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Michael Pittman Jr.

WR IND

College: USC | 4 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 223 lbs
Birth Date: 1997-10-05
2024 Bye Week: 14

Total Pts: 274.2
Avg Pts: 16.13
Rank: 16 WR

Free Agent

2024 RTSports Outlook

Pittman took his game to a new level last year, finishing fifth overall in receptions. He topped 100 receptions for the first time in his career. Pittman was 13th overall in fantasy receiver scoring. He had double-digit fantasy points all but two games. He posted really consistent numbers as the top receiving threat in the Colts offense. He will continue to play that role this year and hopefully get a full season of Anthony Richardson throwing him passes. Pittman has at least 88 receptions three straight season and 1,000-yard seasons two of three. Pittman is a big, tall receiver with good strength. He can do pretty well against press coverage and make the tough catch in coverage. He can do well as a possession receiver or on the deep ball. He is a well-rounded receiver just coming into his own.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Pittman is capable of being a top-10 fantasy receiver. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams. He will rack up receptions on a weekly basis. The only thing hold him back in recent years is a lack of scores, but that could change with Richardson around for a full season. Pittman can get around 100 receptions for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Despite the Indianapolis Colts' starting rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 5 of last season, Michael Pittman Jr. was able to thrive with Gardner Minshew. In 16 games played, Pittman finished the year with 109 receptions for 1,152 yards and four touchdowns. While the 26-year-old's usage was as high as ever in 2023, it should be expected to decrease to some extent in 2024. With dual-threat QB Richardson and running back Jonathan Taylor returning from injuries, Indianapolis will look to re-establish their dominant run game. There is also more target competition -- with the team drafting Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell in the second round. The Colts receiver room now consists of Pittman, Mitchell, second-year WR Josh Downs, and Alec Pierce. According to Underdog's current best-ball rankings, Pittman possesses a third-round ADP and ranks as the overall WR22. While the USC product's ceiling is limited due to the offense's scheme and added target competition, he continues to offer a safe floor and should be considered a high-end WR2 in all formats.

Despite the Indianapolis Colts' starting rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 5 of last season, Michael Pittman Jr. was able to thrive with Gardner Minshew. In 16 games played, Pittman finished the year with 109 receptions for 1,152 yards and four touchdowns. While the 26-year-old's usage was as high as ever in 2023, it should be expected to decrease to some extent in 2024. With dual-threat QB Richardson and running back Jonathan Taylor returning from injuries, Indianapolis will look to re-establish their dominant run game. There is also more target competition -- with the team drafting Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell in the second round. The Colts receiver room now consists of Pittman, Mitchell, second-year WR Josh Downs, and Alec Pierce. According to Underdog's current best-ball rankings, Pittman possesses a third-round ADP and ranks as the overall WR22. While the USC product's ceiling is limited due to the offense's scheme and added target competition, he continues to offer a safe floor and should be considered a high-end WR2 in all formats.

