Willis McGahee Out 6-8 Weeks With A Torn MCL; Broken Leg

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Ronnie Hillman

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For those who were patiently awaiting the MRI for Broncos RB Willis McGahee, it’s not good news. Not good news at all. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, McGahee suffered a torn MCL and will miss the next 6-8 weeks of action. Jay Glazer reports that McGahee will miss such a big length of time due to the fact that he also fractured his leg. Fantasy football owners can’t count on McGahee being back for the rest of their season, but there is a chance he could be back if the Broncos make it deep into the playoffs. He is droppable in redraft leagues.

With McGahee out, Ronnie Hillman is now expected to go from a mid-tier waiver option to the top, or one of the top free agent options as we head into Week 12. Lance Ball is also expected to see more work going forward, with Knowshon Moreno now likely being active on game days. But for owners, Hillman is the guy you want to grab.

Through 8 appearances on the year, Hillman has racked up 49 carries for 188 yards with just one score. But he has excelled as a pass-catching option, refining his pass-blocking skills and catching 10 passes for 62 yards. It was really only a matter of time before the Broncos gave Hillman more work. Now that he will be thrust into the starting job, he could further his fantasy value going forward. Against the Chargers Defense Sunday, Hillman rushed 12 times for 43 yards. His yards-per-carry average is less than stellar (3.8), but that could improve as the rushes keep coming.

So for those dynasty owners who selected Hillman this year, you’re getting value sooner than you thought. If you held onto him in redraft leagues, CONGRATS!!! If he is on your waiver wire, make him your priority. He’s going to be a hot commodity.

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