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Vick Ballard 2013 Season Outlook

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What do you guys think of Vick Ballard this year?

Do you think it'll be RBBC in Indy or will he be a feature back and put up RB2 numbers? Is he "just a guy" or is he starter material? How would you feel committing to him in a keeper/dynasty for the next 3 years?

All questions I've been asking myself. The Colts seemed to give a vote of confidence by waiting until #230 overall in the 7th round to draft a RB.

He began starting over Donald Brown halfway through the season or so last year and Brown is in the last year of his deal. I wonder how much a threat he is still, Pagano seemed to talk him up last offseason too, he was quite the sleeper.

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This is rotoworld's last blurb on Ballard from January 7th.

The Indianapolis Star believes the Colts have found a "workhorse" in Vick Ballard.

GM Ryan Grigson's top priorities will be fixing Andrew Luck's pass protection on the offensive line and upgrading the run defense. The Colts have enough holes that running back is relatively low on the list. Ballard has moved ahead of Donald Brown in the organization's eyes. Expect him to enter next season as the feature back. Jan 7 - 11:38 AM

This is his blurb on another page....

Pagano fond of Ballard: Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix that he considers Vick Ballard a lead running back. "He’s tough, he’s always getting positive yards," Pagano said. "Unless there’s just a complete blow up in the backfield, he’s going to get you those extra yards. You saw last year, where he was able to convert late in the game. We’re trying to take the air out of the game, and close the thing out, and he was able to do that on several occasions. The play he made in overtime to beat Tennessee. Just a tough, hard-nose, between the tackles guy, that’s always going to get positive yards. He has the ability to make people miss in the open field. He’s going to grind out 100 yards when you hand him the ball. He’s one of those guys that as the game gets longer, the more carries he has, the better he gets."

(Updated 3/19/13)

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He showed he can pass protect, he is decent on 3rd down in the flat, and he gets the yards people give him and falls forward. But, the opportunity to get 300+ touches in a high-octane O is certainly there.

On teams with elite talents, he'd be the backup for sure. On IND, he's the clear 3-down RB right now - Brown really had issues with pass protection for years, and Ballard picked it up on Year 1 .

Brown never got the trust of the Colts staff even when they were down to a broken-down Addai. As a funny aside, Brown's nick became GDD - for this famous event:

All of that to say - Ballard is not a special talent, but he's a workhorse, and he protects the passer well, and he has no competition for this year. Personally, I think IND will look to add a gamebreaker RB next year or 2015, but his job is safe as a RB1 on IND, which means he definitely has RB2 appeal in all formats. The only reason IMO why he won't sniff RB1 status is that Delone Carter is likely to vulture 5-6 TD's with goal-line carries.

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The best way to describe Ballard: middling talent in an above average situation. Donald Brown proved once-and-for-all he is a 1st round bust and cannot be a lead back on any team. Delone Carter...well, I'm still not sure why he was taken in the fourth round of the NFL draft. At best, he's a goal line vulture and at worst, he a fullback (240 lbs). Ballard ran the 40 in 4.59 - 4.65 seconds at the combine; obviously not a blazer. I have both he and Brown on my roster last year...I didn't see anything special from Ballard as far as shiftiness, quickness...just a guy. Its hard to argue with 211 carries and 17 catches as a rookie, but a lot of that was due to injuries to Brown and Carter. That all said, in a 12-team league, I'm not touching him before the 5th round.

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I had him on my team last year and was disappointed he could not find the endzone in the Jacksonville game despite being given the ball inside the two yard line. All he had to do was reach those little T-Rex arms forward six inches from his body and the ball would have broken the plain of the goal line. As for me, I would take him again as a replacement player only to be used when my RB situation has a bye week. 5th or 6th round...no higher. That way, I have only spent minimal dollars on him in case he is has another 2012 year (statistically speaking).

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I'm actually liking Ballard more now that Bradshaw is in town. Ballard's ADP has to have plummeted and I would be shocked if Bradshaw doesn't miss some games this season due to his chronic foot issues. Ballard's someone you can probably get at a reasonable price as your 4th RB and there's a good chance he gives you some RB2/Flex production at times throughout the season.

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He will be irrelevant unless Bradshaw gets hurt (which is likely at some point).

And LMAO at that God Damnit Donald vid

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I'm actually liking Ballard more now that Bradshaw is in town. Ballard's ADP has to have plummeted and I would be shocked if Bradshaw doesn't miss some games this season due to his chronic foot issues. Ballard's someone you can probably get at a reasonable price as your 4th RB and there's a good chance he gives you some RB2/Flex production at times throughout the season.

Bradshaw is probable week 1. But feet injuries can absolutely derail running backs. Ballard was a being taken in the 14th - 15th rounds in most of my drafts and is a free agent in one.

I think I'm going to snag him up just in case. Even with a healthy Bradshaw they will split carries fairly equal. But if Bradshaw gets hurt or continues to have issues with his feet Ballard should receive the lion's share of touches on a good offense that wants to be more balanced with it's running game.

Not expecting the world out of Ballard but there could end up being great value here.

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I'm actually liking Ballard more now that Bradshaw is in town. Ballard's ADP has to have plummeted and I would be shocked if Bradshaw doesn't miss some games this season due to his chronic foot issues. Ballard's someone you can probably get at a reasonable price as your 4th RB and there's a good chance he gives you some RB2/Flex production at times throughout the season.

Bradshaw is probable week 1. But feet injuries can absolutely derail running backs. Ballard was a being taken in the 14th - 15th rounds in most of my drafts and is a free agent in one.

I think I'm going to snag him up just in case. Even with a healthy Bradshaw they will split carries fairly equal. But if Bradshaw gets hurt or continues to have issues with his feet Ballard should receive the lion's share of touches on a good offense that wants to be more balanced with it's running game.

