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T.Y. Hilton: Updated Fantasy Football Analysis and Outlook

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Mewelde Moore #26 of the Indianapolis Colts and  T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrate a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Gary DavenportNFL AnalystSeptember 23, 2012

There's no question that Reggie Wayne is the leader of the wide-receiver corps for the Indianapolis Colts, but rookie quarterback Andrew Luck can use all the help he can get at the position.

Most people thought that help would come from Austin Collie, but the concussion issues that have sidelined the fourth-year pro throughout his career have kept him off the field for most of this season.

Fifth-year veteran Donnie Avery stepped up with a big game in last week's win over the Minnesota Vikings, reeling in nine catches for 111 yards, but Avery was nearly invisible in Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching only two passes.

A very unlikely candidate led the Colts in receiving against the Jaguars, as rookie T.Y. Hilton paced the team with 113 yards on four catches, including a 40-yard touchdown reception.

The third-round pick from Florida International had been largely unused before Week 3, catching only one ball in two games, but the speedster's big game and impressive athleticism likely has fantasy owners wondering if the rookie is worth a waiver claim, especially since Reggie Wayne draws the focus of opposing defenses, leaving Indy's other wide receivers in single coverage.

Don't waste your time.

First off, as I mentioned, there are the aforementioned Collie and Avery with whom to contend, and while both those players have extensive injury histories, unless they go down it's highly unlikely that Hilton will see enough targets to become any sort of startable fantasy option.

Toss in the Colts' Week 4 bye (yes, it's time for the bye weeks already) and that means you wouldn't be able to roll Hilton out there until Week 5. So unless you're in a very deep fantasy league or play in a dynasty format, just chalk Hilton's 100-yard game up to a another wild week in the National Football League and move along.

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