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NEWS: Emmanuel Sanders (concussion), Julius Thomas (ankle) and Montee Ball (groin) all questionable for Week 12?

SMITTY: Emmanuel Sanders will head into Week 12 as very questionable, as he will have to pass concussion protocols in order to hit the field in Week 12. Julius Thomas suffered an ankle sprain early in Week 11, and did not return. It’s concerning that he was so quickly ruled out from returning in the game, but early reports suggest he avoided a high-ankle sprain. Still, we need to hear more before we can start hoping for his return. Montee Ball obviously wasn’t over his groin injury, injuring himself early in Week 11. With Ronnie Hillman very questionable for both Week 12 and 13, CJ Anderson could be locked into a fantasy RB2-type value for the next couple weeks, but stay tuned for more on all these Broncos players. Be sure to sign up for Smart Alerts if you haven’t already signed up!

NEWS: CJ Anderson the best DEN running back according to The Denver Post?

SMITTY: Mike Klis, from DenverPost.com, said this: “Ball is going to play. I’m not sure if he starts. But he’s going to play. Personally, I’d start Anderson. I think he’s the Broncos’ best running back. It’s easy to make that claim this week but even when he was getting one or two carries a game it seemed like he was slashing for 5 yards or so.” Keep in mind that this is just his opinion, but his opinion should be considered for sure. That said, Montee Ball had a ton of buzz heading into Week 10, and even though he sat out the week as a precaution, he shouldn’t be written off. CJ Anderson is the better start this week, clearly, but Ball will get enough carries to make noise in this predicted “hot hand approach” that Denver will likely utilize – for now. Juwan Thompson is also in the picture. Make sure neither Ball or Anderson are on waivers, as they should be owned in all leagues right now. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

TV: STARTERS live on the Week 11 “Sam Acho Show” on AZCentral

Watch/listen to Fantasy Football Starters’ Jeff talk Week 11 on the “Sam Acho Show”, which is always live on AZCentral.com. Jeff (CEO) of Fantasy Football Starters dishes out some Week 11 fantasy football start bench, trade and waiver wire advice.

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NEWS: Ronnie Hillman expected to miss at least 2-3 weeks now?

SMITTY: This went from ‘at least’ 1-2 weeks to ‘at least’ 2-3 in just a few days, but hold onto these timetables with caution (in both directions). Who will start Week 11, CJ Anderson or Montee Ball (groin)? Well, I think it’s safe, for now, to consider Anderson the starter, as he just had a pretty stellar Week 10 outing (13 carries for 90 yards, and 4 receptions for 73 yards and 1TD). All that said, Ball has dropped weight, as we reported yesterday, and there was a lot of buzz about him heading into Week 10, which he apparently sat out in order to get even more healthy. Stay tuned, folks, something tells us there will be some more ‘rumors’ flying around news wires as we near Week 11 kickoff. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball (groin) expected back in Week 11, but will he start over CJ Anderson?

SMITTY: Ronnie Hillman will miss at least two weeks with a foot sprain, which means that either CJ Anderson or Montee Ball (groin) will start Week 11. Will it be a sharing situation at best, or will one take over the primary duties? The answer to that question could be very much up in the air all the way into Week 11 kickoff. CJ Anderson had a monster Week 11 (rushing the ball 13 times for 90 yards, while pulling in 4 receptions for 73 yards and 1TD), so he is the ‘hot hand’ for sure in this situation. However, Ball has dropped weight and has received all kinds of buzz heading into Week 10 (where he ended up sitting as a precaution). We will try and keep you posted as the news unfolds on this one, but both Anderson and Ball must be owned in all formats, as the runner that gets the nod in Week 11 could produce very strong numbers. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Injuries heading into Week 6; Branden Oliver on the rise, Montee Ball could be out a bit, Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5.

Donald Brown left Week 5 with a concussion. Branden Oliver dropped 182 total yards and 2TDs in Week 5, and he now becomes a must-own in all leagues and this week’s top waiver wire grab.

Montee Ball suffered a groin injury in Week 5 and is getting an MRI. He is looking very questionable for the next couple games. Ronnie Hillman is a must grab this week.

Calvin Johnson suffered a setback in Week 5; his week 6 status is in question.

Rashad Jennings left Week 5 with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI. Andre Williams is not likely available in any leagues, but do check. If Jennings is out, Williams could produce fantasy RB2 numbers if getting starter carries.

Jimmy Graham injured his shoulder in Week 5, but early word is that it isn’t serious. Stay tuned.

Reggie Bush left Week 5 with an ankle injury. It is not though to be serious, but stay tuned. Hopefully Joique Bell will be back in the next contest.

