2014 Fantasy Football: Montee Ball Is Still A First Round Pick

By Adam McGill
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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

A popular fantasy football running back in the beginning of the offseason was Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball. He is the obvious favorite to take over the empty role left by Knowshon Moreno in Denver’s backfield and he has true bell-cow potential, so naturally the former Wisconsin standout was a consensus top-10 pick.

However, Ball has seen his ADP drop into the middle of the second round this month after an unexpected Appendectomy. Many owners have been avoiding him merely on the assumption that he won’t be ready for Week 1, but he has already returned to practice and made his preseason debut last weekend.

Despite missing a couple weeks of the preseason, Ball is still worth grabbing in the first round. He is the featured back in Peyton Manning’s high scoring offense and that alone will keep the back active around the goal line. Ball has a chance to score double-digit touchdowns this season if he can stay healthy.

Even better, because Manning throws the ball so much, Ball will never see a loaded defensive box. He will constantly see soft fronts and will be able to rack up yards simply because he won’t make contact with a defender until two yards downfield. A 1,000-yard campaign seems almost guaranteed for the second-year back.

If you have a chance to grab Ball in the back end of the first round, don’t let him pass you by, because he is primed to have a breakout fantasy season.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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