T.Y. Hilton Fantasy News
Colts WR depth chart unclear
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:39am
It will be interesting to see how the Colts line up in two wide-receiver sets. This much is certain: Reggie Wayne starts. Somebody asked on Twitter if that could be stated as fact. Yes, it can. Wayne is still a Pro Bowl WR. You don’t sit him.
The early hunch is Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton will alternate at the other starting WR slot when they are in two-receiver sets. This is why the team has training camp and preseason games. Such roles sort themselves out.
“We feel good about acquiring a talented player in Darrius Heyward-Bey,” GM Ryan Grigson said in a team release. “He’s big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch. He’s got elite finishing speed that’s as good as there is in the NFL.”
We're expecting Hilton to emerge as the solid starter opposite Wayne with DHB coming in on three-receiver sets. Hilton showed too much promise in his rookie season to take a back seat to Heyward-Bey, though only time will tell.
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Colts sign Darrius Heyward-Bey
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:28pm
The Colts have agreed to terms with ex-Raiders wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey, the team said Monday night. Owner Jim Irsay, who had made no secret that the club had zeroed in on a wideout, linked to the announcement on Twitter.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Heyward-Bey’s deal is for one year and as much as $3 million.
The 26-year-old Heyward-Bey caught 41 passes for 606 yards and five TDs for Oakland in 2012.
Heyward-Bey was very solid for the Raiders in 2011, catching 64 passes for 975 yards and four TDs. In fact, he averaged 84 yards in his last 11 games that season. His targets declined from 7.5 per game that year to 5.3 in 2012, which is the main reason he had a down season. (His FP/target actually increased from 1.08 in 2011 to 1.13 in 2012.) He is likely to fill the WR3 role behind Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, so his targets probably won't be consistent week to week. At just 26-years-old, the Colts could view him as a long-term solution at WR once Wayne retires.
Colts RB Donald Brown, WR Donnie Avery ACTIVE for TNF
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:12pm
Brown is active, and technically listed as starter, but we would not be putting him into any fantasy lineups and would not be surprised if he has a very limited role. Brown did not practice at all this week and saw very limited action last week before sustaining the injury. Vick Ballard has a great matchup and makes for a decent flex play or bye week fill in at RB. Avery practiced fully Tuesday and Wednesday and should return to his normal role, although T.Y. Hilton has been playing better of late. Dwayne Allen will continue to see more looks with Coby Fleener sidelined.
Injury report for TNF - Colts @ Jaguars
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 6:26pm
CB Vontae Davis (knee), TE Coby Fleener (shoulder), CB Jerraud Powers (foot)
LB Pat Angerer (foot), LB Dwight Freeney (ankle)
CB Rashean Mathis (groin)
Brown did not practice this week, so we're not expecting him to eat into Vick Ballard's workload against the Jaguars. Avery should be ready to play. He's not a great start due to the injury and T.Y. Hilton's emergence as a similar weapon in the Colts passing game, but may produce WR3 numbers if he can stay hot. With Fleener out, Dwayne Allen remains a nice low-end TE1 option.
Colts WR Collie suffers possible concussion
Monday, August 20, 2012, 12:30pm
Colts WR Austin Collie’s situation makes you hope for the best while fearing something more ominous. He was whacked by Steelers’ cornerback Ike Taylor on a second-down pass from QB Andrew Luck. Collie wobbled to the sideline, then was taken to the locker room where he was evaluated for concussion symptoms.
In 2010, Collie suffered two concussions that ended his second season. He continues to tell me the only time he thinks about head trauma is when the media asks him about it, but Sunday only will fuel the fire and the concern over Collie’s long-term well being.
It’s doubtful we’ll see him the rest of the preseason.
Collie's concussion history is the real concern here, but from a fantasy perspective it could mean Donnie Avery, assuming he can get healthy, gets more time. It also would appear Reggie Wayne could see a lot more action as a go-to receiver. Avery is ranked 80th while Wayne is 34th on our WR chart. Wayne's ADP is the 9th round, but that could start to go up. LaVon Brazill and T.Y. Hilton could also be in the mix, and Brazill has already been working with the first team.
Saturday, August 4, 2012, 9:25am
While stationed in Indianapolis for the Colts’ training camp, ESPN.com’s John Clayton says not to be “modest” about QB Andrew Luck’s potential.
“As pass-catchers, the Colts should be better than anticipated, and Luck is as billed. He has the look of being the most complete quarterback talent to enter in the NFL in decades. He makes all the throws. He's mature beyond his years. He's the real deal. And the Colts have weapons. Peyton Manning entered the NFL in 1998 with Marshall Faulk at halfback, Marvin Harrison at receiver, Ken Dilger at tight end and Adam Meadows and Tarik Glenn at tackles. He threw for 3,739 yards in a season the Colts went 3-13. To give Luck dependable targets, the Colts retained Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. Third-round selection T.Y. Hilton is in development. The surprise in camp is fifth-year veteran Donnie Avery, who could emerge as a deep threat.”