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Colts Fantasy Profile: Marlon Mack

Will Marlon Mack’s larger role result in major fantasy production?

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After moving on from Frank Gore this offseason, it looked like Marlon Mack was going to be the surefire lead back heading into 2018. However, the rest of the Colts’ offseason moves may have taken a bite out of his potential touches next year.

Indianapolis hired Frank Reich to be their new head coach, and his history suggests he likes to employ the running back by committee philosophy. He’s backed that up in some of his comments this offseason.

If you owned any of the Eagles’ running backs in fantasy last season, you know just how difficult it is to predict who will be the lead back in a given week. I’d expect that trend to continue in Indianapolis during Reich’s tenure.

The Colts also added some talent to their backfield to support Reich’s philosophy of feeding multiple backs.

General manager Chris Ballard spent a fourth and fifth round pick on running backs in this year’s draft. Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins were both very active in the Colts’ offseason program and could earn touches right away as rookies.

Finally, Marlon Mack’s development has been set back a bit by offseason shoulder surgery.

Mack was playing through a torn labrum during most of his rookie year, and he underwent surgery to repair that injured shoulder following the season. Mack’s shoulder has kept him out of all of the Colts’ activities thus far, which opened up opportunities for the other young backs to make a strong impression on the new coaching staff during OTA’s and minicamp.

I think Mack will be a much more efficient running back than he was last season, but I don’t think he will get the necessary amount of touches to put up huge numbers week in and week out. I wouldn’t take him in the first few rounds but I think he’d be a solid option in the fifth or sixth round.