Vick Ballard Fantasy News

Colts Beat: RB Frank Gore seeing 'plenty of action catching balls' at OTAs

Friday, June 12, 2015, 1:54pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

Colts.com writer Steve Andress on RB Frank Gore's fantasy prospects:

The biggest question with Frank Gore for fantasy football managers is whether he’ll return to PPR prominence in 2015. I believe he will. He’s seen plenty of action catching balls out of the backfield during the offseason program, even lining up out wide during the Colts’ open practice at Lucas Oil Stadium Wednesday. This was a huge part of the offense with Ahmad Bradshaw last year, especially in the red zone, and it looks like we may see the Frank Gore of old that averaged more than 50 receptions per season from 2006-2010. That would be a huge increase to his value in PPR leagues but shouldn’t be overlooked in standard leagues either. Yards are yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore is turning 32 this summer, but should be able to shore up the Colts' running game. Dan Herron and Vick Ballard are in the mix, but Gore is better than advertised in the passing game. Gore averaged 51.0 receptions from 2006-2010, but as soon as Greg Roman took over as offensive coordinator in 2011, his targets dropped precipitously. He averaged just 28.3 targets over the past four seasons, while the Colts' running backs accounted for 113 targets last season, so look for Gore's value to jump significantly in PPR formats. Due to his age, Gore typically goes later than he should in fantasy drafts, but he hasn't missed a game in three seasons and should be reinvigorated by a change of scenery. For more on Gore, be sure to check out Senior Editor John Paulsen's case for Gore in Indianapolis.

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Checkdown passes to Colts RB Frank Gore 'seen frequently in recent practices'

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8:20pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts RB Frank Gore is still dangerous in the open field, and the Colts' deep passing game could create opportunities for a number of check-down passes to Gore (something that's been seen frequently in recent practices).

Fantasy Impact:

Gore is turning 32 this summer, but should be able to shore up the Colts' running game. Dan Herron and Vick Ballard are in the mix, but Gore is better than advertised in the passing game. Gore averaged 51.0 receptions from 2006-2010, but as soon as Greg Roman took over as offensive coordinator in 2011, his targets dropped precipitously. He averaged just 28.3 targets over the past four seasons, while the Colts' running backs accounted for 113 targets last season, so look for Gore's value to jump significantly in PPR formats. Due to his age, Gore typically goes later than he should in fantasy drafts, but he hasn't missed a game in three seasons and should be reinvigorated by a change of scenery. For more detail about Gore, be sure to check out Senior Editor John Paulsen's case for Gore in Indianapolis.

Colts aren't 'making any promises' to RB Vick Ballard

Friday, May 15, 2015, 4:09pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Conceding that they can't count on Vick Ballard in the featured back role, the Colts signed Frank Gore and drafted tackle-shedding Josh Robinson in the sixth round to go with holdover Boom Herron.

General manager Ryan Grigson isn't making any promises to a healthy Ballard.

"Two years is a long time not to play football, there's no doubt about it," Grigson said. "The only thing he needs to do is get a devil-may-care mindset. Because if you think about getting hurt, or you're concerned about getting hurt again, then you probably will."

Ballard realizes training camp could be his final shot at a roster spot in Indianapolis.

Fantasy Impact:

This further underlines Gore's value as the team's feature back. Dan Herron will get some work in a backup capacity, but Ballard is just fighting for a roster spot at this point.

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 9:08am

Colts.com - [Full Article]

The Colts have made it clear, for this offense to truly (consistently) thrive, a more than adequate run game is needed.

Gore can be the lead man in that running attack.

While the Colts won’t need Gore to rack up carrying the ball upwards of 250 times, just an average season from the 10-year pro (by Gore’s standards) would be the best from a Colts running back in a decade.

In the last four years, Gore’s season-high for receptions is just 28 so he could be primarily used on early downs.

