Yards after contact/attempt for Jonathan Taylor, among qualifying RBs (min. 100 carries for time span):
Weeks 1-10: 2.12 (22nd-last)
Weeks 11-17: 3.75 (3rd)
We’ve seen RBs take the league by storm as soon as they enter the league, and those are the guys we usually reference – Kareem Hunt, Josh Jacobs, Zeke, and Saquon.
In the case of Jonathan Taylor, he was drafted in redraft fantasy leagues relatively early despite talks of a 3-way split. Marlon Mack tore his Achilles out of the gate, so the opportunity for Taylor opened up. He was declared an instant RB1, but the volume wasn’t quite there for him on a consistent basis.
Not only that, but he wasn’t creating yards after contact; his offensive line was doing a lot of the work for him. The amazing thing was that he was still averaging over 4 YPC in most of his “bad stretch.”
The switch in volume came in Week 11, and that’s when he started to find his groove. It’s worth mentioning that most of the teams in that home stretch were bottom of the barrel rush defenses, but good RBs do what good RBs are supposed to do against bad defenses.
From Weeks 11-17, Taylor averaged 22.1 touches/game and caught 87.5% of his passes. He was only behind Nick Chubb and Derrick Henry in yards after contact/attempt among RBs with a minimum of 100 carries during that span.
Over the course of the year, Taylor ranked 8th in yards/route run among RBs – behind 7 (who we know as) pass-catching RBs. Remember, Taylor came into the league as the best in that category among his draft class.
Marlon Mack will be a free agent, and Nyheim Hines will likely still command 30-40% of snaps next season.
Remember, Taylor will likely not be an every-down bell cow for the Colts in 2021, so where are you comfortable taking him in drafts?