Its been reported that RB Ahmad Bradshaw was pulled over and arrested for possession of Marijuana and following to close (on Feb.5). Bradshaw is set to hit Free Agency after two season with the Colts. (Source: Bleacher Report)
Fantasy Impact: Solid RBs are hard to come by these days and lately it seems to be even more so for the Colts. This past season Ahmad Bradshaw racked up an impressive 725 total yards, eight touchdowns and showed how versatile he could be in the backfield with 38 receptions, all in just 10 games before his season ending injury (fractured fibula). No doubt Bradshaw is talented but over the course of his career injuries have plagued him time and time again and an additional wrinkle doesn't help his cause. Going into the offseason the Colts will have to evaluate their options at RB and fantasy owners will have to wait and see who emerges. If your hard press with a keeper/stash decision you may want to explore safer bets than the Colts current RB situation.
Bradshaw reportedly suffered his injury in the second half and was on crutches with a boot on his left foot as he left the locker room after the game. League sources have told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter that early reports indicate a broken ankle, but it's not known how many games he could miss. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This news comes as a big blow to the Colts offense. Even though he has split time and carries with Trent Richardson, he has always been much more effective as both a runner and receiver. This does help the value of Richardson a bit and gives "Boom" Herron a chance to show what he can do. Bradshaw's status will be updated throughout the week to confirm his status for Week 12 and beyond.
Shalise Manza Young reported in the Patriots Notebook that their defense is well aware the Colts plan to keep both of their running backs busy throughout the game. Vince Wilfork of New England has always believed that Ahmad Bradshaw has been overlooked. Wilfork stated "He's a tough runner. We knew that when he was at New York. I think he's so underrated as a running back. He's a small guy, but he can pack a punch." (Source: The Boston Globe)
Fantasy Impact: It's a clear statement from Wilfork that part of the Patriots game plan will be to limit or try to slow down Bradshaw in both the running and passing game. He remains the best backfield option for the Colts and should be heavily involved as a receiver as well. Continue to start him with confidence as solid RB2.
Bradshaw totaled 88 yards and 2 touchdowns in Sunday's blow-out win over the Bengals, but he also lost a fumble. Through seven games, Bradshaw is 3rd overall in the NFL in total touchdowns with 7 (1 rush; 6 receiving). (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Despite virtually no preseason fantasy expectations, Bradshaw is currently a Top 5 running back in standard and PPR. He is on pace for over 200 touches this season and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. Importantly, Bradshaw is getting lots of red zone work and has proved to be a crucial element in the passing game. Though he's getting RB2 rushing volume, he is a certified RB1 in PPR barring injury.
Bradshaw carried the ball 11 times for 34 yards (3.1 ypc). His longest run went for 13 yards. He also hauled in 3 receptions for 25 yards and a score. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Bradshaw now has 5 touchdowns on the season and remains the best running back on the Colts roster. It appears the coaching staff wants to keep him as fresh as possible since they still give much of the early down work to Trent Richardson. As long as Bradshaw can stay healthy he remains the Colts running back to own and start as a high-end flex or low-end RB2.
Bradshaw was able to out-produce starter Trent Richardson yet again, totaling 68 yards on 15 carries (4.5 YPC) and added 17 yards on four catches in the Colts Week 5 win against the Baltimore Ravens. (Source: Jason Mullins)
Fantasy Impact: Neither back was terribly productive but Bradshaw was once again able to do more with less work. He was able to gain 38 more all purpose yards than T-Rich, despite playing 17 less snaps. Despite the increased effectiveness of Richardson over the last few weeks, it appears Bradshaw is still the back to own. Up next is a Thursday night tilt in Houston against the Texans.
Ahmad Bradshaw put up another solid performance Sunday against the visiting Titans, rushing nine times for 32 yards (3.6 YPC) and added another 20 yards and a score on two catches. (Source: Jason Mullins)
Fantasy Impact: Bradshaw has looked like his old self, putting up one nice outing after another. He is still being out-touched by Trent Richardson but has been out-producing him pretty handily. Bradshaw remains an RB3/Flex consideration unless he garners a larger share of touches.
