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|At 6'2", 230 pounds, Kalen Ballage is a physical freak who rushed for 20 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Arizona State Sun Devils. Enticed by a size and speed mixture not often found in a 230-pound running back, the Dolphins drafted Ballage in the fourth round of the NFL draft. While his size and power make him an attractive sleeper to compete in a backfield with Kenyon Drake and Frank Gore, his inconsistent play at Arizona and the fact that he never rushed for more than 700 yards in a season are red flags. For now, Ballage is third in the pecking order for opportunities but does have some late-round flier appeal in 12-team redraft leagues.
|Starting RB job in Miami up for grabs?|
Camp battle may be more "competition than coronation"
By: Doug Orth | Fri Jun 1, 9:30 pm
|The truth is Kenyan Drake might be the starter. Or Frank Gore might be the starter. Drake might get most of the carries. Or Gore might get most of the carries. Or the two will share the carries in an almost equal distribution of work. The Dolphins will determine the roles in training camp during what will be more a competition than coronation. And, here's the lightly considered thing: The Dolphins really, really like rookie Kalen Ballage so far. No, he's not ready to push the incumbent Drake or possible future Hall of Famer Gore aside. But people within the organization have been whispering that he might be a significant factor before the 2018 season is over. (Miami Herald - Armando Salguero)|
FFToday's Take: Drake should obviously still be considered the favorite, but Gore didn't sign with Miami to be a little-used backup. Ballage may be the most talented player of the bunch, but he'll need to play up to his impressive skill set and not give the coaches any reason to send him to the doghouse as was the case during his time at Arizona State. Barring injuries at the position, Drake is a poor bet to live up to his draft status (currently 3.12 in PPR) despite his obvious talent.