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RB Ronnie Hillman - Denver Broncos

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

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Ronnie Hillman was thrust into the starting lineup last year after Montee Ball went down with a groin injury in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. He responded by posting two 100-yard rushing performances in four starts. In the two contests where he didn't rush for 100 yards, Hillman scored four touchdowns. He was an effective starter for the Broncos fast-paced offense until he went down with his own injury in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders. Hillman then watched as C.J. Anderson led the league in rushing over the final six weeks of the season. This season, Hillman is a bit of an odd fit for the balanced rushing attack and zone-blocking system the Broncos will employ under new head coach Gary Kubiak. Patience and decisiveness are the primary attributes running backs need in such a system, and neither one of those traits can be declared as strengths for Hillman. He's the fastest back on the roster, and Denver could certainly use him as a change-of-pace back behind Anderson. Hillman will compete with Montee Ball to be the team's number two back in 2015. (May 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 63, 45, 47, 49
RB Redraft PPR - 71, 45, 49
RB Dynasty - 75, 63, 64, 66, 71

Stats and Projections

2012 DEN 14 84 327 1 16 10 62 0
2013 DEN 9 55 218 1 14 12 119 0 1
2014 DEN 8 106 434 3 34 21 139 1
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 70 * * 10 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 100 * * 13 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 80 * * 14 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 93 * * 10 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 217
RB: 69
Overall-PPR: 211
RB-PPR: 65

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Latest News

Broncos | Ronnie Hillman will see more reps (Tue Aug 25, 11:01 AM) - Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman will receive more repetitions in the offense, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. 'He’s moved himself up. He’s had a really good camp,' Kubiak said. 'He deserves more reps and if he keeps playing like that he’ll continue to get some more.'

Our View: Hillman has earned the spot as C.J. Anderson's backup. He could get some work as the team's change-of-pace back in 2015. Fantasy owners should consider him the "handcuff" to Anderson, but know this team would likely go RBBC (with Montee Ball or Juwan Thompson) if Anderson goes down. Hillman is electric, but he's not built to take a starter's workload.
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Broncos | Ronnie Hillman likes new offense (Mon Aug 24, 04:31 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has worked his way the second running back position behind RB C.J. Anderson. Hillman said head coach Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme has helped his play. 'It opens up holes… I'm getting some lanes,' Hillman said.

Our View: Hillman is looking good in the preseason, and he's surpassed Montee Ball on the depth chart. He's now the primary backup behind C.J. Anderson, and Hillman should work as a change-of-pace back for the Broncos this year. Gary Kubiak wants a bellcow back--and that is Anderson.
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Broncos | Ronnie Hillman to make final roster? (Mon Aug 24, 03:43 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman could make the final roster if he continues to play the way he has, according to Jeff Legwold of

Our View: Could? Hillman may have looked like an odd fit for the zone-blocking system in minicamp, but he's made the most of his opportunity in training camp and the preseason. He's got 120 yards rushing in two games on only 16 carries. Not only is he a lock to make the final roster, but he's essentially won the primary backup job behind C.J. Anderson.
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2015 Schedule

1vs Baltimore Ravens
2@ Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Minnesota Vikings
5@ Oakland Raiders
6@ Cleveland Browns
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Indianapolis Colts
10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs New England Patriots
13@ San Diego Chargers
14vs Oakland Raiders
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17vs San Diego Chargers