Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the RB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
After replacing injury-prone Donald Brown as the Colts’ starting tailback in mid-October, Ballard was a competent workhorse runner during the rest of his 2012 rookie season. In four season-ending starts, which was his most productive stretch of the year, Ballard averaged 21 carries and 87 rushing yards per contest. Although he has good size (5-foot-10, 219 pounds) and runs with decent power, Ballard lacks play-making speed. The Mississippi State product averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, and his longest run in 211 rushing attempts was just 26 yards. Ballard is also a poor receiver, and he scored just three times. Indianapolis signed veteran Ahmad Bradshaw in early June, which likely torpedoed Ballard’s chances of having a breakout season. When healthy, Bradshaw is a far more talented and versatile three-down runner than Ballard, who is a former fifth-round pick. If Bradshaw can avoid the chronic foot problems that troubled him in past seasons, the seventh-year pro will have a significant role as a No. 1 or No. 2 tailback in the Andrew Luck-led offense. Depending on how Indianapolis divides up the backfield touches, it looks like Ballard will have low-end No. 3 fantasy running back value.