Player Outlook
Fantasy managers hope Pittman's third year delivers better than No. 3 receiver numbers. Despite an outrageous 25.7% target share in 2021, Pittman finished 21st among wideouts in targets per game (7.59) and 27th in PPR points per game (13.4). On one hand, banking on Matt Ryan to make a difference could be problematic; former Colts starter Carson Wentz was actually more efficient than Ryan in 2021 in TD rate, INT rate, Air Yards per attempt and deep-ball pass rate, and they were razor-close in yards per pass attempt. On the other hand, Ryan didn't have a legit No. 1 receiver in 2021 and had previously produced a top-10 Fantasy receiver on a PPR per-game basis in seven straight seasons. If Pittman is his next Julio Jones, there's considerable upside. If he's not that dude, and if Ryan doesn't throw as much as he has in the past (don't forget who the Colts' primary offensive weapon really is), then Pittman will fall into the No. 3 range we're dreading. You're best off drafting him as a high-end No. 3 receiver and hoping he overachieves. Late Round 5 is the earliest point to choose him.

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2022
2021 88 1082 12.30 6 44 8.80 1508.8
2020 40 503 12.57 1 26 8.67 584.5
3y Avg. 64 792 12.38 4 35 8.75 1067.1
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Fantasy News

  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Racks up 30 yards

    Pittman recorded two receptions on three targets for 30 yards in Saturday's 27-24 preseason loss to the Bills. Pittman got some run early in the game, likely in an effort to help him develop rapport with new quarterback Matt Ryan. His first reception came on a short throw over the middle of the field, though Pittman was able to turn up field for a 17-yard gain. Per Nate Atkins of the Indianapolis Star, Pittman was also used out of the slot, a role he is expected to fill regularly in meaningful games this season. Pittman enters the campaign as the Colts' top pass catcher.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Impressed with his new QB

    Pittman, who approaches training camp as the Colts' top wide receiver, looks forward to working with veteran QB Matt Ryan this coming season, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. In 17 games last season, the 2020 second-rounder caught 88 of his 129 targets for 1,082 yards and six TDs. Pittman posted those numbers while working in a run-heavy offense paced by Jonathan Taylor, with Carson Wentz handling the team's signal-caller duties. Wentz's uneven play led to his offseason trade to Washington, paving the way for the arrival of Ryan, a steady veteran QB whose ball placement has impressed the 24-year-old wideout. While Pittman remains the team's clear cut top pass-catching option, Alec Pierce (a 2022 second-round pick) and Parris Campbell, who's had trouble staying on the field, are next up in the Colts' WR pecking order. With that in mind, Pittman is a candidate to see an uptick in production this year, assuming he continues to build chemistry with Ryan as the summer rolls along.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Delivers in garbage time

    Pittman recorded six receptions on seven targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-11 loss to the Jaguars. Pittman was shockingly not targeted in the first half of the game, though Carson Wentz took to the air only seven times. However, he came to life on the Colts' final offensive possession of the game, racking up four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown to salvage his day. Despite recording under five receptions in six games, Pittman took a significant step forward in his second season as a pro by more than doubling each of his target, reception and yardage totals.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Records six catches

    Pittman recorded six catches on six targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Raiders. Pittman was efficient with his opportunities and recorded 7.8 yards per target. However, Carson Wentz took to the air only 27 times, which in turn led to Pittman seeing six targets or fewer for the fifth time in his last eight games. As a result, he's managed to top 70 receiving yards only three times while finding the end zone once in that span. Despite some of those negatives, Pittman topped 1,000 yards for the season with his performance, and he has also doubled his target total from his rookie campaign with one game remaining.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Makes eight receptions in Week 16

    Pittman posted eight catches (on 12 targets) for 82 yards and took one carry for three yards during Saturday's 22-16 victory at Arizona. Pittman bounced back from a Week 15 performance against the Patriots in which he hauled in just one of five targets for seven yards before getting ejected for an altercation with opposing safety Kyle Dugger. In his fifth outing of the season with double-digit targets Saturday, Pittman racked up his most receiving yards since Week 8, but his TD-free streak now has reached six games. He'll look to put together a more complete performance in the Colts' next contest Sunday, Jan. 2 versus the Raiders.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Tops 100 scrimmage yards

