Montee Ball was looking for a way to put the icing on the cake to a horrendous start to the 2014 NFL season. For fantasy football owners, it ended up being an injury. Five weeks into his “replacing Knowshon Moreno as fantasy’s #5 running back” campaign, Ball has averaged a paltry 3.1 yards per carry and one touchdown to his name. Even worse, through four games, he hasn’t even hit 200 rushing yards for fantasy owners.
Needless to say, if you’re a Ball owner, you probably don’t even care that he got hurt. That might especially be the case if you snatched up Ronnie Hillman or C.J. Anderson as his handcuff. With Ball “out for a while” with a more than moderate groin pull, the Broncos will turn to a combination of Hillman and Anderson for the next few weeks, if not longer. In fact, if one of these guys steps up and is even decent, there’s not much to to say they can’t keep the job over Ball.
To this point, Ball hasn’t shown he can hit the hole, stay healthy or be productive really in any fashion. Just in week five alone, Hillman showed he might be able to do that. Running against a pretty stout Arizona Cardinals run defense, Hillman put up 64 rushing yards on just 15 carries (4.3 yards per carry). Anderson is sure to be activated next week and will factor into a likely rotation, but Hillman did enough here to get the starting nod. With a role in the passing game likely going forward, as well, it’s entirely possible Hillman could be the steal of the waiver wire scene. He surely needs to be rostered, at the very least.
Hillman and Anderson don’t have the best matchup in week six against the Jets, but it’s worth noting that Branden freaking Oliver just torched them for 180+ total yards and two scores. Hillman is a high uspide Flex and borderline RB2 in week six. He’s surely worth a look in weekly/daily formats if the salary bodes well, too.