of their receivers.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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