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|With aging starter Willis McGahee ill-suited to handle a full workload in a Denver offense that will rely on the passing game far more than it did in 2011 and Knowshon Moreno at a career crossroads due to injuries, ineffectiveness and off the field issues, the Broncos used a 3rd round pick to acquire Hillman. At 5’9” and 200 pounds, Hillman doesn’t have prototypical size but he may possess enough quickness, speed and lateral agility to eventually start in the Denver backfield. But that’s not likely to happen with Willis McGahee coming off a solid season in 2011. As with all rookie running backs, Hillman will need to prove his worth as a pass blocker in order to earn significant playing time, especially so with Peyton Manning having missed all of 2011 due to injury. Hillman rates as a high-end RB4 with upside in 2011 and move him higher in leagues that utilize the PPR scoring system. As a dynasty prospect, Hillman has a solid chance to earn the starting role as early as next season making him a valuable commodity.
Comment: Hillman has been bothered by a hamstring injury during camp.
| Hillman has yet to practice this week -- Thu Nov 13 3:40 pm --|
|At Broncos practice - No Ronnie Hillman (foot) or Nate Irving (knee). (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: We did a blurb on Hillman being out at least two weeks on Monday and this suggests nothing has changed in that regard. Montee Ball, who is reportedly down to about 212 pounds after dropping 12 pounds during his five-week recovery from a groin injury, is expected to return this week. Publicly, HC John Fox has stated the Broncos will ride the "hot hand" and feature "who's healthy." The player who fits both criteria right now is C.J. Anderson.
| Hillman expected to miss at least two weeks -- Mon Nov 10 4:55 pm --|
HC John Fox calls midfoot sprain "day-to-day" injury
|C.J. Anderson emerged just in time. Montee Ball is returning from injury just in time.
The Broncos will be without Ronnie Hillman for at least two weeks after the starting running back suffered a midfoot sprain in his left foot Sunday, according to an NFL source. Broncos coach John Fox confirmed the injury, but only said Hillman was day-to-day. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: One of the backfield situations ripe with fantasy points on a weekly basis appears to have no clear leader right now. Fox stated Monday that his will depend "first and foremost" on "who's healthy", making Week 10 star C.J. Anderson the odds-on favorite for this week against the Rams. Ball is expected back after recovering from a five-week groin injury and dropped 12 pounds while he was away. Hillman's likely absence may allow Ball to fulfill his preseason fantasy hype after all.
| Montee Ball likely to miss several weeks -- Mon Oct 6 6:30 pm --|
|Broncos running back Montee Ball will not require surgery to repair the strained groin he suffered during a non-contact play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
However, Ball is expected to be sidelined several weeks, according to two NFL sources. Ball underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday.
FF Today's Take: While HC John Fox would only say that he would "kind of update" the media on Wednesday, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reported that the second-year back's teammates expected him to miss 2-3 weeks. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson, who was inactive in Week 5 because he doesn't play special teams, figure to get the first shot at leading a likely committee backfield while Ball is out. Impressive UDFA Juwan Thompson could also be in the mix as well.