Ahmad Bradshaw totaled 65 yards on the ground (7.2 YPC) and added 18 yards and a score through the air on two catches. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Bradshaw was once again the most effective back for the Colts. Trent Richardson is still receiving more touches than Bradshaw but Bradshaw is proving to be more productive with less work. He also appears to be the preferred back in hurry-up situations. If Bradshaw can remain healthy, he will find himself in the RB2-3 conversation on a weekly basis.
Bradshaw carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards and caught the ball 5 times including two scores. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: For the second straight week he proved to be the better back for the Colts. Although Richardson had an improved performance against the Eagles, Bradshaw was more effective on fewer touches (5.4 ypc). He is the third down back and preferred option in the red zone. Start him with confidence as a high-end flex in their upcoming game against the Jaguars.
Ahmad carried the ball 3 times for 15 yards and caught 5 passes for 70 yards. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Although Bradshaw didn't start, he proved to be much more effective than Trent Richardson. He only carried the ball 3 times due to the Colts falling behind early, but still managed 5 yards per carry. Ahmad also displayed his skill in the open field and appears to be the better solution for the Colts at RB. Target him on the waiver wire as a potential RB3 or flex for your lineup.
Ahmad Bradshaw returned to the playing field in Saturday night's preseason game.
Fantasy Impact: While the stats weren't eye popping, (3 carries for 2 yards and 1 catch for 11) the Colts were certainly happy to have their best inside runner back in action. Trent Richardson will start the season getting a large portion of the carries as Bradshaw works himself back into form but it might not be long before this turns into an even 50/50 split. Target him as a grab and stash RB in the late rounds.
Ahmad Bradshaw has returned to full practice Tuesday. He has yet to see any pre-season game action but was seen wearing a blue jersey for the first time, which indicates he is able to take full contact. With a shortage of options of at RB, the Colts will need Bradshaw in peak form. (Source: Colts.com)
Fantasy Impact: Bradshaw could see a large role in the Colts offense if starter Trent Richardson continues to struggle. He was more effective than T-Rich last season prior to injury. His current ADP has him going in the 10th round after players like Tre Mason and Shonn Greene, which is crazy considering the role he should have in the Colts potent offense.
Ahmad Bradshaw plans on testing out his neck in week 2 or week 3 of the preseason. (Source: NBC Sports)
Fantasy Impact: Bradshaw has been wearing a red no contact jersey up to this point in camp. The Colts will want to see something out of him in game action sooner rather than later. As it stands, he is the handcuff to Trent Richardson but he might just end up being the better player player to own.
Ahmad Bradshaw is being limited in training camp practices, but it is not because of a setback or any other injury. Bradshaw has been practicing with a red jersey on which means he is off limits for contact and the defense isn't allowed to touch him. (Source: The Herald Bulletin)
Fantasy Impact: Bradshaw has not experienced any setbacks from his neck injury last year and is fully healthy. The Colts are just exercising caution with Bradshaw and want to make sure he enters the season with a slate of full health. Bradshaw is the handcuff to own for Trent Richardson owners this year and has been successful in the past given opportunity.
Bradshaw, returning from a season ending neck injury, is expected to see an increased role in the Colts backfield. Head coach Chuck Pagano illustrated confidence in Bradshaw, stating "We know how tough Ahmad is. . . . I'm not going to be pulling back on the reins." (Source: Colts.com)
Fantasy Impact: Bradshaw will compete with Trent Richardson for the lead role in the backfield. The two time 1000 yard rusher showed confidence in his recovery, saying "I feel great. This is a day that I've been waiting for - moving around in those pads." If the veteran back can stay healthy he is primed for a solid 2014 campaign.
Bradshaw, coming off a season ending neck injury from last year, will enter training camp in a three way competition with Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard for the lead role in the Colts' backfield. (Source: The Indianapolis Star)
Fantasy Impact: The Colts appear to be moving away from their run first approach from last season to a "score first" system per offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. That change will likely result in some sort of a running back by committee approach as the Colts have three solid candidates. Trent Richardson enters camp as the early favorite for the most touches even though he struggled to a 2.9 ypc average last season. It will be worth monitoring the first team reps as camp progresses to help bring some clarity to this situation.