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Running Back, Denver Broncos

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Draft: 2013 Round 2 (28)
College: Wisconsin
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 215 DOB: 1990-12-05 Age: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#5 2 1.10

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2013 DEN 15 - 119 560 4.7 4 27 20 145 7.3 0 94.5 6.3
2014 DEN 5 - 55 172 3.1 1 13 9 62 6.9 0 29.4 5.9
2014 (Projected) DEN     251 1,106 4.4 10   43 335 7.8 2 216.1  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
When the Broncos selected Montee Ball with a second-round draft pick in 2013, it appeared as if the writing was finally on the wall for former first-round pick Knowshon Moreno to be worked out of the offense. That didn't happen, however, as concerns in pass protection and fumbling problems led to Ball playing second fiddle to Moreno throughout the year. Ball finished with just 120 carries for 559 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season and he had just one game all year with over 100 rushing yards. Now with Moreno out of the picture, the door appears to be wide open for Ball to come rolling in and take the job in one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history. The team appears to be fully invested in him and this is his chance to shine. There is no question that Denver is a pass-first offense, but that doesn't mean that there isn't still plenty of room for fantasy production from the running back position. Moreno finished as a top-five scoring running back in 2013 and that was with Ball still taking a significant number of carries. If Ball is given a more full workload, there's no reason to think that his upside couldn't mirror or even be better than what Moreno did a season ago. An emergency appendectomy has some worried that Ball won't be in football shape by the time the regular season rolls around. That's exactly the kind of thing you should warnother fantasy owners in your league about, effectively lowering Ball's stock before you swoop in and draft him. Appendectomies are considered “major surgery” but they do not require a long recovery time. Barring some unforeseen setback that would likely have nothing to do with his appendix, Ball will be out there in Week 1. He is about as much of a lock to hit 10 touchdowns this season as any player in the league. He is a perfect No. 2 running back or even low-end No. 1 for the owner who opts to snag a top player at another position in Round 1.

Comment: Moreno was fantasy top five last season as the main ball carrier in Denver. Ball is a better talent.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB3 C.J. Anderson
RB2RB4 Juwan Thompson
RB3RB2 Ronnie Hillman
RB4RB1 Montee Ball
Broncos Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Broncos lose Sanders, J. Thomas, Ball to injury
Denver RB re-aggravates groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 16, 8:00 pm

Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos' trip to this city has been a painful one. Tight end Julius Thomas, running back Montee Ball (groin) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) all suffered injuries in a 22-7 loss to the Rams. Thomas played just two series for the Broncos before leaving the game with an ankle injury and did not return. He had X-rays on his ankle at the stadium and was diagnosed with a sprain. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It was a rough afternoon for the Broncos on the injury front and the scoreboard. Sanders took a brutal hit early in the third quarter and left the game with a concussion. Ball's groin injury is the most critical as he already missed five weeks with the same injury. The re-aggravation may cost him multiple weeks or perhaps the season. C.J. Anderson should be the lead back moving forward.


Injury C.J. Anderson expected to start
Monte Ball will be the No.2 running back
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 16, 10:45 am

Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson did enough last week in the Broncos’ win at Oakland to earn his first NFL start here Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Anderson will start while Montee Ball, who grew up about 25 miles from St. Louis, will be the No. 2 back. Ball is returning from a groin injury that sidelined him the previous five games. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: This has been the conventional wisdom all week. Anderson and Ball faces a Rams defense that ranks 23rd in fantasy points allowed to running backs, a below average matchup.


Injury Hillman has yet to practice this week
Mid-foot sprain
By: Doug Orth | Thu Nov 13, 3:40 pm

Denver Broncos
At Broncos practice - No Ronnie Hillman (foot) or Nate Irving (knee). (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

FFToday'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.


Injury Hillman expected to miss at least two weeks
HC John Fox calls midfoot sprain "day-to-day" injury
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 10, 4:55 pm

Denver Broncos
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)

FFToday'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.


Injury Montee Ball likely to miss several weeks
Groin strain
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 6, 6:30 pm

Denver Broncos
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. (Denver Post)

FFToday'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.



2014 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 IND W 31-24 23 67 2.9 1 2 2 16 8.0 0 14.3
2 KC W 24-17 12 60 5.0 0 3 3 29 9.7 0 8.9
3 at SEA L 20-26 14 38 2.7 0 3 2 6 3.0 0 4.4
5 ARI W 41-20 6 7 1.2 0 3 2 11 5.5 0 1.8
11 at STL L 7-22 0 0 - 0 2 0 0 - 0 0.0

2013 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 BAL W 49-27 8 24 3.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2.4
2 at NYG W 41-23 12 16 1.3 0 2 2 27 13.5 0 4.3
3 OAK W 37-21 11 61 5.5 0 0 0 0 - 0 6.1
4 PHI W 52-20 8 24 3.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2.4
5 at DAL W 51-48 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.1
6 JAC W 35-19 3 15 5.0 0 2 0 0 - 0 1.5
8 WAS W 45-21 11 37 3.4 1 1 0 0 - 0 9.7
10 at SD W 28-20 5 20 4.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2.0
11 KC W 27-17 8 25 3.1 2 4 3 16 5.3 0 16.1
12 at NE L 31-34 7 40 5.7 0 3 3 17 5.7 0 5.7
13 at KC W 35-28 13 117 9.0 0 2 1 4 4.0 0 12.1
14 TEN W 51-28 15 77 5.1 1 4 3 10 3.3 0 14.7
15 SD L 20-27 3 -1 -0.3 0 5 5 49 9.8 0 4.8
16 at HOU W 37-13 4 32 8.0 0 1 0 0 - 0 3.2
17 at OAK W 34-14 10 72 7.2 0 3 3 22 7.3 0 9.4
DP SD W 24-17 10 52 5.2 0 0 0 0 - 0 5.2
CC NE W 26-16 12 43 3.6 0 4 3 13 4.3 0 5.6
SB SEA L 8-43 6 1 0.2 0 3 2 2 1.0 0 0.3
DP = Divisional Playoff CC = Conference Championship SB = Super Bowl

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