    Pittman caught six of eight targets for 77 yards and rushed twice for 33 yards in Sunday's 31-0 win over the Texans. Pittman led the Colts in all major receiving categories, rebounding after totaling just 76 yards over his prior two games. The wideout also added a couple rushes for good measure, including a game-long 25-yarder. Overall, he topped 100 scrimmage yards for the third time this season, sending him into the bye week on a positive note.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Four catches in loss

    Pittman brought in four of 10 targets for 53 yards in the Colts' 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. The big-bodied receiver slogged through an inefficient afternoon, but he still turned in a serviceable performance from a fantasy perspective. Pittman's yardage total was his lowest since Week 6, but his Week 13 road matchup against the Texans should afford him more opportunities for production.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Two catches in win

    Pittman brought in two of five targets for 23 yards in the Colts' 41-15 win over the Bills on Sunday. Pittman and the rest of the Colts' passing game took a clear back seat to the spectacular exploits of Jonathan Taylor, who compiled 204 total yards and five touchdowns. The second-year wideout had racked up 20 total catches over the previous three games, so Sunday's production was certainly a disappointment, irrespective of the fact it seemed more a byproduct of game script than anything else. Pittman will look to bounce back in a Week 12 interconference matchup versus the Buccaneers.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Efficient in win

    Pittman secured all five targets for 71 yards in the Colts' 23-17 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. The Colts' passing game took a back seat to Jonathan Taylor on Sunday, with the star second-year back logging a season-high 21 carries. However, Pittman still found a way to turn in a solid fantasy effort, pacing the Colts' pass catchers in receptions and receiving yards. Pittman has at least five catches in three consecutive contests, but he did see a three-game touchdown streak snapped Sunday and could have an uphill climb in starting a new one against a suffocating Bills secondary in Week 11.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Paces pass catchers in win

    Pittman secured five of six targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 45-30 win over the Jets on Thursday night. He also fumbled once but it was recovered by Indianapolis. Coming off a 10-catch, two-touchdown performance in the Colts' Week 8 overtime loss to the Titans, Pittman followed it up by pacing the team in receptions and receiving yards on the night. The second-year wideout recorded an 11-yard touchdown at the end of the first half as well, his fourth score in the last three games. Pittman's burgeoning red-zone role is certainly encouraging and could well continue to pay dividends in a Week 10 matchup against the vulnerable Jaguars secondary a week from Sunday.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Pair of touchdowns in big effort

    Pittman brought in 10 of 15 targets for 86 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts' 34-31 overtime loss to the Titans on Sunday. Pittman played his possession receiver role to perfection, but he recorded a team-high 38-yard grab along the way. The surging second-year wideout notched his third and fourth touchdown receptions as well, posting two- and seven-yard scoring catches in the first quarter. Pittman also delivered his second 100-yard effort of the season in Week 7, so the USC product's stock is very high heading into a Week 9 home matchup versus the Jets on Thursday night, especially with fellow wideout T.Y. Hilton facing an uphill battle to play after sustaining a possible concussion Sunday.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Leads receiving corps on SNF

    Pittman hauled in all four of his targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-18 win over the 49ers. Pittman resumed his role as the Colts' top outside threat with T.Y. Hilton (quadriceps) sitting this one out. The 24-year-old took advantage of the opportunity, recording his second 100-plus yard game of the season as well as his second trip to the end zone. Pittman has been the team's most-consistent wideout and fantasy producer at the position, but fantasy managers need to monitor Hilton's status for next week's matchup against the Titans, as Pittman took a backseat (two catches for 35 yards) to the veteran in the lone game they played in together Week 6.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Quiet with Hilton back

