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.
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.