T.Y. Hilton has always been one of my favorite underrated receivers. All he does is churn out 1,000-plus yard seasons year in and year out, despite getting very little recognition as the WR1 he is. He’s had at least 1,000 yards in five of his eight seasons and averages 4.7 receptions, 72.9 yards and 0.38 touchdowns per game over the course of his career. Until injuries cost him six games last year, he’s had at least 100 targets in every season except his rookie year. Hilton should benefit from the addition of quarterback Philip Rivers and if he doesn’t have the same injury issues he had in 2019, he should be a lock for over 100 targets once again. He was on pace for 109 targets last year during the 10 games he played in.
Missing six games last year and two the year before after missing just one throughout his previous six years is concerning for a wide receiver who will turn 31 in November. I wouldn’t say Hilton is injury prone or even in a definite decline, but it’s at least possible he’s past the apex of his career. Hilton has always been undersized at 5-foot-10, 183 lbs and the hits he takes averaging 69 receptions per season might be taking its toll. Hilton has also never scored more than seven touchdowns in a season, so that limits his fantasy upside.
2020 Bottom Line
Hilton’s production in 2020 is likely tied to how much of an improvement Rivers ends up being over the starter from last year, Jacoby Brissett. Rivers is definitely more accomplished, but he looked rough last season and is now 38 years old. Still, even if Rivers is right on par with what Brissett did last year and Hilton produces at the same clip he did during his 10 games of action, he’ll still be good for a solid floor of 72 catches and 802 yards. However, if he’s healthy and Rivers is any kind of an upgrade, Hilton should sniff WR1 territory. We have him ranked as a WR2 in our rankings and he’s available in the late-fifth round, so he’s solid value for fantasy owners looking for some steady veteran production.