Ahmad Bradshaw (RB)

09/03/2013 10:04 am by in Fantasy Football Expert Analysis, Player Spotlights, Running Backs

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Ahmad Bradshaw will give fantasy owners a lot to be happy about this season in offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s west coast hybrid offense, as long as he and his offensive line stay healthy.

Though Ahmad Bradshaw did not participate in any preseason games his due to be the featured back in what some are calling an RBBC, though that is misleading. Fantasy owners can expect Bradshaw to carry the load and be a three down back. He is the better receiver out of the backfield and one of the best pass protectors at the running back position in the NFL. Vick Ballard looks like he will be used as a short yardage, occasional goal line back and isn’t a viable threat to Bradshaw’s carries.

Ahmad Bradshaw has a career yard per carry average over 4.5 yards. Ballard averaged 3.8 last season and 3.2 in the preseason. With the Colt’s first game against a Raiders defense that was a top five matchup for running backs last season fantasy owners can anticipate Bradshaw having flex value this weekend. His value goes up in ppr leagues but stays within the RB3 range.

The schedule Bradshaw faces early in the season include matchups against the 49ers, Seahawks, Broncos, Chargers and Texans. All top ten units against the fun in 2012. However the second half of the schedule, at least at this point, looks very favorable with six of seven matchups against teams ranked in the bottom half of run defenses in 2012. While those rankings are sure to change during this season FFX subscribers can watch for that impatient owner frustrated early in the season and possibly acquire Bradshaw for a playoff run around the mid-season mark.

The Colt offensive line is an overall concern. As a unit they are in the bottom third in pass protection and run blocking. Their starters are adequate, but they have little depth. That the Colts had such a successful 2012 campaign speaks to the quality of their offensive skill players. That effectiveness and production should grow this season and Ahmad Bradshaw’s value will be maintained as a result.

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