Fantasy Football 2020: Jonathan Taylor and Jack Doyle Value Check

by Alex Kurpeski and Angel Maldonado Tejada

 

The Colts have plenty of sleepers in 2020, and Alex and Angel are looking for the very best values. Read on to see what they have to say about Indianapolis this season!

 

 

Alex’s Pick: TE Jack Doyle, ADP of 14.02 (As of August 2, 2020)

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Doyle a TE1? Don’t count him out just yet. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Jack Doyle may be one of the most undervalued players in the history of fantasy football and that statement is only about 60% hyperbole. The TE15 last season, Doyle is a rather unsexy name in a year filled with so many exciting risers at the tight end position. Though he fell flat in an injury-riddled 2018 campaign, Doyle’s previous two seasons saw him finish as the TE7 and TE13 in PPR. Though he’s three years removed from his lone Pro Bowl selection in 2017, the fact that Doyle performed at his best without Andrew Luck as his QB (remember, this was the year that Luck missed with his mysterious shoulder injury) leads me to believe that he can be more than just a product of the system. With Eric Ebron gone, replaced by the underwhelming Trey Burton — the only tight end to ever parlay a trick play touchdown into a starting gig — Doyle could very well be in line for a hefty workload this season, which could lead the veteran to a TE1 tier finish. 

 

With T.Y Hilton starting the season on the PUP list and promising rookie Michael Pittman Jr. facing a steep learning curve due to the pandemic shortened offseason, it’s possible that we will see Doyle operate as Indy’s number one option in the passing game this season, at least in the early going. We’ve seen Philip Rivers target the tight end position a ton in his career, as evidenced by the consistent stream of TE1 seasons produced by Antonio Gates and later Hunter Henry during Rivers’ tenure in San Diego/LA. If the Colts receiving core continues to struggle as they did last season, someone is going to have to soak up targets from the pass-happy Rivers. Despite Trey Burton’s previous ties to Frank Reich from their days in Philadelphia, I think Doyle will be the unquestioned TE1, operating as the primary check-down and red zone target for Rivers. As the TE18 right now Doyle is an absolute steal. 

 

Angel’s Pick:  RB Jonathan Taylor ADP of 4.01 as of August 10th, 2020

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I don’t believe a single word Frank Reich is saying when it comes to the situation unfolding between Marlon Mack and Jonathan Taylor. You’re telling me the Colts, one of the smartest franchises in the league, used a second-round pick on a running back only to have him be in a timeshare? Not only that, but the running-back that was drafted was a consensus Top-3 player at his position. It doesn’t make sense to me, and it doesn’t make sense to rein in Jonathan Taylor as he runs behind the best offensive line in the league. 

 

Jonathan Taylor’s college career was a highlight reel. Running behind a dominant Badgers offensive line, Taylor ran for 2,003 yards and averaged 6.3 YPC in 2019, the latter figure actually being his lowest YPC in a season. He is a decisive runner that is patient enough to wait for holes and quick enough to accelerate through them when they do open. There are those who give more credit to the Badgers offensive line than to Taylor for his amazing college production. Even if that is true, Taylor is going to have a similarly strong offensive line to run behind thanks to the Colts dominance in the trenches. While he won’t be on the field much on third down, his early-down role should be secured fairly early in the season and he could have a season rivaling that of Josh Jacobs last season.

 

Currently, Taylor is the 22nd RB off the board with an ADP of 4.04. This is an insane value for a running back that very well could return RB1 numbers. As the Clyde Edwards-Helaire hype goes wild thanks to the opt-out of Damien Williams, invest in Taylor instead and reap the rewards. 

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