Vick Ballard Fantasy News

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 8:29pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

The injury struggles for Vick Ballard has forced him off the Colts 53-man roster.

On Tuesday evening, the Colts waived/injured Ballard.

If Ballard clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts injured reserve.

With the open roster spot, the Colts elevated Josh McNary from the practice squad to the team's active roster. McNary has played in 20 career games (4 starts) with the Colts.

After knee and Achilles injuries ended Ballard’s previous two seasons, the fourth-year running back battled hamstring injuries throughout Training Camp and the preseason.

Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm

Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 1. Josh Robinson will serve as the primary backup to Frank Gore.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm

Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:15pm

Colts RB Vick Ballard (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 6:12pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

Back to work at their complex, the Colts returned to the practice field on Tuesday for a lighter session in shoulder pads. We did see the return of WR T.Y. Hilton, RB Vick Ballard and WR Donte Moncrief on Tuesday.

Time running out for Vick Ballard

Monday, August 17, 2015, 8:50am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Colts want to see RB Vick Ballard in game action so they can make a better assessment of what he can give the team after basically missing the past two seasons with injuries. It turns out the Colts will have to wait a little longer to see Ballard play in a game because he was inactive against the Eagles. Ballard missed about a week of practice recently because of a hamstring injury.

Ballard’s latest injury was unfortunate, but the longer he’s out of action, though, the less likely it’ll be that he makes the final roster because he faces competition for a spot at that position.

It’s uncertain how many running backs the Colts will keep on the roster. They kept four running backs and a fullback on the roster at the start of the 2014 season.

Ballard missed all but one game in 2013 because of a torn ACL and then all of last season with a torn Achilles. He led the Colts in rushing as a rookie in 2012 with 844 yards.

Frank Gore is the starter and Daniel Herron is the front-runner to back him up.

Fantasy Impact:

After that, things get interesting the story said. Gore and Herron both sat out Sunday’s game, which meant there were plenty of opportunities for the rest of the running backs. Zurlon Tipton started and finished with 34 yards on 16 carries. Josh Robinson took over in the second half where he rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 2:53pm

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

It was Morning No. 1 on Day No. 1 of the Indianapolis Colts’ 2015 season. The team gathered at Anderson University for the first on-field activity at training camp, a light walkthrough that otherwise holds no special significance.

Except for one player. For Vick Ballard, it meant everything.

“The type of stuff I used to dream of,” he said.

No one can blame him. It’s only his third football practice in two years.

The Colts’ fourth-year running back was cleared by team doctors to return to on-field activity for the first time since July 2014, and he did so Sunday morning, sporting a new number (26) and the sobering perspective that comes with back-to-back lost seasons.

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.

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.

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