Whalen wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay and played just 25-of-74 snaps on offense. Whalen has seen a decline in production the past two weeks with Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback as he had just two receptions the week before. The Colts also didn't use many three- and four-receiver sets Sunday.
Whalen had two receptions for 20 yards and was targeted three times in Sunday's win at Atlanta. Whalen didn't have a big fantasy outing, but he maintained his role as the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver despite Matt Hasselbeck taking over at quarterback with Andrew Luck hurt. Whalen, however, has lost his role as punt returner with Quan Bray taking over both punt and kickoff return duties.
Whalen had five receptions for 73 yards and was targeted six times in Sunday's win over St. Louis. Whalen's role in the offense continues to grow as he led the team in targets after also having five receptions last week. With Andre Johnson disappearing in the offense at times, Whalen may have become the No. 3 or No. 4 target in the passing offense.
Whalen could see an increased workload Sunday against Denver if T.Y. Hilton misses the game due to a foot injury, ESPN reports. Whalen would be one of the top three receivers along with Donte Moncrief and Andre Johnson if Hilton is out. It seems unlikley Hilton will play after missing practice all week. Whalen had a season-high five receptions last week, so he may have been sent for a larger role even without Hilton's injury.
Whalen had three fumbles, losing one, in Sunday's loss to New Orleans. He played just two snaps on offense. Whalen lost a fumble on a kickoff return. He's usually a sure-handed special teams player, but he could be in danger of being cut as a week earlier he was involved in a fake punt fiasco that was an embarrassment in a loss to New England.
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