There’s a good chance last weekend’s slate of NFL games left you in need of a running back. Montee Ball, Rashad Jennings, Fred Jackson, Reggie Bush, Donald Brown and Zac Stacy all suffered injuries, while Toby Gerhart likely lost his job. (Our condolences if Gerhart was still in your starting lineup.)

One name that will likely draw heavy interest in waiver wires this week is Ball’s handcuff, Ronnie Hillman. In replacing Ball on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, Hillman ran 15 times for 64 yards. He’s far from a sure thing, though; entering the Broncos’ game against Arizona, Hillman had two carries on the season for two yards. Plus, the Broncos have a pair of backs in C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson who could share the load, or perhaps even carry a bulk of the load, in the Denver offense.

This week on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, Cecil Lammey of Footballguys.com and ESPN Denver and SiriusXM host Ray Flowers offered their advice on how to treat the Broncos’ backfield situation, specifically whether Hillman is worth a significant investment.

“People look at the stat line, and I just wanna urge everyone out there: Stats are interesting, and I tweet about stats all the time. You can’t envelop this game with stats. It’s just impossible. There’s too much emotion and heart. Film always tells the truth, and watching the film and being at the game,” Lammey said, “Hillman looked great – when the holes were huge. So I will advise people like this: If you think that the Broncos’ offensive line – which has been struggling to create consistent holes – if you think they’re gonna get big holes on every play, then by all means, rush out and get Ronnie Hillman.”

“Can he create on his own? No,” Lammey continued. “Is he fast? Yes. Is he quick? Sure. But he doesn’t make people miss in the open field, and he doesn’t pick up anything after contact. Look at the box score, be fooled by it if you want; right now, this is a total mess. What we know is that there will be a competition during the week, there will likely be a committee, we could get the dreaded ‘hot hand’ approach … I believe C.J. is the best back left of the backs we are talking about, but again, he was inactive.”

“I don’t look at Hillman as the best guy to add this week,” Flowers said. “I’m not saying you don’t add him, I’m not saying you don’t bid aggressively to attain his services – I suggested 20 to 30 percent of someone’s budget, so I’m pretty bullish on taking the plunge for Hillman. But the fact of the matter is, I still have questions on Hillman … Hillman’s a smallish runner, he’s under 200 pounds. C.J. Anderson is the complete opposite. He’s a huge guy, he’s like 5-8, he weighs like 225, he’s a much better short yardage option than Hillman. Hillman is clearly in the lead for touches here, Anderson is clearly second, we might even see Juwan Thompson get a few looks with Montee Ball being out. The reason I wouldn’t go all-in with Hillman is the presence of Anderson, as well as the fact that it looks like Montee Ball might only miss two or three weeks with that groin issue.”

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