By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Oct 18th 2:46pm EDT
It may prove too much for Montee Ball to return to his lead-back role after his groin injury. If Ronnie Hillman does well, then the Broncos may rely on a committee approach to running the football. (Source: Mike Klis
Fantasy Impact: Ball struggled early in the season yet was still considered the lead back, but a committee approach would cut severely into his fantasy value. Owners should monitor this closely. He is a hold for now but is looking like a fantasy bust for the season.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 3:24pm EDT
Glazer reported today that Ball's injury is more than just a groin strain. Ball actually separated his groin attachment from the bone. (Source: Jay Glazer on Fox Sports)
Fantasy Impact: Ball is likely out until Week 9. The Broncos backfield has become a wasteland of fantasy relevance. I still maintain that C.J, Anderson is the best replacement but John Fox clings to Ronnie Hillman out of loyalty.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 5:57pm EDT
Montee Ball is very lucky but he will evidently only miss 2-3 weeks with the groin injury suffered in the Cardinals game. (Source: Denver Post
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners must keep a watchful eye on the situation, as Ball has not been all that impressive so far this season. If Hillman, CJ Anderson, or Juwan Thompson do well in his absence, then will they cut into his workload upon return? Keep Ball stashed if possible.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Oct 4th 3:48pm EDT
Montee Ball faces another tough matchup this week against the Arizona Cardinals. Through three games, the Cards are ranked as a Top 5 defense against opposing rushers.
Fantasy Impact: Expect Ball's rushing efficiency to remain low again this week, but given his lead back role in the Peyton Manning-led offense, he'll likely get some goal line carries. Ball is a locked in as a back end RB1 this week.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 9:04pm EDT
Montee Ball only managed 38 yards on 14 carries and lost a fumble on his first carry of the game. He also caught two passes for six yards.
Fantasy Impact: Despite an inefficient outing and a turnover on the day, the Broncos continued to feed Ball. He wasn't benched for fumbling, nor did Anderson or Hillman produce in limited action. Montee Ball remains the RB to own in Denver, but has a difficult stretch ahead after the Week 4 bye.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 9:26pm EDT
Montee Ball had an efficient day on the ground, gaining 60 yards on his 12 carries and added another 29 yards on three receptions. It was an underwhelming fantasy performance against a maligned Chiefs defense. Ball had red zone carries but failed to cross the goal line.
Fantasy Impact: Montee Ball is locked in as the bell cow in the Broncos' backfield. However, he has a difficult match up on the road next week at Seattle.
By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 8:10pm EDT
Ball only posted a meager 67 yards on 23 carries but did find pay dirt to salvage his fantasy outing. He added another 16 yards on two receptions and is firmly entrenched as the bell cow RB in Denver.
Fantasy Impact: We're not worried about Ball's inefficient outing against an underrated Colts front-seven. He, like Peyton, should have a stellar week 2 performance against the injury-riddled Chiefs.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 12:27am EDT
Montee Ball eased all concerns Saturday night about his recovery from an emergency appendectomy.
Fantasy Impact: Ball got the Ball on the first 5 plays of the game and proved he is ready for the season to start. Barring injury, Ball is a 300 touch RB on the the leagues most explosive offense. He is a borderline 1st rounder in drafts.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Aug 14th 4:51pm EDT
Montee Ball, as planned, is jogging during practice to prepare for return from emergency appendectomy. (Source: Troy Renck on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Ball has experienced no setbacks in his recovery. Fantasy drafters can rest easy, as the draft status for him remains unchanged. Look for Ball to return and have a big year.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 5:53pm EDT
Montee Ball is doing very well following an emergency appendectomy and expects to start running next week (Source: denverbroncos.com
Fantasy Impact: Ball's attitude will dictate his altitude and his attitude is exemplary. The Broncos are planning on him starting the regular season at RB and are feverishly working with him so he will retain most of his strength and conditioning. So far, so good and that is excellent news for those who plan on or already have drafted him.
By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Jul 31st 11:33am EDT
Montee Ball is demonstrating why he is primed for a big season.
Jeff Legwold writes, "He’s shown vision in the run game, decisiveness in his cuts and consistent, quality work in the passing game. He’s poised for a big season and perhaps even the first 250-carry season for the Broncos since Reuben Droughns had 275 carries in 2004." (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Ball is a great pass receiver as well and is slated to get all the goal-line carries in the NFL's most explosive offense.
Barring injury or ball control issues, Ball is well worth his current RB8 status.
Breaking Football | Oct 12th
Sometimes fantasy football can be a real kick to the groin. Montee Ball would say as much about real football, and if you got burned by him or someone else going down or simply stinking up their respective joint, you know the exact feeling. Needless to say, one the worsts parts of fantasy football can be making those tough calls each week. That’s what I’m here for. You can follow me bl...
Yahoo! Sports | Oct 6th
When it comes to fantasy football, the waiting is the hardest part. And it's something I prefer to avoid if at all possible.
Take the Montee Ball situation in Denver. What it really turns into is the Montee Ball Problem.
Ball has a groin injury and some of the early timetables say he could miss 2-3 weeks. But that doesn't mean Ball owners are out of the woods by November.
[Make Sunday even more fu...
Breaking Football | Oct 6th
Montee Ball was looking for a way to put the icing on the cake to a horrendous start to the 2014 NFL season. For fantasy football owners, it ended up being an injury. Five weeks into his “replacing Knowshon Moreno as fantasy’s #5 running back” campaign, Ball has averaged a paltry 3.1 yards per carry and one touchdown to his name. Even worse, through four games, he hasn’t ev...
ESPN | Oct 3rd
Christopher Harris analyzes Montee Ball for Week 5.
Breaking Football | Sep 16th
The parody in the NFL is what makes it so great. It is truly unpredictable week to week. Raise your hand if you had Buffalo sitting atop the AFC East at 2-0 after two games. Who saw San Diego giving Seattle more than they could handle in week 2? So what could possibly be in store for week 3……Jacksonville beating Indianapolis? Let’s do our best to weed out some good matchup...
RotoGrinders | Sep 12th
Denver made it very clear week 1 that Montee Ball is not going to be involved in any type of time share at running back, he carried the ball 23 times. The Chief’s defense is not the same dominant unit we saw last year, which means Denver will have their way offensively. Denver will easily hang a large number offensively and Ball will definitely be a prime contributor.
ESPN | Aug 29th
Christopher Harris analyzes Montee Ball's draft value.
CBS Sports | Aug 28th
With the top job in Denver's backfield all his, is this the season Montee Ball becomes a star? Our Jamey Eisenberg says you can bank on it.
EDSFootball | Aug 23rd
Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball will make his preseason debut tonight against the Houston Texans, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
After having an appendectomy on August 4th, Ball was cleared medically on Monday and participated in 11-on-11 team drills on Thursday.
Ball, the Broncos' second-round pick in 2013, got off to a relatively slow start last season: 3.26 yards per carr...