• Michael Pittman Jr.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

IND WR Michael Pittman Jr. - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at San Francisco 49ers

Michael Pittman Jr. struggled last week against the Texans with just two catches on three targets for 35 yards. Some of that may have been the return of T.Y. Hilton – albeit a brief return – but most of it was probably due to the Colts stomping the Texans and only attempting 20 passes all game.

This week, Pittman faces a 49ers defense that ranks 13th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. He should get more looks with Hilton hobbled again and Parris Campbell out for the season, especially with the 49ers' offense likely returning Jimmy Garoppolo under center. That should create a little closer game and keep the Colts from living in a positive game script. We have Pittman ranked as a low-end WR2 this week.

by Brandon Niles

IND WR Michael Pittman Jr. - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Houston Texans

Michael Pittman Jr. finally scored his first touchdown of the season – and just the second of his two-year career – against the Ravens on Monday night. He caught six of seven balls thrown his way for 89 yards and a touchdown. Pittman has at least seven targets in four straight games this year, providing hope that he’s putting it all together and can become a viable weekly fantasy option.

This week, Pittman has a tough matchup against a Texans defense that ranks eighth in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. Still, expect him to get his seven-plus targets and be an active part of the offense, giving him a decent floor in PPR formats. We have him ranked as a WR3 option this week, so start him if you’re in deeper leagues.

by Brandon Niles

IND WR Michael Pittman Jr. - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Baltimore Ravens

Michael Pittman Jr. caught six of his team-high eight targets last week against the Dolphins, but only managed 59 yards. Pittman still struggles to find the end zone, and he’s not producing at a big enough clip to overcome the lack of touchdowns.

This week, Pittman faces a Ravens defense that ranks third in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. Not a good sign for someone already on the fringes of fantasy viability. Managers should leave him on the bench this week in all but the deepest of leagues.

by Brandon Niles

IND WR Michael Pittman Jr. - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 at Miami Dolphins

Michael Pittman Jr. had six catches for 68 yards and was targeted 12 times last week against the Titans. His volume is encouraging for fantasy managers trying to mine this Indianapolis passing game for hidden treasures, but so far, the targets haven’t yielded a lot more production than they did last year for him. Still, 28 targets in three games make him worth rostering. He has a tough matchup against the Dolphins this week, who are terrible against the run but have been fairly effective against passing attacks so far this season. They rank sixth in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. We have him ranked right around deep-WR3 territory, which seems about right when you weigh out volume versus matchup.

by Brandon Niles

IND WR Michael Pittman Jr. - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Tennessee Titans

Michael Pittman Jr. finally had that breakout game we’ve been waiting for last week against the Rams, with eight catches on 12 targets for 123 yards. It’d be nice to see him find the end zone for what would be just his second career touchdown, but fantasy managers should be happy to see him produce with the opportunity he has.

This week, Pittman has a ton of upside against a Titans defense that gave up big numbers to the wide receiver position in each of the first two games, including eight catches for 178 yards and a touchdown to Tyler Lockett last week. Pittman is risky, and we have him ranked as a low-end WR3, but the matchup and potential make him an interesting swing for desperate fantasy managers.

by Brandon Niles

IND WR Michael Pittman Jr. - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Michael Pittman Jr. was disappointing in Week 1 against a Seattle defense that really struggled last year against the pass. He caught just three passes on four targets for 29 yards. He did play 97% of the team’s offensive snaps, but was clearly outperformed by Zach Pascal, and it’ll be hard to bank on him until he shows something.

This week, Pittman Jr. faces a tough Rams defense that was tops in the NFL in aFPA to opposing wide receivers in 2020, and just demolished the Bears’ passing game on Sunday night. He’s worth holding on to based on his snap count and potential, but I’m going to need to see it before I trust him in my lineup.

by Brandon Niles

IND WR Michael Pittman Jr. - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Michael Pittman Jr. showed flashes as a rookie but still ended the year with 503 yards on 40 receptions and just a single touchdown. His size should make him a better red-zone target than that moving forward, but the lack of scoring was certainly surprising, considering his 61 targets. The Colts look like they’re going to run the ball this year, so fantasy managers should be wary starting Pittman right away. It is better to take a wait-and-see approach, even in what looks like a good matchup against the Seahawks in Week 1.

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