Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) runs the ball during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chargers won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football: Broncos' Montee Ball's draft value skyrocketing

With yesterday’s news that former Denver Broncos’ running back Knowshon Moreno inked a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, owners of second-year pro Montee Ball should be salivating over what could be a breakout year for the Wisconsin product in 2014.

Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) rushes the ball in the second half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The 23 year old rookie ran for a respectable 4.7 yards per carry. He also established himself as the goal line back and flashed promising pass catching ability, catching 20 passes for 7.3 yards a catch average.

Sure he had his struggles.

Ball had problems with ball security and pass protection early last season, but improved and stepped up when the Broncos needed to give Moreno a breather down the stretch. Ball finished with an encouraging 4.7 ypc average and punched in four touchdowns in the final seven regular-season games.

With Moreno gone, there should be plenty more of those goal-line touchdowns for Ball to clean up in Peyton Manning‘s offense next season.

Ronnie Hillman could also be in the mix, but Denver scored 14 rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line last season, second only to New England (15), and tied for first with 45 rushing attempts in that range.

Ball was known for getting into the end zone in college and he should have a great opportunity to do so next season as well.

In the NFL’s most prolific offense, ball could become one of the best fantasy RBs of 2014. Denver seems likely to lean on Monte this season.

They have confidence in the youngster.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Broncos “believe in” Ball, and the Denver Post earlier this month predicted the second-year back would get the first crack at starting this season.

That should be music to fantasy football owners’ ears.

Where should Ball be drafted?

Top five? Top 10? Top 20?

We are still a long way away from seeing exactly how high Ball will skyrocket up draft boards but one thing is for sure and that is if you have Ball in keeper leagues like I do, you couldn’t be feeling better about your fantasy team at the moment.

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