Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jason Hill blew up during the team's 30-20 Week 5 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. His performance could be a preview of things to come, and if you're thin at the wide receiver spot, you need to add him to your fantasy team as soon as possible.
Hill hauled in five catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. While most of those yards came on a 74-yard touchdown, the 26-year-old wideout was targeted a team-high eight times by rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
As was evidenced this week, Gabbert has confidence in Hill, and now that the rookie has taken over at the quarterback spot for the Jaguars, he'll need receivers he can trust. Hill is a five-year veteran out of Washington State, and while he's not flashy, he can be a solid target.
Hill has good size (6'0", 202 lbs) and adequate downfield speed. While he isn't a prototypical burner, Hill shows good burst out of his breaks and can use his size to shield defenders.
Entering Sunday's game, Hill had just seven catches on the year for 96 yards and no touchdowns in the four games he played. While you shouldn't pick him up as an immediate starter, his Week 5 performance definitely merits a spot on your bench if you can fit him in.
There is big-time upside here because you have to expect the Jaguars will open up the offense with Gabbert at quarterback and try and get him comfortable throwing a lot of passes. Hill and Mike Thomas will split receptions with tight end Marcedes Lewis, but the fact that Gabbert looked Hill's direction so often in Week 5 bodes well for the receiver's fantasy future.