Should You Start Jonathan Taylor or Zack Moss in Fantasy Football Week 9?

Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss are a formidable RB tandem for the Colts -- which of the two is the better start in Week 9?

We’re taking a look into the prospects for Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss in fantasy football for Week 9. Which Indianapolis Colts RB is the better player to start this week, and can you rely on either or both? Let’s dive in.

Which of the Colts RBs Should You Start?

The Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer says Taylor is the player to start. His projected 13.3 points include 75 rushing yards, 3.6 receptions, 18.9 yards, and 0.4 TDs. That doesn’t seem like a big stat line, but it outperforms the consensus projection for Moss (9.6 points).

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My ranking for the Colts running backs aligns with the consensus because, of the two, Taylor has the higher top-end with his size/speed combination. Week 8 was the first week that Taylor out-snapped Moss, a trend that’s likely to continue now that Taylor appears fully back.

Jonathan Taylor’s Fantasy Outlook This Week

The Colts have been playing it safe with Taylor and now seem primed to unleash him down the stretch. Taylor’s gone from 42% to 50% to 61% of snaps in the last three weeks. While Moss has been great, his talent is not at the same level as Taylor’s. The Colts have been great running with Moss; now Taylor has the chance to take flight.

While his usage has been up and down, the matchup this week is fantastic. The Colts face off against the Panthers in Carolina. Taylor has seen at least 14 opportunities for three straight weeks now. Over the last month, the Panthers have been the most generous team at allowing fantasy points to RBs, allowing over 32 PPG in that span.

Even if the opportunities are fairly evenly distributed, Taylor is the explosive player who only needs one long play. Moss is more dependent on his volume. Taylor can score from anywhere on the field. With Gardner Minshew under center, he’s seeing plenty of checkdown opportunities, too. Taylor is a borderline RB1 this week in a plus matchup.

Zack Moss’ Fantasy Outlook This Week

While Taylor has been ramped up, the opposite is true for Moss and makes him a riskier option. Moss sits third among RBs in yards per game at 84.1, trailing just DeVon Achane and Nick Chubb. Even that is trending down since Taylor returned.

Through his first four games, Moss eclipsed the 70-yard mark rushing in all four games. In the last three, though? He’s yet to hit that 70-yard mark. Two of his three games were great for fantasy over that span, but those were both propped up by rushing scores.

Moss does still have decent upside, though, as the Panthers have allowed six rushing TDs over their last three games. The Panthers have allowed 7.7 opportunities to RBs in the red zone and 6.7 in goal-to-go downs. Both of those marks are the highest among all NFL teams over that timeframe. Moss is a TD-dependent flex option with a good chance at one.

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