Whenever someone mentions the name “Lex,” I inevitably think of the villain Lex Luthor from the Superman comics and movies. You know, he’s that bald bad guy most recently portrayed on the big screen by Kevin Spacey but best done by Gene Hackman in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
(By the way, if you’ve never seen the 2006 re-edited version of “Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut,” be sure to check it out. It follows basically the same storyline as the original cut, but it has a ton of never-before seen footage filmed by Donner. Very cool stuff for you superhero fans).
OK, back to fantasy football …
While I realize that it’s March and we’re in the middle of some very uncertain times around the NFL, you can still unearth some nice sleepers if you look deep enough. And right now, I think Lex Hilliard fits the bill.
The Dolphins backfield is in a state of flux, as Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both slated to become free agents. Even if one of them re-signs, he won’t be guaranteed a starting job.
What’s more, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that “there’s talk out there” that the Dolphins could give Hilliard a chance to become their featured back in 2011. He doesn’t have a lot of real-game pro experience — Hilliard has carried the ball just 23 times in the NFL — but the coaching staff likes his versatile skill set.
Miami’s eventual No. 1 runner, Hilliard or otherwise, will also have quite a favorable schedule, as matchups against the Bills (2), Patriots (2), Broncos, Raiders, and Texans are very attractive.
In the event that the team parts ways with Brown and Williams, Hilliard would likely top the depth chart and be complimented by another runner — the Palm Beach Post suggests the Fins will take a “good, long look” at free agent Darren Sproles. In that scenario, Hilliard could be a pretty viable flex starter in most leagues.
Of course, this discussion would all become moot if the Fins decide to take Alabama’s Mark Ingram in the first round of April’s NFL Draft. But as it stands, Hilliard is someone who needs to be on your fantasy radar.
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