Jacob Hester: Full Fantasy Profile of Broncos' New Backup RB

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2012

Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Jacob Hester (22) on the sideline during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Hear me, all ye fantasy football owners and Denver Broncos fans, for I carry with me a message of desperation and utter confusion.

Like you, I have no idea what to make of the Denver backfield. I too forgot Knowshon Moreno was still on the team. I too snagged Ronnie Hillman on the waiver wire this week, only to have my heart smashed into nine pieces, representing the total yards he managed on Sunday. 

And no, I don't know what to make of the team signing Jacob Hester, except for the fact that the Denver backfield is murkier than ever with his signing (via the team's official Twitter account):

The #Broncos have signed RB Jacob Hester to the active roster and added RB Jeremiah Johnson to the practice squad.

— Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) November 26, 2012

He now joins Hillman and Lance Ball as players who will likely steal snaps, carries and maybe even touchdowns from current starter Knowshon Moreno—rendering Moreno a weak flex at best in the process—but likely won't be consistent fantasy options worth starting.

Oh, how I long for the simpler days of Willis McGahee's reign in the Denver backfield. 

I think of Hester more as a fullback anyway, and generally fullbacks aren't valuable fantasy commodities unless they consistently produce in the passing games or vulture touchdowns down by the goal line.

I'm not sure Hester will fulfill either of those roles for the Broncos.

Folks, we've been beating around the bush to this point, so I'm just going to come out and say it: Don't bother adding Hester to your team. It's far more likely Hillman or Ball will get the majority of the carries if Moreno gets injured or his form slips, and I don't see Hester playing a huge role on this team as a fullback.

Where do I think we'll see Hester make his biggest impact? 

On special teams. And unless you get bonus points for kamikaze tackles on kick coverage, you don't need to make speculative waiver additions on special-teams players.

Besides, the Denver running game is pretty much a no-man's land for fantasy owners at this point. Moreno's 11.1 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues was a pleasant surprise, but probably represents his upside, namely if Hillman ever learns to pass block and devolves the Broncos' backfield into a timeshare.

Let's keep it real: Right now, it's all about Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker when it comes to viable fantasy options on Denver's offense. Moreno has some value, at least for now. After that, you're barking up the wrong tree.

Heed my message, all ye fantasy owners, and ignore Hester altogether. He's just another reason the Denver backfield is more appropriately described as a minefield for fantasy owners.


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