Bigpop wrote:I don't know...I mean I have him on my team and I watched the game. I was not impressed. He had one really nice run, which got the TD but he was pretty average tbh, at least imo.
Truth is, it's not entirely Brown's fault. Albeit, those two passes he dropped were all on him. However,the offensive line is a disaster. Aside from Anthony Castonzo on the left side, they really have a patchwork line. If you watched the game, Seth Olsen might have suffered one of the worst games in Colts history - allowing every would-be tackler behind the line of scrimmage a free shot at both Donald Brown and Vick Ballard before they even got to the line of scrimmage. It's a nightmare to watch from a fan's perspective. Still, I think Brown's quickness and ability to get nasty in the open field will keep him on the field a lot and he is without a doubt the best goalline back on the team. Top ten is a stretch, but he's still a very good #2 running back to own.
Great perspective 3D. Hope they can shore up that Oline well enough they don't kill Luck. Brown doesn't exactly have the most favorable schedule to run on, either. A lot of things will have to fall together for him to threaten the top ten.
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Donald Brown underwent knee surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Brown tore some cartilage in his knee on his final touch of the Colts' Week 5 upset of the Packers. It's not a major injury and has been cleaned out by a simple scope. Remember that Trent Richardson underwent a similar procedure just a month before the season started and was ready to rock in Week 1. Vick Ballard will start Sunday's game against the Jets and Delone Carter will mix in as well. If Mewelde Moore (ankle) can suit up, he'll have a role too. Source: Mike Chappell on Twitter Oct 10 - 12:26 PM
The Colts will start rookie Vick Ballard at running back in Week 6 against the Jets. Donald Brown is out a minimum of two weeks. Displaying a downhill if straight-line running style and minimal short-area burst, workmanlike Ballard has managed just 42 yards on 21 carries playing behind Brown. He'll be pulled for Mewelde Moore on all passing downs, but will be a threat for 14-18 carries this week against a pathetic Jets run defense, which puts Ballard on the radar as a low-end RB2/flex. Don't expect anything flashy during Ballard's stint as the Colts' starter, but he should have healthy workloads and an improving offense on his side. He's certainly worth grabbing in all fantasy leagues. Source: Phillip B. Wilson on Twitter Oct 10 - 1:00 PM
Vick Ballard is Edgerrin James reborn (maybe reborn as a bad version of the Edge, but reborn none-the-less)...
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Colts running back Vick Ballard takes on more responsibility 7:02 PM, Nov 6, 2012 Written by Phil Richards
Beating Miami on Sunday did more than hoist the Indianapolis Colts within two games of AFC South leader Houston and give them the third best record in the conference. It served to clearly delineate the hierarchy among their running backs.
With Donald Brown limited to three snaps due to a sore and swollen knee, rookie Vick Ballard started and demonstrated growing command of the position. He did everything Brown would have been asked to do.
Ballard ran 16 times for 60 yards. He caught three passes for 38 yards and he handled the gamut of responsibilities required of a third-down specialist in the Colts offensive system: he blocked in passing situations and set up all over the field -- in the backfield, in the slot and out wide.
"It was originally Mewelde (Moore) and Vick has now grown into that spot," interim coach Bruce Arians said. "Donald, we thought, was going to be able to go and play on third down, and the knee just wouldn't let him. So Vick stepped up and Delone (Carter) stepped up."
Moore is a nine-year veteran signed in June by the Colts after he was released by Pittsburgh. Moore was marginally effective for the Colts as a third-down back until his release last week. The Colts felt Ballard was ready.
Brown's absence provided an opening for Carter, who ran eight times for 31 yards against the Dolphins.