During his 2013 DirecTV promotional campaign, Broncos q...

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

During his 2013 DirecTV promotional campaign, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning visited with Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and gave all fantasy owners a head’s up regarding the looming emergence of tight end Julius Thomas.

This year, with Manning specifically promoting the launch of a DirecTV fantasy football channel, Manning has another piece of advice for fantasy owners: Montee Ball.

Manning mentioned Ball on multiple occasions during the interview, which lends credence to the idea that the the 2013 second-round pick will become a potential workhorse for the Broncos. As soon as he recovers from a recent appendectomy.

Fantasy Impact: 

No surprise here. We've had Ball ranked in the top 7 since Knowshon Moreno signed with the Dolphins. Ball had a higher YPC (4.7) than Moreno (4.3), but wasn’t quite the weapon in the passing game. Still, his catch percentage (receptions/targets = 74.1%) wasn’t bad for a running back. His play down the stretch (8.5 FP/game in final eight games) is encouraging. He’s locked in as the RB1 in a great offense, so 10+ touchdowns seems likely. We're not too concerned about the appendectomy, but it is weighing down his ADP, which is good for savvy owners looking for value in the 2nd round.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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