Stephen Hill, WR, Jets
|WR - #61||NYJ||Out||2 years||22||6'4||215||@_StephenHill_|
2013 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)Last updated on Oct-20-2013 by Chris Weeks
Update (10/20): As Geno Smith's numbers imrpove so should Hill's. The Jets top receiver will have some very good games but those will be few and far between. Owners looking for a flex start or bye week fill-in could use Hill when the match is right.
Profile: After opening the season with a pair of touchdowns and 89 yards, Hill did little for the Jets the remainder of the season. That shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone seeing as Stephen was a rookie last year and after week 4 he became the Jets' number one receiving option. Add in the less than mediocre play of Mark Sanchez and you have a very poor season for Hill. The good news is Hill has recovered from his LCL surgery, Holmes will be back and the Jets have a new quarterback. The bad news is the Jet's quarterback will be a rookie and this could hurt Hill's fantasy value. With great size, speed and hands, Stephen has the skills to be a number one receiver. Now he just needs a good quarterback to get him the ball. Once we see what happens under center, we'll have a better idea of what to expect from New York's receivers this season. Until then, pencil these top two guys in as second and third receivers.
Now it's really time to put up or shut up as we have reached Jim Mora's favorite part of the season: The playoffs. Well, the fantasy playoffs. Per usual, I'll be here all morning to provide updates on the active and inactive players in today's early games. I'll be tracking the statuses of Rashad Jennings, Jordan Reed, Reggie Bush, Vincent Jackson, Tony Gonzalez, Adrian Peterson and others, so it's going to be a busy morning. Starting at about 11:30 a.m. Eastern, keep refreshing this post until the early kickoffs for all of the news on who's in and who's out.
-- According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Raiders RB Rashad Jennings is INACTIVE due to his concussion. Marcel Reece is expected to get the start, and he is on the PPR radar since he is such a competent receiver, but he is just a deep flex option against the Jets, who have the league's best run defense.
-- Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson is active despite a hamstring injury. He's a high-end WR2 versus the Bills.
-- Ravens TE Dennis Pitta will make his season debut today against the Vikings. However, he may not play much in his first game back from hip surgery. He is worth a stash but don't play him today. Dallas Clark is inactive.
-- Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is active and will start against the Dolphins. His comeback from the scary hit he took and resulting concussion he suffered on Thanksgiving is pretty amazing. He is a low-end RB1 versus the Dolphins.
-- Lions RB Reggie Bush is active. He missed practice early in the week due to a calf injury, but he practiced Friday and is an RB1 against the Eagles.
-- Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is officially active after being a healthy scratch last week. Stay far away from any Patriots running back not named Shane Vereen today. RB Brandon Bolden is inactive. Also, the Patriots will be without WRs Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson. Perhaps this finally means more work for Danny Amendola.
-- Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is INACTIVE once again because of concussion symptoms. He practiced during the week and said he would play, but this is the fickle nature of concussions. Logan Paulsen will see more snaps in his place.
-- Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas is surprisingly active. He had been nursing a sprained ankle and did little work during the practice week. I think it means a few less carries for Lamar Miller, but I still think he is a RB2 in 12-team leagues against the Steelers. Miami should run a lot today in the snow.
-- Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is active. He gets a lot of rest during the practice week and plays. Start him.
-- Jets WR Stephen Hill is inactive due to a knee injury. You're not using him anyway.
-- Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez is active despite a toe injury that has limited him for a few weeks. He is a TE1, but Matt Ryan may struggle outdoors in the cold at Green Bay.
-- Bengals WR A.J. Green is active. He picked up a groin injury last week, but he'll play through it. Start, start, start.
-- Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is active. He was listed as questionable on the injury report, but that's what the Pats do. He is an obvious must-start.
Players who have already been ruled out for Week 13 include Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, Christian Ponder, Brandon Weeden, Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore, and Percy Harvin. The impact of their absences will be discussed in the fantasy analysis section below. For a full rundown of injuries around the league this week, click the link below to the NFL's official injury report.
-- Cutler was able to go through some limited practice this week, so perhaps a Week 15 return is reasonable. Josh McCown will get his fourth consecutive start and is a top-10 fantasy QB versus the Cowboys.
-- Rodgers remains in a holding pattern with his fractured collarbone. The Packers won't rule him out for the season, but when/if he will play again this season is a total mystery. Matt Flynn will get another start after his horrid outing on Thanksgiving in Detroit. The Falcons present a much friendlier matchup, but Flynn is so bad, I can't recommend Jordy Nelson or any other Packers wideout as anything more than a low-end WR2.
-- Ponder is out after suffering a concussion last week. Matt Cassel gets the start versus the Ravens. That gives Greg Jennings a slight bump up, but you know the deal with this offense in fantasy: It's Adrian Peterson and nothing much.
-- Weeden is out as he also couldn't get cleared following his Week 13 concussion. Jason Campbell will start against the Patriots. You are still starting Josh Gordon, and Gordon is the only Browns player you should start.
-- McFadden returned last week from a hamstring injury only to suffer an ankle injury. That's the story of his career. If Rashad Jennings can't play, Marcel Reece should lead the Raiders' backfield in touches. But against the Jets' elite run defense, I don't want any part of him unless I am in a deep PPR league.
--Moore hasn't practiced since suffering a shoulder injury on Nov. 17. You can feel safe dropping him. Andre Holmes, who had a breakout game against the Cowboys last week, is a low-end WR3 in deep leagues. Rod Streater is also in that conversation but has less upside.
-- Harvin suffered a setback with his surgically repaired hip last week, so that will mean more targets for Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin again. Both are nothing more than WR3 options against the 49ers.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors12/8 - Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 14
11/19 - Jets may bench WR Stephen Hill
Average Draft PositionStephen Hill was drafted in 32% of MyFantasyLeague.com leagues with an average drafting position of 186.77
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|17.10||FFToolbox - Scott Atkins|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|14.03||Fantasy Football QB - 2nd year big play receiver (yet so inconsistent) on a team that will likely play from behind this year. It's interesting to see how far Jets receivers fall in the draft. It's not like Jacksonville has a much better situation at QB, but I guess no butt-fumble helps fantasy value.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|17.12||Bruno Boys - Again I?m fishing for wide receivers. I don?t particularly like Hill but his failure as a rookie draws more from his raw nature coming into the NFL than anything else. There should be at least some improvement after a year in the league. I already have Holmes on the squad and Kerley offers no upside so I figured I?d take a shot on Hill. Someone has to emerge for the Jets in 2013, and I have the better half of the receiving corps so I should have a decent shot at attaining some production.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|16.03||FootballDiehards - Hill showed a lot of promise in his first NFL game, with five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets' Week 1 win over the Bills, but much like the rest of the Jets' offense, Hill never looked as good for the rest of the season. This year, he has to learn the team's new West Coast scheme after struggling to learn a less complicated offense last season. But there's no doubt he's as imposing a physical specimen as you'll find on the Jets. Here's hoping the light bulb comes on.|
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