Montee Ball, RB, Broncos
|RB - #26||DEN||Active||2 years||23||5'10||217|
2013 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)Last updated on Sep-25-2013 by Jeb Gorham
Update (8-28): No news is bad news for fantasy owners in the case of the Broncos backfield. Head coach John Fox remains non-committal to any of his three options as his starting RB. Ball remains the best bet followed by Ronnie Hillman. Knowshon Moreno might receive the most snaps early in the season. That says more about the young player's pass blocking than Moreno's rushing. With his nose for the end zone, Ball is 5-6 round option in 12-team leagues. Hillman goes about 3-4 rounds later.
Montee Ball is being listed as the RB 1 in Denver at the moment, but that can easily change with the likes of Moreno, Hillman and Hester on the roster as well. Watch the depth chart and see how it shakes out, but it appears the Terrell Davis-like rusher will see quite a bit of action in Denver's revamped blocking schemes and with Thomas, Decker and Welker opening running lanes with solid receiving. I am looking forward to seeing Ball this season and currently predict he will split time with Hillman as the main rusher.
Update: Ball's value takes a hit as Hillman is named the starter. I still think Ball will get touches and have an impact, but his ADP drops here. He might move to more of a sleeper pick, but I think he will be a safe addition to rosters.
Montee Ball's rookie season got off to a rough start with a nasty case of fumblitis that limited his playing time for the first half of the year. But as he gained a better handle on the ball and life in the NFL, Ball became a bigger part of the Broncos' offense. This season, his role will expand much more as Denver is depending on him to be their lead back following the departure of Knowshon Moreno. No one knows how the 23-year-old will perform under such high demands, but the Broncos' future Hall of Fame quarterback has faith in him.
Via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, Peyton Manning said Wednesday that he believes "Montee Ball is ready" to be a starting running back.
The belief is nice; now Ball has to back it up by continuing to run hard, protecting the football, and improving as a blocker. If he can live up to expectations, Ball is going to at least be a top-12 fantasy back. He should easily score double-digit touchdowns, and the Broncos' passing game won't often allow more than seven defenders to line up in the box to stop the running game. Ball doesn't have a lot of talent as a receiver, but that's OK. He should find plenty of room to run all season long.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/16 - Broncos RB Montee Ball gets vote of confidence from QB Peyton Manning
3/27 - Dolphins sign RB Knowshon Moreno to 1-year deal
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|4.06||FFToolbox - Cindie Crain - I missed Lamar Miller by one pick so I settled with Montee Ball. Although he is a rookie, I see Ball becoming the lead RB in Denver by the end of the season.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|3.08||FFToolbox -Emil - Well, Wilson was taken two picks before me. so I'll take a rising star. I am uncomfortable with MJD|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|4.01||KFFL - Tim - Probably should've gone with Ryan Mathews here, but I like Ball's chances for success if he can play behind Peyton Manning. He's their best option near the goal line and is the presumptive favorite for lead carries.|
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