In the wake of an injury to Donnie Avery and a tremendous individual effort during the Indianapolis Colts 59-24 loss to the New England Patriots, T.Y. Hilton's fantasy projections will take a significant jump.
Colts announce Donnie Avery has a concussion and will not return.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 18, 2012
Let's take a look at Hilton's fantasy football outlook and analysis moving forward:
Fantasy Football Outlook
Hilton is a talented WR that showcased as much, as he caught six passes for 100 yards and two scores against the Patriots.
With or without Avery in the lineup, Hilton has continuously proved his worth on the roster and started to develop a chemistry with QB Andrew Luck.
Hilton is a vertical threat who can stretch the field and make things difficult on opposing secondaries. At 5'9", 183 pounds, he is best suited to line up in the slot and is fully capable of earning tough yards over the middle of the field.
The best place you can put Hilton in your lineup is in the Flex position, but as a WR2 he still may be able to produce enough return on investment to warrant placement.
Fantasy Football Analysis
So far this season, Hilton has 35 catches for 455 yards and four touchdowns. He is a dynamic playmaker with great speed and a tremendous first step that can leave defenders in the dust.
Hilton's stock will rise without Avery in the lineup, but he has been improving this season regardless of who else is on the depth chart.
Hilton now has three games of at least 100 yards receiving this season and is averaging 14.8 yards per reception. He is a young (23 years old) and emerging slot weapon who Luck will find with increasing frequency as this season wears on.