Montee Ball

Montee Ball

Denver Broncos

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By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Dec 13th 2:27pm EST

Ball was the starting RB the first four games of the season, suffering a groin injury in Week 5. He returned Week 11 but re-injured himself on the fourth play from scrimmage and has been out since. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Ball will have a battle on his hands next year fighting off the explosive C.J. Anderson for a relevant spot in the Bronco offense.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Dec 13th 2:21pm EST

Montee Ball was placed on IR today, ending his season. The Broncos needed the roster spot to activate LB Danny Trevathan. His 2014 campaign was plagued by injuries (groin). Ball only played in five games this year totaling 172 yards on a meager 3.1 YPC. (Source: Mike Klis - Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Ball can be dropped in all re-draft leagues. He'll enter the 2015 season competing with C.J Anderson for the lead RB role.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Dec 12th 2:09pm EST

Montee Ball re-aggravated his groin injury in Week 11 and hasn't practiced since then. (Source: Jon Heath - Mile High Report)

Fantasy Impact: Ball did not participate (DNP) in practice this week and worked off to the side with trainers. He's listed as questionable for this week's game against the Chargers but is a long shot to play with practicing.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 9:50pm EST

Montee Ball (groin) did not participate in practice on Thursday. He did work with trainers off to the side. (Source: Jeff Legwold - ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Ball is listed as questionable but is a long shot to suit up this weekend after missing practices this week. He could return in a limited role in Week 15.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 7:28pm EST

Montee Ball (groin) has been ruled out for Week 13. He could return in 2-3 weeks, but his role will be uncertain. (Source: Igor Mello - CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: C.J. Anderson will get the start with Juwan Thompson running as the backup. Ball is only worth rostering in leagues with an IR bench spot.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 7:42pm EST

Montee Ball has been ruled out this week due to his nagging groin injury. He's likely to miss a couple more games before returning. (Source: Adam Levitan - Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: C.J. Anderson will start at RB and carry the load this week for the Broncos.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 5:32pm EST

The Broncos are being optimistic here. After all, he just got back from a 5 week hiatus for the same injury. For now, it'll be C.J. Anderson, Juwan Thompson, and Kapri Bibbs in the backfield for Denver. (Source: Mike Klis)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson is a capable RB and should be owned. He will flirt with RB1 status against Miami this week. Ball can be dropped in 12-14 team leagues now with fantasy playoffs starting soon.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 3:54pm EST

Just a terrible day of trouble for the Broncos, who also lost Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas. Ball re-injured his groin on his first play back and then it popped again on a subsequent pass play. This may very well end his season, leaving the Broncos with C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson as their RBs.

Fantasy Impact: Owners will want to confirm the length of absence that Ball will incur but Anderson is a must own now. Anderson is highly thought of and should do a commendable job in Ball's absence.

By Clinton Ho, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 12:42pm EST

Montee Ball will be active on Sunday in their tilt against the St. Louis Rams. He won't be starting and will share time with C.J. Anderson (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Things have gone downhill for Ball since getting injured with both Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson playing well in his place. Anderson will get the start, but Ball's performance should be worth watching as he will surely try to regain at least a chunk of playing time.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Nov 15th 7:34am EST

Montee Ball is officially listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Rams. Despite earlier reports that Ball may not suit up, he appears ready play for the first time since Week 5.

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos will be going with the "hot hand" at RB and C.J Anderson will seemingly get the first shot Sunday against the Rams after his dominant performance a week ago. With Ronnie Hillman sidelined for 2-3 weeks, Ball figures to return in a limited role in his first game back in over a month. He should be rostered in all leagues but is a roll of the dice flex play this week.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 2:08pm EST

After tearing his groin in week 5, Montee Ball has been rehabbing to get back on the field and regain a role in the Denver backfield. With many media outlets reporting that he is certain to suit up, Ball did not sound so certain in an interview Thursday. (Source: Andrew Mason - denverbroncos.com)

Fantasy Impact: Ball mentioned that he feels better and is "moving pretty well" but admits that "there's a [rehab] process that we're following." Ball went on to say, "Hopefully, I'll play this weekend..." The takeaway from these comments is that Ball may or may not suit up Sunday; even if he does play, he does not appear to be 100%, which will limit his snap count in the game. Ball should not be relied on as a RB3/flex this week, as it appears C.J. Anderson will get the start and carry the load.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 1:26pm EST