Fantasy WeekPts
Scoring
Week 124.70Michael Pittman Jr. 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Michael Pittman Jr. 39 yd TD pass from Anthony Richardson
Michael Pittman Jr. 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 1 tackle (1.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 97 receiving yds (9.70 pts)
Week 213.60Michael Pittman Jr. 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 56 receiving yds (5.60 pts)
Week 316.70Michael Pittman Jr. 9 receptions (9.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 77 receiving yds (7.70 pts)
Week 44.50Michael Pittman Jr. 1 receiving 2XP (2.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 15 receiving yds (1.50 pts)
Week 510.20Michael Pittman Jr. 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 52 receiving yds (5.20 pts)
Week 623.90Michael Pittman Jr. 9 receptions (9.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 109 receiving yds (10.90 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 109 receiving yds (1.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 109 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Week 716.30Michael Pittman Jr. 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Michael Pittman Jr. 75 yd TD pass from Gardner Minshew
Michael Pittman Jr. 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 83 receiving yds (8.30 pts)
Week 818.00Michael Pittman Jr. 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Michael Pittman Jr. 10 yd TD pass from Gardner Minshew
Michael Pittman Jr. 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 40 receiving yds (4.00 pts)
Week 914.40Michael Pittman Jr. 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 64 receiving yds (6.40 pts)
Week 1016.40Michael Pittman Jr. 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 84 receiving yds (8.40 pts)
Week 11
Week 1228.70Michael Pittman Jr. 10 receptions (10.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 10 receptions (1.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 10 receptions (3.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 107 receiving yds (10.70 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 107 receiving yds (1.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 107 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Week 1336.50Michael Pittman Jr. 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Michael Pittman Jr. 4 yd TD pass from Gardner Minshew
Michael Pittman Jr. 11 receptions (11.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 11 receptions (2.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 11 receptions (3.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 105 receiving yds (10.50 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 105 receiving yds (1.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 105 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Week 1419.50Michael Pittman Jr. 1 receiving 2XP (2.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 95 receiving yds (9.50 pts)
Playoff Week 111.80Michael Pittman Jr. 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 78 receiving yds (7.80 pts)
Playoff Week 20.00
Playoff Week 39.60Michael Pittman Jr. 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Michael Pittman Jr. 46 receiving yds (4.60 pts)
Player Notes
May 30 4:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (knee) did not participate in Thursday's OTA practice, but Joel A. Erickson of Indy Star said it was for precautionary reasons. Pittman banged knees with a defender last week and limped off the field, but he is expected to be "fine". The former second-round pick has posted at least 88 receptions, 925 yards, and four touchdowns over the last three seasons, but he'll face more target competition this year. The Colts selected Adonai Mitchell in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft, and 2023 third-rounder Josh Downs is expected to have an expanded role. All that said, Pittman should remain the WR1 for Anthony Richardson and post at least low-end WR2 numbers in his fifth NFL campaign.

From RotoBaller

May 22 3:30pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (knee) left Wednesday's offseason practice early after taking a fall during team period. The 26-year-old limped off the field with trainers, but head coach Shane Steichen said he "should be fine." Pittman reportedly just bumped his knee, but organizations are going to be extra careful with their stud players at this point in the offseason. The 2020 second-round pick had an excellent 2023 campaign while playing mostly with quarterback Gardner Minshew. He caught 109 passes for 1,152 yards and four touchdowns. It's tough to know what to expect out of him with a healthy Anthony Richardson and Jonathan Taylor to begin the 2024 season, and the team drafted Texas wideout Adonai Mitchell in the second round of last month's draft. Either way, he remains the No. 1 option in the passing game for the Colts, and another 1,000-yard season should be the expectation.

From RotoBaller

Mar 11 11:24pm ET

Dynasty | The Colts have signed wide receiver Michael Pittman to a three-year contract. Dynasty Analysis: The two sides have been working towards this deal in the past few days and now it becomes official. It's a solid development for Pittman, who is just 26 years old and entering his prime. He's posted 336 catches for 3,662 yards in his four years, though he's never been a great touchdown scorer. Regardless, Pittman should be in the mix for low-end WR1 or high-end WR2 numbers moving forward, especially if Anthony Richardson can develop.

Mar 11 12:40pm ET

The Indianapolis Colts and standout wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. agreed to a three-year, $70 million contract extension on Monday, according to a source. The deal can reach up to $71.5 million maximum and includes $46 million guaranteed. The deal means that Pittman won't play the 2024 season under the franchise tag. It's a major win for both sides. The Colts had no intentions of letting one of the best receivers in the game reach the open market, which is why they used their franchise tag on the 26-year-old to buy them a little extra time to work on an extension. The former second-round pick in 2020 out of USC had a career-high 1,152 receiving yards and four touchdowns on a career-high 109 receptions in 16 games in 2023 and is a no-doubt WR1 in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Mar 5 3:30pm ET

The Indianapolis Colts are using their franchise tag on wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. on Tuesday, according to sources. The tag will be worth $21.816 million, so that's what Pittman will receive in 2024 if he and the Colts aren't able to agree on a long-term extension by the deadline in mid-July. The Colts made it clear that they weren't going to let the 26-year-old wideout reach the open market this offseason. Despite working with quarterback Gardner Minshew for the majority of 2023, the former second-rounder in 2020 out of USC put up career-highs in catches (109), targets (156) and receiving yards (1,152) while scoring four times in 16 games. Pittman is a no-doubt WR1 in fantasy that could have even more upside with young QB Anthony Richardson (shoulder) returning in 2024.

