T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton
30-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Indianapolis Colts
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hilton's 2019 season was a disaster. For starters, superstar quarterback Andrew Luck retired in summer, forcing Hilton to pair with an overmatched and inaccurate Jacoby Brissett. Then Hilton missed Week 4 with a quad injury before a Week 8 calf injury destroyed the rest of his season. He returned in Week 12, and again for the last three games of the year, but he was a shell of his former self. After the year, Hilton revealed his calf tear was three centimeters wide (that's big), but the muscle should heal on its own over the offseason, and he's expected to be healthy heading into the final year of his contract. At 5-10, 183, Hilton is small but lightning quick and has always punished defenses down the field with his 4.34 speed. Other than last year and 2016, Hilton's had at least five catches of more than 40 yards every season since 2012. He's an excellent route runner, has good hands and has long been one of the toughest one-on-one covers in the league. But Hilton turned 30 last November, and two soft-tissue injuries make him riskier than he once was. Moreover, while new signal caller Philip Rivers should be a significant upgrade over Brissett, Rivers is deep into the downside of his career and still a major drop-off from peak Luck. On the bright side, Hilton should be the team's clear top target again, with Zach Pascal, Parris Campbell and rookie Michael Pittman competing for second and third fiddle. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Colts in August of 2015.
Still viewed as focal point
WRIndianapolis Colts
May 12, 2020
Hilton is still viewed as the focus of the Indianapolis offense even with the star receiver being slowed by injury the past two seasons and with the Colts taking Michael Pittman in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni told the team's official web site. "I think about where we're at - things will be schemed to get him the football," he said.
ANALYSIS
Hilton played a career-low 10 games last season due to a calf injury after missing two games and being limited by abdominal and ankle injuries in 2018. Sirianni said Hilton has been working hard in the offseason to get back to top shape and Hilton didn't need offseason surgery for his calf injury, which he said was fully healthy at the end of the season. While better health could improve Hilton's outlook, improved quarterback play from new starter Philip Rivers could be just as large a factor.
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How do T.Y. Hilton's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
68.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.41
 
% Team Air Yards
17.5%
 
% Team Targets
14.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
65.2%
 
Drop Rate
2.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.9
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do T.Y. Hilton's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
183 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.34 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.36 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.03 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Bench Press
7 reps
 
