T.Y. Hilton has taken his rightful place as the No. 1 receiver in Indianapolis.
With star receiver Reggie Wayne out for the year, Hilton took it upon himself to carry the Colts to victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football in a game that majorly rewarded owners brave enough to give him the start against one of the NFL's better pass defenses.
Hilton exploded in the comeback win with seven receptions for 121 yards and three touchdowns, with all of his scores coming in the second half.
Were Wayne still around to absorb much of quarterback Andrew Luck's attention, we would suggest unloading Hilton on the trade market. That's especially the case since Hilton has been unreliable, with his only touchdowns coming in two games of two or more scores.
On the year, Hilton averages over 15 yards per catch—meaning his big-play ability made him a boom-or-bust player each week in the past.
Now it's completely unreasonable to unload Hilton for anything but a Godfather-esque deal. Hilton is the lone No. 1 receiver now in Indianapolis with a sleeper MVP candidate at quarterback.
While it's true Hilton has just three 100-yard games this season, he is now on pace for 68 receptions, 1,066 yards and 10 scores. Much of Luck's attention that went to Wayne will go directly to Hilton, so those projections may actually receive a bump in the coming weeks.
Speaking of the coming weeks, the schedule the rest of the way is in no way kind to Hilton and the passing game, but again—a No. 1 receiver such as Hilton is worth a start in any scenario.
Without Wayne and given how he's played since Wayne's injury, Hilton is a lock in all lineups regardless of matchup and stipulations.