Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins
Ballage only had nine yards on nine carries Sunday against the Buffalo Bills with eight receiving yards, but he scored a touchdown on the ground while adding five catches. In two games as the last man standing in the Dolphins’ running back rotation it’s been gross for the Arizona State product, as he has averaged just 1.8 yards per carry (52 yards on 29 totes), but he is getting the majority of the carries with 10 targets over the two contests.
The next two games while Mark Walton served out his suspension are middle of the road (Cleveland Browns) and fairly tough (Philadelphia Eagles) for Ballage as the Dolphins’ lead back. Walton was waived on Tuesday morning after a troubling off-field incident. So Ballage is in line to be the unchecked lead back for Miami going forward, and if there was any faith in the other options the coaching staff would surely be making a better effort to deploy them.
Based purely on touch volume and occasionally falling into the end zone, Ballage is at least a viable flex play in leagues with 12 or more teams over the next two weeks. If he happens to stick in a notable role after Walton’s return, promising matchups against the New York Giants (Week 15) and Cincinnati Bengals (Week 16) loom.
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