Michael Pittman Jr.

Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #11
Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receiver #11
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Michael Pittman Jr. News

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.

Analysis: 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.

Jan 9, 2022 3:21 PM EST

Records six catches

Pittman recorded six catches on six targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Pittman was efficient with his opportunity and recorded 7.8 yards per target. However, Carson Wentz only 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.

Jan 2, 2022 3:57 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 25, 2021 9:10 PM EST

Only one catch before ejection

Pittman caught one of five targets for seven yards before being ejected in the third quarter of Saturday's 27-17 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: It was already a rough night for Pittman and the Colts' passing game as a whole before the wideout got into an altercation with Pats safety Kyle Dugger which resulted in both players getting tossed. The abbreviated outing wound up being Pittman's least productive game of the season, but it's unlikely he'll face further discipline from the league for his part in the incident, so he should be able to bounce back in Week 16 against the Cardinals.

Dec 18, 2021 10:06 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 5, 2021 1:18 PM EST

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.

Analysis: The big-bodied receiver slogged through an inefficient afternoon, but he still turned in what would be considered 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.

Nov 28, 2021 3:45 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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 games script than anything else. Pittman's first opportunity to atone comes in a Week 12 interconference matchup versus the Buccaneers.

Nov 21, 2021 3:34 PM EST

Efficient in win

Pittman secured all five targets for 71 yards in the Colts' 23-17 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: The Colts' passing game took a back set 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.

Nov 14, 2021 3:11 PM EST

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.

Analysis: Coming off a 10-catch, two-touchdown performance in the Week 8 overtime loss to the Titans, Pittman followed it up by pacing the Colts 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.

Nov 4, 2021 9:29 PM EST

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.

Analysis: Pittman played his possession receiver role to perfection, although he recorded a team-high 38-yard grab along the way. The surging second-year wideout recorded his third and fourth touchdown receptions as well, posting two- and seven-yard scoring catches in the first quarter. Pittman also posted 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.

Oct 31, 2021 3:35 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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 to the veteran (two catches for 35 yards) in the lone game they played together in Week 6.

Oct 24, 2021 9:32 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Oct 17, 2021 3:00 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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 Week 6's favorable matchup against the Texans with his stock on the rise.

Oct 11, 2021 9:25 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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 on 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.

Oct 3, 2021 3:08 PM EST

Another 12-target outing

Pittman caught six of 12 targets for 68 yards in Sunday's 25-16 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Pittman saw a dozen passes thrown his way for the second straight week, helping him lead the Colts in all major receiving categories. Although his signal-caller was playing on two banged-up ankles, Pittman also could've scored his first touchdown of the campaign had Carson Wentz not missed him on an open pass to the end zone Sunday. Coming off last week's career-best eight catches for 123 yards, it was good to see Pittman remain the focal point of the Colts' passing game, and he'll strive to keep producing despite a potential matchup with Xavien Howard looming against the Dolphins in Week 4.

Sep 26, 2021 3:00 PM EST

Dominant effort in Week 2 loss

Pittman (ankle) secured eight of 12 targets for 123 yards in the Colts' 27-24 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: A late-week addition to the injury report, Pittman shook off his questionable designation to pace the Colts in receptions, receiving yardage and targets on the afternoon. Pittman likely derived some benefit from the absence of fellow wideout Parris Campbell (abdomen), and he quickly made up for a lackluster three-catch showing in Week 1 that cast some doubt on his ability to live up to his current de facto status as the No. 1 wideout in the team's offense. Pittman will look to build on the stellar performance in Week 3 when the Colts face off with the Titans in an AFC South road battle, although the health of quarterback Carson Wentz (ankle) will undoubtedly be pivotal to the receiver's fantasy outlook for that contest.

Sep 19, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Cleared for Week 2

Pittman (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: 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.

Sep 19, 2021 8:41 AM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Indianapolis is confident that both Pittman (ankle) and Parris Campbell (abdomen) will be available for Sunday's game against the Rams despite both being listed as questionable on the official injury report, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Schefter adds that the team does want to test both players in pre-game warmups before making a final decision. 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.

Sep 18, 2021 11:19 PM EST

Questionable against Rams

Pittman (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: 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.

Sep 17, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Just three receptions Sunday

Pittman had three receptions on four targets for 29 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

Analysis: 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 offense line struggled to give Carson Wentz enough time to throw a deep ball. Wentz sustained 10 quarterback hits in the game. Since Indy's offensive line is viewed as as strong unit, Pittman should improve if the line bounces back and Wentz has more time to throw.

Sep 13, 2021 11:14 AM EST

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