Ronnie Hillman Fantasy News

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman making his case to be the starter

Friday, October 24, 2014, 9:25am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Based on what Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has done over the past four games — most notably his 109 yards on 20 carries Thursday — Denver coach John Fox may be hard-pressed to put Ball back in the starting lineup. Not only has Hillman been able to hang onto the football, he may just hang onto his job.

"You can see he's getting comfortable," Fox said. "The more you do it, the better you're going to get at it. And I think the more reps we give him and keep him on the field and kind of do the plays to his advantage which we're trying to do — he'll keep having success."

For the first time in his career Thursday, Hillman ran out the Broncos' tunnel — a tradition reserved for the team's starters. Based on what he's been doing, we may see a lot more of that of that to come.

Fantasy Impact:

Hillman has racked up 347 yards on 73 carries for a 4.75 YPC in the last four games. He looks quick, decisive and continues to run hard. Most importantly, he hasn't put the ball on the ground, which has been his issue in the past. Montee Ball wasn't exactly bad through the first three and a half games, but he had a couple of tough matchups and the line wasn't blocking very well at that point in the season. Our guess is that Hillman continues to run as the starter with Ball taking over the short yardage role currently occupied by Juwan Thompson. If Hillman's fumbling problems resurface, Ball could get another crack at the starting job this season.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin, out) did not practice Wednesday. Ronnie Hillman is expected to get another start, and may continue to start even when Ball returns.

Broncos Beat: Montee Ball's injuries could keep him from RB1 job

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 3:26pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Bronco's RB Montee Ball wasn't quite recovered from his appendectomy and now his groin strain means it will make it difficult for him to regain his featured-back role this year.

But it's possible for the Broncos to have a solid running game with Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson. Maybe not great. But the great part of this offense is taken care of.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like Hillman will get his chances as the RB1, but the mailbag also talked about Thompson and how impressive he's looked. This obviously isn't good news for Ball owners who invested a lot in him this year. If you can afford to hold on to him, and hope Hillman and company don't light it up in the running game, it's possible we haven't heard the last from Ball. But the author doesn't seem optimistic on him recovering from the injuries enough to carry a big workload.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Ronnie Hillman will once again be the lead back in Week 7. He has a tough matchup against the 49ers.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. Thompson should be fine to serve as Ronnie Hillman’s backup in Week 7.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) missed practice again Thursday. Ronnie Hillman will once again be the lead back in Week 7. He has a tough matchup against the 49ers.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Thompson should be fine to serve as Ronnie Hillman’s backup in Week 7.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Ronnie Hillman will once again be the lead back in Week 7. He has a tough matchup against the 49ers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:35pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Thompson was the primary backup to Ronnie Hillman. We’ll monitor his progress this week.

Broncos Beat: RB Ronnie Hillman will 'get the majority of snaps'

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Broncos beat writer Jeff Legwold: With Montee Ball expected to miss three weeks, look for Ronnie Hillman to get the majority of snaps as the lead running back, with help from C.J. Anderson and rookie Juwan Thompson. Since Peyton Manning was signed in 2012, the Broncos' lead running back had 65 percent of the carries in 2012 (Willis McGahee), 52.3 percent in '13 (Knowshon Moreno) and 55.6 percent so far this year (Ball). Hillman should get roughly 55 percent of the carries and roughly 60 percent of the snaps as the lead guy.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a bit dangerous to assume that Hillman's snaps and touches will reach certain benchmarks based on the history with Denver running backs since we're not sure that the team has settled on Hillman as the primary guy with Ball out. Anderson and Thompson have both been involved and could see more touches than expected.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:02am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Ronnie Hillman will be the Broncos' starting tailback Sunday against the New York Jets. He's never started previously, much less had a workhorse-type game.

C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson figure to be used too.

"I'm going to do what they tell me to do," Anderson said. "If I get a chance to carry the ball, I'll carry it. Protect Peyton, keep him on his feet, because Rex is going to bring a lot of things."

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may face his share of coach Rex Ryan- ordered blitzes from the Jets. Picking up those blitzes will be the first responsibility for Broncos running backs. Then it's carrying the ball, catching it and protecting it.

Thompson missed the Broncos' full-padded practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. But after receiving a full week's treatment from the training staff the rookie will play against the Jets.

"Yeah, I'm out there," Thompson said. "Plan for best-case and worst-case scenario. You never know what's going to happen with the depth chart."

Fantasy Impact:

While no one expects Hillman to carry the load against the Jets, the use of backs behind him seems up in the air too. However Hillman owners should expect to see all three backs play, which will obviously cut into Hillman's fantasy production. It's a tough matchup on paper for the Broncos running game, but remember Branden Oliver of the Chargers lit them up last week. However the point is Hillman owners who start him in lineups should expect to see Anderson and Thompson on the field as well.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. Ball will reportedly miss at least two weeks, maybe longer. Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson were active ahead of C.J. Anderson in Week 5, though Thompson’s role on special teams may have something to do with that. Hillman got 15 carries against the Cardinals, while Thompson got three carries for 15 yards and a TD. Anderson and Thompson will likely compete for snaps behind Hillman, who won’t be a full-time back.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 6. Thompson will vie with C.J. Anderson for carries behind Ronnie Hillman.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) missed practice again Thursday. Ball will reportedly miss at least two weeks, maybe longer. Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson were active ahead of C.J. Anderson in Week 5, though Thompson’s role on special teams may have something to do with that. Hillman got 15 carries against the Cardinals, while Thompson got three carries for 15 yards and a TD. Anderson and Thompson will likely compete for snaps behind Hillman, who won’t be a full-time back.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Thompson will vie with C.J. Anderson for carries behind Ronnie Hillman.