Kalen Ballage
Kalen Ballage
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Miami Dolphins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Despite boasting all the athletic tools desirable in a workhorse running back, including blazing speed and imposing size, Ballage proved to be Miami's least effective backfield weapon in 2019. He averaged an abysmal 1.8 yards on 74 carries and 2.6 yards on 24 targets, the lowest marks of any of the team's running back options. After having failed to look like a competent ballcarrier in his sophomore season, the offseason additions of Jordan Howard and Matt Breida could have Ballage fighting for a roster spot. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $3.05 million contract with the Dolphins in June of 2018.
Battling for role
RBMiami Dolphins
August 9, 2020
Running backs coach Eric Studesville said he isn't giving up on Ballage, who has been joined by Jordan Howard and Matt Breida in the Miami backfield, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ballage may get his shot to earn a Week 1 role, but it likely would be a very limited one. With Howard and Breida locked in for roster spots, the Dolphins figure to have Ballage, Patrick Laird, Myles Gaskin and Malcolm Perry competing for one or two jobs. It's a situation where special teams value could make the difference, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for a 230-pounder with 4.46 speed who logged 292 ST snaps through the first two years of his career. However, Laird was a bigger factor on special teams last year, and he also showed far more ability in the passing game. This competition won't carry much fantasy intrigue unless Breida or Howard suffers an injury.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Kalen Ballage's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
5.4%
 
Positive Run %
68.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
74.1%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.4
 
Rushing TD %
4.1%
 
Touches Per Game
7.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
34.4%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.11
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.5%
 
% Team Targets
3.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
60.9%
 
Drop Rate
17.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kalen Ballage's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash, and Shuttle Time metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
231 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.44 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.91 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
122 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
32.75 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kalen Ballage
Training Camp Notes: August 11
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A.J. Brown was remarkably good in his rookie year, but the second-year receiver hopes to find another level yet by improving his late-game conditioning.
Training Camp News: August 9
3 days ago
DeAndre Washington could be in line to share backfield work with Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Job Battles: New Dolphins Backfield Duo
19 days ago
Jordan Howard doesn't offer much as a pass catcher, but an improved Dolphins defense could provide run-viable game scripts for Miami. Also looking at Browns WRs behind Beckham and Landry.
NFL 2020: Using Vacated Carries to Identify Opportunity
33 days ago
Jerry Donabedian breaks down some of the backfields that experienced offseason turmoil, starting with both Los Angeles teams.
Dynasty Watch: Six to Sell
65 days ago
With Preston Williams (ACL) due to return and the Dolphins much improved with both their defense and rushing offense, DeVante Parker is one of six players whose value could dip in 2020.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Stuck behind Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore, Ballage was basically invisible to begin his rookie season, seeing most of his action on special teams and not playing more than eight offensive snaps in a game until Week 15, when Gore got hurt in the first quarter. Ballage immediately seized his opportunity, erupting for 123 yards and a TD on only 12 carries. The Arizona State product fizzled the final two weeks, but that performance was enough for Miami to let Gore walk in free agency and head into 2019 with Ballage poised for a much larger role. Athletically, he has all the tools you want in a feature back, and his wheels in the open field are elite --- on his 75-yard TD run against Minnesota he topped out at 21.87 mph, the seventh-fastest speed recorded in the league last year. Ballage never really put everything together in college, though, and one good week in the pros does not a career make. With Drake at the top of the depth chart, the second-year back's workload is no sure thing, but new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea's background under Bill Belichick hints at a backfield committee. The team didn't bring in much competition in the draft or free agency, so Ballage should get every opportunity to demonstrate he can handle more snaps, especially after Drake suffered a foot injury in mid-August.
Ballage looks the part of a future NFL feature back before the pads come on. At an imposing 6-1, 228, the Arizona State product ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the combine, and his athleticism was on full display as a junior when he exploded for an FBS single-game record eight TDs against Texas Tech. Despite his gifts, Ballage fell to the fourth round in the 2018 draft due to his inability to put everything together. He doesn't run with as much power as his frame or gym strength would suggest, and despite his impressive straight-line speed he lacks the elusiveness or vision to get into the open field to use it. He does have some skills as a receiver and a return man, and that might be where he makes his mark as a rookie working behind Kenyan Drake. The Dolphins also signed 35-year-old Frank Gore to compete for backup work, but he's unlikely to play beyond 2018.
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Facing roster competition
RBMiami Dolphins
April 30, 2020
Ballage may not have a roster spot with the Dolphins in 2020, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports.
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Stout competition arrives
RBMiami Dolphins
Achilles
March 20, 2020
Ballage (Achilles) is facing competition for carries from new backfield mate Jordan Howard (shoulder), Chris Perkins of The Athletic reports.
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Should be healthy soon
RBMiami Dolphins
Leg
December 4, 2019
Ballage (Achilles) could be healthy within a few weeks, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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Lands on IR
RBMiami Dolphins
Leg
December 3, 2019
Ballage (leg) is headed to IR, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Leaves game Sunday
RBMiami Dolphins
Leg
December 1, 2019
Ballage is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Eagles due to a leg injury, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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