In last year's regular season meeting between the Broncos and Patriots, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball combined for 44 rushing attempts, 264 yards, and a touchdown in a 34-31 New England victory.
Bill Belichick essentially conceded the run in the Patriots' win, consistently dropping 6-7 defenders into coverage and forcing Peyton Manning to throw into tighter windows in adverse weather conditions. Like last year's Week 12 meeting, Sunday's rematch is expected to involve high winds and rain. Further improving Ronnie Hillman's fantasy outlook is New England's 322 yards on 60 carries (5.37 YPC) allowed to opposing running backs since ILB Jerod Mayo went on I.R. two weeks ago. Read more stats and analysis like this in Evan Silva's Week 9 Fantasy Football Matchups column, accessible at the link below.
Brent Celek (back) is listed as probable for Week 9 against the Texans.
Celek was limited earlier in the week, but will be good to go for Sunday's game. The Eagles' in-line tight end has 12 catches through seven games.
Juwan Thompson (knee) is probable for Week 9.
Thompson will be a touchdown-dependent RB4 against the Patriots. Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) is also listed as probable.
Tom Brady (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 9.
Brady's ankle injury is a non-issue. He's a top-five quarterback for a likely shootout with the Broncos.
49ers ILB Patrick Willis (questionable, toe) will be a game-time decision for Week 9 against the Rams.
Willis is hoping to return this week after practicing on a limited basis. He could end up missing just one game coming off the 49ers' bye. Willis shouldn't be on a snap count if active.
Alex Smith (shoulder) is officially probable for Week 9.
Smith sprained his throwing shoulder last week. It's not expected to be a concern going forward. Smith practiced in full and will start against the Jets.
Travis Kelce (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 9.
Kelce has been playing through a rib issue, but it shouldn't impact his snaps. He's a TE1 with scoring upside against a Jets' secondary that's allowed seven passing touchdowns over the last two games.
Jamaal Charles (back) is probable for Week 9.
Charles practiced in full despite being listed with a back injury. He'll be a top-three running back play against the Jets.