I’m not a condiment guy when it comes to food. Mustard and relish on my dog? Disgusting. Mayonnaise on my burger? Naw. Let me just savor the meat with egg, mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. I know. I’m a freaking weirdo. Tell me something my wife doesn’t say to me every day. I’m good with dipping my fries in ketchup and fish and chips in clam chowder, though, and hot sauce on my mexican delicacies. Is that cool? Anyways, when it comes to fantasy football, give me all the sauce, especially the hot stuff. I want flips crossing the goal line, hips gyrating in the end zone, and leaps into the stands. I want catches, yards, and first downs. Nyheim Hines provided plenty of sauce on Sunday, scoring two touchdowns on the day. Was this a one squirt occurrence or can we expect a steady flow all season?

Hines is 23 years old, 5′ 9″, and 196 pounds. He played his college ball at NC State and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he rushed 85 times for 314 yards with 2 touchdowns while catching 63 passes for 425 yards and 2 touchdowns on 63 targets. Last season, the numbers dropped to 52 rushes for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns with 44 receptions for 320 yards on 58 targets, as Jacoby Brissett was thrust into the starting quarterback role due to the retirement of Andrew Luck

Entering this season, Hines was slated for third down and two-minute drive duties. With Phillip Rivers signed to be the new quarterback, that role was going to be a prosperous one. Below are the number of targets that Rivers has given to the running back position over his career.

YEAR RB TARGETS
2006 83
2007 105
2008 111
2009 87
2010 130
2011 165
2012 142
2013 129
2014 96
2015 171
2016 91
2017 129
2018 138
2019 174

Back in May, Frank Reich said that “he could even see a game this season in which Nyheim Hines has 10 catches.” 

During Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, Hines not only hauled in 8 of 9 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown, but he had 7 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Three of those carries were in the redzone. If he’s getting money carries, then the sauce is super spicy.

Sunday’s performance by Hines reminded me of what Danny Woodhead used to do for the Chargers back in the day. Woodhead is 5′ 8″ and 200 pounds. In 2013, he carried 106 times for 429 yards and 2 touchdowns while catching 76 of 88 targets for 605 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2015, he carried 98 times for 336 yards and 3 touchdowns while hauling in 80 of 106 targets for 755 yards and 6 touchdowns. From a fantasy perspective, Woodhead ended as the 12th and 3rd running back in PPR leagues. Ryan Matthews and Melvin Gordon were the starting running backs on those Charger teams. 

Now, in 2013, Frank Reich was the quarterbacks coach for the Chargers. In 2015, he was the offensive coordinator. 

One plus one equals two. 

With the news that Marlon Mack tore his Achilles, the sauce from Hines could be flowing steadily all season long. 

  1. Nick says:
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    Approximately how much do you think he is worth in a 12-team standard league with FAAB budget starting at $100 for the season?? I have Chubb, Melvin Gordon, Fournette, Mattison, D Henderson & Duke Johnson so I definitely could use the bench depth &/or flex potential. With Deebo on IR I could even hold all those guys but I also have no problem dumping Duke or Henderson despite only seeing one week of play haha

    • Son says:
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      25-30% for me

  2. howie2978 says:
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    8 team H2H 0.5 PPR league

    RBs: Barkley, Sanders, Drake, Swift, Moss.

    Drop Moss (or even Swift) for Hines?

    Thanks!!

    • howie2978 says:
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      I’m also holding on to gesicki as my backup TE that I could drop. My TE1 is Hurst.

      • Son says:
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        Then I’d hold onto Swift and drop one of your TEs. There should be plenty of options on the wire to stream

    • Son says:
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      I’d be okay with dropping Swift. In an 8-team league, you can be more aggressive with cutting players, as there will be more options to replace on the wire

  3. Nick says:
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    Thanks for the response above…one other question, I have Brees as my QB but do not have a backup and bye week filler for Saints week 6…nobody really catching my eye on waivers this week so far besides Hines so I’m going to grab a backup QB early…would you rather Tannehill (I can pick him up now before waivers for $0) who plays against Houston at home week 6 or Rivers who plays against Cincinnati at home week 6? Only other option would be Lock against Miami but don’t think he is as good a backup as the other 2 in case Brees goes down…

    • Son says:
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      I lean towards Rivers right now, but the matchup against MIA doesn’t get much juicier. I’d wait until tonight to see how Lock and the DEN O look

  4. frankgrimes says:
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    Only have one Hines share… I stupidly missed out on him in our auction league lol.

    • Son says:
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      Ya big dummy!

  5. Arch says:
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    Hey Son,
    Half PPR 12-team, was offered Miles Sanders and Mike Will/Parris for Godwin.
    Your thoughts and would you choose one of those WRs over another?
    Thx

    • Son says:
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      What does rest of squad look like?

      • Malcolm Finkelstein says:
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        Matt Ryan
        Godwin, Ridley, DJ, Kirk, Shenault
        Mixon, Moss, Josh Kelley, Pollard, Snell, D. Evans
        Waller, Herndon

        • Son says:
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          Yeah. I’d make that trade

  6. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Tabasco, Cholula or Dave’s Insanity?

