25-Year-Old Running Back – Indianapolis Colts
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Ballard tore his Achilles during a late-July practice, causing him to basically miss a second consecutive season after suffering a torn ACL in the first game of 2013. When we last saw Ballard in 2012,...
Vick Ballard Contract Information:
Ballard agreed to a four-year, $2.24 million contract with the Colts in May of 2012.
Ballard (Achilles) was doing individual field work during this week's minicamp, but has not received medical clearance for full practice, the Indianapolis Star reports. He says it's a realistic goal for him to be ready on Aug. 1.
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Vick Ballard: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ballard tore his Achilles last year during a late-July practice, forcing him out for a second consecutive season following tearing an ACL early in the 2013 season. It's hard to predict how he'll fit into the Indianapolis offense until he returns to practice.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)He was carted off the field earlier Friday, and this is certainly the worst possible outcome for Ballard and the Colts. He was in the mix at running back, but it's now a distinct two-man competition between Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. Ballard will likely miss the entire 2014-15 season, and this bolsters the value of the Colts' other main running backs.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)That the MRI is occurring in his lower leg would seem to hint that his knee isn't the concern, but rather the ankle region. This is consistent with the initial reports surrounding Ballard's injury, as a variety of reporters suspected the injury looked ankle-related as Ballard was carted out of practice. We'll watch for clarification on his status.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ballard tore his ACL in Week 2 of last season and said in early May he's close to 100 percent. However, we won't be able to gauge his progress this week. Ballard will compete against Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and Trent Richardson (shoulder) for playing time in training camp.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ballard will compete against Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and Trent Richardson (shoulder) for playing time in training camp. Both Ballard and Bradshaw are coming off significant injuries, and Richardson is coming off a season of poor performance. It's not clear at this point how the competition will play out, but at least Ballard looks set to be fully healthy at the start of training camp.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 5-10, 226-pound Ballard was set to take the lead role in Indy last year, but his torn ACL in Week 2 prompted the Colts to go out and deal for Trent Richardson. A tough, straight-ahead grinder, Ballard has below-average speed for a running back and isn't a great pass-catcher – factors that are likely to work against him as he battles Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw for carries in training camp. While Ballard saw 211 carries as a rookie in 2012, he didn't wow anyone with his 3.9 YPC, suggesting that his floor is no higher than Richardson's, while his ceiling is far lower. Even though he healed up well over the offseason, he'll most likely be relegated to a tertiary role this year behind Richardson and Bradshaw. Unless Richardson and Bradshaw fall victim to injury and/or ineffectiveness, he probably won't see more than a couple of carries per game.
Ballard took the lead in the Indianapolis backfield after Donald Brown suffered a knee injury in Week 5 and brought some stability to the role. At 5-10, 217, Ballard combines tough between-the-tackles running with enough wiggle to make defenders miss. While coach Chuck Pagano had named Ballard the No. 1 back in May, Ahmad Bradshaw's signing in June likely relegates Ballard to a timeshare. Moreover, Bradshaw is a tough short-yardage runner and outstanding in blitz pick-up, so he could get most of the third-down and goal-line work. Bradshaw is injury prone, however and not likely to see a full workload, so Ballard should see his share of early-down work while spelling him.
Ballard, a 2012 fifth-round pick will compete with Donald Brown and Delone Carter for the bulk of the Colts' tailback duties. Neither Brown nor Carter were particularly outstanding in their opportunities last season, meaning Ballard could see a fair share of carries during the season with a strong training camp. Nothing about Ballard's game is flashy, but he's decent or better in most areas. He has a feature-back build and does a good job of running low, and helps his odds of playing three downs by showing pretty good hands.