Michael Pittman Jr.
WR - IND
In Year 3, with an upgrade in field general acumen behind center, it's easy to believe Pittman can improve upon last year's WR18 finish
Ryan might be meh, but it's a big upgrade from Wentz -- AND RUMORED BREAKFAST CLUB?!?! The two are showing strong, immediate chemistry that can't be ignored
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).
Pittman Jr had a breakout season with 1,062 yards from scrimmage and 5 touchdowns in the fantasy season. If he continues to make strides, he should be a WR3/WR2 in 2022. He should be helped by the addition of Matt Ryan, who will offer more stability in the passing game than Carson Wentz.
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