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| Prior to scoring eight touchdowns last year, Robert Turbin had three career touchdowns. Consequently, there is tepid enthusiasm surrounding his chances of making a larger impact in his second year with the team. With the Colts looking to keep Gore upright for another season, the coaching staff is undoubtedly hoping one of the younger running backs steps up this preseason to earn more carries. Turbin will have the first shot to impress during training camp as Frank Gore gets the "veteran" treatment this summer. Proving he can be effective inside the red zone could lead to a fantasy friendly "vulture" role. Rookie Marlon Mack will also be in the backfield mix so fantasy owners will want to pay attention to this battle over the course of the preseason. If Turbin emerges as the primary backup, he would offer mild upside as a handcuff making him a worthwhile stash in deep leagues.
|Gore the early favorite to remain a workhorse|
Robert Turbin, Marlon Mack could fill specialized roles early on
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jun 15, 5:40 pm
|It's an intriguing mix led by the elder statesman (34-year old Frank Gore), the versatile veteran (Robert Turbin) and the rapid rookie (Marlon Mack). We're expecting Gore to remain the workhorse, if you consider 16-18 carries per game workhorse level. OC Rod Chudzinski could offer an expanded role to Turbin, who would embrace it. Also, Mack could steal some of Gore's carries if he proves himself NFL-ready. (CBS 4 Indy - Mike Chappell)|
FFToday's Take: Turbin has reportedly had "a helluva spring" according to Chudzinski, although it would be a mistake for the journeyman to be used as anything more than a goal-line or change-of-pace option. Mack's explosiveness makes him a unique weapon in this offense and he is a capable receiver to boot. At least for now, the rookie should be considered the handcuff for Gore, who could push for another 260 or so carries if he stays healthy and/or doesn't fall off a cliff physically.
|Colts sign RB Christine Michael|
Was released by Green Bay on May 1st
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Jun 1, 3:30 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts have signed free-agent running back Christine Michael, the team announced Thursday.
The Packers released Michael on May 1 after the team selected three running backs in the NFL draft. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Michael has flashed ability when on the field but he's been unable find consistent playing time since coming into the league in 2013. Stints in Seattle and Green Bay have ultimately led to his release. Now, the Colts will give him a shot. It's a good landing spot for his fantasy value as veteran Frank Gore is backed up only by rookie Marlon Mack and veteran Robert Turbin.