The Colts have stated that Gore is capable of being a three-down back but at the age of 32, employing a couple of backs in an offensive game plan would be in the offense’s best interest.

Fantasy Impact:

Boom Herron warrants reps in the backfield this season and can definitely provide a change of pace from Gore’s skill set, the story said. It went on to say if Herron improves his pass blocking, he could be a guy the Colts use on third-downs after his torrid postseason catching the ball out of the backfield. Behind Herron is Vick Ballard coming off back-to-back season-ending injuries. Right now from a fantasy perspective, Gore looks like he has some RB2 value but you can probably expect him to give away some work to Herron, while Herron could have deeper-league PPR value.

Colts view Frank Gore as an 'every-down' running back

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 8:06pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The 49ers were willing to go only so far to re-sign running back Frank Gore.

But Gore’s new coach, Chuck Pagano, sees a player who can help take the Indianapolis Colts a long way.

“Put the tape on him, and you still see the production,” Pagano said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.

“He’s a tough, hard-nosed, every-down back. He can play all three downs. He’s a great protector in pass-pro. He catches the ball out of the backfield. We all know what he can do as a runner on early downs.

The Colts still view Gore as an every-down back.

“I don’t think we would’ve gone after him and made the investment and made the decision to bring him in if we didn’t feel that way,” Pagano said. “Based on what we saw on tape, there’s video evidence that he’s more than capable of still being that guy.

“Some guys are like that. Carry 1 through 20, they’re OK. And 20 to 30, they keep getting better as you wear defenses down. And I think Frank is that type of runner.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gore is turning 32 this summer, but should be able to shore up the Colts' running game. Dan Herron and Vick Ballard are in the mix, but Gore is better than advertised in the passing game. Gore averaged 51.0 receptions from 2006-2010, but as soon as Greg Roman took over as offensive coordinator in 2011, his targets dropped precipitously. He averaged just 28.3 targets over the past four seasons, while the Colts' running backs accounted for 113 targets last season, so look for Gore's value to jump in PPR formats. Due to his age, Gore typically goes later than he should in fantasy drafts, but he hasn't missed a game in three seasons and should be reinvigorated by a change of scenery.

Colts waive RB Trent Richardson

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:08pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Colts have waived running back Trent Richardson after two disappointing seasons following a trade that brought the former top-five draft pick from Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact:

The Colts will move forward with Frank Gore, Dan Herron and Vick Ballard, unless they decide to add another RB in the draft or via free agency.

Schefter: Frank Gore signs with the Colts

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 12:47pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Frank Gore plans to sign with the Colts, per source; deal expected to be similar to Philadelphia's offer: 3-years, $12M, $7.5M guaranteed.

Update: This deal is finalized.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore reportedly backed out of a deal with Philadelphia. He's turning 32 this summer, but should be able to shore up the Colts' running game. Dan Herron and Vick Ballard are in the mix, and the team could also bring back the still-effective Ahmad Bradshaw. Gore is better than advertised in the passing game, so re-signing Bradshaw may not be necessary. Gore averaged 51.0 receptions from 2006-2010, but as soon as Greg Roman took over as offensive coordinator in 2011, Gore's targets dropped precipitously. He averaged just 28.3 targets over the past four seasons, while the Colts' running backs accounted for 113 targets last season, so look for Gore's value to jump in PPR formats. Due to his age, Gore typically goes later than he should in fantasy drafts, but he hasn't missed a game in three seasons and should be reinvigorated by a change of scenery.

Free agent RB Mikel LeShoure visiting the Colts

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:02pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson made it clear last month that sluggish running back Trent Richardson "needs to answer the bell" this season.

If Richardson can't improve upon his preseason average of 2.6 yards per carry, Grigson will need to explore alternatives beyond injury-prone veteran Ahmad Bradshaw and unproven Dan "Boom" Herron.

