Ball carried the ball 13 times for 117 rushing yards. He averaged 9.0 yards per carry. With Knowshon Moreno still getting over a leg injury, Ball was able to pick up the slack. Moreno averaged just 1.2 yards per carry. Ball also flashed some big-play ability, breaking off runs of 28 and 45 yards.
Ball will take on the Titans Week 14.
Ball has lost three fumbles this season and the coaching staff's trust issues with the backup running backs have led to more touches for starter Knowshon Moreno. Though, Moreno is limping into Week 13 at Kansas City with an ankle injury after rushing for 200-plus yards against the Patriots. Therefore, the Broncos might have to call on Ball Sunday, regardless of his fumbling issue.
Ball had his first multi-touchdown game against the Chiefs in Week 11, so perhaps that will play big in the Broncos' play calling Sunday. Running backs are averaging 15.2 Fantasy points per week against Kansas City. Though, running backs have performed much better as of late against the Chiefs. Running backs are averaging 140.3 rushing yards, 43.7 receiving yards and 27.7 Fantasy points in the last three games. Running backs have also totaled five touchdowns (four rushing) in that span.
Ball is not the most reliable Fantasy option right now, but given Moreno might be less than 100 percent and Ball's success against Kansas City Week 11, he could serve as a No. 3 Fantasy running back or flex option Week 13.
Ball saw some considerable work in the passing game and in the ground game before the fumble. He caught a short pass from Peyton Manning and coughed it up to the Patriots in the third quarter. New England scored on the ensuing drive.
Ball had seven carries for 40 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and caught all three of his targeted passes for 17 yards in a 34-31 overtime defeat. He has 123 yards and three touchdowns on the ground over his last four games played. He'll look to get back on track in Week 13 at Kansas City.
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