Montee Ball RB DEN 1 Hr
Montee Ball rushed three times for -1 yards in Denver's Week 15 loss to the Chargers, adding four catches for 44 yards.
Ball played a ton of snaps, but still got out-touched 14-7 by Knowshon Moreno on a night where the Broncos ran just 52 plays. Ball even got some run on Denver's desperation final drive. Either way, he's still the clear No. 2 to Moreno, and a glorified breather back for fantasy purposes. That usually results in borderline FLEX numbers for fantasy purposes, but the Broncos just didn't have the ball enough this evening. Ball will remain on the fantasy radar for Week 16, where Denver will do battle with the coach-less Houston Texans.
Montee Ball RB DEN 4 Days
Montee Ball played on a season-high 43-of-98 snaps (43.8 percent) in Sunday's win over the Titans.
Over the last two weeks, starter Knowshon Moreno has 39 touches while playing 100 snaps. Ball has 32 touches on 67 snaps. The Broncos' intention to keep Moreno fresh while simultaneously getting their talented rookie on the field is now clear. Ball has also turned into the usual goal-line option of late, punching in four rushing touchdowns over the last six weeks. He'll be a candidate for another 10-16 touches in Thursday's game against the Chargers, making him a viable flex option.
Montee Ball RB DEN 13 Days
The Broncos plan to use Montee Ball to "spell" Knowshon Moreno (probable, ankle) in Week 13 at Kansas City.
Fantasy owners who've been holding onto Ball in "hopes" of a Moreno injury so they can use their rookie stash will have to wait at least one more week. Moreno is on track to start against the Chiefs, and Ball will remain the No. 2. The Denver Post suggests the Broncos could also activate Ronnie Hillman to help Ball "spell" Moreno more this week. C.J. Anderson still isn't generating any discussion.
Montee Ball RB DEN 15 Days
Montee Ball received the first-team running back reps at Wednesday's practice.
Knowshon Moreno did not practice due to the bone bruise in his right ankle and is very questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Ball has lost three fumbles this season, but he's the heavy favorite to start and carry the mail this week. C.J. Anderson is an undrafted rookie and Ronnie Hillman has been a healthy scratch for the last month. Ball, who had been picking up some change-of-pace carries and goal-line work anyway, is a legit RB2 plug-n-play candidate for fantasy owners.
Montee Ball RB DEN 18 Days
Montee Ball rushed seven times for 40 yards in Sunday night's Week 12 loss to New England.
He added three catches for 17 yards. Ball was used in a change-of-pace and short-yardage role behind Knowshon Moreno before being benched for fumbling in the third quarter. It's been a problem for him all season, as he's now averaging a fumble on every 28 touches. Ball was replaced by C.J. Anderson as the No. 2 back in the second half. His role is up in the air for Week 13 against the Chiefs.
Montee Ball RB DEN 25 Days
Montee Ball had eight carries for 26 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 11 win over the Chiefs.
Ball had a fumble in the first quarter that was officially credited to Peyton Manning, but was able to bounce back by converting on two goal-line carries. He took on an expanded role behind Knowshon Moreno and was used both situationally and on third downs. It's the second straight week Ball has looked impressive on limited carries and he should continue to push for more work going forward. The Broncos take on the Patriots on Sunday Night Football in Week 12.
Montee Ball RB DEN 1 Month
Montee Ball rushed five times for 20 yards in Denver's Week 10 win over the Chargers.
Ball wasn't targeted in the passing game, and was held without a goal-line carry in a game where the Broncos never got in position for a one- or two-yard score. Ball was just a breather back for locked-in starter Knowshon Moreno. Ball should get goal-line looks more weeks than not, but he's little more than a touchdown-dependent RB4 for fantasy purposes.
Montee Ball RB DEN 2 Months
Montee Ball did not receive a carry in Week 7 against the Colts.
Ball didn't see the field with the Broncos playing from behind the entire game and wasn't used in short-yardage or goal-line situations. He's still worth stashing in re-draft leagues as a high-end fantasy handcuff, but remains behind Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman for touches. Ball has just 43 carries for 139 yards (3.2 YPC) through seven weeks.