WR T.Y. Hilton - Indianapolis Colts
|5-10, 183||Born: 11-14-1989||College: Florida International||Drafted: Round 3|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Hilton is a boom/bust WR3/Flex at best for as long as Andrew Luck is out because Matt Hasselbeck's game emphasizes short passing.
Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matt Hasselbeck did enough to defeat Atlanta last week - 23/32 for 213 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with both TDs going to Ahmad Bradshaw (four targets for 4/20/2 receiving). Donte Moncrief led the team in targets with eight for 5/41/0 receiving, while Frank Gore led in yards with five for 5/46/0. T.Y. Hilton, usually a favorite of Hasselbeck, had just four targets for 2/21/0 receiving on the day. The Buccaneers' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 234.6 net yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for 15th) generated this year. Last week, Mark Sanchez threw 26/41 for 247 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions while taking three sacks for -14 yards from Tampa. Dallas threw 19/30 for 174 net yards, zero TDs and one interception with three sacks taken for -12 yards from Tampa two games ago. Over the past four weeks, the Buccaneers have allowed the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (17.6); the tenth-least fantasy points to opposing wideouts (18.7), and were 16th vs. opposing tight ends (8.9 fantasy points allowed per game on average). This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Hasselbeck and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
It was not a banner day for the Colts' No. 1 receiver, as T.Y. Hilton was targeted a season-low four times. He was blanketed by Desmond Trufant for most of the day, and Matt Hasselbeck was not looking to drive the ball down the field for most of the game. Hilton did have a nice one-handed grab at the sideline, but he still finished with just his second game of the season with less than 40 yards receiving. Against more favorable secondaries in upcoming weeks, Hilton should see his more usual production, even if Hasselbeck's timid passing continues.
2015 Week 9 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 82 / 0 rec)
In one of the most gritty games of his career, Hilton played through a foot sprain on Sunday, despite being reported out a few hours before kickoff. Hilton's injury was supposed to keep him out for four weeks, and he didn't practice all week, but he made it work Sunday. He started off with a bang, too, catching a 28-yard lob up the seam and holding on despite a wicked hit by Denver safety T.J. Ward. Hilton got loose for a 30-yard crossing route later in the game, and made another tough catch despite a hit on the sideline that was called back due to an illegal touching penalty. He was held out of the end zone on the day, but against the Denver secondary, it was a stellar performance in tough circumstances.
2015 Week 8 vs CAR (7 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Hilton was a victim of Carolina cornerback Josh Norman on Monday, who limited him to just one catch on seven targets. Hilton was not helped by Andrew Luck's struggles, however. He had Norman beat deep twice when Luck underthrew him just enough for Norman to make a play on the ball, and he had another first-down pass hit the ground before an open, diving Hilton could pull it in. Hilton could do more at the catch point on some of these passes, but Norman has been a tough matchup for every wideout that's faced him this year. Against the Broncos, Hilton faces another tough matchup, but he's gotten the better of Aqib Talib before, if that's his shadow.
2015 Week 7 vs NO (15 / 4 / 150 / 2 rec)
The Colts' top receiving target put up his best fantasy production of the year on Sunday, picking up his first deep touchdowns of the year. You knew these would be coming eventually for Hilton, and they couldn't have come at a better time for the Colts, who needed the quick 87 and 46-yard scores to get back into the game against New Orleans. After going scoreless for the first five games of the season, Hilton has three scores in the last two games. While it was a bit concerning that a poor New Orleans defense was able to keep Hilton bottled up for most of the game, it's clear that his hip injury from Week 2 has yet to fully heal. But even if we never see fully healthy Hilton this season, he'll still be a reliable WR1 for the rest of the season.
2015 Week 6 vs NE (9 / 6 / 74 / 1 rec)
The Colts' No. 1 receiver was finally able to make some plays against the Patriots on Sunday, finishing with his fourth 70-yard game of the season and scoring his first touchdown of the season. Hilton and Donte Moncrief were the only receivers to make plays for the Colts, and they'll continue to power the offense as the season goes on. Still, Hilton hasn't been the downfield threat yet this season that he has been in the past. His volume and position in a potentially high-octane offense continues to ensure that he will be at least a WR2, but his ceiling won't be reached until he starts to make an impact as a vertical threat.
2015 Week 5 vs HOU (9 / 5 / 88 / 0 rec)
While T.Y. Hilton has yet to score this season, much less have a breakout game, he's been relatively consistent despite suffering a knee injury in Week 2, which he's still feeling the effects of. He's had at least 50 yards in every game except Week 2, and has averaged 10 targets per game. On Thursday, Hilton had just five catches, compared six catches and two touchdowns for Andre Johnson, but he still was the receiver the Colts went to when they needed a play, as Matt Hasselbeck went to him for a 43-yard bomb on the game-clinching third down. As Andrew Luck returns, and the deep passing game picks up, Hilton's production will only rise.
2015 Week 4 vs JAX (13 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)
While Hilton was still able to productive with Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, he continues to look like he's not quite 100 percent, as a dinged knee continues to heal. Hilton and Hasselbeck couldn't get on the same page on deep balls on Sunday, although the opportunity was there. Whether it was Hilton's knee or a lack of trust in Hasselbeck's arm, Hilton couldn't quite get the timing down. Still, he'll be fed in the Colts' offense, and Luck's return should be a big boost. Hilton has a great track record against the Texans, and will certainly be praying for Luck's shoulder to heal in time for Thursday's game.
2015 Week 3 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 94 / 0 rec)
It wasn't a particularly dominant day for T.Y. Hilton, but it was a very efficient one. Hilton was the only Colt to consistently get open down the field, resulting in in catches of 48, 21 and 16 yards. Hilton did have a bit of a sloppy route on Andrew Luck's first interception, but the Colts will still likely look to get him more involved on shorter routes over the middle when teams are sending blitzing linebackers. Hilton is still the No. 1 receiver, and will have bigger days, but his touchdown opportunities may be even less than expected as Donte Moncrief and Frank Gore continue to impress in the red zone.
2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Clearly limited because of his knee injury, T.Y. Hilton was still the second-most productive receiver on the Colts, and could have been even more if Luck hadn't played so poorly. Hilton still looked spry, and even busted out a surprisingly strong stiff arm on Darrelle Revis in the second half. Once he gets back to full health, expect Luck to lean on him in an attempt to kickstart a struggling offense.
2015 Week 1 vs BUF (14 / 7 / 88 / 0 rec)
Sunday was a reminder that Hilton is Andrew Luck's favorite target, no matter what the matchup is. Luck targeted Hilton a whopping 14 times, even with Hilton missing roughly 25 snaps in the second half after suffering from a bone bruise. Had Luck's accuracy not been so off on Sunday, Hilton would have had a much better day, as Luck missed him on two deep shots that fell short. Hilton's injury is the real story, however. The fact that it was merely a deep bruise, rather than structural damage, is a relief, but Hilton may still miss a game or two.
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