Michael Pittman Jr.
WR - IND
Week 3 Outlook
With Parris Campbell out of the lineup, Pittman will be a full-time player. That started when Campbell exited last week and allowed Pittman to see six targets in Week 2, which may not sound like much, but it led the wide receivers, and he was highly questionable coming into that game. He's been playing on both sides of the formation, but he was on the left side about 60 percent last week. That's where Blessuan Austin is playing, a second-year cornerback who's the more talented one of the Jets perimeter duo. Since being asked to play a bigger role towards the end of last year, he's allowed just 6.77 yards per target in his coverage and one touchdown on 43 targets. He's 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, so he should be able to at least contest Pittman's targets. We're expecting a run-heavy gameplan from the Colts, but with Pittman being a full-time player, he needs to be considered most weeks. The matchup is decent, though I think I'm okay waiting until we see him truly breakout to put him into lineups as anything more than a hail mary WR5.
With Parris Campbell landing on IR, there's an increased opportunity here for the remaining options on this roster. Pittman has the highest ceiling and he could become a valuable fantasy asset as early as this week. He's an extremely polished receiver for a rookie and he's looked good in the limited opportunities he's gotten so far this year. With Campbell out of the lineup, plus Hilton's inefficiencies, Pittman could become Rivers' main target moving forward. With that being said, Pittman's best viewed as a upside stash in leagues right now versus someone that can be trusted in your lineup. He's a WR4 this week with upside.
Parris Campbell was carted off the field Sunday with a knee injury, and while he looks to have avoided a serious injury, he's likely to miss a couple games or more. Pittman should assume a larger role in the offense as a result,