Replacing Jonathan Taylor: Zack Moss or Deon Jackson off the Fantasy Week 16 Waiver Wire?

Is there a true Taylor replacement in Indy?

With Jonathan Taylor being placed on IR with, yet another, high-ankle sprain, the Colts’ backfield is looking ugly!

Originally, the no-question play was Deon Jackson, but when the opportunity arises, the no-brainer play is to force-feed Zack Moss, right?

REPLACING JONATHAN TAYLOR: Zack Moss or Deon Jackson off the Fantasy Week 16 Waiver Wire?!

Obvious jokes aside, the Colts’ slapped their saddles on Moss and rode him like a workhorse when Taylor went down.

Moss toted the rock 24 times at a sizzling 3.38 YPC for 81 yards and out-snapped Jackson 31-9 in the second half. While it could’ve been the game script because of the Colts’ historic lead against the Vikings, but Moss out-carried Jackson eight to three in the red zone and two to zero on the goal line.

Other than that, the only things attractive about Moss are his ability to handle a heavy workload and his looming next two weeks against two teams that get gashed on the ground.

The Chargers allow a league-worst 5.52 yards per carry to running backs and are sixth-most generous against running backs in fantasy. Their Week 17 opponent, the Giants, have allowed the third-most per carry and have allowed the 16th most fantasy points to running backs.

Meanwhile, Jackson caught a one-yard pass for a touchdown to pair with 13 rushes for 55 yards with Taylor out of the game in Week 15. Jackson’s claim to fame came in his breakout performance after former Colts’ RB Nyheim Hines went down with a concussion with Taylor already sidelined earlier this season. He totaled 121 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown — highlighted by a 10-reception game.

Neither running back has inspired much confidence lately but opportunity and matchup in the playoffs make both excellent adds. The Wolf favors Jackson on his initial Week 16 Fantasy Rankings but ranked Moss over Jackson on his more recent waiver wire priority list.


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