Not expecting the world out of Ballard but there could end up being great value here.

You must have never owned Ballard or watched him play. This guy is as mediocre as they come. Even with lion share carries it takes him about 20 just to get 60 yards and has zero game breaking ability zero.
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I'm actually liking Ballard more now that Bradshaw is in town. Ballard's ADP has to have plummeted and I would be shocked if Bradshaw doesn't miss some games this season due to his chronic foot issues. Ballard's someone you can probably get at a reasonable price as your 4th RB and there's a good chance he gives you some RB2/Flex production at times throughout the season.

Bradshaw is probable week 1. But feet injuries can absolutely derail running backs. Ballard was a being taken in the 14th - 15th rounds in most of my drafts and is a free agent in one.

I think I'm going to snag him up just in case. Even with a healthy Bradshaw they will split carries fairly equal. But if Bradshaw gets hurt or continues to have issues with his feet Ballard should receive the lion's share of touches on a good offense that wants to be more balanced with it's running game.

Not expecting the world out of Ballard but there could end up being great value here.

You must have never owned Ballard or watched him play. This guy is as mediocre as they come. Even with lion share carries it takes him about 20 just to get 60 yards and has zero game breaking ability zero.

Ballard's value isn't that he's a game breaking back. His value is that Bradshaw is hurt a lot. I think if Bradshaw stays healthy, Ballard will not be someone you can put in a lineup and expect good points. But if Bradshaw misses time, Ballard is a solid flex play on a good offense.

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I'm actually liking Ballard more now that Bradshaw is in town. Ballard's ADP has to have plummeted and I would be shocked if Bradshaw doesn't miss some games this season due to his chronic foot issues. Ballard's someone you can probably get at a reasonable price as your 4th RB and there's a good chance he gives you some RB2/Flex production at times throughout the season.

Bradshaw is probable week 1. But feet injuries can absolutely derail running backs. Ballard was a being taken in the 14th - 15th rounds in most of my drafts and is a free agent in one.

I think I'm going to snag him up just in case. Even with a healthy Bradshaw they will split carries fairly equal. But if Bradshaw gets hurt or continues to have issues with his feet Ballard should receive the lion's share of touches on a good offense that wants to be more balanced with it's running game.

Not expecting the world out of Ballard but there could end up being great value here.

You must have never owned Ballard or watched him play. This guy is as mediocre as they come. Even with lion share carries it takes him about 20 just to get 60 yards and has zero game breaking ability zero.

Ballard's value isn't that he's a game breaking back. His value is that Bradshaw is hurt a lot. I think if Bradshaw stays healthy, Ballard will not be someone you can put in a lineup and expect good points. But if Bradshaw misses time, Ballard is a solid flex play on a good offense.

Listen when I owned Ballard last year those were my same thoughts. Looks are real deceiving. The guy sucks!! I drafted Bradshaw and not once did I think to waste my time in cuffing him with Ballard. I would rather roster there 4 stringer Kerwyn Williams.

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I'm actually liking Ballard more now that Bradshaw is in town. Ballard's ADP has to have plummeted and I would be shocked if Bradshaw doesn't miss some games this season due to his chronic foot issues. Ballard's someone you can probably get at a reasonable price as your 4th RB and there's a good chance he gives you some RB2/Flex production at times throughout the season.

Bradshaw is probable week 1. But feet injuries can absolutely derail running backs. Ballard was a being taken in the 14th - 15th rounds in most of my drafts and is a free agent in one.

I think I'm going to snag him up just in case. Even with a healthy Bradshaw they will split carries fairly equal. But if Bradshaw gets hurt or continues to have issues with his feet Ballard should receive the lion's share of touches on a good offense that wants to be more balanced with it's running game.

Not expecting the world out of Ballard but there could end up being great value here.

You must have never owned Ballard or watched him play. This guy is as mediocre as they come. Even with lion share carries it takes him about 20 just to get 60 yards and has zero game breaking ability zero.

Ballard's value isn't that he's a game breaking back. His value is that Bradshaw is hurt a lot. I think if Bradshaw stays healthy, Ballard will not be someone you can put in a lineup and expect good points. But if Bradshaw misses time, Ballard is a solid flex play on a good offense.

Listen when I owned Ballard last year those were my same thoughts. Looks are real deceiving. The guy sucks!! I drafted Bradshaw and not once did I think to waste my time in cuffing him with Ballard. I would rather roster there 4 stringer Kerwyn Williams.

Looks are deceiving. In a .5 PPR league last year, Ballard was the 29th ranked RB. That's a flex in a 12 team league, IMO. I'm not saying you should cuff Bradshaw with him because you may have other options.

But FF isn't about flash. It's about points.

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I got ballard off waivers this morning. He'll be stashed away once bradshaw F's his foot up as usual.

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Per RW

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Colts RB Vick Ballard will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in Thursday's practice.

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It's too bad. He would have been a low-end RB2 if Bradshaw's feet don't hold up this year.

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is brown now the handcuff?

Most likely unless they grab someone in FA.

Feel terrible for Ballard. Best of luck to him in his recovery.....

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HAHAHA i swear its a joke everyguy i add is done for the year

tell me about it.

I just traded for him to solidify the IND backfield (just lost Vereen)...and now this happens.

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Feel bad for Ballard. That is a tough go (I'm a Bradshaw owner). Hate to see a guy get hurt for Bradshaw to get the job. Just bad luck.

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Medical question I'm curious about. How were they able to so quickly diagnose him? It always seems like it is "player went down today in practice. Feared ACL tear, we will find out in 2-3 days when they get their MRI." They just do an MRI faster, or is there some test the trainer did that showed clearly ACL already torn, and now it is to see how bad the rest of it is?

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