Nyheim Hines
Nyheim Hines
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Indianapolis Colts
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hines' production took a step backward last season as the transition from Andrew Luck to Jacoby Brissett at quarterback predictably had an impact on the Colts' ability to move the ball. The team attempted 131 fewer passes than it had the year before, with Hines seeing 23 fewer targets, and while his overall efficiency with those looks was comparable, he dropped five passes. When everything is clicking in Frank Reich's offense, Hines can use his 4.38 track-star speed to do damage in the open field, but his lack of size (5-9, 196) and/or vision limits his utility as a runner and prevents him from taking advantage of the elite offensive line he works behind. As a result, he didn't get many snaps outside of obvious passing downs in his first two seasons. The good news is that a similar role could bring bigger rewards this year, considering QB Philip Rivers turned a parade of Chargers scatbacks into useful fantasy players the last decade. 2020 second-round pick Jonathan Taylor could wind up claiming a bell-cow role in time, but as a rookie he's a bigger threat to Marlon Mack's spot on early downs. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.18 million contract with the Colts in May of 2018.
Expected to play significant role
RBIndianapolis Colts
May 13, 2020
Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni indicated during a media session Monday that he anticipates Hines playing a significant role in the passing game in 2020, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
ANALYSIS
Hines has more competition for reps with second-round rookie Jonathan Taylor joining Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins in the Indianapolis backfield. Fortunately for Hines, none of the other three is particularly proficient as a pass catcher, an area where the third-year back shines. With Indianapolis bringing in quarterback Philip Rivers to run the offense, Sirianni suggested Hines could handle a similar role as Danny Woodhead did with the Chargers in 2015, when he compiled 80 receptions while playing alongside Rivers. The 38-year-old Rivers has become even more reliant on his running backs in the years that followed Woodhead's departure, as he targeted Austin Ekeler 108 times in his final season with the Chargers.
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How do Nyheim Hines' 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
7.7%
 
Positive Run %
82.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
52.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.0
 
Rushing TD %
3.8%
 
Touches Per Game
6.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
28.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
4.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.21
 
% Team Air Yards
1.8%
 
% Team Targets
11.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.9%
 
Drop Rate
8.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.5
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Nyheim Hines' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
196 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.38 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Hand Length
8.88 in
 
Arm Length
30.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Hines put together a solid rookie campaign as Andrew Luck's favorite outlet option, tying for seventh among RBs in targets and eighth in receptions. The NC State product has outstanding speed in the open field (he ran track in college and could have competed for a spot on the Olympic team had he stuck with it instead of concentrating on football) and busted out a 4.38 40-yard dash at the combine last year. That background, and the fact he did not become a full-time running back until his junior year, also limits the damage Hines can do with his speed. He lacks vision and doesn't have a good feel for when to attack holes and when to let them develop, which is why he managed only 3.7 YPC despite working behind an elite offensive line last season. His stature (5-8, 198) also becomes an issue when he's a ballcarrier, so he's not likely to see an expanded role on the ground. The Colts added Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West as insurance, but Hines' work on passing downs should keep him involved behind Marlon Mack in an offense that may be more cautious with Jacoby Brissett replacing Luck at quarterback.
It's a bit of a cliche that the NFL is a "copycat" league, but there's still plenty of truth in the cliche. Alvin Kamara's success in New Orleans is going to spawn a host of imitators as offensive coordinators look to create mismatches in the passing game, and Hines might be among the first wave of Kamara wannabes after busting out a 4.38 40-yard dash at the combine and being drafted in the fourth round by the Colts. Like Kamara, Hines showed plenty of big-play ability in college, ripping off four touchdown runs of 48 yards or more in his final season at NC State, but unlike the Saints' star Hines doesn't have the frame to handle extensive work between the tackles. He also lacks Kamara's electric quickness and runs into more contact than he should, potentially leaving him susceptible to injury in the pros. Hines joins a crowded backfield that lacks an established No. 1, so if he stands out in camp he could take on a larger workload than expected, but more likely he'll slot in as the passing-down back behind Marlon Mack, with his production dependent as much on Andrew Luck's health as his own.
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Increased competition for snaps
RBIndianapolis Colts
April 26, 2020
Hines faces increased competition for playing time in the Indianapolis backfield after the Colts took Jonathan Taylor with the 41st pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
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Benefits from Rivers signing
RBIndianapolis Colts
April 8, 2020
Hines should get more opportunities on offense this upcoming season, potentially benefiting from playing with Philip Rivers, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
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Supplies 56 total yards in Week 17
RBIndianapolis Colts
January 7, 2020
Hines carried seven times for 34 yards and added three receptions for 22 yards on five targets in the Colts' 38-20 loss to the Jaguars in Week 17.
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Dominates on special teams
RBIndianapolis Colts
December 22, 2019
Hines had a four-yard run on his sole carry and added a two-yard catch during Sunday's 38-6 win over Carolina. He also compiled 195 yards and two touchdowns on three punt returns.
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Takes back seat in blowout loss
RBIndianapolis Colts
December 17, 2019
Hines rushed twice for 10 yards and caught both his targets for two yards in Monday's 34-7 loss to the Saints.
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