Justice Hill should not be drafted in a standard league, but with Mark Ingram gone Hill is now just one injury away from someone you'll be picking up off the waiver wire. He has the best pass-catching chops in the backfield, but this is not a team that uses their backs often in the passing game. In deep Dynasty leagues you can hold Hill for one more season to see if injuries give him a chance in 2021.
Hill is in good position for Baltimore's No. 3 RB spot, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. The Ravens didn't sign any veteran running backs this offseason, nor did they use any of their eight draft picks on the position. That's probably a vote of confidence in J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards more so than Hill, but it nonetheless puts Hill in good position for the No. 3 spot, which might just be the same role he handled late last season after Mark Ingram fell out of favor. Between the final five weeks of the regular season and two playoff games, Hill saw three carries and two targets on 35 offensive snaps, mostly handling third downs. While it isn't a role that comes with any inherent fantasy value, Hill does find himself just one injury away from a shot at more work on the ground.
Hill had 12 carries for 60 yards and added five catches for 20 yards in 12 games this season. Hill's already-minimal role evaporated in his second season as he dropped from 58 carries for 225 yards and two scores as a rookie to 12 carries for 60 yards in 2020. His snaps dropped from 193 to 73 as well. Rookie J.K. Dobbins has cemented himself as the primary ball carrier for Baltimore, and the combo of Gus Edwards and quarterback Lamar Jackson take up most of the other carries. Even if Mark Ingram is gone next season, Hill doesn't appear to have a path to playing time in Baltimore entering his third year with the team.
Hill did not receive any rush attempts or targets during Sunday's 27-13 win against the Giants. Hill garnered 14 of his 17 snaps on special teams during Baltimore's Week 16 win. The 23-year-old cost his team by being given a roughing the kicker penalty early in the fourth quarter, allowing New York to extend a drive that would culminate in the Giants' only touchdown of the contest. Hill has more game appearances (11) than he does carries (10) as Baltimore heads into an all-too-familiar Week 17 matchup against the Bengals.
Hill reeled in his only target for eight yards during Sunday's 40-14 win against the Jaguars. The second-year back from Oklahoma State registered his fourth catch in as many outings during Baltimore's Week 15 rout, though he remains uninvolved in the ground game. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards combined for 106 rushing yards and a TD on 23 RB carries, while Hill went without a rush attempt for the eighth time over 10 appearances this season. Hill is expected to continue contributing as a depth option Week 16 when Baltimore hosts the Giants' No. 6 rush defense.
Hill had a four-yard reception on one target Tuesday against Dallas. Baltimore getting both J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram back in the mix had a direct impact on Hill's playing time as he saw just six offensive snaps. The role Hill saw against the Cowboys was in line with how he has been used for every game outside of the Pittsburgh matchup in Week 12, which was his only outing with double-digit snaps on offense. Hill will remain an ancillary part of the Ravens' ground game as long as Dobbins, Ingram, and Gus Edwards are healthy and available.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|2||09/19||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|15||12/19||Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|17||01/02||Los Angeles Rams||6||14.56|
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|3 Year Avg||35||142||1||6||45||0||24|