RB Brian Hill - Atlanta Falcons

6-1, 219Born: 11-9-1995College: WyomingDrafted: Round 5, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 12): It looks like Devonta Freeman may only miss two weeks with his foot injury, but Hill will still have a full opportunity to put his stamp on this backfield. He should be a flex at worst in Weeks 11 and 12.

Week 11: at Carolina Panthers - $4800

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FBG says: Good matchup. With Devonta Freeman looking unlikely to suit up Sunday, third-year reserve Brian Hill should take the reins in Atlanta's backfield, and he could well prove the team's best option on the ground. Hill is a quick-footed runner with size (6-foot-1 and 220 pounds), and he's been extremely efficient in a backup role. He only managed 61 yards on his 20 relief carries last week, but had averaged 6.0 yards per carry over his first 21 NFL games. For his part, Freeman has been running in quicksand for much of the year, producing just 3.5 per rush. He's only topped 40 yards twice over 9 games, and he's yet to find the end zone on the ground. Even if he plays, the team may ask Hill to cut a bit into his 67% workload. Unfortunately, he'd find himself working behind a wildly underachieving offensive line. The Falcons have been beset by injuries and lineup changes on the interior, resulting in far fewer holes than Freeman and the Falcons are used to seeing. The Carolina run defense has fallen off majorly in 2019. They now sit dead last league-wide in both yardage per attempt and touchdowns allowed. The Panthers are generally stout up front, with Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe heading a powerful, dynamic interior. But there have been a ton of lapses on the second level of the defense, with even linebacker Luke Kuechly flailing at times. Shaq Thompson has been up-and-down next to him, and the secondary continues to struggle when helping in the box. The Falcons' run game is banged up and in transition, but could hardly ask for a better tune-up situation.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs LAR 17 5 11 0 2 2.0 14 0 0 3000 4.50 1.50
8 vs SEA 11 3 29 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 3800 8.90 2.34
10 at NO 40 20 61 0 2 1.0 10 1 0 3900 14.10 3.62
11 at CAR 15 30 0 3 1.0 8 0 0 4800 4.80 1.00
11 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 3.0 * * * * * *
11 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 2.7 * * * * * *
11 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 18 * * 2.0 * * * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Brian Hill's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs NO (20 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec - 14.1 points, $3900)

After a pair of penalties that forced Atlanta outside the Saints' 15, Hill took an attempt up the middle on trap and was stuffed for no more than a yard. Hill earned seven yards up the middle. The Saints stuffed Hill early in the third quarter on a pair of runs from shotgun. Hill earned 15 yards on a misdirection toss and then finished with a leap over the safety for another 3-4 yards at the sideline. He powered his way for four yards up the middle on the next snap. Hill earned an open look from the left flat after the linebacker stumbled to the ground on third and eight. Hill worked the sideline for the score from 10 yards out. He earned 12 nearly untouched around left end to begin a fourth-quarter drive and up by 11. He pushed his way for another three yards after getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage on the next play. Hill pushed through contact again for another five yards a few plays later.

2019 Week 8 vs SEA (3 / 29 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 8.9 points, $3800)

He earned a score on a toss play with a 23-yard run in the third quarter with a nice block by Austin Hooper to seal the outside. Hill got stuffed for a couple of gains but missed the A-gap blitz by Bobby Wagner during a drive late in the third quarter while trying to work through the play-fake as the blitzer arrived.

2019 Week 7 vs LAR (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec - 4.5 points, $3000)

He earned about five yards on second and long late in the third quarter, breaking a tackle to his legs on the play. He earned another four yards on an I formation gap play during the following drive late in the third quarter. He caught a short pass up the left sideline for a first down at the end of the third quarter. To open the fourth quarter, Fowler penetrated the backfield past the fullback and stuffed Hill for a loss of six.


Latest News

Falcons | Brian Hill held in check (Sun Nov 17, 04:22 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Brian Hill rushed for 30 yards on 15 carries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 11. He also caught one pass for eight yards during the game.

Our View: Hill had one score vultured by Qadree Ollison and another wiped off of the board by a penalty, but he still wasn't effective against a Panthers run defense that had been giving up a lot on the ground. He should start next week against a stiff Bucs run defense.
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Falcons | Brian Hill set for big week? (Tue Nov 12, 09:18 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Brian Hill played 51 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday, Nov. 10, in the win over the New Orleans Saints. The bulk of Hill's work came with RB Devonta Freeman (foot) out of the game.

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Falcons | Brian Hill reaches end zone (Sun Nov 10, 04:34 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Brian Hill rushed for 61 yards on 20 carries against the New Orleans Saints in Week 10. He also caught one pass for 10 yards and one touchdown during the game.

Our View: Hill joined the trend of Falcons running backs having a better chance to score as a receiver, and he ran against defenses that were keyed up for rushing plays as the Falcons nursed a lead. He should be one of the most coveted waiver wire additions of Week 11.
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