RB Kalen Ballage - Miami Dolphins

6-2, 227Born: 12-22-1995College: Arizona StateDrafted: Round 4, pick 2018

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Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Dolphins running backs managed just 40 rushing yards in another blowout loss to start their season. This Miami team, on both sides of the ball, has been dreadful. It is tough for a rushing offense to find any rhythm when the offense as a whole has no way to sustain drives while their defense can't keep points off the board. The Dolphins were actually in the game by halftime last week, down by less than two touchdowns, but it was broken open quickly as the game went forward as this rushing offense had no chance to succeed. Their offensive line played just as bad as Footballguys Matt Bitonti had them ranked coming into last week--dead last in the league. Kenyan Drake has been the lead rusher, while Mark Walton found some minimal success on three carries last week. Kalen Ballage has seen a limited workload and looked very rough around the edges as well. All in all, this is not a rushing offense to be trusted as they are playing terribly behind the league's worst offensive line with one of the worst defenses in the league, leading to a game script that will make it even more difficult to run the ball effectively. The Cowboys defense did a number on the Redskins in Week 2, holding them to just 47 rushing yards with lead back Adrian Peterson averaging only 2.5 yards per attempt. This was a nice bounceback performance after giving up 120 yards on the ground to Saquon Barkley in Week 1. However, the Cowboys still rank last in the league in yards per rush attempt allowed to running backs, giving up just over six yards per carry. The defensive line looked better last week with Maliek Collins turning in a solid performance, but they still have some question marks up front as play against the run from their defensive ends has been suspect in both games. To make matters worse, starting defensive tackle Antwaun Woods was forced from last week's game with a knee injury. Reports indicate he will miss a few weeks, and while Woods was not necessarily a cornerstone of this defensive line, his absence will likely not improve this unit's play. The linebacker position also remains a soft spot as both Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith have not lived up to expectations. Vander Esch even missed a tackle on Adrian Peterson to allow a goal-line touchdown last week. If the Dolphins can keep this game in a place conducive to making an effort towards establishing the run, they may have a shot at some limited success. However, it would be a long shot as this is still the league's worst offensive line leading what has looked to be an equally bad offense in total.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs BAL 20 5 -1 0 1 1.0 13 0 0 1.2
2 vs NE 21 4 6 0 5 1.0 6 0 0 1.2
3 at DAL PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * 1.6 * * * *
3 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * 1.9 * * * *
3 at DAL PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 1.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Kalen Ballage's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs NE (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

It is tough being the back up running back on a team that is unable to even utilize their starting running back. Ballage was given the ball 4 times and averaged 1.5 yards per carry. He was targeted 5 times but only came down with a single reception. Both Fitzpatrick and Rosen were under heavy pressure and rushed the passes towards Ballage. Drake is still the starter in Miami and at the current rate of the offense there will not be a lot of opportunity for Ballage.

2019 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

It was surprising to see the Dolphins give Ballage the ball 5 times. This led the team in carries, and he rewards them with -1 yards on the ground. Ballage had a long run of 6 yards and then was unable to pass the line of scrimmage again on his other 4 carries. He did manage to catch his lone target and take it for 13 yards, but the damage had already been done on the ground. The team was playing catch up and abandoned the run early, but there appeared to be no sign of life from Ballage this week with the limited looks he got.

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Schedule

3@ Dallas Cowboys
4vs Los Angeles Chargers
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Washington Redskins
7@ Buffalo Bills
8@ Pittsburgh Steelers
9vs New York Jets
10@ Indianapolis Colts
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Cleveland Browns
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ New York Jets
15@ New York Giants
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ New England Patriots