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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.
| Melvin Gordon likely out Week 16 -- Thu Dec 22 7:00 pm --|
Farrow, Hillman expected to work in tandem again
|Chargers RB Melvin Gordon isn't practicing today. Looks like he'll be ruled out for game Saturday against the Browns. RBs Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman to play. (Tom Krasovic on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: No surprise here, and it is fair to wonder if the Chargers will bother bringing him back for Week 17 either. Farrow disappointed in a plus-spot against Oakland last week, but he'll have the matchup of a lifetime in a game San Diego should control throughout. A case can even be made to play Hillman as a low-end flex in really deep leagues.
| Melvin Gordon misses practice Wednesday -- Wed Dec 21 3:00 pm --|
Knee, hip injury
|Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) not practicing today. Yet to this week. Saturday would mark his second game missed to injuries. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gordon is dealing with knee and hip injuries. In his place last week, Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman combined for 24 touches and 87 total yards with no touchdowns against the Raiders. Even against the Browns, its going to be difficult to trust Farrow in a fantasy championship of DFS against.
| Melvin Gordon not expected to play -- Wed Dec 14 2:00 pm --|
Could return at some point this season
|Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip) is not expected to play Sunday vs. Raiders, per source. Remains a chance Gordon will play again this season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Gordon left on a cart last week but it's believed the injury is not as severe as rolling off the field would indicate. Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman should split carries this week against the Raiders with Farrow being the lead back.
| Melvin Gordon "day-to-day" -- Mon Dec 12 6:35 pm --|
Nursing hip strain and knee sprain
|Melvin Gordon suffered a hip strain and knee sprain Sunday in the first quarter of a 28-16 loss to the Panthers, coach Mike McCoy announced in a press conference. He called Gordon "day to day,” leaving the chance alive the second-year pro could return at some point during the final three games. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: He's more likely week-to-week, but it appears as if he's got a shot to make it back before the end of the regular season. Kenneth Farrow is almost certain to handle the early-down work in his absence, while Ronnie Hillman should be the primary third-down back. Both will be desperation RB3 options at best in Week 15 and will probably take a back seat in a likely pass-heavy game plan against the Raiders.