Fourth-rounder Nyheim Hines was a mess in August. He averaged just 1.5 yards per carry and fumbled 3 times while barely playing. We mulled whether the team might try to stash him on injured reserve. Instead, he's been their most impressive running back thus far.

Mind you, he's still not running the ball effectively. He's averaging just 3.0 yards per carry, and will take a back seat as a runner to either Marlon Mack, if he ever gets healthy, or Jordan Wilkins.

But thanks to his involvement in the passing game, Hines has developed into a nifty PPR starter, the Colts version of James White. He's caught a team-high 29 passes for 164 yards and 2 TDs. Among running backs with at least 15 targets, only 3 have caught a higher percentage of the passes thrown their way.

PlayerTgt Rec Ctch%YdsTD
Tarik Cohen, Chic.161487.5%1691
Kerryon Johnson, Det.151386.7%680
Christian McCaffrey, Car.322784.4%1921
Nyheim Hines, Ind.352982.9%1642
Saquon Barkley, NYG393179.5%2742
James Conner, Pitt.282278.6%2390
Todd Gurley, LAR251976.0%2302
Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.292275.9%1551
Alvin Kamara, N.O.513874.5%3511
Melvin Gordon, LAC382873.7%2613
James White, N.E.443272.7%2704
Kyle Juszczyk, S.F.201470.0%1971
T.J. Yeldon, Jac.322268.8%1943
David Johnson, Ariz.221568.2%1201
Kenyan Drake, Mia.251768.0%1241
Giovani Bernard, Cin.211466.7%780
Wendell Smallwood, Phil.151066.7%961
LeSean McCoy, Buff.161062.5%640
Bilal Powell, NYJ161062.5%1051
Duke Johnson, Clev.171058.8%910

Mack might one day return from his hamstring injury, but looks likely it would be as part of a committee, and Hines' role in the passing game should remain intact.

--Andy Richardson