TY Hilton Injury Update Clouds Fantasy Outlook in Week 4

Max Staley
Atlanta Falcons v Indianapolis Colts
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The Indianapolis Colts' offense has jumped out to a surprisingly successful start to the season, and they owe a lot of that to the play of star wide receiver TY Hilton.

Unfortunately for the Colts, Hilton, who is currently tied for the league lead with four TDs, is far from a sure thing to suit up in Week 4. Hilton re-aggravated a quad injury in Week 3, and he's listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

This will likely be a bigger deal to Hilton's fantasy owners than to Indianapolis, as the Colts should be able to handle the Raiders, even without their star wideout's services.

If Hilton can't suit up, young Colts WRs like Parris Campbell and Deon Cain should get a boost in value. Neither has accounted for more than 50 yards receiving through three weeks, but Hilton's presence likely has a lot to do with that.

Hilton has a 27 percent target share, which is the ninth-highest mark in the NFL, so Jacoby Brissett has been targeting him early and often. If Hilton is sidelined, Brissett will likely have to spread the ball around to Indianapolis' other pass-catchers.

Hilton's absence could also mean that Indianapolis leans on the running game more, which would benefit Marlon Mack. The 23-year old has been tremendous thus far, racking up 299 yards on the ground with a league-high 61 carries.

Mack has been fantasy's RB7 through three weeks in standard-scoring formats, and he could have a monster game against a Raiders' defense that let Dalvin Cook run for 110 yards on just 16 carries in Week 3.

While Hilton's potential absence would be a problem for his fantasy owners, it could also create some serious value for the Colts' other skill-position players.

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