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RB Ronnie Hillman - Denver Broncos

5-9, 200Born: 9-14-1991College: San Diego StateDrafted: Round 3

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 15): Hillman was limited in practices last week due to his injured foot, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.

General News (Fri Dec 19): partially participated in Friday's practice.

General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Denver has clinched the AFC West division, but home field advantage throughout the tournament and a bye week are still to be determined, which means there is plenty for Denver to play for during Week 16. Cincinnati, of course, is locked in a tight battle for the North crown, which is still to be decided over the final two weeks of the season. C.J. Anderson has emerged to star in the Denver rushing attack, with 148/679/4 rushing and 24/249/2 receiving to date, much of that since Week 10 when he became the lead back for the Broncos. Last week in San Diego he came within shouting distance of 100 yards combined, with 29/85/0 rushing and 2/11/0 receiving to his credit - he did not stuff in multiple TDs like he did two weeks ago against Buffalo (21/58/3 rushing), but he had a productive game with a heaping helping of carries. Juwan Thompson (4/63/0 rushing with 1/14/0 receiving vs. Buffalo; 4/14/0 rushing at San Diego) is used as a change-of-pace option but usually posts numbers that aren't fantasy relevant. The Bengals' rush D crushed the Browns' backs last week, holding them to 17/53/0 and just 21:08 time of possession for Cleveland during the game. Two games ago, though, Le'Veon Bell hung 26/185/2 rushing around this unit's neck - they've swung wildly in performance in this phase of the game of late. To date, the Bengals average 124.8 rushing yards allowed per game (24th in the NFL) with the third-most rushing scores given up (15). This is a good matchup for the visiting Broncos.

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Latest News

Broncos | Limited practice for Ronnie Hillman (Fri Dec 19, 04:19 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Dec. 19.

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Broncos | Ronnie Hillman limited Thursday (Thu Dec 18, 06:21 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Our View: Hillman isn't all that much help for fantasy owners, and shouldn't be in lineups. C.J.Anderson is an RB1 and we don't expect him to give up enough work for Hillman to be relevant.

Broncos | Hopeful Ronnie Hillman returns (Thu Dec 18, 01:00 AM) - The Denver Broncos are hopeful RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) will be able to return for the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22, or for the regular season finale against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Dec. 28.

Our View: They certainly would like the depth as Juwan Thompson and Jeremy Stewart won't instill oodles of confidence if C.J. Anderson goes down. Not that Hillman has been a Pro Bowler, but he is consistent enough to feel more comfortable with if there is an injury. Anderson, by the way, is a tremendous RB1 start this week.
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Broncos | C.J. Anderson's workload to be monitored? (Wed Dec 17, 02:50 PM) - Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson has averaged 27.25 carries in the last four games, and his workload may need to be monitored by the team as the playoffs approach. However, it helps that Anderson started his midseason run with a completely fresh body since not being a featured back since his sophomore year in college. Denver had planned to cut Anderson's carries in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers, but QB Peyton Manning falling ill changed the game plan. In the last two weeks, Anderson has 50 carries for 143 yards for a 2.9 yards-per-carry average. Before that, he was averaging 5.4 yards per carry. RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) is hoping to return in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals, which could take some pressure off Anderson.

Our View: Hillman may not return in Week 17, so the Broncos could use a little bit more of Juwan Thompson and Jeremy Stewart. Anderson is the starter and will be the lead back even when Hillman is back. It's wise for the Broncos to monitor his carries as the team has a plan to play deep into the postseason. Anderson is key for that offense if they want to do just that.
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Broncos | Ronnie Hillman to sit out (Sun Dec 14, 02:54 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 15 game.

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