Ronnie Hillman turned 11 carries into 16 yards and one catch (on two targets) into seven yards during Sunday's AFC championship game victory against the Patriots.
The Denver Broncos have consistently fed Hillman all season, but he's surpassed 4.0 YPC just once over the last seven games (including playoffs). He hasn't exactly made up for it with touchdowns (one) or multiple catches in a given game (only three times), while C.J. Anderson has maintained relevance throughout. Nevertheless, Hillman has averaged over 14 touches per contest, meaning he's a fair bet to strike in Super Bowl 50.
Ronnie Hillman gained just 38 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He failed to haul in his only target in the passing game.
The 24-year-old led the Denver Broncos in carries on the day, but his inefficiency resulted in C.J. Anderson nearly doubling him in yardage. Anderson also received three targets to Hillman's one, and plowed home the team's only touchdown. Hillman should continue to see his fair share of touches, but Anderson's rugged style could prove more suited to playoff football, and he could see some additional looks next week in the AFC championship game against the Patriots.
Backup C.J. Anderson also had a big day, rushing 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, as the
Hillman has led Denver's backs in touches in six of the past seven games, but has scored just twice in that span and not since Week 12's win over New England. The fleet-footed back is a perfect fit for coach Gary Kubiak's inside-outside zone scheme, but his fantasy value is diminished as he is a threat to both lose touchdowns to C.J. Anderson - who has scored thrice in his last four games - and fumble like he has three times in the last five contests.
Ronnie Hillman rushed 14 times for 48 yards but lost a fumble during Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
While the performance was hardly productive, Hillman saw significantly more action than C.J. Anderson, who rushed four times for 14 yards and caught one pass for six receiving yards. The Denver Broncos did most of their damage through the air, as quarterback Brock Osweiler passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for a score. Hillman continues to be the starter in Denver, but he's failed to reach even 60 rushing yards in four consecutive games. Up next is a Week 16 home game against the Bengals, who have allowed the third-fewest rushing touchdowns this season.
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