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Fantasy Football: Jeremy Hill the top sleeper at running back

If you had Jeremy Hill on your fantasy football team, you had arguably the steal of the year.

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The fantasy football season is over, and James Morris handed his season-ending awards out. Making the list wa running back Jeremy Hill, whose emergence has powered the Bengals back into the playoffs and with a shot to clinch the AFC's No. 2 seed in the NFL playoffs.

Hill was tabbed the top RB sleeper, and rightfully so. Hill began the year behind Giovani Bernard and didn't get much playing time over the first month of the season.

However, injuries to Bernard allowed Hill to takeover the starting role, and he hasn't looked back since as he finished strong rookie year that will have him ranked among the top RBs in fantasy drafts next year.

Hill finishes his rookie fantasy season with 199 carries for 1,024 yards, 25 receptions for 205 yards, and 9 TDs. With Hill finishing the season as the clear lead-back for the Bengals, and producing a 5.1 YPC average this year, his ADP (average draft position) of 119.5 is sure to jump well into the early-middle rounds next year. And just think, as the young RB studies the NFL game in the off-season and learns more about the game, he will only get better and better if he can avoid the injury bug.