To that end, the Colts are meeting with free agent Mikel Leshoure, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Fantasy Impact:

Leshoure would provide more depth at running back after Vick Ballard's season-ending injury. He could also push Richardson to be the primary back if T-Rich continues to disappoint. Bradshaw would still be the most talented back in Indianapolis, but his neck injury makes him unreliable as a bell cow.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1:15pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Asked if he thinks he can gain 1,000 yards this year, Colts RB Trent Richardson scoffed that his goals are a lot higher than that.

“A thousand is not the goal. For me, it’s personal. I’m going to keep it to myself. But a thousand is not it for me. It’s higher,” Richardson said, via the Indianapolis Star.

This year Richardson believes his greater understanding of the offense will allow him to play a greater role on the team.

“I can’t wait to be involved in the passing game, even if it’s just pass blocking,” Richardson said. “I’m trying to be a three-down back. It would be four if they let me play special teams.”

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #20 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.

Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) returns to practice, runs with second team

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

There was a welcomed sight on the practice field for the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday. Running back Trent Richardson returned to practice after sitting out the previous three practices with a hamstring problem. Richardson, the likely starter in Week 1, took snaps with the second unit behind Ahmad Bradshaw.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #20 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output. Meanwhile, Bradshaw is one of our favorite late round targets. With Vick Ballard out for the season, he is a T-Rich injury/poor performance away from being the lead back for the Colts.

Monday, July 28, 2014, 6:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Panthers didn’t really need sixth-round running back Tyler Gaffney this year anyway, so when he was injured recently, stashing him on IR made sense.

But the Patriots had other ideas.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots claimed Gaffney off waivers, even though he needs season-ending knee surgery.

It’s similar to their 2012 claim of injured Giants tight end Jake Ballard, meaning one of these days those unwritten rules are going to have to be written down.

Fantasy Impact:

This time a year, if a player is placed on IR he must first clear waivers before heading to IR. It's an unwritten rule, but perfectly in a team's right to make a claim on an injured player. It's likely why the Colts have yet to place Vick Ballard on IR. The Panthers tried to sneak Gaffney through waivers to sign another player, which turned out to be Fozzy Whittaker...

Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:53am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

For the second time in his brief NFL career, running back Chris Rainey has been cut for off-field reasons.

Rainey was cut by the Colts today for violating team rules, Adam Schefter ‏of ESPN reports. Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star adds that the release is conduct related and that head coach Chuck Pagano plans to provide more details.

What’s clear is that the decision was not about Rainey’s performance on the football field at training camp, which is consistent with what Pagano has been saying about Rainey: Pagano raved over the weekend about how much he likes Rainey, and when running back Vick Ballard was lost for the season with a knee injury, it appeared that Rainey would play an important role on the team as a backup running back as well as a kick returner.

Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:57am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Despite the recent loss of Vick Ballard and other questions in the backfield, the Indianapolis Colts announced they waived running back Chris Rainey on Monday.

The team gave no reason for cutting the running back, whom coach Chuck Pagano recently raved about at Colts training camp. The coach said he looked like the "old Chris Rainey" from his time in high school and at Florida.

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1:57pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

Colts HC Chuck Pagano said Saturday Ahmad Bradshaw has looked “fantastic” and looks like he “found the fountain of youth.” He’s gotten extra reps with the 1s as well, with Vick Ballard’s season-ending Achilles injury and Trent Richardson’s being held out as a precaution Friday and Saturday. Bradshaw hopes his foot injuries are in the past in his age 28 season.

Colts RB Trent Richardson misses practice 'for precautionary reasons'

Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Trent Richardson, rookie offensive lineman Jack Mewhort, safety LaRon Landry and cornerback Vontae Davis did not practice Friday. Richardson and Mewhort didn't practice for precautionary reasons, according to coach Chuck Pagano.

Fantasy Impact:

Vick Ballard reportedly tore his Achilles, which is terrible news for him, but represents one less obstacle that Richardson will have to overcome en route to workhorse RB1 duties for the Colts.

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