• Michael Pittman Jr.

  • WR
  • , Indianapolis Colts
  • 25
  • 223 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
As a sophomore, Pittman had a breakout season, catching 88 passes for 1,082 yards and six touchdowns despite so-so quarterback play from Carson Wentz. He’s entrenched as the team’s WR1 and should enjoy a quarterback upgrade now that Matt Ryan is in the fold. The Colts averaged 30.6 pass attempts in 2021, but averaged 34.5 with Philip Rivers at quarterback in 2020 and 40.3 with Andrew Luck in 2018. Ryan averaged 32.9, 39.1 and 41.1 pass attempts in his past three seasons. If HC Frank Reich opens up the passing game now that he has a good quarterback (again), then Pittman and the other pass-catchers will surely benefit. Pittman’s route-running fared well in Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception charting. Harmon wrote, “Pittman fits the bill of a true No. 1 wide receiver ready to rocket up league-wide rankings. He’s a do-it-all player who doesn’t present any real weaknesses in his game. Not only is he in line for a huge 2022 season but should be set for an excellent career as an underrated great wideout.”

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

IND WR Michael Pittman Jr. - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Michael Pittman had a breakout season as a sophomore in 2021, catching 88 of 129 targets for 1,082 yards and six touchdowns. He finished as the WR21 in half-PPR formats despite the Colts ranking 27th in the league in pass attempts. Matt Ryan should be a quarterback upgrade over Carson Wentz. While the Colts are built to run the ball and win with excellent defense, the addition of Ryan could open up the playbook a little. Wentz was most effective last season when he wasn’t asked to do too much, and the play-calling seemed to reflect that. Pittman is big, talented, and seems to be getting better. It’s a good time to buy the third-year receiver out of USC.

2022 Fantasy Downside
While Pittman is definitely on the upswing, the Colts added Alec Pierce out of Cincinnati in the second round. While Pierce could draw attention away from Pittman, he also means Pittman isn’t the only game in town anymore and could draw targets away as well in an offense that already didn’t throw the ball a ton last year. Pittman also will need to find the end zone more frequently, and Ryan wasn’t necessarily good at providing touchdowns to his elite receivers in Atlanta. Here’s the list of players with double-digit touchdown passes in a season with Matt Ryan:

2018 – 10 – Calvin Ridley
2012 – 10 – Julio Jones
2010 – 10 – Roddy White
2009 – 11 – Roddy White

That’s it. Four times, three of which were a decade ago, and never more than 11 touchdowns. Sheesh.

2022 Bottom Line
Pittman is really good and has a ton of upside, but you’ll pay a premium for his services. He’s being drafted as the WR14 in the third round of drafts right now, seven slots higher than his 2021 finish. We’re bullish on his output though, ranking him as a fringe top-10 wide receiver and we think he’ll continue his ascension into WR1 status.

2022 Strength of Schedule - IND

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17W18
20
@HOU
21
@JAX
25
KC
28
TEN
12
@DEN
21
JAX
28
@TEN
29
WAS
5
@NE
4
@LV
2
PHI
16
PIT
31
@DAL
BYE32
@MIN
3
LAC
18
@NYG
20
HOU

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1SEA329049.6700000.002.95.974/7697.4%
2LAR812301215.3800000.0012.320.360/6789.6%
3@TEN66801211.3315005.007.313.357/6193.4%
4@MIA659089.8300000.005.911.961/7185.9%
5@BAL6891714.8300000.0014.920.961/6988.4%
6HOU2350317.5013003.003.85.846/4895.8%
7@SF41051426.2500000.0016.520.562/6891.2%
8TEN10862158.6000000.0020.630.677/8096.3%
9NYJ5641612.8000000.0012.417.453/6285.5%
10JAX5710514.2000000.007.112.156/6487.5%
11@BUF2230511.5000000.002.34.352/6975.4%
12TB45301013.2500000.005.39.365/6994.2%
13@HOU6770812.832330016.5011.017.054/7275.0%
14BYE--------------
15NE17057.0000000.000.71.728/5253.8%
16@ARI88201210.2513003.008.516.568/7097.1%
17LV647067.8300000.004.710.756/5994.9%
18@JAX6641710.6700000.0014.420.450/5787.7%
Per game5.1863.650.357.5912.300.292.59008.808.8614.0457.65/65.5387.60%
Totals881082612912.30544008.80150.6238.6980/111487.60%