|Ronnie Hillman expected to start -- Sun Nov 1 8:00 am --|
C.J. Anderson will be in the mix
|Multiple NFL sources confirmed Ronnie Hillman will get his first start of the season tonight against the Green Bay Packers.
It had been reported earlier in the week by 9NEWS that Hillman would get the majority of the carries but head coach Gary Kubiak would not decide until closer to game time whether his fourth-year running back from San Diego State would start.
FF Today's Take: We've expected to Hillman to get the majority of snaps this week against Green Bay regardless if he gets the starting nod. C.J. Anderson has struggled out of the gate, battling nagging injuries. Hillman is our No.14 running back for Week 8.
|C.J. Anderson was banged up early on -- Wed Oct 28 8:55 pm --|
Broncos running back admits injuries hampered him early in the year
|The bye week came for a perfect time for Broncos running back C.J. Anderson. Early ankle and toe injuries limited him in practice in the seasonís opening weeks, but he hasnít been on the injury report in weeks. That doesnít mean he still wasnít banged up. Anderson wasnít willing to go as far to say he is fully healthy, but he did say heís felt better than he has in a while.
FF Today's Take: Denver's running game has not produced the same type of stats that fantasy owners were expecting. However, C.J. Anderson's runs in overtime of Week 7 and his recent comments during the bye week are encouraging signs that he can regain his form during the second half of the fantasy season. Nevertheless, the fantasy potential of Denver's rushing attack is capped so long as they employ a timeshare that includes Ronnie Hillman.
|Kubiak: Hillman has the "hot hand" -- Mon Oct 5 6:05 pm --|
"Ronnie deserves more touches"
|Gary Kubiak on C.J. Anderson/Ronnie Hillman: "I think deserve Ronnie deserves some more touches. He's got the hot hand right now." (Sirius XM Radio)|
FF Today's Take: The constant unrest within the Broncos' offensive line hasn't really given Anderson - an inside runner - a chance to get his season off the ground. Hillman's big runs this season have come mostly on perimeter runs - an area where he gets to exhibit his game-breaking speed - so he's the better fit for Denver right now. Consider Hillman a low-end RB2 that is big-play reliant and keep Anderson stashed. If Denver finds some continuity up front, he'll have value down the road.
| C.J. Anderson feels toe injury no longer an issue -- Thu Sep 24 5:00 pm --|
Will continue receiving treatment
|C.J. Anderson has not missed a practice, but he continues to be listed on the injury report because of the toe injury he suffered late in the Week 1 win over Baltimore. He practiced again Thursday and said this week that the off-days after last Thursday's win over Kansas City helped him heal. Anderson said Wednesday that he continues to receive treatment on the toe.
"I'm fine now," Anderson said. "I don't think it affected me. ... I'm impatient, but it's going to be one of those nagging things for the season that I take care of."
FF Today's Take: The Denver Post's Troy Renck has suggested Anderson has one more game as the starter before the Broncos' backfield turns into a full-blown committee or Ronnie Hillman passes him on the depth chart. Whether that's likely not the case, what we do know is that Denver's run-blocking has been atrocious (second-worst score per Pro football Focus). The healing on the field should begin this Sunday night against the Lions'struggling run defense.
| C.J. Anderson to play Thursday night -- Thu Sep 17 5:25 pm --|
Working through toe and ankle injury
|Not much of a surprise, but despite being listed as questionable with a toe injury, Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will play tonight, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Despite conflicting reports earlier in the day, Anderson is expected to draw the start in Kansas City after getting in a limited practice on Wednesday. Last year's second-half standout probably should be expected to cede a few more carries than usual to Ronnie Hillman if he is limited in any way, but it also wouldn't come as a surprise if tops 20 carries if the ground game starts clicking like it did at the end of Week 1.
| D. Thomas, C.J. Anderson nursing minor injuries -- Mon Sep 14 4:40 pm --|
Top WR dealing with hand concern, RB has sprained toe
|Demaryius Thomas finished Sunday's season opener with seven catches for 60 yards and a sore hand. He said he planned to have his hand X-rayed after injuring it during the game.
C.J. Anderson said he suffered a sprained toe, although he didn't miss much time. The Broncos' starting running back slogged through tough runs against the Ravens' stout defense, gaining 29 yards on 12 carries. Ronnie Hillman led the Broncos with 41 yards on 12 attempts. The Broncos rushed 25 times, with 11 coming on their final scoring drive. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: HC Gary Kubiak called both players "fine", so owners can probably expect Thomas and Anderson to resume their usual roles against Kansas City on Thursday night. Much has been made about Anderson rough 12-carry, 29-yard outing in Week 1, but it is not as if Ronnie Hillman (12 carries, 41 yards) thrived. Baltimore should be the toughest test the Denver running game should see all season, so unless there is a setback with the toe, Anderson should be a RB1 moving forward.
|Cowboys trying to acquire RB Ball from Broncos? -- Fri Sep 4 3:50 pm --|
Rumors abound that Dallas is looking to add the elusive RB
|After maintaining all offseason that they're perfectly happy with their running back triumvirate of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, the Dallas Cowboys are discussing a trade for Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball, according to a report from Vic Lombardi of CBS 104.3 in Denver. Ball, a former second-round pick out of Wisconsin, was the starter for the Broncos during the early part of the 2014 season, but the combination of injuries and ineffectiveness led to him losing carries to Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. He played in just five games, starting three, and carried 55 times for a total of 172 yards (3.1 per carry) and one touchdown. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: If Ball gets moved from Denver to Dallas, his fantasy value will receive a massive boost. With Randle and McFadden both underwhelming throughout camp and into the preseason, Ball would likely inherit the majority of the touches that were given to DeMarco Murray last year. Stay tuned...