2013 Fantasy Football Deep Sleeper: Stephen Hill

By Dustin Manko
Stephen Hill
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Typically in fantasy football, I make a point to avoid the New York Jets. Rex Ryan has shown he is not the best at using his players to their strengths, the quarterback situation has been the butt (fumble) of many jokes, and the running game is a wasteland. While I wasn’t counting on Geno Smith being as impressive as he was last week, there is something I took away from that game, Stephen Hill could be on the verge of a breakout.

It might not be this week, as the 22 year old receiver is clearly still learning the nuances of the professional game, but for you deep and dynasty leaguers out there, Hill could be an interesting option. He led the Jets in targets with nine last week, catching six for 39 yards. He blew up the combine in 2012 with a 4.31 time in the 40 yard dash. His last season at Georgia Tech, Hill averaged 29.3 yards per reception. In 13 games during his final season, he also accumulated 820 receiving yards and five touchdowns. That’s a 63 yards per game average and a touchdown almost every other game. The tools are there.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has never been shy to throwing the ball, and the Jets appear to be more open to the thought of letting Smith take his shots than the previous regime has been with Mark Sanchez. When Santonio Holmes shakes his foot injury and returns to 100 percent health, he will be the primary option in the passing attack. Oppositions know this, and likely will look to contain him, leaving Hill in single coverage situations. At 6”4’ and 215 pounds he has the size to take advantage over the typical defensive back.

There will be growing pains and inconsistencies. Smith is still a baby fresh quarterback at the NFL level, and Hill only has 12 games under his belt. Owners will need to understand there will be weeks like week one, where Hill ends the day with only 30-40 yards. But with limited options in the passing game, and the probability the Jets are down in the majority of their games, targets and deep threats should not be a problem to come by.

Make no mistake, Hill is not an option for you 10 team leaguers, but if you are in a deep or dynasty league Hill could be worth a look.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

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