Hand Length
8.50 in
 
Arm Length
32.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Coming off a 16-game season with only 57 catches and 8.9 YPT, Hilton rebounded in 2018 for a 76-1,270-6 line in only 14 games. His cause was aided by the presence of healthy Andrew Luck. Prorate those over a full 16 and you get 87-1451-7, putting Hilton fifth in receiving yards. His efficiency also spiked with a career-high 10.6 YPT (3rd) and 16.7 YPC (3rd). He had six catches of 40-plus yards (T-4th) and 22 for 20-plus yards (5th) on only 120 targets (20th), i.e., Hilton at age 29 is still one of the most explosive wideouts in the league. At 5-10, 183, Hilton is small, but he ran a 4.34 40 at the combine, has elite lateral quickness and is one of the toughest covers in the game. Hilton is also a crisp route runner and rarely drops a pass - only four last year. He actually saw quite a bit of work near the goal line - 17 targets from inside the 20, 10 inside the 10 (T-5th) and eight inside the five (T-3rd), but caught only six TDs. Hilton should reprise his role as the Colts' top target and big-play weapon in Frank Reich's offensive scheme, though Eric Ebron is still around to vulture touchdowns, the 6-4 Devin Funchess is now in the fold, Jack Doyle is expected to be back for training camp and the team drafted explosive rookie Parris Campbell in the second round. The retirement of Andrew Luck means that Hilton will be catching passes from Jacoby Brissett this season. While Brissett appears capable, the abrupt August switch at QB represents a hit to Hilton's fantasy ceiling, though his perch atop Indy's wideout depth chart remains unchallenged.
Missing quarterback Andrew Luck for the entire season, Hilton managed 8.9 YPT (8th) and 16.9 YPC (3rd). Despite seeing only 109 total targets (25th), he had six catches of 40-plus yards (T-4th), i.e., his playmaking ability was undiminished even with backup Jacoby Brissett under center. Still only 28, Hilton is in his late prime and doesn't seem to have lost a step from his 4.34 40 at the 2012 combine. At 5-9, 178, Hilton is small and slight, but he's among the quickest receivers in the league - dangerous in open space and nearly impossible to track one-on-one if the protection holds up. He's a crisp route runner and has excellent hands, but his diminutive frame keeps him from being much of a red-zone threat - only 10 looks there all year and only three from inside the 10. Accordingly, he needs to strike from deep to find paydirt and has never exceeded seven TDs in a season during his six-year career. In 2018, Hilton will again be the team's unquestioned No. 1 WR, and - at least at press time - Luck appears slated to return. We say "appears" because that was the case last year before he missed the entire season, and even if Luck does suit up, no one knows if he'll be the player he was before the injury. But if Luck is himself, Hilton should be the player who led the NFL in receiving two years ago, and with Donte Moncrief gone, and only two Day 3 rookies and Ryan Grant added, there should be no shortage of opportunities.
Hilton led the NFL in receiving last year, thanks to 155 targets and a healthy Andrew Luck. But this was no Mike Evans-esque volume-driven compilation -- Hilton averaged 15.9 YPC (4th) and 9.3 YPT (6th). And while Hilton had only two catches of 40-plus yards, he led the NFL with 28 of 20 yards or more. At 5-9, 180, Hilton is small, slight and not especially physical, but he has 4.34 40 speed, might be quicker than he is fast and has excellent hands. Given his small frame, Hilton isn't much of a red-zone threat -- only 14 targets there all year, so his touchdowns will usually have to come from long distance. In fact, only two of his six scores came from inside the red zone, so double-digit TDs are unlikely. Not much should change in 2017 -- Luck is expected to be healthy after offseason shoulder surgery, Donte Moncrief will continue -- along with tight end Jack Doyle -- to be the team's complementary and red-zone options, and scrubby third and fourth receivers will vie for targets and roles behind them. None of this should affect Hilton who remains one of the league's top bets for catches and yardage as Luck's unquestioned No. 1 WR.
It's hard to read much into Hilton's 2015 season given so little of it was played with a healthy Andrew Luck. Hilton is your prototypical deep threat — think poor man's DeSean Jackson only with more targets and a better quarterback. At 5-9, 180, Hilton's not a threat for double-digit touchdowns because he rarely sees targets in the red zone (last year he saw a career-high 16, but averaged only 10 the previous three seasons) and lacks the frame to catch passes in traffic. Where Hilton excels is down the field — even with 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck throwing the passes, Hilton caught six for 40-plus yards (T-6th) on 134 targets (13th). This isn't surprising given his blazing 4.37 40 speed and elusiveness in the open field. With Luck's return to health, Hilton should resume his role as one of the top targets in the offense, though Donte Moncrief and Dwayne Allen are likely to see most of the red-zone work, and last year's first-round pick Phillip Dorsett should merit a bigger role, including some looks down the field. But at 26, Hilton is still in his prime and should be a reliable source of yards and big plays.
There were a lot of mouths to feed in the Colts offense last year, but if anyone left fat and happy it was Hilton. He emerged as one of the league's top big-play wideouts with 21 catches of 20-plus yards (T-6th) and six catches of 40-plus (T-4th). Moreover, he averaged 16.4 YPC and 10.3 YPT, both league-leading marks among 100-target receivers (DeSean Jackson blew both numbers out of the water, but on lower volume). At 5-9, 178, Hilton is about as small as receivers come, but elite quickness and 4.37 40 speed make him one of the league's most explosive and elusive targets. Paired with Andrew Luck in a pass-heavy offense, Hilton's a safe bet to stretch the field and deserves a boost in distance-scoring formats. But Hilton's small stature precludes him from seeing much work near the goal line (only 11 of his 131 targets were from inside the red zone), and newly acquired Andre Johnson and second-year man Donte Moncrief along with the team's two pass-catching tight ends should see most of the work as the field shrinks.
With injuries to Reggie Wayne and tight end Dwayne Allen, Hilton was thrust into a bigger role in Year 2, and the results were mixed. On the one hand, he made five catches of 40 or more yards (T. 10th) and easily led the team in receptions and receiving yards. On the other, he averaged only 7.8 YPT (20th), a low number for a big-play receiver, and scored only five times. The latter issue is likely to persist – the 5-9, 178-pound Hilton saw only 10 of his 138 targets in the red zone and only two of those were from inside the 10. While Hilton’s small, he’s also very fast – he ran a 4.37 40 at the Combine, and he’s also lightning quick in open space. And while his regular season stats were more pedestrian, his playoff ones – 17 catches for 327 yards, two scores and 13.6 YPT over two games – were anything but. Part of the problem was offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s over-reliance on the run, something that disappeared when the Colts got down big in both playoff contests. We’d be surprised if Hamilton, who also ran the ball quite a bit at Stanford, changes his stripes, so we might not see Hilton and quarterback Andrew Luck unleashed as much as we’d like. The Colts also signed Hakeem Nicks this offseason, drafted Donte Moncrief in the third round and expect the 35-year old Wayne as well as Allen to be back in training camp.
While Reggie Wayne moved the chains last season, Hilton broke open games. Despite seeing only 90 targets (T-45th), Hilton had five catches of 40-plus (T-9th). Hilton also averaged 17.2 YPC (4th among the league’s 46 90-target WR) and 9.6 YPT (6th). At 5-10, 183, Hilton's never going to be a red-zone factor – only nine of his targets were in that area and only two inside the 10 – but his blazing speed and excellent lateral quickness make him a threat to strike from deep. The Colts brought in fellow speedster Darrius Heyward-Bey, and it remains to be seen which of the two will wind up starting alongside Wayne. Chances are it won't matter that much as the Colts run plenty of three-WR sets, and quarterback Andrew Luck is likely to attempt north of 600 passes.
Hilton’s only 5-10, 183, but he ran a mid-4.3 second 40 at the Florida International pro day in March, and the Colts took him in the third round as a result. Hilton’s also got good hands and is quick and elusive in the open field. Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie project as the Colts’ starters, but the former is slowing down and the latter has a history of concussions. Even if both stay healthy. Hilton has a chance to be the team’s slot man, primary kick returner and occasional field stretcher. Hilton himself had been injury prone in college and it’s worth noting that at press time he was already limited in camp due to a hamstring injury.
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Reveals severity of calf injury
WRIndianapolis Colts
December 30, 2019
Hilton revealed Monday that the tear in his calf was up to three centimeters wide, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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Leads team with 72 yards
WRIndianapolis Colts
December 29, 2019
Hilton caught all three of his targets for 72 yards in Sunday's 38-20 loss to Jacksonville.
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Kept to 26 yards
WRIndianapolis Colts
December 22, 2019
Hilton caught three of four targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 38-6 win over the Panthers.
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Should see more snaps in Week 16
WRIndianapolis Colts
December 18, 2019
Coach Frank Reich said that Hilton -- who returned to action in Monday's 34-7 loss to the Saints following a two-game absence due to a calf issue -- came out of contest feeling "well" from a health standpoint, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
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Quiet in return
WRIndianapolis Colts
December 16, 2019
Hilton caught four of nine targets for 25 yards in Monday night's 34-7 loss to the Saints.
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