Denver RB Montee Ball will get first crack at starting job


Denver RB Montee Ball will get first crack at starting job

The Denver Post says the Broncos "want to give [Montee] Ball the first chance at becoming their No. 1 running back in 2014." It's very unlikely that free-agent Knowshon Moreno @knowshonmoreno will return to the Broncos in 2014, making Ball the most likely lead ball carrier for the Broncos.

Fantasy Analysis:

Denver RB's aren't going to sneak up on fantasy owners this year. With defenses doing their best to slow down the passing attack, Knowshon Moreno rushed for over 1000 yards and 548 yards receiving out of the backfield. With him out of the picture in Denver, Montee Ball will be given the chance to rack up some big numbers himself.

Assuming Ball holds on to the football through camp and the preseason, be prepared to pay for the second year back who averaged 4.7 YPC his rookie year. If Denver doesn't take a RB in the first half of the draft or grab a "big name" free agent (MJD? McFadden? Meh), both scenarios unlikely, expect Ball to be off the board by the midway point of the second round of your draft.

For now, C.J. Anderson is the most likely change of pace back for the Broncos, with Ronnie Hillman @MrHillman2U also contributing. It is worth noting that Knowson entered camp last year as a long shot to make the team, so nothing is set in stone.

The Denver Post

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Tony Casale is happy to be joining as a contributor starting late in the 2013 season. Tony has been involved with fantasy football for over a decade and has been writing and recording podcasts as a fantasy football expert for the past three years. Winner of numerous high profile fantasy leagues, he also competes and is involved with fantasy baseball.

When not adjusting his line-up, Tony is a professional actor and screenwriter, spending most of his time in Chicago after spending the last 7 years in Los Angeles. Go Bears, Go Bulls, Go Hawks and White Sox...but never, ever the Cubs.