Peyton Hillis has been one of the top running backs in fantasy football this season. And if you’ve made it to your fantasy league’s championship with him as a starter, it’s going to be hard NOT to have him in your lineup.
But for those with backfield depth, it might be time to consider it.
Whether he’s slowing down or defenses are just keying in to stop him, Hillis has started to see his numbers decline. In fact, he’s averaged just 8.6 fantasy points in his last three games. Hillis is also dealing with a sore knee, which comes from enduring the biggest workload of his career.
His 311 offensive touches are far and away his highest total at the NFL level – his previous career high was 82. What’s more, Hillis never touched the football more than 111 times in a single season during his collegiate time at Arkansas.
Another cause for concern is the fact that he smashed the Ravens for for 144 rushing yards and a touchdown back in Week 3. With that performance, Hillis clearly has a bullseye on his back this week.
“A blind cat will find a meal every once in a while,” said Ravens LB Ray Lewis, according to the team’s website. “We understand the two big runs we gave up against them. . . “[As] our team’s leader, it won’t happen again. I hope [the Browns] understand that.”
Now I’m not telling fantasy owners to bench Hillis for Marshawn Lynch. But if you have, say, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ryan Torain or LeGarrette Blount on your roster, then benching Hillis has to be considered.
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