T.Y. Hilton's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 5 Performance vs. Seahawks

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 25: T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts returns a punt for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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T.Y. Hilton lulled his fantasy owners to sleep long enough to explode on several benches.

Hilton entered Sunday with six catches for 58 yards during his last two games. Take out a 124-yard outing against the Miami Dolphins, and his first month of 2013 was a colossal letdown.

So naturally he earned 140 yards and two touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks, who previously allowed one receiving score through four games.  

Sometimes all the research in the world can't help forecast a 73-yard bomb that cements a player's status as the week's fantasy hero. Rational thinking would have suggested that owners bench Hilton, but now they're left to second-guess that call.

This brings us back to the question we ponder every week: What can expect from T.Y. Hilton going forward?

The cheap, yet honest answer: Who knows? All we know is that we have no idea what to predict from the second-year talent on a weekly basis, and that makes him a dicey play for daring owners.

Despite his monster day, Hilton has only nabbed fives receptions against Seattle midway through the fourth quarter, which rises his season total to 20. For Hilton to deliver a worthy fantasy performance, he needs to burn the defense deep.

He certainly boasts the speed, and Andrew Luck is the man to gift him with precise strikes down the field, but owners typically do not want to live and die with inconsistent, all-or-nothing options.

Luckily for Hilton, he will get two games against exploitable opposition before his Week 8 bye to justify his belonging as a fantasy starter. The San Diego Chargers allow 312 passing yards per game, making him a viable option for Week 6. Since the Denver Broncos force teams to keep up with their lofty point totals, Luck will be forced to duel Peyton Manning in a shootout during Week 7.

Hilton is worth considering as a No. 3 receiver or flex play during those weeks, but another dud or two will relegate him back to the bench.