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RB Kalen Ballage - Miami Dolphins

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

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 at BUF 26 12 47 0 1 1 1 0 1 3.8

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

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

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 17 vs BUF (12 / 47 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

There really is not one Dolphin that had a great game, but Ballage seemed to be the best of the worst on the ground today. He led the backfield in carries and yards this week. It has been surprising to see the Dolphins go with Ballage over Drake, but they are also playing in a meaningless week 17 game against an above average Buffalo defense. Ballage ripped off the longest run on the ground with a 16-yard sprint through the second level of the defense, but this was the only real success he found today. He caught his lone target for a single yard and took a back seat to Drake through the air. It was an interesting mix in the play calling with Ballage overtaking the role left by the injured Gore. It will be interesting to see what Miami does with their running back group next season. Ballage has at least earned an extended look during training camp with how he has performed down the stretch.

2018 Week 16 vs JAX (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

Like Bolden, Ballage only really had a single play that made a huge difference on offense. He had 4 carries and racked up 6 of his 10 yards on a single play. His big play came on a 31-yard screen play down the sideline. Ballage was targeted 4 times in the passaging game and caught half of those. He is trying to establish himself in a suddenly crowded Miami back field. After losing Gore, everyone else is fighting to pick up those carries and establish themselves in the offense. Ballage looks to be behind Drake and Bolden on the depth chart but may move up after his big reception and the fumble by Bolden. The winner could serve as the backup to Drake next season if the Dolphins do not bring back Gore.

2018 Week 15 vs MIN (12 / 123 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

After Brandon Bolden stepped up last week against his former team, Ballage got his chance this week against the Vikings. After Gore went down in the 1st quarter it was Ballage that got the carries out of the back field. He led the team with 12 carries and ripped off the longest play for either team. Ballage took the ball off the right tackles for the 75-yard score. The Vikings had committed to the other side and there was no defender close to making the play. Outside of the big run, he had 11 carries for 48 yards and it was not enough to help keep the Dolphins in the game. As a team, Miami averaged 7.8 yards per carry, but it was not enough. Ballage does not figure to see a starring role next week, even if Gore is ruled out. Expect Drake to take control of the back field again when the game is closer and on the line.


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