I love me some Peyton Hillis.
I love the stats he's put up. I love to watch him play. I love seeing him get stronger as the game goes on. I love that fantasy owners could snatch a top-10 running back off the waiver wire. I love everything about the guy.
Hillis isn't your standard elite running back. He isn't flashy, won't break any ankles with his moves, and doesn't posses top-end speed.
What Hillis does best is showing up for work every Sunday and pounding away on defenses for three hours. Sure, there are plenty of big-bodied guys littering practice squads all around the NFL that could bang around for a few hours. But Hillis is different.
Hillis isn't just a big guy running to a spot. Hillis is powerful, but not just because he weighs 250 pounds. He understands how to run with proper pad level and use leverage to prevent would-be-tacklers from bringing him down.
Seeing Hillis get stood up and pushed back by a defender is about as rare as a fat kid passing up the dessert bar at a buffet.
Hoping aboard the H-Train early in the season required a little forethought. Through the Browns' first two games, Hillis was producing at a rate equal to starting RB Jerome Harrison, though Hillis received only half the number of touches.
Once Hillis got the start, thanks to an injury to Harrison, he ran away with the opportunity and never looked back.
If you own Hillis, pat yourself on the back and enjoy the ride.
Please note that the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers are on their bye in Week 10.
|1||Arian Foster||@ JAX||JAX allows fourth-most fantasy points to RBs, but with Foster that doesn't really matter.|
|2||Chris Johnson||@ MIA||Johnson has scored a TD in every road game, but MIA hasn't allowed a rushing TD in four straight contests.|
|3||Adrian Peterson||@ CHI||CHI a tough matchup for RBs, but Peterson has scored and totaled over 100 yards in last three games.|
|4||Rashard Mendenhall||vs. NE||NE defense allowing 25 fantasy points per game to RBs.|
|5||Ahmad Bradshaw||vs. DAL||DAL defense is awful, and allowed 213 total yards and one TD to NYG RBs in Week 7.|
|6||Michael Turner||vs. BAL||Turner has four TDs in the last two games, and should see plenty of work.|
|7||Jamaal Charles||@ DEN||DEN defense collapsing having allowed 11 TDs in their last four games.|
|8||Frank Gore||vs. STL||STL has allowed only two 100 yard rushers and only three TDs to RBs all season.|
|9||Jahvid Best||BUF||Just missed a TD in Week 9, and looked much better after the bye.|
|10||Ray Rice||@ ATL||ATL allowing only eight fantasy points to RBs every week and hasn't allowed a rushing TD since Week 2.|
|11||Steven Jackson||@ SF||49ers have allowed only a 100-yard rusher once, but Jackson has double-digit fantasy points in six of eight games.|
|12||LeSean McCoy||@ WAS||WAS defense allowing plenty of yards to opposing offenses, but only three TDs to RBs.|
|13||LaDainian Tomlinson||@ CLE||CLE allowing only 10 fantasy points to RBs, and Tomlinson averaging only 3.25 yards per carry over last three games.|
|14||Peyton Hillis||vs. NYJ||Hard to rank this low after explosive Week 9, but NYJ allow second-fewest fantasy points to RBs.|
|15||Maurice Jones-Drew||vs. HOU||If JAX can capitalize on offensive explosion from Week 8, he should finish higher than 15th.|
|16||Cedric Benson||@ IND||IND allowing 20 fantasy points to RBs, but Benson needs volume to produce.|
|17||Knowshon Moreno||vs. KC||KC allowing 21 points to RBs, concern is whether QB Tebow steals goal line opportunities.|
|18||Ronnie Brown||vs. TEN||Seemed to be the better RB in Week 9, and TEN allowing 19 points to RBs every week.|
|19||Thomas Jones||@ DEN||DEN allowing 37 fantasy points to RBs, so plenty of production to spread around.|
|20||Donald Brown||vs. CIN||Brown or whatever IND RB plays, should get plenty of chances against the CIN defense allowing 23 points to RBs.|
|21||Ryan Torain||vs. PHI||Will move up if confirmed starter, but PHI hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 4.|
|22||Matt Forte||vs. MIN||Simply impossible to trust, but MIN not as tough as they used to be.|
|23||Beanie Wells||vs. SEA||Screwed fantasy owners in Week 9, but SEA allowing second-most fantasy points to RBs.|
|24||Marshawn Lynch||@ ARI||ARI allowing plenty of production to RBs, but simply hasn't shown yet that he can get the job done.|
|25||Fred Jackson||vs. DET||DET allowing seventh most fantasy points to RBs, but needs more touches to create production.|
|26||LeGarrette Blount||vs. CAR||CAR solid against RBs, and Blount not getting as many touches as fantasy owners would like.|
|27||Brandon Jacobs||vs. DAL||Getting carries and producing returns.|
|28||Willis McGahee||@ ATL||Doing the most with his opportunities, much to the dismay of Ray Rice owners.|
|29||Ricky Williams||vs. TEN||Has a chance against TEN defense surrendering points to RBs every week.|
|30||Mike Goodson||@ TB||TB allowing third-most points to RBs.|
Best of luck to you in Week 10. May your domination continue, or your comeback succeed.
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