Hilton went off for 107 yards on seven receptions Sunday, his fifth game in a row with at least 80 receiving yards. More importantly, he was targeted nine times, the sixth time he has reached at least that number this season. Hilton is a huge part of the Colts' passing game, and that seems unlikely to change moving forward.
The one hole in Hilton's game is he is still not a great option down in the red zone, though he has been brought down just shy of the goal line a few times this season and could easily have more than just one touchdown on the season. If he keeps getting this much work, Hilton shouldn't have any issues remaining productive.
Still, you almost have to consider Hilton a sell-high candidate right now. And that's no insult; Hilton can remain productive moving forward and still have trouble keeping up this kind of pace. If you do hang on to Hilton, however, expect good things from him.
Hilton set the tone with early production. He caught five passes for 47 yards in the first quarter, then added a 46-yarder early in the second. Though he did not get into the end zone and managed only one reception after intermission, his work helped set up scores. He has 605 yards receiving in his last five games combined.
Oddly, however, Hilton has just one touchdown this season. He will seek to add to that total at Pittsburgh next Sunday.
Hilton absolutely torched the Texans last week, but the Bengals bring a much tougher pass defense to the table. Only three wide receivers have reached double figures in Fantasy scoring against the Bengals, who are allowing the sixth-fewest Fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. Hilton himself had some trouble breaking free in his last matchup with the Bengals, as he was held to 7 yards on two catches in Week 13 last season.
Hilton now ranks fourth in the league in receiving, and finally found the end zone for the first time last week. Even with a tough matchup on the way, Hilton simply cannot be taken out of your lineup at this point.
It was great to see
Hilton had at least five catches in every game this season. He had at least 80 receiving yards in three games prior to Thursday. And he had four games with at least 10 targets.
So on Thursday, on a national stage, he showed off his stellar playmaking with nine catches for 223 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Belive me, I enjoyed since he was a start in this week's edition of Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
Hilton will look to stay hot in Week 7 against the Bengals. He won't have the same success as he did against the Texans because Cincinnati has a much tougher defense.
But based on how Hilton has played all year he should be considered a must-start option in all leagues moving forward.
He nearly got in the end zone in the opening quarter. He caught a deep pass from Andrew Luck for a 40-yard gain on the opening drive. On the ensuing drive, he nearly caught a 54-yard touchdown. Hilton made a leaping grab and was barely touched before he ran to the end zone. The officials initially called it a touchdown before ruling it a 49-yard reception after replay. He finished the first quarter with five catches for 147 yards.
Hilton finally found pay dirt in the third quarter when Luck found him for a 33 yard scoring strike. Seven of his nine receptions went for 14-plus yards. He caught all nine of his targets for 223 yards and a score, averaging 24.8 yards per grab in a 33-28 victory. He has 604 receiving yards through six games.
The Colts will host the Bengals in Week 7.
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