From RotoBaller

Feb 28 2:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard said that impending free-agent wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. will be on the roster come Week 1 of the 2024 season this fall, either by an extension or the franchise tag, if necessary. The Colts aren't planning to let Pittman get away in free agency this offseason. The 26-year-old would make $21.8 million this year if he plays under the franchise tag, but both sides would prefer an extension. The former second-round pick in 2020 out of USC has blossomed into a WR1 in fantasy after four seasons in the league, two of which (including 2023) resulted in 1,000-yard seasons. Pittman had career-highs in catches (109), targets (156) and receiving yards (1,152) while scoring four times in 16 games last year. He could get even better with young quarterback Anthony Richardson returning from injury in 2024.

From RotoBaller

Feb 22 10:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard has acknowledged that using the franchise tag on impending free-agent wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. this offseason is an option. Pittman has been the team's leading receiver the past three seasons and will be one of the league's top free agents if he reaches the open market. The Colts have been more reluctant than most teams to use the tag -- they haven't used the tag on a player since tagging former punter Pat McAfee in 2013. Tagging Pittman in 2024 would cost around $20.7 million. The 26-year-old has accumulated 336 catches, 3,662 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first four seasons, which would put him in line to cash in considerably on the open market. No matter where Pittman lands in 2024 if he hits the free-agent market, he should profile as a WR1 in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Jan 9 12:30pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who is coming off the best season of his career with 109 catches, 1,152 yards and four touchdowns, is set to enter free agency for the first time in his career in March. His 109 receptions are tied with Marvin Harrison for the fourth-most in franchise history, and they were also the fifth-most in the NFL in 2023. While Pittman said he's loved his time in Indianapolis, he's intent on testing the open market for the first time in his career. When asked about the possibility of the Colts putting the franchise tag on him to limit his free-agent options, Pittman said, "The franchise tag, I don't think anybody would be displeased with $23 million. The franchise tag is almost like a tag of respect because you get paid like the top five of your position." Regardless of where the 26-year-old ends up in 2024, he's going to be highly coveted in fantasy drafts this fall.

From RotoBaller

Jan 7 1:50am ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. caught five of his six targets for 44 yards in the team's 23-19 loss to the Houston Texans. Indy struggled to move the ball through the air in the first half, relying heavily on running back Jonathan Taylor to help them move the chains. Pittman finishes off a phenomenal 2023 season with career highs in receptions (109) and yards (1,152). With their Week 18 loss, the Colts are now eliminated from playoff contention.

From RotoBaller

Jan 5 9:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is looking to close out a great regular season on a high note when the Colts face the Houston Texans on Saturday night. Pittman Jr. cooled off from a five-game stretch of 75+ yard outings when he caught five of his seven targets for 46 yards in Week 17. Houston has made for a decent matchup for wide receivers as of late, allowing the 11th most fantasy points to the position in their last four matchups. The former USC Trojan should be set up for success given the matchup and his ten targets per game average this season. Fantasy managers can rely on Pittman one last time as a potential WR1 option in Indy's win-and-in season finale.

