Brad Menendez | Dec 15, 2018 | 0
Tyreek Hill Keeps Getting Better
Tyreek Hill enters his bye as the number one overall scoring WR this season with 255.7 points. His average weekly score of 23.25 is also the best this season. Hill has book-ended his first 11 weeks with a pair of 40+ point outings. He totaled 42.30 points in week 1 vs the Los Angeles Chargers and, he bettered that total in week 11 with his 43.50 effort vs the Los Angeles Rams.
Tyreek Hill didn’t enter this season as projected WR1 let alone 1st overall, he also didn’t enter the NFL as a projected #1 WR.
Hill started his college career as a member of the Oklahoma State Cowboys in August of 2014. In December of 2014 Hill was dismissed from both the Cowboys football and track programs days after his domestic violence arrest. Hill finished his lone season at OKST with; 102 rushing attempts for 534 yards and a touchdown, 31 receptions for 381 yards and a touchdown. Hill also added 30 kick returns for 740 yards and 2 touchdowns and 27 punt returns for 256 yards and another score. He was the 11th ranked player in all-purpose yards.
In 2015 Tyreek Hill joined the University of West Alabama appearing in 11 games that season for the Tigers.
Hill was expected to go undrafted mainly due to his troublesome off-field history. Hill did not receive an invite to the combine prior to the draft, but he was able to showcase his skill set during Alabama’s pro day. Scouts left the pro day impressed with his speed (4.29 second 40). Regardless of the workout, the majority of teams in attendance removed Hill from their draft boards completely. Tyreek Hill was selected in the 5th round by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2016 NFL draft and has become one of the best late round selections in recent memory.
I had previously viewed Tyreek Hill as a gadget type of WR, a player with incredible speed that can be used in the rushing and receiving attack for Kansas City. He is also an excellent kick returner. The reality is Hill is so much more now that he is paired with a quarterback (Patrick Mahomes), that has the arm strength and the desire to take deep shots down the field.
Hill entered 2018 after back to back pro bowl seasons in 2016 and 2017. In the Chiefs week 1 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, Hill took turned his first touch of the season into a 91-yard punt return touchdown. He later added 2 touchdown receptions and 169 receiving yards to his day. Little did we know what was to come in 2018.
After 11 games this season, Hill has rushed for 81 yards on 13 attempts, caught 65 of 94 targets for 1106 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hill will easily set career highs in targets, catches, yards, and touchdowns this season. Hill’s previous best totals came in 2017 in which he was targeted 105 times catching 75 for 1183 yards and 7 touchdowns. This season Tyreek after 11 games is on pace for 136 targets, 94 receptions, 1609 yards, and 16 touchdowns. He finished with a career-high in fantasy points in 2017 with 239.2 points in PPR scoring and after only 11 games this season he has 249.7 points. His current pace in 2018 will see him finish with 350.9 points. Since 2013 only 2 Receivers have recorded more points in a single season than Hill’s 2018 current pace (Antonio Brown twice, 382.2 & 380.9, and Julio Jones 375.1).
Hill finishes his 2018 season with; two games vs. Oakland, Baltimore, Seattle, and the Chargers. The Baltimore matchup is the only matchup that causes me to pause and I’m not overly worried about that one. The combination of Hill and Mahomes is proving to be matchup proof.
Quite simple Tyreek Hill’s 2018 performance is one of the best performances in recent fantasy memory. He has propelled himself from a “gadget guy”, into a top 12 Dynasty startup pick and a player that likely finishes as a top 5 WR in PPR scoring for years to come.
Tyreek Hill continues to exceed expectations and just keeps getting better and better.