Buy Ronnie Hillman… Immediately If You Can

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When asked about the Broncos’ starting running back spot Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post (click here for the article) responded with:

“Anderson figures to have one more game to secure the starting job. At this point, any evaluation is complicated, if not unfair. Anderson is battling through toe and ankle soreness. He says he’s fine, because he’s tough like that. But he has received no help from the struggling offensive line. Some of his best runs have been making tacklers miss in the backfield for a 1-yard gain.”

Thoughts:
While Hillman has been the “better” back, neither of the Broncos’ running backs have been particularly impressive:

  • C.J. Anderson – 24 carries for 56 yards (2.3 YPC)
  • Ronnie Hillman – 21 carries for 75 yards (3.6 YPC)

As Renck notes Anderson has been battling injuries and poor offensive line play, but the discrepancy between the two dates back to the preseason and they are running behind the same offensive line.  That has to mean something and, while the team is 2-0, they desperately need to get a running game going given the questions surrounding Peyton Manning.

The upcoming schedule certainly paves the way for an improved running game (the ranking in parenthesis is where each team ranks in points against to opposing RB):

  • Week 3 – at Detroit Lions (4th)
  • Week 4 – vs. Minnesota Vikings (15th)
  • Week 5 – at Oakland Raiders (3rd)
  • Week 6 – at Cleveland Browns (6th)

In other words if Anderson can’t produce early in Week 3, the red carpet is going to be rolled out for Hillman to quickly rise to prominent status.  If he’s still sitting on your waiver wire, he shouldn’t be.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN, Denver Post

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10 comments

  1. Haggy says:

    Would you drop Sam Bradford at this point. May use his spot to pick up the Brown Defense this week and streem from that spot. I have Eli Manning and the Rams defense that looks week this week. Thinking I canpick up someone later for Eli bye week such as Dalton, Or even Romo later… what you think prof

  2. Haggy says:

    Flex for week 3….. James Jones, Karlos Williams, James Starks, Melivn Gordon, or Stevie Johnson.Thanks Prof.

  3. Steve Perez says:

    Drop brandon coleman for Perriman available in free agency? I like him as a high upside stash for back end of season.

    Qb: Dalton, Bradford
    RB: Juice, Ingram, Yeldon, Woodhead
    WR: Cobb, Landry, Crabtree, Quick, Coleman
    Def:Carolina
    K: Matty Bryant

    Thanks!

  4. Jack says:

    Would you try and trade a guy like Davante Adams for Hillman?

  5. Sam says:

    RP or any other commenters,

    Full dynasty (18 — drop 4 for 4 round rookie draft) — audit my trade:

    Gave Sankey, Gostkowski and Johnson (Stevie)

    Got: Maclin, Parkey and Mason (Tre)

    Alrady have J-Hill, Gurley, Hyde, Jones (Matt) at RB (all of whom I like bettter ROS and ahead) and WRs are weak (in terms of this year value) with Cooks, Watkins, Williams (Terrance), and some guys I have for upsdie/keeper value: Coleman, DGB, Quick and White (Kevin – out for the year)

  6. Haggy – I’m fine with dropping him in 1 QB leagues. As you said, you should be able to get someone. As for the FLEX, I’m going Gordon (barring other news)

    Steve Perez – Yep, I would

    Jack – That’s a bit too much to give up for him right now. Still a gamble and Adams is one of the better WR.

    Sam – I’ve got nothing against the deal, I’m just not a big Maclin believer

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