Peyton Hillis | Kansas City Chiefs | RB
2012 Experience: 5th Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Maybe it’s just a pair made in heaven but for whatever reason offensive coordinator Brian Daboll maximizes Hillis’s skill set to the fullest. When Daboll was in Cleveland Hillis enjoyed a breakout season that launched his popularity all the way to the 2012 Madden cover.
Perhaps we should blame last years lack luster performance more on the loss of Daboll than the Madden curse, but it appears the spell has been broken as they reunited in Kansas City this off-season.
Hillis has had a solid camp and his play against the Cardinals jump out at me on film. Daboll did a good job of using both Hillis and Dexter McCluster in the passing game, both having big plays early on.
Impressive for sure, but it was Hillis’s take no prisoners running style that proved to me he was back and ready for a big year.
The Chiefs have been building up the offensive line in recent years, stock piling talent and it’s starting to show. Hillis was through to the second level consistently and defenders bounced right off of him as he continued to run full steam ahead like a mac truck going downhill.
We should anticipate a big year from Hillis. The Chiefs have an easy schedule against the run. I have no problem viewing both Hillis and Charles as top fifteen options in PPR leagues this summer.
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May, 2012: Fantasy Projections
The expected bust / Madden Curse was in full effect for Peyton Hillis owners last year, as the golden boy of 2010, watched his stock fall back down to pumpkin status.
Now with the Chiefs, Hillis is reunited with Brian Daboll, the same offensive coordinator (was in Miami last year) that was in Cleveland when Hillis had his big season. Look for Jamaal Charles to lead the way, but the Chiefs will remain a run heavy offense, as Matt Cassel is incapable of running an offense, that relies heavily on the passing game.
It just so happens the Chiefs have the easiest schedule to run against on paper, which is exactly how it was two years ago when Charles and Thomas Jones ran all over the league.
Hillis will be used in multiple ways this year sometimes playing as a fullback, but I expect him to get enough touches to be a respectable flex play, especially in PPR leagues. Charles is a great running back, but he’s not a 300 carry type of runner, especially coming off a torn ACL from last year.
Look to Hillis as a respectable mid-round selection, with upside if Charles should miss time at any point.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Peyton Hillis was a fantasy darling in 2010 as he seemed to gain popularity for his hard nose running and the fact that he’s a white running back. Hillis’s fame hit an all time high when he was voted by the fans to be on the cover of this years Madden video game.
In the end, that award may clinch his fate as there is a history of players having a down season the year they hit the cover of Madden. While Hillis was unbelievable last season, I would have picked him as a bust anyway as I believe the overworked full back will hit the wall.
The Browns’ management even went as far as to admit that they overworked Hillis last season, and that they will probably insert Montaro Hardesty into the offense more to give Hillis a lighter load. Don’t get me wrong, Hillis should still be a decent fantasy running back, but if you think he can be a cheep number one runner on your team, you will be disappointed.
Hillis should remain active in the passing game this year after compiling 61 receptions so his value in PPR leagues will remain stronger than standard formats. On big difference Hillis will face this season is that opposing defenses will be gearing up to stop him first and force young Colt McCoy to beat them in the passing game.
If McCoy isn’t up to the challenge, things will get difficult for Hillis and the running game overall. As we head into the summer Hillis’s current ADP value on Mock Draft Central is 14.04 (14th runner overall) for standard league play and 13.08 (13th runner overall) in PPR leagues mock drafts results.
Those rankings seem to be fair for this running back when you look at the numbers he dished out a season ago, but the question is, can he come close to repeating that performance? I’m going to say no, so while he is justified in being selected as a second round selection in ten or twelve team leagues, I would look to other options at that point like Ray Rice or Michael Turner.
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