2012 NFL Fantasy Football Week 9: Flex Play Rankings / Projections
The Broncos rookie running back Ronnie Hillman was a much talked about player throughout the summer as a potential sleeper to stash in the later rounds of your fantasy draft. Early in camp, Hillman suffered a hamstring injury that lingered for a few weeks and the rookie lost valuable time and started the season as the fourth-string running back, behind Willis McGahee, Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno.
Moreno worked in passing situations but failed to impress, while Ball gave the Broncos steady play when called upon. Eventually, Hillman was going to find the active roster and because of Moreno’s play, the former first-round pick was a healthy inactive by the end of September and Hillman was behind Ball on the depth chart.
As October rolled around, Hillman moved past Ball on the depth chart but it was clear he was still getting a grasp on the playbook, as Peyton Manning would have to help him out with his assignments at times before the football was snapped.
Coming off the bye week, Hillman’s workload and play (14 carries for 86 yards) suggest he’s ready to become a fantasy option when the Broncos are playing against a team they feel they can exploit in the running game.
One key for Hillman is the play of the Broncos defense, who put the Broncos in a situation where Hillman could close out the game. Don’t be surprised if he has the same situation in Cincinnati, and because he’s an ideal fit for the Broncos running scheme, he could rip off a big touchdown run, giving you RB2 numbers as a roll of the dice, flex play start.
Dwyer Continues To Run Well
Those of you that picked up Jonathan Dwyer off the waiver wire a couple of weeks ago should enjoy another start or two in the coming weeks. Given the way he’s run the football, it only makes sense that the Steelers will rest up their ailing running backs, and if he keeps it up, he may just hold onto the job, regardless of who is on the active roster.
|2||Ray Rice||@ Browns|
|3||Adrian Peterson||@ Seahawks|
|4||Demaryius Thomas||@ Bengals|
|6||Willis McGahee||@ Bengals|
|7||Jamaal Charles||@ Chargers|
|8||Doug Martin||@ Raiders|
|9||LeSean McCoy||@ Saints|
|10||Brandon Marshall||@ Titans|
|11||Vincent Jackson||@ Raiders|
|12||Matt Forte||@ Titans|
|18||Percy Harvin||@ Seahawks|
|21||Larry Fitzgerald||@ Packers|
|22||Eric Decker||@ Bengals|
|23||C.J. Spiller||@ Texans|
|25||Fred Jackson||@ Texans|
|27||Mike Wallace||@ Giants|
|29||Miles Austin||@ Falcons|
|33||Jordy Nelson (I)||Cardinals|
|35||Jonathan Dwyer||@ Giants|
|36||Reggie Bush||@ Colts|
|37||Stevie Johnson||@ Texans|
|38||Steve Smith||@ Redskins|
|39||Jonathan Stewart||@ Redskins|
|41||Torrey Smith||@ Browns|
|43||Mike Williams||@ Raiders|
|44||Calvin Johnson (I)||@ Jaguars|
|45||Dez Bryant (I)||@ Falcons|
|46||Jeremy Maclin||@ Saints|
|47||Antonio Brown||@ Giants|
|48||Dwayne Bowe||@ Chargers|
|49||Titus Young||@ Jaguars|
|52||DeSean Jackson (I)||@ Saints|
|54||Mikel Leshoure (I)||@ Jaguars|
|55||Ahmad Bradshaw (I)||Steelers|
|61||Cecil Shorts||@ Packers|
|62||Phillip Tanner||@ Falcons|
|63||Joique Bell||@ Jaguars|
|64||Anquan Boldin||@ Browns|
|67||Brian Hartline||@ Colts|
|69||Larod Stephens-Howling||@ Packers|
|71||Ryan Broyles||@ Jaguars|
|72||Andre Roberts||@ Packers|
|73||Ronnie Hillman||@ Bengals|
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