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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 2 - 35 127 3.6 1 5 5 45 9.0 0 23.2 11.6
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
RB1RB1 Montee Ball
RB2RB2 C.J. Anderson
RB3RB3 Ronnie Hillman
Broncos Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Monte Ball to suit up Saturday night
Revovering from appendectomy on Aug. 4th
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Aug 23, 11:30 am

Denver Broncos
Broncos starters Von Miller and Montee Ball are expected to make their 2014 preseason debuts Saturday. Ball, the Broncos' top tailback, has been out since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4. He did little physically for two weeks, then was medically cleared for full practice participation Monday. Emmanuel Sanders, a starting receiver who missed the Broncos' preseason game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers with a strained quad, also is expected to play. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: Ball began taking 11-on-11 reps Thursday. Don't expect a huge workload for Broncos projected starting tailback tonight but it is a good sign to see him active in the third preseason game. He remains a fantasy RB1 prospect in the late first or early second round or redraft leagues.


Injury Ball takes part in individual drills on Wednesday
Continuing recovery from appendectomy
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 21, 5:40 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos RB Montee Ball, who returned to practice Tuesday, did more in Wednesday's workout, taking part in individual drills as well as some work in 7-on-7 with the starters. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Ball underwent the knife on Aug. 4 and the typical recommended recovery for most non-professional athletes is roughly four weeks, so it is a positive that he is already participating as much as he is. There is hope now that Ball will be able to take a few snaps in the final preseason game. The second-year back has top-five upside, but is coming off the board in the early second round in most drafts.


Injury Montee Ball participating in non-contact practice
Broncos RB recovering from appendectomy
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Aug 19, 1:30 pm

Denver Broncos
Although there has been no official word from the Broncos about Montee Ball’s recovery from an appendectomy, reporters in Denver are passing along word that Ball is on the practice field for the Broncos today. The Broncos have a non-contact practice today, so Ball is just doing drills, but the fact that he’s on the practice field suggests that he’s making good progress in his recovery. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Ball is expected to be on the field for Week 1 but it remains to be seen if he will get any action in the Broncos remaining preseason games. Getting cleared for contact is the next step.


Injury Montee Ball released from hospital
Still expected to be ready for season opener
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 7, 3:10 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos RB Montee Ball was released from a local hospital and was recovering at his Denver-area home Wednesday, two days after undergoing an appendectomy. The first week after any surgical procedure always is the toughest, and it's uncertain whether Ball will be able to attend the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night. There is hope Ball will be able to get a tuneup carry or two in the Broncos' third preseason game, although that might be ambitious. The Broncos are confident Ball will play in their season opener Sept. 7, however. (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: It would be unwise for the Broncos to push Ball to play in the third preseason game, since he has little to gain and a lot to lose. Owners need to keep expectations in check for the first week or two of the regular season as well since he may just be getting back into "football shape" at that point. Ronnie Hillman is expected to start Thursday's preseason opener.


Injury Ball to undergo appendectomy on Monday
Expected to ready for Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 4, 4:15 pm

Denver Broncos
Broncos RB Montee Ball will undergo an appendectomy today but is expected to be ready for regular-season opener vs. Colts, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Some athletes have returned quickly from appendectomies - Titans LG Andy Levitre was cleared to practice about two weeks after his late July surgery - but the normal recovery period is 4-6 weeks. While Ball should be expected to go for the opener, it should come as a surprise if he begins the regular season a bit slow. Ronnie Hillman is reportedly ahead of C.J. Anderson for the backup job, so stay tuned.


Ball "vastly improved" in passing game
Broncos have cleared the way for second-year RB to shine
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 17, 5:20 pm

Denver Broncos
If you’re looking for a player for whom the Broncos have cleared the way to shine most, it’s Montee Ball, who was the most effective runner in Denver with the ball in his hands over the last six weeks of the season/postseason. He’s smart and has the requisite work ethic, and the Broncos have seen vast improvements in his work as both a receiver and blocker in the passing game. That gives him the gotta-have-it, every-down potential in their offense. The Broncos aren’t looking to run the ball significantly more than they did in 2013, but when they do, they want to move the chains more efficiently. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Ball's current ADP of 1.12 seems like a steep price to pay for an "unproven" lead or feature back, but it is not an unfair one for a player that is a better all-around performer than Knowshon Moreno, who was a top-five back in most formats in 2013. The Broncos are probably hoping Ball is able to effectively handle 75 percent of the snaps, only sprinkling in C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman in blowouts or when Ball needs a breather.



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

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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