T.Y. Hilton and Andrew Luck BFFs?
If the 2012 season and the first two games of the 2013 preseason are an indication of things to come, second year Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is in for a big year in 2013 and beyond. Reggie Wayne had a great season in 2012 and silenced many of his critics after a lackluster 2011 campaign. We need to face facts though. Wayne will be 35 in November and while it may not happen this season, there is a changing of the guard in progress at the wide receiver position in Indianapolis.
T.Y. Hilton exceeded all expectations in his rookie year posting 50 catches for 861 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 games with fellow rookie Andrew Luck throwing him the rock. Luck led fellow rookies Vick Ballard, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, LaVon Brazil, and of course T.Y. Hilton to an 11-5 record and a wild card playoff spot in in their first season’s as pro. That’s a 9 game turnaround orchestrated by an offense whose skill players were almost entirely first year players. In addition to Hilton’s supreme talent, he has one of the, if not the most talented and promising young quarterbacks in the entire NFL throwing him the ball. The two will continue to grow together and build the kind of chemistry that will turn both into NFL and fantasy superstars.
In the 2013 preseason Hilton and Luck picked up where they left off last season. In week 1 against the Buffalo Bills T.Y. Hilton had three catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in limited action and then followed that up with a 2 catch 36 yard and a touchdown performance in week 2 against the New York Giants. Catching a TD in both of the first games indicates to me that Hilton will be heavily involved in the passing game despite the addition of Darrius Heyward-Bey who also had a solid outing in week two catching 4 catches for 42 yards. I believe that DHB is likely a potential replacement for Reggie Wayne more so than someone who is going to supplant T.Y. Hilton.
Fantasy wise, T.Y. Hilton makes for an excellent WR3 or flex play, with WR1 production upside in any given week. He is one of those guys that can have an entire fantasy day on just one play. Currently Hilton is going as the 28th wide receiver off the board in the 7th round. However, in recent drafts, I have seen him creeping up into the 6th round so if you want to make sure to get him reach a little bit and take him a round earlier than his ADP.