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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2022 Draft Rankings

Michael Pittman Jr. Note
Michael Pittman Jr. photo 12. Michael Pittman Jr. (vs . HOU)
Pittman got the true WR1 treatment from the Colts coaching staff in 2021, running a route on 96% of offensive dropbacks - third to only Cooper Kupp (WR1) and Ja'Marr Chase (WR4) through 17 weeks. He also finished the season tied for the league's eighth-highest target share (24%), which was 11 percentage points higher than the next closest Colt, Zach Pascal, at 13%.

He also made 18 highlight-reel contested catches - fourth most in the NFL. And his 31% target share from Weeks 13-18 cemented his place in Indy's WR1 chair heading into 2022.

With Matt Ryan under center Pittman has the volume potential to be a top-12 fantasy option. Ryan has a history of fueling top-end fantasy WRs like Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, making a top-five finish not all that crazy for Big Mike in 2022.

Don't forget that last season, Ridley as the Falcons' No. 1 receiver owned the sixth-highest target rate per route run and ranked second among all wide receivers in expected fantasy points per game (16.5).
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Parris Campbell Note
Parris Campbell photo 77. Parris Campbell (vs . HOU)
I get that fantasy managers have been burned repeatedly by Parris Campbell's previous injury woes. Maybe I have an eternal blind spot for Campbell, but I'm willing to reinvest for 2022. We need to flashback for a second and realize how talented Campbell is. During his final two seasons at Ohio State, he ranked sixth and tenth in yards per route run and sixth and first in YAC per receptions among all FBS wide receivers with at least 50 targets (per PFF). The Colts still have a void that needs to be filled behind Michael Pittman. If Indy passes more this season than consensus is projecting, one of these Colts' receivers will be a significant value in fantasy. My money rides with Campbell.
5 weeks ago
Alec Pierce Note
Alec Pierce photo 79. Alec Pierce (vs . HOU)
Alec Pierce earned solid Day 2 draft capital with the Indianapolis Colts, but I'd be hard-pressed to admit I like the landing spot with Matt Ryan. Pierce figures to slide-into that vertical field-stretching role for the Colts vacated by veteran T.Y. Hilton based on the rookie's speed and vertical profile from his college career at Cincinnati. But how valuable of a role is that with the team committed to both Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr. as the clear touch hogs of the offense. Not to mention, Ryan's deep ball rate (9.1%) ranked 32nd out of 38 qualifying quarterbacks in 2021.
5 weeks ago
Ashton Dulin Note
Ashton Dulin photo 129. Ashton Dulin (vs . HOU)
Dezmon Patmon Note
Dezmon Patmon photo 164. Dezmon Patmon (vs . HOU)
Mike Strachan Note
Mike Strachan photo 174. Mike Strachan (vs . HOU)
Keke Coutee Note
Keke Coutee photo 206. Keke Coutee (vs . HOU)
Ethan Fernea Note
Ethan Fernea photo 302. Ethan Fernea (vs . HOU)