    Pittman caught two of three targets for 35 yards and added a three-yard rush in Sunday's 31-3 win over Houston. Pittman played second fiddle to T.Y. Hilton, who had four catches for 80 yards in his season debut. Hilton, who had previously been on IR due to a neck injury, exited early with a quadriceps injury, so it's possible Pittman will be thrust right back into a leading role. Pittman and Hilton were the only Colts with multiple catches as the team raced out to a big lead and relied on the running game, but there should be more receiving volume up for grabs in Week 7 against San Francisco.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Awesome TD catch Monday

    Pittman caught six of seven targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 31-25 overtime loss to the Ravens. Pittman didn't get his first touch until the second quarter but kept his momentum going afterward. He set up a field goal with a nice gain prior to halftime and was utilized on some quick screens in the second half. However, his night was definitely highlighted by his superb, 42-yard touchdown to begin the third quarter. That catch came as Pittman was forced to come back to a floating deep pass and tower over the opposing defensive back before carrying on through contact into the end zone. It was quite the way for the second-year pro to score his first touchdown of the season, and considering Pittman has now caught at least six passes in four straight games while topping 85 yards twice, he enters the Week 6 favorable matchup against the Texans with his stock on the rise.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Leads pass catchers in win

    Pittman brought in six of eight targets for 59 yards in the Colts' 27-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. It was another busy afternoon for Pittman, who led the Colts in receptions, receiving yardage and targets one week after logging 12 looks against the Titans. The big-bodied wideout continued to serve as a fixture in the short and intermediate passing windows for quarterback Carson Wentz, a role that does cap his fantasy upside many weeks but helps lock in plenty of high-percentage targets. Pittman now has at least six receptions in three straight contests, and he'll look to record his first touchdown of the season in a Week 5 matchup on the road versus the Ravens on Monday night, Oct. 11.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Cleared for Week 2

    Pittman (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams. Pittman was a late addition to the Colts' injury report after hurting his ankle in practice Friday, but the issue won't be significant enough to keep him off the field Sunday. The second-year wideout was on the field for all but two snaps in the Colts' Week 1 loss to the Seahawks, but he didn't see much volume in the passing game with three receptions for 29 yards on four targets.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Expected to play Sunday

    The Colts are confident that Pittman (ankle) will be available for Sunday's game against the Rams, despite him being listed as questionable on the official injury report, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Schefter adds that the team wants to test Pittman in pre-game warmups before making a final decision on his status. Pittman, who was added to the injury report Friday after being a limited participant in practice, will likely operate as Indianapolis' top option on the outside Week 2 with T.Y. Hilton (neck) on injured reserve.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Questionable against Rams

    Pittman (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. Pittman was a late addition to the injury report after being limited in practice Friday. He'll likely suit up and continue to start on the outside with T.Y. Hilton (neck) still sidelined. The 2020 second-round pick played all but two of the Colts' offensive snaps in Week 1 but had just three catches to show for all that playing time.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Just three receptions Sunday

    Pittman had three receptions on four targets for 29 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle. Pittman played on 74 of the offense's 76 snaps as he took over the No. 1 receiver role with T.Y. Hilton out after neck surgery. However, he was just fourth on the team in targets as Indy's offensive line struggled to give Carson Wentz enough time to throw a deep ball. Wentz sustained 10 quarterback hits in the game. Because Indy's O-line is viewed as as strong unit, Pittman should improve if the unit bounces back and Wentz has more time to throw.
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  • Colts' Michael Pittman: Could move into No. 1 role

    Pittman is expected to step in as the Colts' No. 1 receiver for at least the first three weeks of the season with T.Y. Hilton (neck) headed to injured reserve after undergoing surgery Wednesday, Michael Baca of NFL.com reports. Even before he had the procedure to address a disc issue, Hilton was no longer the undisputed top option in the Indianapolis wideout room, but his absence nonetheless boosts early season target projections for Pittman, Zach Pascal and Parris Campbell. Given that he's locked in as a starter on the heels of a solid rookie campaign, Pittman looks like the upside play out of that group, though he profiles as a possession receiver more so than a big-play threat. He showed strength and elusiveness after the catch last season, creating some fantasy intrigue even if downfield targets are few and far between. The Colts expect Hilton to return this season, possibly as soon as October.
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