From RotoBaller

Jan 1 12:10am ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. caught five of his seven targets for 46 yards in the team's 23-20 win against the Las Vegas Raiders. A rather pedestrian outing for Pittman, who hasn't been held to less than 50 yards since Week 8. Quarterback Gardner Minshew found success throwing to both wide receivers Alec Pierce and Josh Downs, which took away some volume from the team's usual No. 1 option. With that, he still led the team in targets, having four more than the next closest pass-catcher. The former USC Trojan will look to get back on track in Week 18 against the Houston Texans, and fantasy managers can rely on him as a solid WR2 option in that contest.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 12:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (concussion, shoulder) is officially active on Sunday to face the visiting Las Vegas Raiders in Week 17. Pittman suffered a concussion in Week 15 and did not play in last week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. But he returned to a full participant in practice on Thursday and cleared the league's concussion protocol, paving the way for him to return this weekend. It really wasn't much of a secret that the 26-year-old was going to return in Week 17, so fantasy managers should have returned him to their starting lineups several days ago. Pittman is the team's clear No. 1 receiver and has turned in 99 receptions for 1,062 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games this year. He's a must-start in championship matchups against the Raiders.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 1:00am ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (concussion, shoulder) is expected to suit up for Sunday's game versus the Raiders. Pittman didn't play in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons, allowing Josh Downs, Kylen Granson, and Alec Pierce to combine for 23 targets from Gardner Minshew. All three players should continue to be involved on Sunday. However, Pittman has the best chance to lead the way on the receiving end, with everyone else fighting for the remaining scraps.

From RotoBaller

Dec 29 5:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (concussion, shoulder) has been cleared from the league's concussion protocol and practiced in full on Thursday and Friday, but he still wasn't able to escape a questionable tag for the Week 17 game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Pittman missed the Week 16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons but is feeling much better and should be fully expected to play this Sunday despite the questionable tag. Fantasy managers should have already moved him back into their starting lineups as a strong WR2 play as Indianapolis' clear No. 1 target when healthy. Pittman has been the WR15 in half-PPR scoring this year, even though he missed last weekend's game with a concussion. He's one reception shy of reaching the 100-catch mark for the first time in his career after finishing the 2022 campaign with exactly 99 receptions.

From RotoBaller

Dec 29 1:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (concussion) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and is on track to return and play in Week 17 this Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. The writing was on the wall for Pittman to return this weekend following a one-game absence after he was cleared for contact and was a full-go in Thursday's practice session. The 26-year-old now needs to be reinserted into all starting fantasy lineups with championship trophies on the line in most leagues this week. Pittman ranks 17th among wideouts with 12.8 half-PPR fantasy points per game in 2023 and has a total of 99 receptions for 1,062 yards and four touchdowns this season in 14 games played. He's quarterback Gardner Minshew's top target and should be busy in Week 17 in his return to action.

From RotoBaller

Dec 28 3:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (concussion, shoulder) practiced again on Thursday, this time in a regular blue jersey, meaning he's been cleared for full contact. However, that doesn't mean that Pittman has cleared the league's concussion protocol and is a lock to play in Week 17 against the Las Vegas Raiders. The 26-year-old suffered a concussion in Week 15 and sat out of the Week 16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Still, the fact he's practicing in full before Friday is a good sign that he'll eventually gain clearance to play this weekend. Pittman is Indy's clear top target when healthy and has 99 receptions for 1,062 yards and four touchdowns on 143 targets so far this year. If he's officially active in Week 17, he needs to be put back into all starting fantasy lineups with championship titles on the line.

From RotoBaller

Dec 27 4:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (concussion, shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Head coach Shane Steichen said that Pittman remains in the league's concussion protocol, but he's clearly making progress and has a shot to be cleared later this week to play in Week 17 against the Las Vegas Raiders after being forced to sit out of Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 26-year-old belongs in all starting fantasy lineups for a championship matchup this weekend if he's eventually given the green light to suit up. If Pittman misses a second straight game, the Colts will once again roll with rookie Josh Downs and Alec Pierce as their primary receivers, with tight ends Kylen Granson and rookie Will Mallory also seeing bigger roles in the passing attack.

From RotoBaller

Dec 27 12:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen confirmed on Wednesday that wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (concussion) is still in the league's concussion protocol "but he's progressing well." Pittman, who is also dealing with a shoulder injury, was forced to sit out of Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons after symptoms of his concussion from a week prior resurfaced. It's good news that the 26-year-old pass-catcher is progressing, but if he's unable to get back on the practice field in the next three days, he might be forced to miss a second straight game this Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. When healthy, Pittman is a must-start in all fantasy lineups.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 03-Oct-2020: IND Michael Pittman Jr. - On IR - calf
  • 15-Jun-2020: IND - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2023)
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