The team announced Wednesday that they have come to an agreement with 29-year-old running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who has spent the last two seasons with the Colts:
On the surface, this is a move for depth. Frank Gore is no spring chicken, and Josh Robinson has done very little as his backup. However, the addition of Bradshaw is slightly intriguing for fantasy purposes.
For one, he’s been very successful with the Colts. In 13 games over the last two seasons, he has tallied 953 yards (611 rushing, 342 receiving), 45 receptions and 10 touchdowns. That’s a 16-game pace of 1,172 yards and 12 scores. He was a stud before breaking his leg last year, and as Pro Football Focus’ Mike Clay suggested, he probably didn’t sign to sit on the bench:
Fantasy owners in need of running back help–especially those in PPR leagues–should take a flier on Bradshaw. He isn’t going to supplant Gore as the starter, but he knows this system, he has chemistry with Andrew Luck and he’s very good as a pass-catcher. He should immediately help on passing downs, and 8-to-10 touches isn’t out of the question. At the very least, he makes a lot of sense for Gore owners as insurance.
That said, there are plenty of question marks, most notably the fact he hasn’t played since breaking his leg last November. He isn’t likely to have a huge role right away, so don’t drop someone valuable for him.