T.Y. Hilton Injury Update Solidifies Michael Pittman Fantasy Outlook as Top 2021 Sleeper

Jason Schandl
Michael Pittman's fantasy football outlook rises following the latest T.Y. Hilton injury update.
Michael Pittman's fantasy football outlook rises following the latest T.Y. Hilton injury update. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Michael Pittman was already one of the top sleeper wide receivers for 2021 fantasy football. On Sunday his fantasy outlook got even better, thanks to the latest T.Y. Hilton injury update.

Michael Pittman Fantasy Outlook

It's unclear how much time Hilton is going to miss, but any time on the shelf for the Indianapolis Colts' 2020 target leader (93) is going to create a big opportunity for Indy's WRs.

Pittman really came on down the stretch in his rookie season, averaging 51.4 yards per game across his last 10, and once he got healthy late (starting in Week 9) he averaged 5.8 targets per game.

With Hilton now vacating his 6.2 targets per game for the foreseeable future, the opportunity is there for Pittman to step into the WR1 role the Colts clearly envisioned for him when they selected him with the 34th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Pittman already checked in at WR45 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings before Hilton's injuries, and now he's suddenly in the WR3 (top-36) conversation in fantasy football.

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