Those who took a chance on Ahmad Bradshaw in their fantasy football draft were given quite the jolt on Sunday when Bradshaw responded to his new starting role with 65 rush yards and a 1-yard touchdown run. Vick Ballard‘s torn ACL means that the Indianapolis Colts will almost exclusively be using Bradshaw to handle the rushing load, which should make fantasy owners giddy.
With that being said, just how much trust should we place in Bradshaw on a weekly basis?
Keep in mind that the ex-New York Giants running back has missed six games since the start of the 2011 season with multiple ankle and foot injuries. In fact, Bradshaw started Colts training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, so he’s not exactly the man of steel that the media likes to portray him as. Even still, he is Indianapolis’ go-to running back from here on out with Ballard’s devastating knee injury.
Taking a look at the Colts’ schedule might make you want to second-guess all of the optimism as Indy plays the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Texans all before Week 9. Each of these three teams have rather potent run defenses, which means Andrew Luck and company might have trouble moving the ball very well.