Of all the positions in fantasy football, wide receiver is one that is rostered more than any other. More players drafted means more players targeted as sleepers. But with more options to go with late in your draft, finding the right wideouts to target isn’t necessarily an easy objective.
Titus Young, Golden Tate and Brian Quick were three athletes advertised as go-to sleepers last season by some (not by me) who never lived up to the billing. Last season, I presented you a group of five sleepers that was highlighted by Randall Cobb, Demaryius Thomas and Torrey Smith. This year I hope to offer up similar results with a few more options in the mix.
T.Y. Hilton, Ind
Like Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton was an impressive rookie last season that garners serious attention in your draft. The two of them were an impressive duo last year under offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. However, with Arians hired as head coach in Arizona, some are expecting a sophomore slump from the both of them. Don’t buy into that. This WR3 had a better season last year than Darrius Heyward-Bey has had his entire four-season career so don’t write him off for the former first-round pick. That pick WAS made by the Raiders…
Hilton has 4.34 speed and made good use of that speed with double-digit plays of 25-plus yards. Hilton also had 100 yards receiving or more in five games and should be able to repeat that with the schedule he and Luck have lined up. At times last year he was a bit up and down. But with another year beside Luck and Reggie Wayne collecting social security in the not-so-distant future, Hilton should be able to warrant more consistency this year. He racked up 506 receiving yards and 5 TDs in the last seven games of last season. Expect T.Y. Hilton to start producing Week 1.
Hilton can be had as early as the 6th round and that is exactly where you should grab him. Call me crazy, but I’d rather have Hilton instead of Mike Wallace, Eric Decker and Jordy Nelson, who are often being selected ahead of arguably the best WR3 in football.