Fantasy Football Week 9 Running Back Preview: Be cautious with Jonathan Taylor and Deon Jackson in Week 9

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Jonathan Taylor missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury that has bothered him for most of the 2022 season. That’s led to a mad dash to the waiver wire in leagues where Deon Jackson has been dropped, as it should. As of Thursday afternoon, we’re still rankings Taylor as if he’ll play, but not how we expected to be ranking him this season.

The combination of Taylor’s ankle, the Colts poor offensive play, and Sam Ehlinger taking over at quarterback makes him nothing more than a low-end No. 2 running back this week. The fact that he’s facing a Patriots defense that has only given up two rushing touchdowns all year, should maybe even move him a notch below that.

You might think we’d be better off if Taylor rested and Jackson started. But a lot of Jackson’s production earlier in the year came in the passing game. Ehlinger only through 23 passes in his first start and only three of them went to running backs. Plus Jackson may have to contend with newly acquired Zack Moss. I would not consider Jackson more than a high-end flex if Taylor is ruled out.

Now let’s get to the rest of the Week 9 RB Preview:

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The following players are not being projected to play in Week 9 at this time. Here’s what it means:

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Numbers to know

  • 3 — Three touches inside the 10-yard line for Jamaal Williams in Week 8. He’s going to continue to vulture touchdowns from D’Andre Swift – a dark reality for Fantasy managers. 
  • 24 – Rush attempts for Travis Etienne Jr. in his first game without James Robinson – 10 more than he’s received all season. He’s playing like a league-winner right now. 
  • 34.0 — The Texans allow the most Fantasy points per game to running backs. They’ve surrendered 1,115 rushing yards to running backs – no other team has eclipsed 1,000 yet.
  • 4.1Khalil Herbert has averaged more yards after contact (4.1) than David Montgomery has averaged yards per carry (3.9). 
  • 9 — Targets for Joe Mixon Monday night in the first game without Ja’Marr Chase
  • 26D’onta Foreman had 26 carries without Chuba Hubbard in Week 8. Foreman is a high-end RB2 if Hubbard remains out and a low-end RB2 if Hubbard returns.
  • 8Rhamondre Stevenson has eight targets in each of his past two games. He may just be a top-12 running back rest of season.
  • 26.9 — The Eagles have allowed nearly 27 FPPG to running backs over the past three weeks. They should not scare you off of Dameon Pierce.

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Matchups that matter

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Waiver Wire Targets

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