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RB Vick Ballard - Indianapolis Colts

5-10, 219Born: 7-16-1990College: Mississippi StateDrafted: Round 5

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Ballard suffered a torn achilles in a training camp practice while running a route. He's out for the 2014 season.

Week 13: vs Washington Redskins

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Colts lost Ahmad Bradshaw to IR, but they promptly found another back to split up the work load with Trent Richardson - Dan Herron started against the Jaguars (Richardson was said to be 'under the weather' last weekend) and piled up 12/65/0 rushing and 5/31/0 receiving for the Colts during the win over Jacksonville. Richardson did plow in a TD with his usual sub-4.0 yards per carry average (13/42/1 rushing with one target for zero receptions), which saved fantasy owners who were excited about his chance to finally become the Colts' featured back - but the bottom line here is that Herron looks like the better option for the Colts entering Week 13. The Washington defense has been saddled with an inept passing attack since Robert Griffin III returned to the field - mercifully, the team has pulled the plug on him for 2014 and set Colt McCoy up as their caretaker going forwards. This may help the offense do a better job of changing field position so that the defense isn't always defending a short field. Last week, in San Francisco, the Washington defensive front held the 49ers' backs to 29/66/1, and two weeks ago they limited the Buccaneers' backs to 21/48/0 on the ground. This defensive front has been stout despite the struggles on offense. Herron and Richardson have a tough matchup ahead on Sunday.

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Schedule

13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs Houston Texans
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17@ Tennessee Titans