RB Kalen Ballage - Miami Dolphins
|6-2, 227||Born: 12-22-1995||College: Arizona State||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2018|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Oct 11): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
Week 6: vs Washington Redskins
FBG says: Good matchup. The Dolphins rushing offense takes the cake for worst in the league through Week 5. While they had a bye last week, the Dolphins still average just 51.8 rushing yards per game through four games--worst in the league by nearly 10 yards per game. Kenyan Drake's production has steadily increased week over week, but he is still hamstrung by a terrible offensive line--ranked worst in the league by Matt Bitonti of Footballguys. The Dolphins actually turned to Mark Walton in lieu of Kalen Ballage last game as Walton saw a season-high 13 snaps (25%). Walton rushed six times for 23 yards and looked mediocre. This is a rushing offense to simply avoid for fantasy purposes. If the Dolphins were to have a week to get their rushing offense on track, this may be the game to do so as the Redskins will be the best matchup they have faced this season. The Redskins are giving up 111 rushing yards per game to running backs--eighth-most in the league. They have allowed more than five rushing yards per carry to the lead running back in two of the last three weeks. While they were relatively tough on Wayne Gallman on the ground in Week 4, the Redskins regressed back to allowing Sony Michel to run all over them last week. Both Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne on the interior of their defensive line are strengths, as they can consistently win matchups in the trenches. Tim Settle has also worked in as a solid contributor. Linebacker is where it gets dicey for this group, as neither Jon Bostic nor Cole Holcomb has proven to be a consistent run-stopper. This defensive line should easily trump the Dolphins in the trenches, but Kenyan Drake should have an advantage if he can make it to the second level.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Kalen Ballage's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 3 vs DAL (8 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
It appears as if Miami is trying to get a good look at Ballage while they decide if they want to move on from Drake. He was given only 4 fewer carries and was targeted 3 times in the passing game this week. It was also Ballage that had his name called 3 straight times in a goal to go situation while the game was still close. He rushed for 5 yards on the first carry and then was stuffed at the line the next 2. Ballage caught 1 of his 3 targets for 10 yards and is not the same weapon out of the back field that Drake is. He looks better in pass protection than Drake and the Dolphins allowed the fewest sacks in a game so far this year with 3. Ballage rewarded Miami with 2.1 yards per carry and does not look like a lead back. There is no telling what they will do the rest of the season but Ballage is firmly entrenched as the number 2 right now.
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.
Latest NewsDolphins | Week 6 injury report for Miami (Fri Oct 11, 02:06 PM) - Miami Dolphins CB Johnson Bademosi (ankle), RB Kalen Ballage (foot), OL Jesse Davis (elbow), WR Jakeem Grant (hamstring), LB Trent Harris (foot), CB Xavien Howard (knee), S Reshad Jones (ankle), CB Chris Lammons (toe), S Bobby McCain (hamstring, shoulder), WR Albert Wilson (calf, hip) and CB Jomal Wiltz (groin) were limited in practice on Friday, Oct. 11, and are listed as questionable for Week 6 versus the Washington Redskins. C Daniel Kilgore (knee) was limited in practice Friday but has been removed from the injury report. DE Charles Harris (wrist) was a full participant in practice Friday, while RB Mark Walton (illness) was not given a practice designation; both players no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Dolphins | Kalen Ballage not use much in Week 4 (Mon Sep 30, 04:19 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage was on the field for only eight offensive snaps during the Week 4 game. Our View: The Dolphins are using Kenyan Drake as their lead back. Behind him, we've seen more from Mark Walton as a reserve runner. Ballage has struggled with the touches the Dolphins have given him in 2019.
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