T.Y. Hilton Staying With Colts, But Fantasy Value Impacted by Michael Pittman’s Rise
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 13: Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts scores a touchdown on a 411-yard pass play against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Four-time Pro Bowl wideout T.Y. Hilton is returning to Indianapolis.
The veteran receiver is expected to re-sign with the Colts, his agents told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Wednesday.
Hilton, 31, has spent all nine NFL seasons in Indianapolis. The FIU product was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and signed a five-year, $65 million contract extension with $39 million guaranteed in 2015. He posted four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2013 to 2016 and earned Pro Bowl honors from 2014 to 2017.
Hilton is coming off of a disappointing season due in part to shaky quarterback play from Philip Rivers. He caught 56 passes for 762 yards and five touchdowns over 15 games, but finished as the Colts’ top receiver followed by Zach Pascal and 2020 second-rounder Michael Pittman Jr.
He finished as WR43 for fantasy through Weeks 1 to 16 in half PPR.
It’s unclear how Hilton will perform from a fantasy perspective in this new offense led by former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. He will continue to share targets with Pittman, 23, who flashed moments of greatness in his 13 regular season appearances in spite of a toe injury early in the year that resulted in a serious complication called compartment syndrome.
Pascal, 26, is a restricted free agent in 2021 and may not return to the Colts.