Hillman ran the ball five times, but was held to no yardage in Sunday's Super Bowl victory over Carolina. Hillman never moved more than three yards beyond the line of scrimmage and three of his five carries went for negative yardage. Running up against the likes of Kawann Short and Luke Kuechly will do that to a back, but Hillman's counterpart, C.J. Anderson, managed to collect 100 total yards. For the playoffs, Anderson totaled 273 yards and nine catches while Hillman was held to 61 total yards and one catch. Both are free agents this offseason and Anderson made the better final impression on Sunday.
Hillman turned 11 carries into 16 yards and one catch (on two targets) into seven yards during Sunday's AFC championship game victory against the Patriots. The Broncos have consistently fed Hillman all season, but he's surpassed 4.0 YPC just once over the last seven games (including playoffs). He hasn't exactly made up for it with touchdowns (one) or multiple catches in a given game (only three times), while C.J. Anderson has maintained relevance throughout. Nevertheless, Hillman has averaged over 14 touches per contest, meaning he's a fair bet to strike in Super Bowl 50.
Hillman gained just 38 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He failed to haul in his only target in the passing game. The 24-year-old led the Broncos in carries on the day, but his inefficiency resulted in C.J. Anderson nearly doubling him in yardage. Anderson also received three targets to Hillman's one, and plowed home the team's only touchdown. Hillman should continue to see his fair share of touches, but Anderson's rugged style could prove more suited to playoff football, and he could see some additional looks next week in the AFC championship game against the Patriots.
Hillman rushed 15 times for a season-high 117 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers. He also caught two of three targets for 10 receiving yards. Backup C.J. Anderson also had a big day, rushing 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, as the Broncos relied on the running backs to get them back they trailed 14-6 in. With Anderson playing well of late, rushing for at least 70 yards and a touchdown in back-to-back games, Hillman will likely continue to cede carries, which obviously hurts his fantasy upside heading into the playoffs.
Hillman rushed for 35 yards on nine carries and chipped in four receptions for another 37 yards in Monday's win over the Bengals. Hillman has led Denver's backs in touches in six of the past seven games, but has scored just twice in that span and not since Week 12's win over New England. The fleet-footed back is a perfect fit for Gary Kubiak's inside-outside zone scheme, but his fantasy value is diminished as he is a threat to lose touchdowns to C.J. Anderson, who has scored thrice in his last four games, and fumble as he has three times in the last five contests.
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