Kendall Hinton Fantasy Outlook Carries Huge Risk in Week 12 as Broncos Starting QB

Kendall Hinton's fantasy football outlook is very interesting, but includes plenty of risk as the Denver Broncos' starting QB in Week 12.
Kendall Hinton's fantasy football outlook is very interesting, but includes plenty of risk as the Denver Broncos' starting QB in Week 12. / Mike Comer/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL season just keeps getting weirder. The entire Denver Broncos quarterback room is ineligible to suit up due to COVID regulations for today's game against the New Orleans Saints.

That means practice squad WR Kendall Hinton is starting at quarterback. That gives him an interesting fantasy outlook, but a risky one as well.

The first question is, of course, whether or not Hinton can throw. Fantasy managers should not expect much from him throwing the ball. The last time Hinton threw more than 50 passes in a season was 2015, when he was a freshman QB at Wake Forest. He threw for 929 yards with 4 TDs and 5 interceptions on 177 attempts.

The Broncos will be fully aware of those limitations, however. If they play to his strengths, there could be some value here.

Hinton also racked up 881 yards and 12 touchdowns on 188 carries in his time at Wake Forest, also catching 73 passes for 1,001 yards in his final season. That kind of playmaking ability should get him plenty of designed runs, rollouts and read-option plays, which are gold for fantasy production.

Given rushing yards and touchdowns are worth more fantasy points than those through the air, 70-80 yards and a score on the ground would give him a solid fantasy score for a QB, even if he does virtually nothing through the air.

And, of course, the fact that he is a wide receiver on fantasy sites makes him especially interesting. His floor is going to be as high as most low-end WRs in PPR leagues, and if you're in a standard scoring league, then he's especially valuable.

Of course, the floor of a QB who can't throw is going to be very low if he can't get things going on the ground.

We've got ourselves an old-fashioned 2010 Joe Webb situation here. A QB-turned-WR-turned-QB, Webb famously got a couple QB starts for the Minnesota Vikings during the fantasy playoffs (Week 15 and 16) as a rookie, contributing passing yardage and rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games.

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