Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Football profiles: Justice Hill
A third-string running back with Fantasy Football value? Stranger things have happened, and Justice Hill could be a backbreaking threat in 2019.
Let’s open up this article by saying this: Justice Hill is not Fantasy Football starting caliber at this point in his career. Furthermore, he’s a deep sleeper even in 12-man leagues (let alone bigger leagues). More than likely, he won’t be sought after whatsoever in 2019.
Still, Justice Hill could have more Fantasy Football value than you might expect. In fact, he might just be someone that could breakthrough big-time if you have the patience to stash him.
Of all the Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Football sleepers, Justice Hill is the most intriguing because of all the ways the Ravens can use him. In a backfield as loaded as Baltimore’s, Hill has the best chance to use this to his advantage.
Think about the band “Earth, Wind & Fire.” Mark Ingram is the fire to Gus Edwards Earth, while Justice Hill presents wind. Ingram is the star of the show with his all-around talent and expected workload. Meanwhile, Edwards is the earth because of his punishing run-style with perhaps some serious goal-line carries.
Then there’s Hill. What a curious case Hill is for Fantasy Football. What can he give you as a third-string, rookie running back? More than you’d expect.
For starters, Hill may already be the best pass catching back on the team, giving him a huge opportunity for snaps on obvious passing downs. Hill is slippery with the ball in his hands and has the speed to breakaway for a huge play anytime he touches the ball. This presents a terrifying predicament for defenses when he, Lamar Jackson, and Marquise Brown are all on the field!
This has me thinking that Justice Hill could be the team’s go-to playmaker, meaning he’ll be relied on for splash plays to spark the offense. And for what it’s worth, I could see him make an impact on special teams, given the lack of commitment to anyone at returner currently. The opportunities could come aplenty.
This may not sound appealing, as it could mean a limited workload for Hill and some weeks where he has five-or-less points in Fantasy Football. This is a valid fear, making it dangerous to rely on him weekly.
Instead of thinking negatively, think of it like this: Justice Hill has the ability to have massive weeks for Fantasy Football. The best way to play this is to wait out a good portion of the season and monitor his use. From there, play the matchups and see what he can do.
There’s plenty of optimism to believe he can become a FLEX level player even as a rookie if the stars align. This is, of course, asking one to have faith in a scenario that seems desperate…
Proceed with caution when valuing Justice Hill. The upside is there for him to perhaps have an Alvin Kamara type impact, but A LOT has to go right for this to happen…
Final projections: 200 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdowns, 35 receptions, 400 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, 1 kickoff return touchdown