Broncos Fantasy News

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) missed practice again Thursday. It looks like Ball will miss another week, but we’ll continue to monitor his progress. Ronnie Hillman is a strong play against a Patriots defense that has struggled against running backs this season.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Hillman is supposed to see his normal workload in Week 9. Consider him a low-end RB1 in a nice matchup with the Patriots.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Thompson is a decent desperation play with Montee Ball out and six teams on bye. He’s a threat for another touchdown or two in the Broncos’ high-octane offense.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos TE Virgil Green (calf) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos K Brandon McManus (right groin) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman injures shoulder in Wednesday practice, expects to play vs. Patriots

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11:53am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman was limited in Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury he suffered during the workout. However, later Wednesday afternoon, Hillman said he expected to practice Thursday and remained on track to again be the team's lead option at running back Sunday against the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

"I just landed on it funny, it'll be all right," Hillman said following Wednesday's practice.

Asked if he had any concern he wouldn't be able to play in the showdown with the Patriots, Hillman said:

"No, I'm not, I'll be at practice (Thursday). So, I mean, I plan on being at practice (Thursday). I don't know what they're talking about. But I'll be fine. It's nothing that I can't deal with."

Fantasy Impact:

We'll monitor his practice activity this week, but antsy owners may want to pick up Juwan Thompson, who would see an increased role if Hillman's situation deteriorates.

Broncos WR Wes Welker won't demand the ball against his old team

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11:50am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Broncos WR Wes Welker was asked this week if he believed Peyton Manning wanted to find a way to get him the ball more against the Patriots.

"Not necessarily; I don't want him to feel that way either," Welker said. "I just want him to go play his game and whoever's open is open and whenever we need to score touchdowns, that's the way I want it to be. I'm not going to put any pressure on him or anything else, [saying] 'Hey, I really need the ball because I'm playing my old team,' or anything like that. I just want to go out there and whatever we need to do to win the game, that's first and foremost for me. Hopefully I make some plays along the way, but however that happens is how it happens."

Fantasy Impact:

Welker has faced the Patriots twice since signing with the Broncos, posting a combined eight catches for 69 yards and zero touchdowns. It doesn't appear that the Broncos have done anything special to force-feed him the ball against his old team. He has averaged 6.5 targets in his two games against New England.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) did not practice Wednesday. It looks like Ball will miss another week, but we’ll continue to monitor his progress. Ronnie Hillman is a strong play against a Patriots defense that has struggled against running backs this season.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Hillman should be fine to face a shaky Patriots rush defense in Week 9.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Thompson is a decent desperation play with Montee Ball out and six teams on bye. He’s a threat for another touchdown or two in the Broncos’ high-octane offense.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Broncos K Brandon McManus (right groin) practiced fully Wednesday.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:34pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Saints have added a third tailback for Sunday night’s game vs. Green Bay.

The club promoted running back Edwin Baker from the practice squad on Saturday. To make room for Baker, the Saints released tight end Tom Crabtree. Both moves were announced on the NFL’s transaction wire.

The 23-year-old Baker signed with the Saints’ practice squad in September. He has played in three regular season games, all with the Browns at the end of 2013. In that three-game span, Baker rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries and caught eight passes for 57 yards. He started Cleveland’s final two contests.

In addition to playing for Cleveland, Baker has had stints with the Chargers, Broncos and Texans. A Michigan State product, Baker was a seventh-round pick of San Diego in 2012.

Fantasy Impact:

Baker will back up Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet for New Orleans, which has ruled out tailbacks Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson.

Broncos Beat: Ronnie Hillman has the hot hand

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1:29pm

DenverBroncos.com - [Full Article]

Denver's RB Juwan Thompson brings power, short-yardage potential and blocking ability. But Ronnie Hillman is playing too well to be de-emphasized -- not only as a runner, but in pass protection and ball security (one fumble in 86 touches this season). You might see more from Thompson, Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson, but for the moment, Hillman has the hot hand.

Fantasy Impact:

We've been hearing even when Ball comes back he may not have RB1 opportunities again this year because of his injuries. That could be especially true with Hillman playing as well as he is and Thompson a nice compliment as a power and short yardage back. This article said that despite Thompson's two TDs, the team likes the way Hillman is playing in all aspects of the game.

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews could be back Week 9

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:39am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews knew he wouldn't play the Bills.

He knew he wouldn't face the Jaguars or the Jets, the Raiders or the Chiefs. It became clear, well in advance of Thursday night, he wouldn't be active against the Broncos either. This next game, Nov. 2 in Miami, is different. For the first time, there seems a chance he could play.

"That's in my head," Mathews said Friday. "I'm just going keep doing my treatment this week, come back on Monday, and see what they say."

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers running back missed his sixth straight game Thursday night to a right knee injury. He sprained his medial collateral ligament Sept. 14 against the Seahawks. Mathews is nearing a return, unlikely to miss more than one additional game, if that, the story said. If he plays Nov. 2, he could be eased in, but perhaps the thing to note is if Mathews is on your wire, now may be the time to pick him up. Branden Oliver hasn't been impressive rushing the ball the last two weeks, so there's a good chance Mathews slides right back into his RB1 role. Oliver did catch seven passes Thursday night against Denver so he's still likely to have a role in the offense. Donald Brown is also expected to practice next week.

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.