With Willis McGahee done for the remainder of the regular season, rookie Ronnie Hillman will receive the opportunity many fantasy owners have been waiting for since he was drafted in the spring. Hillman worked his way into the prime backup job to McGahee over a month ago. Now he has the starting job, but expect Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno to see some time on the field this week.
Only time will tell if Hillman can hold on to the job, but the Broncos clearly drafted him with the intention of being the replacement for McGahee in the future.
In a friendly matchup against the Chiefs, my hope is that the Broncos are going to look at this game and the rest of the season as evaluation time to see what they have in Hillman for the future. That should mean that at some point they will want to see how he responds through a full game as a starter: Does he tire out by the fourth quarter or get stronger as the game goes on?
If we give him 25 touches in a game, can he handle the load, and at the same time, how does he look in practice and in the following game after that kind of workload?
While the situation is there for Hillman to touch the football more than 20 times in Kansas City, I’m not sure the Broncos' coaching staff is comfortable giving him that workload just yet. What we want to see from Hillman is for the rookie to play well in all phases of the game, to earn a larger role in future weeks.
What we should expect from the San Diego State product is to lead the team in touches this week, and hopefully he will flash for a few big plays, like he did against the Saints a few weeks ago.
Consider the odds of him doing so likely, and I wouldn’t count him out for work around the end zone, as he did a nice job converting on a five-yard touchdown run against the Panthers a few weeks ago.
Hillman has a chance to go down as one of this year's late-season heroes that leads fantasy owners to championships. For now, consider him a low-end RB2 and a must-start flex play option against the Chiefs.
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