T.Y. Hilton, WR Indianapolis Colts

2015 Strength of Schedule - IND

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

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Colts will use WR Andre Johnson as a 'big, possession-type guy'

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 3:08pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

If Andre Johnson has lost a step -- as Texans owner Bob McNair intimated last week -- the wide receiver's new coach hasn't seen it on game film.

"You don't see a huge drop-off numbers-wise," coach Chuck Pagano said, via ESPN.com's Mike Wells. "Maybe in touchdowns. But you still see a guy who is more than capable of stretching the defense. Certainly somebody who an opponent can't just line up and say, 'Don't worry about Andre Johnson.'"

If defenses still opt to send extra coverage toward T.Y. Hilton, Pagano expects Johnson to take advantage as a "big, possession type guy" on the underneath routes that an injury-ravaged Reggie Wayne couldn't convert in the second half of last season.

"He's a big body guy that can still separate, create separation," Pagano continued. "He's got a big catch radius. But again, the contested catches that you see on tape. It's very difficult to match up."

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable.

Scouting Report

T.Y. Hilton - Week 20 vs. New England

T.Y. Hilton hasn't had an explosive postseason, but he's been a solid contributor. He has 10 receptions for 175 yards in the team's two playoff games, but he has yet to haul in a touchdown.

This week he goes against Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots. When he faced the Pats earlier in the season he struggled, finishing with just three receptions for 24 yards.

He's capable of exploding at a moment's notice, which gives him a lot of upside. There is risk involved however considering how he fared the last time he played the Patriots. He'll be one of the top options because he's easily the best receiver for the Colts.

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