As if the first game of the NFL regular season wasn’t exciting enough, the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens are competing in a game that features a plethora of fantasy football intrigue. While many owners may be looking at the Ravens’ wide receivers for fantasy upside, it’s the Broncos’ running back situation that has caught my eye.
Montee Ball was an incredibly popular pick this summer, yet his poor pass-protection skills landed him a spot behind Ronnie Hillman in Denver’s most recent depth chart. Many Ball owners are upset over his recent dip in the chart, but patience is going to be the key with this rookie back. Until Ball can understand Manning’s complex offense, the bulk of the carries will likely be handed over to Hillman or Moreno, who both have earned No. 18’s trust.
Running backs in fantasy football are not a dime a dozen, so it will be crucial for you to keep an eye on the Broncos’ revolving door in the backfield.
Hillman doesn’t have what it takes to be an every-down back in my mind, and Denver obviously agrees as it used a second-round selection on Ball to do more than sit on the sidelines. Perhaps Ball can use his plentiful goal-line opportunities to sneak into the Bronco’s starting spot. Moreno is more of a risk as his injury-riddled past has burned fantasy owners in the past and his health will likely be a cause for concern moving forward in 2013.
One way or another, a top-notch fantasy running back will come out of Denver; it’s your job to watch the games and find out who is going to be Manning’s right-hand man this fall.