Sunday AM Update: This Week 6 matchup remains a favorable outing for this receiving trio, but that doesn’t mean much. Bengals CB Mackensie Alexander is questionable heading into this matchup, too. Hilton, Johnson and Pascal are projected for 8.6, 4.8 and 6.2 points, respectively.
The Indianapolis Colts offense continues to work through growing pains as Philip Rivers builds chemistry with his teammates. The process has produced some strong outings (64 points in back-to-back weeks in September) as well as some game-long struggles (19 total points and zero touchdowns after the first quarter of Week 4’s win over the Chicago Bears).
As the Colts offense looks for stability, they draw a mostly favorable matchup this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Fantasy Football analysis: Colts WRs T.Y. Hilton, Marcus Johnson, Zach Pascal
The Colts’ top wideout, veteran T.Y. Hilton, has played uncharacteristically, inconsistently so far in 2020. Though he leads the team with 231 receiving yards, he is currently on pace for his lowest per-game receiving output, as well as his lowest catch rate in three years. Moreover, his yards per target falls nearly two yards below his career average. Hilton publicly blamed himself and his two dropped passes for costing Indianapolis the season opener. Though Hilton could make up for some of that lost efficiency with touchdowns, but he has yet to reach the end zone this season.
With Hilton still rounding into form, Rivers has more frequently looked in the direction of young wideouts Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson. Pascal, who quietly put together a decent 2019 campaign, has built on that progress this season. His 114 yards rank second among wideouts on the team and, with tight end Mo Allie-Cox in danger of missing Week 6, Pascal could realistically reach the No. 2 overall spot in Indy with a solid outing.
Meanwhile, Johnson doesn’t typically see many targets, but he does a considerable amount with the targets that he does receive. Over the past two weeks, he has at least one catch of 27 or more yards. That deep-shot role might not hold much value now, though that could change in the near future.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Hilton as a WR3/flex.
Sit Pascal and Johnson.