Peyton Hillis: Jamaal Charles' Knee Issues Make Big RB Solid Fantasy Option

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 09: Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball as free safety Thomas DeCoud #28 of the Atlanta Falcons defends during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Have a 2010 flashback and pick up Peyton Hillis in fantasy football.

The Kansas City Chiefs running back is not going to go off like he did that year, but he is going to be a solid flex option now that Jamaal Charles is not running at full strength.

In the Chiefs' 35-17 loss to the Bills on Sunday, Hillis led the Chiefs with 11 carries and 66 yards. While he did have a costly fumble on the goal line, the Chiefs did not hesitate to go back to him. 

KCTV's DeAnn Smith points out that Charles dinged up his surgically repaired knee in Week 2, and as a result, he was limited to six carries. 

Just as importantly—for Hillis' future prospects—Smith astutely points out that Charles has lacked the explosion that he relies on for success. 

Charles, who has always had his carries limited, will not be in a position to be a lead back this year should the injuries continue. That means more carries for Hillis. 

Hillis proved he is up to the task with his strong running in the Week 2 game. While his goal-line fumble is concerning, Hillis has just two fumbles in his 179 carries over the last two seasons. 

The biggest concern with Hillis is the fact that the Chiefs look absolutely terrible. They have been outscored 75-41 in their two games. These kinds of games are going to limit the amount of carries that the Chiefs will pump out each week. 

Still, despite their lopsided losses, they have 57 carries in their two games. Kansas City does not have the kind of offense that will ever completely abandon the run, and as a result, Hillis will be a consistent producer this year. 

Hillis is a nice flex option for most leagues.