The Denver Broncos may be on to something here.
In the fourth quarter of Monday night’s win against the Oakland Raiders, Broncos running backs Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball played “Rock, Paper, Scissors” in order to determine who would get the goal-line carry on 1st and goal.
Hillman went with rock while the other two went scissors, thus Hillman got the carry and also took it in for a score.
“We were just messing around on the sideline,” Hillman said. “Just something to do. Have fun. Luckily I won, so it all worked out. I mean, you definitely don’t want to see anybody else go in at that point.”
The trio of backs simply demonstrated what we as fantasy owners have to do every single week if we own one of these guys. Look at the numbers:
Hillman: four carries, 15 yards; two catches, 27 yards
Ball: eight carries, 24 yards; zero receptions
Moreno: nine carries, 28 yards; three catches, 37 yards
Hillman: one carry, three yards; zero receptions
Ball: 12 carries, 14 yards; two catches, 27 yards
Moreno: 13 carries, 93 yards and two touchdowns; three catches, 14 yards
Hillman: nine carries, 66 yards and a touchdown; one catch for 12 yards
Ball: 11 carries, 61 yards; zero receptions
Moreno: 12 carries, 39 yards; one catch, six yards
How in the world are fantasy owners supposed to know whether or not to start these guys? In reality, some owners may have two of these backs just in case — not a bad strategy in case of injury. But, aside from a potential injury, these guys are all getting equal run for the most part. And in the case one may not — i.e. Hillman in week one and two — then what do you do the next week?
These backs are becoming totally unpredictable and somewhat unreliable fantasy options — not that any were ever labeled as a fantasy powerhouse to begin with.
Fantasy owners may as well play a trivial game such as “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to try and figure out who to start each week, that is, if they own one of these three backs. If you do not, I assure you, you are just fine where you are. I wouldn’t go seeking out a trade for any one of these guys any time soon.