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Brian Hill Fantasy Outlook Makes Him Priority Waiver Wire Pickup With Devonta Freeman Injury

Jason Schandl
Atlanta Falcons v Miami Dolphins
Atlanta Falcons v Miami Dolphins
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Brian Hill has been in the NFL since 2017, but until Week 10 of this season he had never recorded double-digit touches in a single game. That changed in a big way on Sunday, as he racked up 20 carries and one reception (on two targets) in a win over the New Orleans Saints.

This expanded role came at the expense of Devonta Freeman, who went down with what turned out to be a sprained foot. There's still no word on Freeman's health, but the potential to serve as a workhorse in the Atlanta Falcons' backfield makes Hill a top waiver wire add for Week 11.

This comes just a few days after the Falcons placed Ito Smith on injured reserve with a neck injury, and Hill has suddenly vaulted from No. 3 to No. 1 on the Falcons' RB depth chart.

Freeman saw 21 opportunities (13 carries plus eight targets) in his first game without Smith in Week 8, and Smith and Freeman had combined for at least 19 opportunities in six of the first seven games of the season as well.

Hill was one of only two Falcons' RBs to play after Freeman went down on Sunday, and he out-touched Kenjon Barner, 21 to one, suggesting there is going to be no competition in this backfield if Freeman sits.

Hill stands to be worth locking in as an every-week fantasy football starter for as long as Freeman is sidelined, and he should be a top priority on the waiver wire this week even if you're not thin at the RB spot.

Assuming Freeman can't suit up on Sunday, Hill sits at RB17 in our Week 11 PPR fantasy football rankings.


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