Ronnie Hillman Fantasy News

Julius Thomas officially OUT for Broncos

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:01pm

Broncos Inactives
Marvin Austin DT
Montee Ball RB
Tony Carter CB
Chris Clark T
Ronnie Hillman RB
Michael Schofield T
Julius Thomas TE

Fantasy Impact:

Jacob Tamme makes for a borderline TE1 start for those holding out hope for Julius Thomas. C.J. Anderson is a top option at RB with Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball out.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:07pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos have shuffled their thin backfield on the eve of their showdown with the Miami Dolphins. They promoted Jeremy Stewart from their practice squad and waived rookie Kapri Bibbs.

Stewart gives the Broncos' backfield more experience with Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Montee Ball (groin) sidelined.

Fantasy Impact:

Stewart is a third-year pro from Cal who appeared in 17 games during his first two NFL seasons in Oakland. The Broncos signed him to their practice squad Oct. 8. Stewart has one career TD run on 27 carries for 103 yards and 10 catches for 68 yards. He also plays special teams and owns a 17.3-yard average on eight kickoff returns. He'll likely be behind starter C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson. It's possibly Hillman returns for Week 13.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. Hillman won’t play for a while. With Montee Ball also out, C.J. Anderson will likely carry the load in the short term.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Hillman won’t play for a while. With Montee Ball also out, C.J. Anderson will likely carry the load in the short term.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Hillman won’t play for a while. With Montee Ball also out, C.J. Anderson will likely carry the load in the short term.

Broncos want to get back to running the ball

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:14am

ESPN - [Full Article]

As the Denver Broncos sifted through the what-happened list from Sunday's 22-7 loss to the St. Louis Rams, there were plenty of numbers they didn't like, starting with the ones on the scoreboard.

But one of the other red-flag numerals was the team's rushing attempts against the Rams, as in just 10 for the entire game, one of those a kneel-down from quarterback Peyton Manning just before halftime. The Broncos finished with just 28 yards rushing and as a result held on to the ball for just 24 minutes, 10 seconds in the game.

It was the third game this season when the Broncos have finished with fewer than 50 yards rushing and the Broncos are 0-3 in those games, with road losses at Seattle, New England and Sunday's in St. Louis.

"There's no doubt to be the kind of team we want to be, we have to run the ball more," said Broncos head coach John Fox. "There's a mindset, mentality, whether you're on defense trying to stop the run and whether you're on offense running the football … Right now it's something we have to do more, we have to execute better."

Fantasy Impact:

Based on last week against the Rams, maybe even Peyton Manning and the Broncos can't get away with dropping back to pass as much as they have as defense can eventually adjust. The story went on to say the 10 carries tied for the Broncos' lowest total since the start of the 1981 season -- two years before the team traded for uber quarterback prospect John Elway. The Broncos had 11 rushing attempts against the San Diego Chargers last season -- the previous low since quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the team -- and the Broncos had 10 carries against the Chargers in the 2008 season finale, Mike Shanahan's last game as the team's head coach. The story went on to say the Broncos are also one of seven teams in the league with fewer than 245 rushing attempts for the season and Denver is the only one of those seven teams with a winning record -- the other six teams have a combined 13-47 record, a list that includes the 0-10 Oakland Raiders as well as the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both 2-8. This week may not get much easier with the Dolphins in town. C.J. Anderson looks like he's going to have to carry the load with both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman out.

Montee Ball (groin) to miss 2-3 weeks

Monday, November 17, 2014, 5:47pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

The Broncos' running back group has been thinned like never before after Montee Ball re-strained his groin Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

Ball will miss the next two or three weeks, according to two NFL sources. Another running back ,Ronnie Hillman, is expected to miss another game with his left midfoot injury Sunday when the Broncos play the Miami Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact:

That means C.J. Anderson is likely to get another big workload. It's again not a great matchup against the Dolphins but Anderson was again a big factor in the passing game during last week's loss. Kapri Bibbs and Juwan Thompson are next up on the depth chart. Thompson had one reception for five yards in Week 11.

Montee Ball reinjures groin

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7:53pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Of the three injuries suffered by Broncos’ skill players Sunday, the most serious may have be to running back Montee Ball.

He aggravated his groin injury that forced him to miss the previous five games. He will undergo an MRI exam Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

For those who plucked C.J. Anderson off the wire for a short term option, you may have found yourself a longer-term option. Ronnie Hillman could very well be out next week giving Anderson another potential heavy workload in Week 12 at home against Miami. But even when Hillman returns, it looks like Anderson could still have a significant role, perhaps especially in the passing game. Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are next up on the depth chart should Ball miss significant time.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. C.J. Anderson looked great in Week 10, so the Broncos may elect to ease Ball back into action. Ronnie Hillman will be out for a while (2-4 weeks) with a sprained foot.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11. C.J. Anderson likely leads the Denver backfield in Week 11 after a strong showing against the Raiders. Montee Ball should make his return, but the team will likely choose to ease him into action since Anderson has played well.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. The full participation means that Ball is very likely to make his return this week. C.J. Anderson looked great in Week 10, so the Broncos may elect to ease him back into action. Ronnie Hillman will be out for a while (2-4 weeks) with a sprained foot.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Hillman was called “day-to-day” by HC John Fox, though there are multiple reports that he’s going to miss 2-3 weeks, at least. C.J. Anderson likely leads the Denver backfield in Week 11 after a strong showing against the Raiders. Montee Ball should make his return, but the team will likely choose to ease him into action since Anderson has played well.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) practiced fully Wednesday. The full participation means that Ball is very likely to make his return this week. C.J. Anderson looked great in Week 10, so the Broncos may elect to ease him back into action. Ronnie Hillman will be out for a while (2-4 weeks) with a sprained foot.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) did not practice Wednesday. C.J. Anderson likely leads a committee that will also include Montee Ball and Juwan Thompson. Anderson is a middle-of-the-road RB2 in a not-so-great matchup with the Rams.

Ronnie Hillman (foot sprain) out at least two weeks

Monday, November 10, 2014, 4:39pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson emerged just in time. RB 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.

Hillman seemed to suffer the injury as he was attempting to catch a pass early in the Broncos’ 41-17 win against the Oakland Raiders. He limped off the field and had his foot ankle taped then returned to the game.

With Hillman ailing, Anderson had a breakout game, rushing for 90 yards and turning a short reception into an electrifying 51-yard touchdown. Ball has missed the past five games because of a groin injury but is expected to return this week to play against the St. Louis Rams.

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson could be in for a big workload this week assuming the team wants to ease Ball back into things against the Rams, which, on paper, the Broncos should be able to afford to do. Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are next up on the depth chart but one has to think Anderson and Ball get a majority of the work, with Anderson being the better play, at least in Week 11.