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Fantasy Profile: Ronnie Hillman (RB, Broncos)

Ronnie HillmanAt this point in the season the injury bug can present opportunity at any point. In Week 11 Willis McGahee suffered a knee injury that will likely put him out for the remainder of the 2012 season. That means the Denver backfield is left to Lance Ball and Ronnie Hillman. While Ball has had experience with the team, the rookie Hillman possesses a skill set that is potentially more explosive.

While Hillman is small in stature, he is elusive and has incredible speed. Thus far he has only filled in and his skills have been largely unproven. McGahee has been the feature back while Ball has seen some extra play as a receiver out of the backfield. Going into Week 12 Hillman will likely see the majority of the carries with Ball filling in as a 3rd down or change of pace back. The big question related to Hillman’s star power will come down to how the team feels about his receiving abilities. If they decide his hands warrant combining his explosive speed with a receiver out of the backfield role, then he could have a huge day. If not, they will stick with Ball as their more “sure handed” backfield receiver.


Year Team G/GS Rushing Receiving Fumbles
2012 Denver Broncos 8 / 0 48 188 3.8 31 1 10 62 6.2 29 0 1 0


Following McGahee’s injury Hillman came in to put up 12 carries for 43 yards. While this isn’t particular impressive, Coach Fox’s praise of the rookie back is. The Coach said, “He’s got excellent vision. He’s got excellent burst through the hole.” Expect Hillman to get the majority of carries for the Broncos in Week 12. That should translate to somewhere between 15 to 20 carries, and hopefully he will wind up with around 5 receptions out of the backfield.


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