Finding a viable weekly starter at running back in the middle rounds of a fantasy draft is much easier said than done.
That's what makes Ahmad Bradshaw of the Indianapolis Colts such an intriguing draft-day option.
Bradshaw is currently the 30th running back off draft boards, according to My Fantasy League, with an ADP in the seventh round.
Given his likely status as lead back for the Colts and top-20 fantasy finish last year in leagues that award a point for receptions, that may sound like a steal.
That is, until you look at the ground.
Until recently that would have meant spotting Bradshaw in a walking boot, one that the 27-year-old has been sporting since surgery on his troublesome foot.
Jene Bramel of FootballGuys (subscription required), who also happens to be a physician, recently reported that, "Assuming reports of Bradshaw's surgery -- a revision of the screw holding together the chronic stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal -- are correct, he should have been fully recovered within 12 weeks of the January surgery."
That's what you call a red flag, folks.
However, Bradshaw has been activated from the PUP list, and while he won't see any preseason action, Bradshaw is expected to be ready for Week 1.
When Should You Draft Him?
The foot is obviously a concern, but if he's at or near 100 percent, Bradshaw is a much more complete back than Vick Ballard, and Bradshaw would at the very least be the front end of a committee attack.
It's a risky pick, but the simple fact is that running backs with top-20 upside available in the sixth round or later don't grow on trees.
Given that he's going in the same range as Chris Ivory of the New York Jets and Rashard Mendenhall of the Arizona Cardinals (each of whom have injury worries of their own), Bradshaw is worth a look at his current ADP, especially from fantasy owners who eschew the running back position early.