Hilton made 3 catches for a total of 38 yards in last nights preseason opener. He appeared crisp and very in sync with QB Andrew Luck. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Hilton pulled in all three targets on the evening and was easily Luck's favorite target of the game. It is worth noting that Luck was without veteran Reggie Wayne for the game, so target distribution will be worth monitoring for the rest of the preseason. Hilton should be a good WR2 candidate moving forward.
T.Y. Hilton missed practice on Thursday, nursing a jammed finger. (Source: Colts.com)
Fantasy Impact: Hilton injured his hand in the afternoon session of Wednesday's practice and did not return. The injury did not appear to be major but the Colts will take no chances with the talented wide-out. This will be a situation worth monitoring moving forward, especially if Hilton misses any game time.
T.Y. Hilton showed off his skills in eluding defenders and was able to score two touchdowns in Monday's morning practice session. (Source: Colts.com)
Fantasy Impact: Hilton is poised to have a stellar 2014 season. He was impressive as Andrew Luck's number one option last season after the injury to Reggie Wayne. The return of Wayne and TE Dwayne Allen should allow Hilton more single coverage routes, which should allow Hilton to excel.
Hilton was a bit inconsistent in his second year, but he still finished with 82 receptions for 1,083 yards and five receiving touchdowns. I think he makes the jump to elite fantasy receiver in his third season and displays more consistency.
Now the Colts will bring back Wayne and have added Hakeem Nicks, moves that should free up Hilton to see time as a big-play deep threat and not a possession-type wideout. Thats a blessing and a curse: Hilton should thrive in that role but his opportunities could be limited because Wayne and Nicks could hog targets. Dont mistake last season as a breakout year because he had 1,000 yards receiving, BUT he had just two games with touchdowns and another two games with over 100 yards. Consistency was a problem for him then and will probably remain a problem now. Dont draft Hilton unless it means hell be your No. 3 or No. 4Fantasy receiver, and dont reach for him.
When Reggie Wayne went down last season with an ACL injury, Hilton averaged 6 catches for 74.5 yards on more than 9 Targets per game. Hilton is clearly the one reciever, and Reggie Wayne is the two, according to SB Nation Stampede Blue. Hakeem Nicks will come in on 3 WR sets manning the outside, while Reggie Wayne will then move to the slot. Draft Pick Donte Moncrief will lineup as the WR4 as the Colts plan to use Hilton/Moncrief as Lucks future WR duo. With Nicks recent motivational slack, its only good news for the Playmaker Hilton. While implementing a two Tight End set in healthy Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, and the addition of Nicks, its hard to imagine Hilton will see 139 Targets again in a Run Heavy Offense. However, we still like Hilton with Andrew Luck throwing him the ball we especially like his Week 16 Dallas Cowboys matchup.