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Peyton Hillis' Fantasy Outlook After Signing with New York Giants

December 23, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis (40) runs the ball in the second half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2013

It's time for a fantasy football throwback.

Former Cleveland Browns star running back Peyton Hillis has found his way back into the NFL thanks to the battered and bruised backfield in New York, as Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 confirms Hills has signed a deal with the Giants:

Hillis, the Madden 12 cover boy and owner of 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Browns way back in 2011, is now 27 years old and will act as the primary backup to Brandon Jacobs in New York.

With David Wilson set to miss at least three weeks per ESPN's Dan Graziano, Andre Brown on short-term injured reserve and Da'Rel Scott waived on Tuesday thanks to an injury per the team's official site, Hillis is an emergency option until other backs can get healthy.

Hillis is in the twilight of his career and has bounced from Cleveland to Kansas City to Tampa Bay. In the latter, Hillis carried the ball 38 times for 147 yards and a 3.9 average against third- and fourth-stringers in preseason action before being cut two games into the season as the fourth back on the depth chart.

As Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey illustrates, Hillis is a questionable signing for the Giants at best:

While Hillis is a recognizable name, he is a far from anything worth taking a glance at in a fantasy perspective.

Outside of extremely deep leagues (say, 20 teams), Hillis brings nothing to the table to even warrant a roster spot as Draft TV's Shane P. Hallam confirms:

Outside of the downward spiral that has been Hillis' career the past few seasons, he will likely see little to no work with the Giants in the coming weeks thanks to the aforementioned Jacobs, who exploded last week for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

As Art Stapleton of The Record confirms, Hillis is nothing more than insurance at this point:

Insurance is necessary should Jacobs not recover, but per a report from Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Jacobs is fully expected to not miss any time. Jacobs has a very long time to recover given the team last played on Thursday Night Football and will not take the field again until next Monday against the Vikings.

In other words, Hillis is a holdover until Wilson and Brown can return. Wilson's timetable suggests he will be back after the Giants' bye in Week 9, and that is also exactly when Brown is eligible to come off injured reserve.

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 08:  Running back Peyton Hillis #33 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 8, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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This means Hillis will be active this week for Monday Night Football against Minnesota and a rush defense that allows only 110 yards per game, and then in Week 8 on a short turnover against a Philadelphia defense that allows 105.7.

After those two games, one of Hillis and Jacobs, or even both, could be axed from the roster. Given his unfamiliarity with the offense and lack of production in recent years, Hillis would be the first to go barring an ironic miracle performance like the one Jacobs just surprised everyone with last week.

Expect little from Hillis until further notice. As of now, he's not worth a roster spot with so many talented players with higher ceilings available.

 

 

Follow B/R's Chris Roling on Twitter for more news and analysis @Chris_Roling

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