Vick Ballard Fantasy News

Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:12pm

Mike Chappell, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts GM Ryan Grigson: Vick Ballard looks great, fantastic. Right on track. Felt good about Ahmad Bradshaw after talking with doctors. Good stable of RBs

Fantasy Impact:

Ballard will be in the mix behind starter Trent Richardson. Ahmad Bradshaw re-signed, so this could devolve into an ugly RBBC in 2014.

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Ahmad Bradshaw re-signs with Colts
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:10pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Colts re-sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw to a one-year deal, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

With Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard likely back, Bradshaw will join what could turn into an ugly committee. The team wants Richardson to carry the load, but it doesn't appear that he's capable of doing so. Bradshaw is a solid talent and it would not be surprising if he wins the starting gig like Donald Brown did a year ago. Speaking of Brown, this move indicates that the Colts won't be re-signing him.

Colts not handing RB1 job to Trent Richardson
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 11:28am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Will the Indianapolis Colts' 2014 starting running back be Trent Richardson? Will it be Vick Ballard? What about re-signing Donald Brown and making him the starter?

“At any point in time you'll know how we do things with the Colts, it's the best players play,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. “Iron sharp as iron. We're going to try to have the most competition at each position group and whoever wins that spot is going to be the starter and it's who is going to get us to that next level, which is Super Bowl XLIX and that's the mindset. You're either all in or all out."

Fantasy Impact:

If the 2013 season is any indication, Donald Brown should be the starter, but he's a free agent and may not return. The Colts have a first round pick invested in Richardson, so they want him to be the starter. But can he play well enough that starter's snaps are justified?

Reggie Wayne should be ready for training camp
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11:12am

Terre Haute Tribune-Star - [Full Article]

It appears that most, if not all, of the Colts players who missed extensive playing time last season should be back for the start of training camp.

WR Reggie Wayne (knee), tight end Dwayne Allen (groin), running back Vick Ballard (knee), offensive guard Donald Thomas (quad) and cornerback Greg Toler (foot) are expected back and would be good to go.

“From all the reports that I’ve been getting from our trainers and from the doctors in the meetings we’ve had, everyone’s going in the right direction. We’re optimistic about everyone,” Grigson said.

Fantasy Impact:

Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He may be able to play, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season.

Trent Richardson had scope on shoulder
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:55pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson underwent shoulder surgery following the season, per source. Told it was “just a scope.” Shouldn’t hurt offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Even if Richardson is handed the starting gig in Indy, there's no guarantee that he won't be passed by Vick Ballard or another back by midseason. That goes double if the Colts re-sign Donald Brown. T-Rich just hasn't looked very explosive since entering the NFL.

'Wide-open competition' at RB1 for the Colts
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:43am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When asked about the Colts' running game heading into 2014, beat writer Mike Wells had this to say:

"You would have thought this would be a no-brainer when the Colts acquired Trent Richardson from Cleveland. But as everybody knows, Richardson never found a comfort zone with the team. It’ll be a wide-open competition for the starting running back position. Vick Ballard, like receiver Reggie Wayne, has to prove he can regain his form after suffering a torn ACL. Don't be surprised if Donald Brown decides to test the free-agency market to earn more money and a bigger role on a team. He'll likely start behind Richardson and Ballard on the depth chart if he re-signs."

Fantasy Impact:

The only surprise here is that Wells believes that Donald Brown would start third on the depth chart after he (vastly) outplayed Trent Richardson in 2013. If this is the case, it's doubtful that Brown will re-sign. He has earned a shot at a starting gig somewhere (or at least as a back that will get a dependable amount of touches).

Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:16am

George Bremer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts RB Vick Ballard's rehab has gone well. Believes he'll be ready to take the field for OTAs.

Fantasy Impact:

The Colts will have to decide if they want to let their most productive RB (Donald Brown) go in favor of Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard. Brown is a free agent and played well in a somewhat limited role this season.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 10:49am

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

His numbers weren’t exactly gaudy, but there’s a reason you should be excited about what the Colts got out of running back Ahmad Bradshaw on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Bradshaw finished with 65 yards on 15 carries, an average of 4.3 yards per carry. There wasn’t anything particularly memorable about it all, and Bradshaw’s longest run was a mere nine yards.

Still, Bradshaw’s performance was one of the highlights from a game that ultimately was a frustrating loss for the Colts.

Fantasy Impact:

The Indy Star is impressed with Bradshaw with the many offseason questions coming in about him, especially his foot. But they felt Bradshaw was rather impressive on the whole, and the Colts can feel a bit of relief because of it. After Vick Ballard’s freak season-ending injury last week, the depth at running back took a major hit.

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Vick Ballard (knee) out for the season
Friday, September 13, 2013, 12:30pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts RB Vick Ballard is out for season after injuring knee during practice Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

He was listed on the IR as having a new injury to the knee, but this is obviously surprising news. Ahmad Bradshaw's value gets a big bump (low-end RB2 for rest-of-season) and Donald Brown will get some work as a change-of-pace back.

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Colts RB work 'yet to be determined'
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 3:12pm

Phillip B Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts OC Pep Hamilton says RB pecking order, workload "yet to be determined."

Fantasy Impact:

Ahmad Bradshaw has been running with the 2nd team, so Vick Ballard could actually get more work on Sunday.

Ahmad Bradshaw will play Week 1
Monday, September 2, 2013, 2:44pm

Tom James on Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts HC Chuck Pagano: "RB Ahmad Bradshaw will play Sunday vs. Oakland. We'll work him in there."

Fantasy Impact:

It's a nice matchup, but Pagano's comment, "work him in there," would seem he won't get a full workload and Vick Ballard will get some touches. We'll have our rankings out Wednesday, but Bradshaw is likely no better than a low end RB2 or flex play.

Ahmad Bradshaw in full pads for first time
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 10:43am

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw was in full pads on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradshaw is trending up. If his foot is good to go, he'll hold low-end RB2 value in 2013. Unfortunately, he's not easy to handcuff since Vick Ballard is being drafted based on his 2012 performance.

Ahmad Bradshaw comes off PUP list
Monday, August 12, 2013, 5:02pm

Adam Caplan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw was taken off active/PUP.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradshaw should be able to emerge as the lead back for Indy and has the potential to be a decent, low-end RB2 option - but he'll have to stay on the field for that. Foot issues have always been a problem going back to the Giants, so Bradshaw should probably be drafted as an RB3, at least, and then hope he stays healthy. We rank him 28th on our RB list. Vick Ballard would be Bradshaw's handcuff.