Willis McGahee Injury Makes Ronnie Hillman Must Add in All Fantasy Leagues

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 19, 2012

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 28:  Running back Ronnie Hillman #21 of the Denver Broncos is tripped up[ by Cornerback Jabari Greer #33 of the New Orleans Saints at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Saints 34-14.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Alright Willis McGahee owners, it's time to break out the keys to those handcuffs you hopefully own. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the Denver Broncos running back is going to be missing quite a bit of time.

New England not only team to take hit: @mortreport and I reporting Broncos RB Willis McGahee has a torn MCL, will miss six to eight weeks.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 19, 2012

So, yeah, congratulations to 0.9 percent of ESPN owners and 13 percent of Yahoo! owners—undoubtedly after some non-waiver league adds—who were smart enough to handcuff McGahee and pick up talented rookie Ronnie Hillman

The 5'9", 200-pound lightning bolt (read: elite quickness) out of San Diego State hasn't gone all "Doug Martin" in his first year in the NFL, but he's been productive nonetheless: 49 carries, 188 yards (3.8 yards per carry), one touchdown, 10 receptions, 62 receiving yards.

While those numbers aren't going to make you drool uncontrollably, Hillman has found ways to produce when he gets lots of touches. 

Well, now that McGahee is no longer in the picture, Denver's RB2 in terms of workload is in line for a gaggle of touches. 

That's right, a gaggle.

With Peyton Manning partying like it's 2004 and demanding the attention of defenses, along with the fact that Denver has plenty of soft run defenses left on the schedule (including the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders), Hillman is a must-add in all leagues.

But that's not quite the entire story.

Denver has yet to commit to Hillman as the full-fledged starter. While I'm buying him and his endless upside, it wouldn't be surprising to see Lance Ball or even Knowshon Moreno—yes, that Knowshon Moreno—cutting into the workload.

So, if you don't have the top waiver or enough money to acquire Hillman, don't be afraid to put in speculative adds on Ball (0.4 percent owned in ESPN leagues) or Moreno (2.4 percent owned) either.

Even if they don't get action right away, hopefully you now know to get your handcuffs ready.