Colts wide receiver TY Hilton has been in the news lately as the team and the veteran wide receiver are reportedly working on a contract extension. Hilton played in just 10 games in 2019 and mustered up a career low 501 yards and just 45 catches.
Is he due for a bounce back season in 2020 now that quarterback Philip Rivers joined Indianapolis? Sports Illustrated’s fantasy analyst Corey Parson and Colts reporter Philip B. Wilson joins Kaitlin O’Toole to discuss Hilton’s expected fantasy football production.
Read the full video transcript below:
Kaitlin O'Toole: Sports Illustrated is taking you inside the world of fantasy sports. Joining me now from All Colts is Phillip B. Wilson and SI's fantasy and gambling analyst Corey Parson. Philip, I want to get your take on this. Do you think Colts quarterback Philip Rivers will be able to get TY Hilton back to being a top receiver in the league?
Phillip B. Wilson: Two factors here. Number one: TY, do you stay healthy? You missed six games last year. You had a calf strain. If you stay healthy, can Philip Rivers have the arm strength to get the ball deep? There's been a lot of talk about how he threw the ball last year. Since 2018, Philip Rivers ranks third in the league with 20+ yard completions at 117. Only Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes have more. And it should be noted that that TY Hilton has 33 100 yard games since he's been in the league. Only two guys, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones have more. So I think the answer to that question is yes. I think he bounces back if he stays healthy.
Kaitlin O'Toole: Corey, are you as optimistic? Do you think he's a good fantasy play?
Corey Parson: Yeah, I really do, especially right now when you look at where he is going in early drafts, he's going off the board as the 26th wide receiver and that's an absolute steal. A lot of that is because of what happened last season. As Phillip mentioned, the injury, the calf strain. But Jacoby Brissett was not the type of quarterback that drives the football down the field. Brissett is more of a game manager, doesn't want to turn the football over. That doesn't mesh with TY Hilton's style of play. But on the other hand, what you do see is that Philip Rivers is more fearless. He's willing to take more shots downfield. He's willing to drive the football deep downfield. That's right in TY Hilton's wheelhouse. Out of the six seasons he played with Andrew Luck, he had over a 1000 yards receiving in four of them. So long as a quarterback is more aggressive, I think TY Hilton has tremendous upside this season.
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