Vick Ballard Fantasy Football News, Notes, Rumors and Statistics
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:56:59 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) was spotted with his right foot in a walking boot during minicamp practice Wednesday, June 12. He had surgery on the foot six months ago and continues to be brought along slowly in his recovery. He plans to be ready to go when Indy's training camp opens July 27. The Colts see him as more than an occasional contributor, but his role will be clarified the closer they get to Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw will probably be the primary shareholder with Vick Ballard in terms of touches, with Donald Brown likely bringing up the rear. It's a messy situation in which none of these options should be addressed as anything more than an RB3.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:54:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Vick Ballard was expected to be the No. 1 RB heading into camp before the Bradshaw discussions, but the presence of the New York Giants' leading rusher for the last three years has obviously derailed that idea. Bradshaw is more dangerous if healthy, but there's the conundrum. He'll be an interesting flex-type play in a dangerous offense. Ballard still has mild upside and is worth fantasy consideration given how he performed as a rookie in 2012 and Bradshaw's foot problems.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:09:49 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw would be joining Vick Ballard, Donald Brown and Delone Carter in the team's backfield if he signs. It is not known what their roles would be, but Ballard could be a two-down back with Bradshaw being the third-down and change-of-pace back. Ballard probably would be a No. 4 running back while Bradshaw would be a No. 4 running back in point-per-reception league and a No. 5 back in standard leagues.
Wed, 15 May 2013 10:30:03 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts are expected to use their running backs more out of the backfield as receivers under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton than they did in 2012 with Bruce Arians calling plays. RB Vick Ballard led all Colts rushers with just 17 catches a year ago.
Fantasy Tip: Ballard could gain value in PPR leagues. He isn't a natural receiver but has shown to be acceptable in this area, whereas RB Donald Brown is a suspect pass catcher with limited experience running routes. Brown could be used on screen passes to take advantage of his open-field speed.
Wed, 15 May 2013 10:24:31 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard is expected to enter training camp as the team's No. 1 running back, but that doesn't mean RB Donald Brown will not also see playing time. Head coach Chuck Pagano sees Ballard as a player who gets stronger as the game wears on, while Brown is considered more of a home run hitter for the offense.
"Can Vick be an every-down guy? Yeah. Can Donnie be an every-down guy? Yeah. They are different types of runners and are more than capable on third down, knowing the protections and picking up blitzers and being effective once they get out to catch the football and doing those things out of the backfield," Pagano said. "Vick is a solid, solid guy; Donnie is a home run hitter," Pagano said. "If he gets the edge and hits a crease, he can take it the distance."
Fantasy Tip: Ballard should be viewed as a third fantasy running back who could have slightly more value in PPR leagues. Brown is a handcuff pick and likely nothing more than a sixth back in deep leagues.
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:52:18 -0800
Fantasy Tip: The rookie went over 100 rushing yards for the first time this season, and he has 199 rushing yards over his past two weeks, just in time for fantasy owners to take advantage. He'll face another good fantasy matchup in Week 16 on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:42:33 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard will continue to see the majority of the workload in Week 15 with RB Donald Brown (knee) now out for the season and RB Delone Carter (ankle) out for two to three weeks. "About the same," interim head coach Bruce Arians concurred, "and as long as he can stay in there he'll stay in there and when he needs to tap out, Mewelde will go in." Ballard's 562 rushing yards this year ranks fifth among rookie running backs, and he's started the team's last nine games because he's the best package of runner, receiver and pass protector.
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 18:57:58 -0800
Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians praised RB Vick Ballard Monday, Dec. 10, after his performance in Week 14. Arians said Ballard is powerful, and likened him to former Colts RB Edgerrin James. "Tough to bring down. Quick. Elusive. He's got a great future," Arians said.
Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:35:59 -0800
Fantasy Tip: It was a disappointing line for Ballard's fantasy owners since he had over 50 rushing yards in the first quarter, and fellow RB Delone Carter played the role of touchdown vulture with his first-quarter score from the 1-yard line. Ballard remains nothing more than an RB3 or 'flex' play in leagues of 12 or more teams.
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:39:44 -0800
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