Five fantasy players on the rise

Montee Ball is in a great situation as the primary back for the Denver Broncos. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

One important consideration for any NFL fantasy draft is finding value. There are always players who didn't produce the previous season due to scheme fit, injuries or other reasons, but who are poised to have better seasons the following year.

Here are five players who have lacked huge production so far, but who merit increased fantasy consideration based off their talent and other traits.


1. Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos

Like Rashad Jennings and especially Toby Gerhart (two other players who just missed the list), Ball's volume of touches should increase dramatically due to a change of surrounding talent. But unlike Jennings and Gerhart, Ball not only has volume going for him, but he also has an elite situation as a running back in Denver's superb offense.

Knowshon Moreno thrived last year running against extremely favorable defensive personnel groupings, which Ball should simply abuse with his downhill running style. With Peyton Manning behind center consistently putting the Broncos' offense in the right play call depending on what he reads from the defense, there is no reason that Ball shouldn't also benefit from such favorable looks.

Here is the kicker: Ball should be running behind a substantially better offensive line with a healthy Ryan Clady at left tackle and he is a better ball carrier than Moreno. Ball isn't an elite talent, but he looked very good down the stretch last year when given the chance. Is he as good a receiver as Moreno? Probably not, but he won't be a fantasy liability in that department and should be an every-down running back. Eclipsing the nearly 1,600 total yards that Moreno produced last year should be no problem if Ball plays all 16 games.