After tearing his groin in week 5, Montee Ball has been rehabbing to get back on the field and regain a role in the Denver backfield. With many media outlets reporting that he is certain to suit up, Ball did not sound so certain in an interview Thursday. (Source: Andrew Mason - denverbroncos.com)

Fantasy Impact: Ball mentioned that he feels better and is "moving pretty well" but admits that "there's a [rehab] process that we're following." Ball went on to say, "Hopefully, I'll play this weekend..." The takeaway from these comments is that Ball may or may not suit up Sunday; even if he does play, he does not appear to be 100%, which will limit his snap count in the game. Ball should not be relied on as a RB3/flex this week, as it appears C.J. Anderson will get the start and carry the load.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Nov 6th 12:28pm EST

While rehabbing for the past month with a groin injury, Ball has also used this opportunity to cut his weight and improve his agility. He opened the season at 225 lbs. but has now shed nearly 15 lbs. He is reportedly now healthy and feels more agile and elusive. (Source: Arnie Stapleton - AP)

Fantasy Impact: After watching Ronnie Hillman seize the starting RB role, Ball figures to work in this week as a change of pace back (not dissimilar to his tandem role with Knowshon Moreno last season). Facing a positive matchup and game script, Denver should score early and often against OAK, which could bode well for Montee Ball in the 2nd half. However, Ball is a dicey flex play this week with his role still undetermined, but he remains a must hold as Hillman's handcuff and Denver's change of pace RB.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Nov 6th 12:30am EST

Ball has been out since Week 5 with a groin injury. His return has been met with a yawn in fantasy circles since Ronnie Hillman is slated to be the lead RB and Ball will be more of a change of pace guy. (Source: Lindsay Jones)

Fantasy Impact: Except in dynasty leagues, Ball is not even on the fantasy radar of most teams. With the emergence of Hillman and his steady performances, Ball becomes more droppable each week. If you're in a keeper league, go forth with the knowledge that both RBs are under contract for the next couple of years. And John Fox will remember that Hillman stepped up at a crucial time for the team and be led to reward that effort. If Ball wants the lead job, he is going to need a break and be ready to step in, proving he is the same player the team had so much confidence in before the injury.

By Patrick Johnson, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Oct 29th 10:35pm EDT

Montee Ball missed Wednesday's practice, and it appears fantasy owners will have to wait at least one more week for his long-awaited return. Ball injured his groin back in week 5 versus Arizona and has missed three consecutive games. (Source: Jack Choros - Yahoo)

Fantasy Impact: During his absence, Ronnie Hillman has excelled and most likely secured the lead back role even when Ball returns to the lineup. Once healthy, Ball will likely take over change of pace duties as he works his way back into the lineup.

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, Thu, Sep 4th 9:15am EDT

Montee Ball is projected to rush for 75 yards on 17 carries and have 4 receptions for 25 yards in the game against the Colts Sept. 7th. (Source: FanyasyPros)

Fantasy Impact: Ball has completely recovered from the emergency appendectomy in August and is ready to live up to the projections that gave him the high ADP ranking in fantasy drafts.

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, Sat, Aug 23rd 2:19pm EDT

Montee Ball will see action against the Houston Texans tonight in Denver. (Source: Predominately Orange on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is huge news to those awaiting word on the recovery status of Ball, who has recovered from an emergency appendectomy. Fantasy drafters can now draft Ball without any concern related to the appendectomy.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Aug 20th 10:03pm EDT

Montee Ball is doing extremely well in his return from an emergency appendectomy. Per La Canfora, Ball might see action in the preseason finale. (Source: Jason La Canfora CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: This will be huge news for those owners of Ball who can rest easy with the knowledge that Ball is back. This should elevate his ADP again.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 4:15pm EDT

Montee Ball has been cleared to practice. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is very good news for the Broncos and fantasy players alike. Barring a setback, Ball will have sufficient time to get into playing shape for the week one tilt against the Colts on September 7.

By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 1:17pm EDT

Montee Ball is practicing with team during non-contact drills. (Source: Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ball is doing everything required to get back safely and quickly from his emergency appendectomy. Broncos are hoping to have him back for the opener on September 7th. His ADP has dropped but he still looks like a solid option at RB.

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, Mon, Aug 4th 2:09pm EDT

Montee Ball will undergo an emergency appendectomy today but is scheduled to be ready for the first regular season game. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This bears watching as we all know that in losing snaps during preseason affects preparation for the regular season. Ronnie Hillman and CJ Anderson are the ones to keep an eye on in the coming days.

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.

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