2013 Fantasy Football Player to Avoid: Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman

By Ryan Heckman
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If you are reading this, chances are you still have yet to have one of your fantasy football drafts this year. With all of the roster cuts going on lately, I highly recommend waiting until most of them are over with and holding that draft the week before the season. It sounds like you’re on pace, then, for the best possible timing on that draft.

Fantasy football is all about strategy and having a little bit of luck. Most of that luck is going to be from avoiding injuries. Sometimes, it’s catching a break if one of your sleepers winds up starting due to an injury — of course, injuries are never a good thing in general. But, in any event, there is a bit of luck involved.

Where the skill comes from is planning a strategy that can help your team have success all year long, filling out that roster with sleepers and guys you’d love to store on the bench for a backup plan.

Let’s get to the point. I am here to let you know that Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman should not be one of those guys you go after in this year’s draft, in hopes that he could be a valuable backup in the future.

In fact, aside from starting rookie Montee Ball, I wouldn’t touch any Broncos running backs. Ball is not going to be asked to do too much as the starter, aside from run it a few times here and there and grab a few screen passes. Peyton Manning will be running the show as the Broncos should find themselves as a pass-heavy team this year — and why shouldn’t they?

The all-time NCAA touchdowns record-holder has the starting spot locked down, and of course barring injury, should remain the heavy hitter in Denver. If Hillman sees any time, it will likely be just as much as fellow backup Knowshon Moreno in a three-back system where one is going to be featured heavily, with two others being sprinkled in every so often.

Stay away from Hillman as well as Moreno this year, and grab Ball if he appears at a value pick in maybe the fourth through sixth rounds — he likely won’t last past the fifth, just for future reference.

Enjoy your draft, and good luck this season.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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