Bradrick Shaw
Running BackRB
Wisconsin Badgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Shaw missed all of the 2018 season due to a devastating leg injury that occurred late in 2017. In his absence, Taiwan Deal -- who has since graduated -- and Garrett Groshek served as the two complement backs to Jonathan Taylor. Groshek remains on hand as a third-down receiving back, while Shaw will likely slot in as the primary backup when Taylor needs a breather. Shaw's 2017 season didn't go as planned, seeing a major dip to 3.8 yards per carry from the 5.2 he averaged as a freshman in 2016. That issue has seemingly drifted into the rearview with the news that he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Shaw's 2019 outlook certainly won't be as bright as it looked heading into 2017, but he could gain fantasy relevance as the second-string back in a run-heavy Wisconsin offense. Read Past Outlooks
Cleared for camp
RBWisconsin
August 14, 2019
Shaw (knee) was cleared to participate for the start of Wisconsin's training camp earlier this month, Evan Flood of 247Sports.com reports. "He's full-go. His strength numbers are as good as they've ever been," running backs coach John Settle said. "We're going to give him an opportunity to get in there with the 1's from day one and see where he is. He'll have every opportunity to compete and see if he can help us win in the fall."
ANALYSIS
Before taking part in drills the past couple of weeks, Shaw hadn't seen a live carry in a game or practice since November 2017, when he tore his ACL in the Badgers' regular-season finale versus Minnesota. The injury kept Shaw sidelined for all of 2018 and this past spring, but Settle's comments suggest the extended time off to heal up proved beneficial to the back. The redshirt senior will be one of several players competing for No. 2 duties behind bellcow Jonathan Taylor, with the likes of Garrett Groshek, Nakia Watson, Brady Schipper and Julius Davis also in the mix for reps. Shaw notes that he intends to apply for a sixth season of eligibility in 2020, though he admitted he wasn't sure if he would use it if the NCAA grants it to him.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2018
Shaw joined the Badger backfield as a redshirt freshman in 2016 and displayed enough burst and power to earn himself the backup role behind senior tailback Corey Clement, finishing with 88 carries for 457 yards and five touchdowns. Although Clement departed via graduation, Shaw -- now a sophomore -- faces new competition in the form of Pittsburgh transfer Chris James. The tailbacks' complementary running styles and the lack of an established passing game could lead to strong workloads for both in 2017. However, Shaw caught just one pass last season (an area of proficiency for James), potentially limiting the sophomore's playing time to early downs. One or both figure to contribute heavily in Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's gameplan this season, but it wouldn't be surprising if the two both near 1,000 yards rushing. Shaw's size and physical running style could help him become the go-to option in goal line situations.
Shaw entered fall camp prior to the 2017 campaign as the expected starter for Wisconsin after impressing to the tune of 5.2 yards per carry as a freshman in 2016. He indeed held that role out of camp and performed well in the season opener, rushing 18 times for 84 yards and a score. A leg injury in the opener left the door open for freshman Jonathan Taylor, however, and Shaw would never see the starting role again. Shaw suffered another leg injury late in the season that carried over into the spring and is expected to cost him the season opener in 2018, clouding exactly how much he will be available for the Badgers. When healthy, he should work behind Taylor but ahead of Chris James, Garrett Groshek and Taiwan Deal. However, the trio behind him could see additional work early if he requires additional recovery time.
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Expects to be ready for fall
RBWisconsin
Knee
May 11, 2019
Shaw (knee) anticipates being a full participant in fall camp, Jesse Temple of The Athletic reports.
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Limited during spring drills
RBWisconsin
Knee
March 25, 2019
Shaw will be limited in spring practices, Zach Heilprin of 1670 AM The Zone reports.
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Deemed healthy for Week 9
RBWisconsin
October 22, 2018
Shaw (knee) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Saturday's game against Northwestern, Jesse Temple of The Athletic reports.
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Questionable for Saturday's game
RBWisconsin
Knee
October 15, 2018
Shaw (knee) is once again listed as questionable on Wisconsin's injury report prior to Saturday's game against Illinois, Jesse Temple of The Athletic reports.
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Out again in Week 7
RBWisconsin
Knee
October 11, 2018
Shaw (knee) remains sidelined for Week 7 against Michigan, Jesse Temple of The Athletic reports.
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