Ranks reax: Peyton Hillis set for big game 

September, 14, 2011
While I'm not one to overreact when it comes to things that happened in Week 1, I think we can safely say the Indianapolis Colts' defense is incapable of stopping the run. This isn't breaking news. The Colts didn't stop the run last season, or the season before that (boy, Bob Sanders made a difference). And while that was very good news for Houston Texans emerging star Ben Tate in his NFL debut in Week 1, it's also going to make Peyton Hillis owners pleased this Sunday.

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David Richard/Icon SMIThis week Peyton Hillis will face a Colts run defense that allowed 167 rushing yards to an Arian Foster-less Texans running game in Week 1.
Hillis produced rather pedestrian statistics in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals, rushing 17 times for 57 yards (one of them a 17-yarder) and catching six passes. I didn't think it was that bad; you can still win a week with your running back accumulating eight fantasy points. After all, several well-regarded running backs didn't reach eight points in Week 1, starting with Chris Johnson, Rashard Mendenhall and Frank Gore. Well, that's not going to be a problem this week. Hillis is going to go nuts on the beleaguered Colts. Think Kerry Collins is their only problem? Well, it's not.

As a result, I moved Hillis all the way up to my No. 4 running back slot in this week's RB rankings. The rest of the crew also liked him as a top-10 option. Chances are you, the wise fantasy owner, wouldn't have benched Hillis this week anyway, but perhaps that's not the case. Many view Hillis as incapable of duplicating his terrific 2010 stats; his lack of production after Thanksgiving is rarely viewed as anything but a harbinger of doom. Still, he's owned in all leagues, and this week the schedule is kind to him. I'm using him in ESPN's Gridiron Challenge as well.