T.Y. Hilton Injury Update Improves Week 12 Fantasy Outlook for Thursday Night Matchup With Texans

Houston Texans v Indianapolis Colts
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T.Y. Hilton has missed the past three games for the Indianapolis Colts due to an injured calf. However, his most recent injury update gives him a chance to play against division rival Houston Texans in Week 12.

Hilton has continued to increase his work over the past couple days, which sheds some optimism for his Week 12 status, even on a short week ahead of a "Thursday Night Football" matchup.

This divisional game is obviously an important one, so Hilton's return would be greatly appreciated, with the team losing two of the past three games he has been out. Both teams sit at 6-4, so the Week 12 result could end up being the difference in the standings at the end of the season.

Hilton has made a serious impact in six healthy games this year, averaging 5.3 receptions, 60.0 yards and 0.8 touchdowns on 7.7 targets per game. When active he's accounted for 25 percent of the targets and 36 percent of the air yards in the Colts' offense, which are both team-high marks by big margins.

If Hilton is able to go on Thursday, this would be a great matchup for the star receiver. Houston surrenders the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in PPR scoring.

Accounting for Hilton suiting up, he sits at WR16 in our Week 12 PPR fantasy football rankings. His potential return downgrades Zach Pascal (unranked), Jack Doyle (unranked) and Eric Ebron (TE11).

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