Drew Stanton suffered a concussion in Week 5; Carson Palmer could be back next week, so keep tabs on this one. Palmer back would be good for Floyd, Fitz and Ellington.

Zac Stacy exited Week 5 with a calf injury. He did not return to the game, so there is concern here. Benny Cunningham is a must-grab if for some reason he is available. It’s not likely, though, but check waivers.

NEWS: Montee Ball (groin) out for a while; Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas pull in 2TDs; Peyton Manning tosses 4TDs.

SMITTY: What an explosion for those Broncos players, everyone but Montee Ball (groin), who now could be out a while. This makes Ronnie Hillman a must-grab if available in your league, and also keep in mind that Juwan Thompson could get some run at running back should Ball miss a chunk of time. Congrats to those who bought Demaryius Thomas last week… he was on our buy-low list(s) since Week 1, and the time for buying low is now over (after he dropped 200+ receiving and 2TDs in Week 5). In fairness, Ball has made it on our buy-low list, but it’s react and adapt in this sport, so stay all over add/drops and buy-low on players like Demaryius (pre-bounceing back) where you can to make up for losses/busts. While Ball’s recent play, and now this injury, is a huge letdown, he still could play well down the stretch, so selling on pennies on the dollar is not an option. Stash him, let him heal, then wait and see. Peyton Manning tossed 479 passing yards, 4TDs and 2INTs in Week 5 against the Cards, and Julius Thomas, the No. 1 fantasy TE right now, was his usual ‘phenomenal self’ pulling in 2TD passes out of Manning’s 4TDs. Need some quick trade ideas? Get on our forums and get some help!

NEWS: Ronnie Hillman scores as he fills in for Montee Ball (appendectomy).

With Montee Ball (appendectomy) resting through at least the first two preseason games, if not three, Ronnie Hillman took over as the team’s starter during the Broncos preseason opener; Hillman ran the ball six times for 15 yards and a touchdown, while pulling in one reception for five yards. CJ Anderson left the game with a concussion.

SMITTY: Ronnie Hillman just escaped a fumble on his touchdown run, as the ball came out as soon as he crossed the goal line (not a good start for Hillman even though it wasn’t ruled a fumble). Montee Ball could be back for the third preseason game, but even if he isn’t, he should have a decent shot at carrying the ball a couple times in the fourth contest. Even if he doesn’t do that, he remains locked into our top 5-10 running backs for 2014. If he suffers any kind of setback, we will surely adjust that expectation, but in that Denver attack, Ball is in for a huge, huge season. Checkout his Week 1 Power Ranking right here.

NEWS: Montee Ball recovering at home; Peyton Manning looks as sharp as ever?

According to rotoworld, Broncos RB Montee Ball (appendectomy) has been released from the hospital and is now at home recovering. And, according to ESPN, Peyton Manning has never looked sharper than he has in camp.

SMITTY: Clearly there is some risk with Montee Ball heading into Week 1, but honestly, I’m not too worried. Risk is always a part of the game, and while avoiding risk is always a smart play, the appendectomy isn’t something that worries me as far as Week 1 is concerned. Missing first-team reps and getting a touch out of shape, that’s what concerns me, but not enough to drop Ball outside of my top 12 overall (and that’s where I’d draft him, I actually rank him inside my top 5-10RBs for 2014). As for Peyton Manning, while many will knock the idea of selecting him in the first-round in 2014 fantasy football drafts, I have no issues with such a selection. He can win a league tossing for 45-50 scores. He may not repeat last year’s numbers, where he dropped an insane line of 5,477 yards, 55TDs and 10INTs, but I wouldn’t bet against him. He could easily drop 4,500-5,000 yards and 45-50TDs. There are a lot of great quarterbacks to draft in 2014, like 6th-round value grabs Tom Brady and Nick Foles (my favorite way to go) — still, there is nothing wrong with Manning in the first if you’re good at finding sleeper runners and receivers. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Montee Ball could miss entire preseason due to appendectomy; he is expected to be ready for Week 1.

According to Rotoworld, Broncos RB Montee Ball could miss the entire preseason due undergoing an appendectomy. The report suggests that ESPN’s Chris Mortensen believes the Broncos still haven’t ruled Ball out of all preseason action, though. “There’s still some hope Ball will be able to get out there for the end of preseason,” said Mortensen.

SMITTY: The good news is that Montee Ball appendectomies usually require about two weeks of recovery and 100 percent recovery is usually on par for the course in one month. It’s not exciting news if you’re a Montee Ball supporter, but it certainly isn’t going to have us adjusting his Week 1 Power Ranking or his 2014 Full-sason Projections — He remains a lock inside our top 5-10RBs heading into 2014 (with upside for more). If anything should change that projection, we will certainly let you know.