T.Y Hilton’s Preseason Play is Boosting His Fantasy Stock
The Indianapolis Colts‘ T.Y. Hilton has been absolutely lighting up opposing defenses in the preseason thus far. In Just two games, Hilton has hauled in five receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Hilton clearly has great chemistry with Andrew Luck as they connected on a nice back-of-the-end-zone pass in their game last night vs. the New York Giants. The pass by Luck was a thing of beauty as it just went over the leaping Jayron Hosley of the Giants and into the hands of Hilton as he somehow managed to keep both feet in, demonstrating great balance and awareness.
At the start of camp, it appeared as if Darrius Heyward-Bey would be a great nuisance for Hilton owners since he was lining up as the second receiver in the first-team offense, moving Hilton to the third receiver role, resulting in fewer snaps for him. While that still may be the case, Hilton appears to thrive in that role. Playing as mainly the No. 3 receiver on the Colts offense last year, Hilton led the team in touchdowns (seven) and finished second in receiving yards (861) on just 50 catches. His 17.2 yards per catch was good for fifth in the NFL and was most out of any rookie receiver last season.
As for fantasy value, Hilton is being taken towards the end of the seventh and beginning of the eighth round of fantasy drafts thus far, a much higher price than his ADP before the preseason, which had him going in the mid-to-late ninth round. Even if Hilton remains the third receiver on the Colts depth chart for the start of the season, they will undoubtedly find ways to get him on the field. Clearly, the Colts have found their big-play receiver in Hilton.