2. T.Y. Hilton, Colts (3 Points)
T.Y. Hilton is one of the more exciting wide receivers in the entire NFL and not just in the AFC South, as he’s athletic, talented and has one of the best quarterbacks in the game in Andrew Luck to match his talent level on the field.
In 2018, Hilton totaled 76 receptions (120 targets) for 1,270 yards with six touchdowns. He averaged 16.7 yards per reception in the regular season, and 55 of his receptions resulted in first downs for the Colts.
A past third-round pick in 2012, Hilton has strong career numbers too, with 57 receptions for 8,097 yards, including a career average of 16 yards per reception. He also has 40 career touchdown receptions and has made a name for himself as one of the best of the very best in the entire league.
This past season, Hilton had five games of over 100 yards receiving, with his best game coming against the Houston Texans on Dec. 9 with a total of 199 yards receiving on nine receptions (12 targets) for a 22.1 yards per reception average.
Those impressive numbers weren’t the only time he took advantage of the Texans’ secondary, as in Week 4 he totaled four receptions for 115 yards for a 28.8 yards per reception average. Even in the playoff game against Houston, he had five receptions for 85 yards.
The fun fact in all of those receiving numbers is Hilton didn’t have a touchdown reception against the Texans in any of their three meetings a season ago.
With all of that said, with the addition of wide receiver Parris Campbell through the 2019 NFL Draft, that shouldn’t slow down Hilton whatsoever, but it could make him even better as he enters his eighth NFL season.
It is all but certain Hilton will continue his rise within the ranks of the top wide receivers in the NFL, and with all of his positive accolades, if he and Luck can stay on the field together, they make for a very dangerous combination in the entire NFL, and not just the AFC.