    • Son says:
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      King Taco’s salsa roja

  7. Another Dan says:
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    Thanks for the article.
    10 team look league Std Scoring.
    RB :- McCaffrey, Mixon, David Johnson
    WR :- Diggs, Godwin
    My BN is A Gibson, K Johnson, J Dobbins, DK Metcalf

    Hines an add over any of those? Add Peterson over any of those?

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    • Son says:
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      Kerryon for me. No AP

  8. scoboticus says:
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    Would you drop Breida for him?

    • Son says:
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      I’d rather hold onto breida

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        seriously? breida over hines? if this turns out right you’ll get to be announced the king as i seriously doubt anybody else goes that way. i just dropped breida for gaskin in a 16 teamer; he wasn’t used at all compared to either of howard/gaskin. hines was used even when mack was still healthy in that game, got goal line carries and still used even when taylor came in and looked great. also gets both KR/PR for return leagues.

        • Son says:
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          Yup. That was a mistake on my part. Not sure what I was thinking as I’m obviously high on Hines

  9. Trader says:
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    I have Taylor so Hines might be a nice combo in my 12 teamer, standard scoring. But Kelley and Malcolm Brown available too. Who is the most likely to be a consistent performer? Thank you Son!

    • Son says:
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      I’d rank them Hines, Kelly, then Brown

      • Trader says:
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        Thanks! Who you got in hoops?

        • Son says:
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          Lakers of course. Over the Heat

          • Trader says:
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            C’mon Homer!

            • Son says:
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              Lol. You know I try to be as objective as possible

              • Trader says:
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                True! You are a stat man of science.

                I think Hines is like Cohen. Okay To play him on bye weeks but hard to trust him over my trio of Cook, Taylor and Montgomery. If I get Brown, Snell, Hines or Kelley for Gesicki who is my backup TE, I will be happy

                • Son says:
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                  I think Hines is a little better than Cohen but you’re not starting either over your core. Yeah, I’d be happy with any of the four listed

  10. Russowl says:
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    10 team standard with 10 pts bonus @ 100 rushing or receiving . I’ve been with this league since 05 . Somebody dropped bell instead of putting on ir.I have #1 waiver . Who’s the drop here I’m thinking drop Colts D then put Bell on IR and add another D ?

    Qb -dak
    Wr-Julio
    Wr-obj
    Rb-chubb
    Rb-J Taylor
    Te- Hooper
    W/r -scary terry
    W/r/t -B.Scott
    Bn. D . Parker
    K. Johnson
    Mattison
    E. Sanders
    Goedert
    Swift
    Gibson
    Def-Colts
    K-Gould

    • Son says:
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      Affirmative. You know what you’re doing.

      • Russowl says:
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        Thanks SON

        • Son says:
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          Anytime

  11. Dan Langford says:
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    12 team half ppr

    Want to add Hines who should I drop if anyone

    Breida
    Tevin Coleman
    Ruggs
    Parris Campbell
    Joshua Kelly

    • Son says:
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      Coleman for me

  12. Nimshey says:
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    What your % for Hines FAAB in a PPR? Is spending $50 of a $100 budget crazy for one player on week 1?

    • Son says:
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      I’d go 25-30% but every league and situation is different.

  13. Firemarshallbill says:
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    You prefer him over Cohen in ppr?

    • Son says:
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      I do

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        so breida is over cohen and hines (if breida over hines (from above) and hines over cohen…. basic transitive) . if you input that to FP’s rankings and end up right you’ll straight up skyrocket up the ROS RB PPR charts.

        • Son says:
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          I made a mistake. I’m obviously very high on Hines.

  14. Matt says:
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    Hey Son

    Would you add Hines over any of the following in PPR:
    QB: Minshew
    RB: Cohen, Gibson, Moss
    WR: P Williams
    TE: Engram

    Here’s the rest of my team:
    QB: Ben
    RB: Jacobs, Carson
    WR: McLaurin, Ridley, Chark
    TE: Kelce

    • Son says:
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      Cohen

  15. hamtime says:
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    Sup Son!

    14 man half ppr

    1. only have stafford as my qb but slim pickings on FA for QBs/RBs.

    Are guys like samuel, kirk, and aiyuk worth holding? (all currently on bench) who would u drop any for the following FAs:

    QB – cousins, trubisky
    WR – corey davis
    RB – devonta freeman, gore

    2. key starters are – julio, jacobs, amari, david johnson, waller, marquis brown

    would you trade any for Cam Newton to help my QB woes

    • Son says:
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      I don’t think you have QB woes. You’re fine with Stafford. I prefer Cousins over Trubisky for Week 5. TB D is pretty good, while SEA can be had. Plus, they may put up a lot of points. I’d keep Samuel and Kirk. I do like Aiyuk but he’d be the one I’d let go

      • hamtime says:
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        One more –

        Drop Kirk and/or Aiyuk for Philip Lindsay and/or tre’quan smith?

        • Son says:
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          Turf toe scares me, so no on Lindsay. I’d take a shot on Tre’quan for Aiyuk.

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