Notes: Prior to Reggie Wayne’s injury, Hilton played 63.1% of his team’s snaps. After Wayne tore his ACL, that number rose to 76.9%. With Wayne coming off of a serious injury, Hilton will be (or at least he should be) the primary target in the passing game in 2014. With Wayne sidelined, Hilton averaged 6.5-91-.45 over the final 11 games, including the playoffs. That equates to 11.8 fantasy points per game, or fringe WR1 numbers. The arrival of Hakeem Nicks and the return of Dwayne Allen (potentially leading to more two-TE sets with Coby Fleener) may limit Hilton's upside.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:39pm
On Monday's edition of the Around The League Podcast, we highlighted speedy Arizona Cardinals rookie John Brown as one of the few "hype bunnies" to successfully translate offseason praise to preseason production.
After Brown's impressive preseason debut, general manager Steve Keim raised expectations, suggesting the third-round wide receiver is capable of an impact on par with Anquan Boldin's stellar rookie season a decade ago.
After Sunday's game versus the Bengals, coach Bruce Arians estimated to TheMMQB.com's Peter King that Brown will be used on "60 percent" of offensive snaps this season.
For comparison's sake, T.Y. Hilton played 57 percent of the snaps in Arians' offense with the Colts in 2012.
Brown is obviously a name to keep an eye on once the season starts. He's not getting a lot of draft day action, but playing 60% of the snaps could get him noticed at least in deeper fantasy leagues. He's also drawn comparisons to former Colt Marvin Harrison.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 3:33pm
T.Y. Hilton developed into a better all-around receiver last year. He was relied on a lot more after Reggie Wayne went down with injury and improved upon his rookie numbers in receptions and yards.
He started to catch fire near the end of the season. During the last three games (including the postseason) he averaged 160 receiving yards. He has incredible speed and can turn any catch into a touchdown.
Hilton won’t be the main target in Indianapolis anymore. He now has to share the ball with Wayne, Hakeem Nicks and Dwayne Allen. There will be plenty to targets to go around, but Hilton may not improve on his 82 receptions from a season ago.
Another problem for Hilton is his inconsistency. In 2013 he had nine games with 46 yards or less and five with over 120 yards. He also only scored touchdowns in two games last year during the regular season.
Hilton always has the chance to have a huge game, but his boom-or-bust stats knock him down to low WR2, high WR3 range. If you can predict when Hilton will have his blowup performances (like his 7 rec, 121-yard, 3 TD game vs. Houston) you’ll be in good shape.