Hillman finished the season with 131 rushing yards and 93 receiving yards playing parts of the year with the Vikings and the Chargers. Hillman joined the Chargers late in the season and immediately became a factor following injuries to Melvin Gordon (hip/knee) and Kenneth Farrow (shoulder). While the journeyman running back likely doesn't factor into the organization's long-term plans given the emergence of Gordon, Hillman played well enough through the final few weeks to at least warrant interest from other teams during the offseason. There's even a possibility Hillman could return to the Chargers, given that both Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead are unrestricted free agents this offseason, but even a return to his current team would not necessarily guarantee fantasy relevance next year.
Hillman nabbed three of six targets for 50 yards and added 41 yards on seven carries in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Hillman did a bunch of damage on chunk plays on Sunday, three of his 10 touches going for 15 yards or more. The pint-sized speedster has floated around Minnesota and San Diego this season, but Sunday served as a reminder that he was talented enough to lead Denver in rushing last season. His future with the Chargers is likely tied to the future of his former offensive coordinator in Denver, San Diego head coach Mike McCoy.
With Melvin Gordon (knee/hip) ruled out, Hillman figures to get the start Sunday against the Chiefs. Hillman has played sparingly since joining the Chargers, but the veteran running back will get plenty of opportunities Sunday with Gordon and Kenneth Farrow (shoulder) done for the season. While there's a chance the Chargers opt to use former Giants' running back Andre Williams as an early-down back, Hillman had been seeing time in passing downs already and appears to have a better grasp of the playbook, given that Williams had been toiling away on the Chargers' practice squad prior to his call-up this week. Against a mediocre Chiefs' run defense, Hillman figures to put up enough numbers for a desperate owner to justify using in a standard league.
With Melvin Gordon (hip/knee) day-to-day and Kenneth Farrow on IR, Hillman could be in for an expanded role in Sunday's season finale against the Chiefs. Hillman carried nine times for just six yards, and did not catch a pass in Saturday's loss to the Browns, but if Gordon can't play Sunday, Hillman would be placed in a position where he could bounce back in some fashion in Week 17, simply based on necessity.
Hillman rushed nine times for six yards, and failed to haul in either of his two targets in Saturday's 20-17 loss to the Browns. Hillman took the reins in the backfield for a while as Kenneth Farrow exited briefly due to a shoulder injury, and otherwise split snaps with the rookie throughout. His extra playing time with starter Melvin Gordon (hip/knee) out didn't amount to anything, though, as the journeyman running back managed a disastrous 0.7 yards per attempt against the league's second-worst run defense.
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