Hilton looked like he might be finished as a Fantasy contributor for much of 2020, but a strong close has him back on radars as a potential starting option in the mid-to-late rounds. Hilton closed out the season with 435 yards and five touchdowns over the final six games of the season before opting to re-sign with the Colts on a one-year deal in free agency -- apparently turning down more money from other teams in the process. He'll be playing with another new quarterback in Carson Wentz, who needs to earn back a lot of trust after a disastrous final season in Philadelphia, but Hilton showed enough late last season to think he could still be a reliable starter if everything goes right.
Hilton agreed Wednesday with the Colts on a one-year, $10 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Hilton will stay in Indianapolis for at least one more season, catching passes from Carson Wentz after one season of working with Philip Rivers. Each of Hilton's five 1,000-yard seasons came with Andrew Luck under center, but the 31-year-old wideout at least played well over the final six weeks of the 2020 regular season, catching 27 passes for 435 yards and five touchdowns. Hilton won't necessarily see an uptick on last year's average of 6.2 targets per game, but the contract makes it clear the Colts still view him as a reliable starter.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday that he wants to keep Hilton in Indianapolis in 2021, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports. While he averaged just 50.1 and 50.8 receiving yards per game the past two seasons, Hilton enjoyed a surge in production late in the 2020 campaign, putting up 27 receptions for 435 yards and five touchdowns over the final six weeks. Now scheduled for unrestricted free agency, the 31-year-old wideout has already expressed a desire to re-sign with the Colts, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll take a hometown discount. There should be at least a handful of teams that view Hilton as a potential upgrade for their second or third receiver spot.
Hilton caught two of five passes for 32 yards in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round loss to the Bills. After a strong finish to the regular season, Hilton failed to get much separation against shutdown cornerback Tre'Davious White, tying for fifth on the Colts in receiving yards. The 31-year-old wide receiver will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Hilton secured three of seven targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 28-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. The veteran speedster wasn't able to make much of an impact on the stat sheet on an afternoon when Jonathan Taylor's 253 rushing yards spearheaded the offensive attack, but Hilton salvaged his fantasy line by notching a six-yard scoring grab to cap off the Colts' first drive of the game. The 31-year-old frequently put together pedestrian performances over the first nine games of the season, but he picked up the pace nicely in the last six contests with a 23-354-4 line. Hilton will now look to continue making his presence in the air attack felt versus the Bills in a road wild-card matchup next weekend.
Hilton caught three of seven targets for 60 yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers. Hilton led the team in targets but struggled to connect with Philip Rivers on several occasions. He made the most of his catches, however, as his average of 20.0 yards per catch was his second-best of the season. While Hilton's production isn't always flashy, he's quietly recorded at least 60 yards in five straight games and has averaged more than 17.0 yards per catch in four of those. He will look to finish the regular season on a high note in next Sunday's favorable matchup against the Jaguars.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|7||10/24||@San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|9||11/04||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|12||11/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|15||12/19||New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|17||01/02||Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||94||59||844||5||40||14.31||114|