Michael Pittman Jr. Fantasy Outlook Carries Huge Upside With Colts in 2020 Season

Michael Pittman Jr.'s fantasy value could point to big-time upside with the Indianapolis Colts.
Michael Pittman Jr.'s fantasy value could point to big-time upside with the Indianapolis Colts. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Stuck in one of the most loaded wide receiver groups that the NFL Draft has ever seen, Michael Pittman Jr. was often overshadowed in the pre-draft process. Still, Pittman is one of the most polished and NFL-ready prospects in this year's class, coming off a 1,275-yard, 11-touchdown campaign as a senior at USC.

He ultimately landed with the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 34 overall pick at the top of the second round, and Pittman looks poised to hit the ground running as a rookie. Stepping into a Colts' team without much competition at WR, Pittman could be a solid fantasy contributor right away.

Michael Pittman Jr. Fantasy Value

Last season, no Colts' WR reached even 610 receiving yards, though to be fair, star wideout T.Y. Hilton was limited to just 10 games. Hilton and Pittman are different-enough receivers to coexist without cannibalizing each other's value too.

Hilton is primarily a deep-threat, with an average depth of target (aDOT) of 11.1 in his last full 16-game season. Pittman, meanwhile, is more of a possession receiver thanks to his elite hands and 6-foot-4 frame which gives him a massive catch radius.

He'll likely have to compete with Zach Pascal for No. 2 duties, but the high draft capital should give Pittman a leg up. He's the WR6 in our post-draft dynasty rookie rankings, but Pittman has a real shot to return WR3 value if things break right for him next season.

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