Fantasy Football: Do Not Buy into Peyton Hillis Hype

By Bill Pivetz
Peyton Hillis
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Who would have thought that we would be talking about Peyton Hillis in 2013? With the state of the New York Giants‘ running back situation, Hills was brought in as an emergency. Andre Brown is out until Week 10 with a broken leg. David Wilson has been out with a neck injury and will miss a couple of more weeks.

The Giants brought back Brandon Jacobs as well, but after starting in just one game, he’s out with a hamstring injury. Hillis will get the start in Philadelphia. There may be a Michael Cox sighting as well. Last week, Hillis ran for only 36 yards on 18 carries (2.0 yards per game), but looked impressive in the passing game. He had five receptions for 45 yards. He also scored from short yardage.

With six teams on a bye, it’s possible you may have to start Hillis as your flex. He could break one through the end zone for another score. That said, there are much better options on the waiver wire: Roy Helu (49.1 percent available in ESPN leagues), Jacquizz Rodgers (17.1) or Andre Ellington (83.2).

Those who added Hillis are looking for one more week of 11-13 points, but should be expecting something less. The Philadelphia Eagles have a poor rush defense, allowing five rushing touchdowns this season. However, the Giants have just as poor a rushing offense, averaging 3.2 rushing yards per carry and 67.3 per game (29th and 31st in the league).

Hillis had one effective season in 2010 with the Cleveland Browns and has been a bust ever since. With Brown and Wilson on the verge of coming back, Hillis should remain on the waiver wire.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.

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