Pittman took a backseat to T.Y. Hilton in Week 6. Pittman only saw 3 targets, securing 2 for 35 yards. He did, at least, lead the team in routes.
This game got out of hand early and saw Carson Wentz throw the ball only 20 times.
The good news for Pittman owners is that Hilton came away from the game with a quad injury that could challenge his Week 7 availability. Parris Campbell, meanwhile, landed on IR.
Game flow could also be on Pittman’s side. Indy heads to San Francisco as a 4-point underdog with nothing scary in the secondary. Pittman should be an attractive PPR option.
Pittman played 61 out of 69 total snaps, leading the WR group in snaps played. He also led the team in catches (6) and targets (7). Pittman was able to make an incredible play at the beginning of the 2nd half on a very underthrown ball from Carson Wentz. He went up over the DB and pulled in the catch, then finished the play off by running through contact for the next ten yards into the endzone. He looked strong, athletic, and polished throughout the game. It’s easy to see why Wentz continues to look his way often week after week. He finished the night with 6 catches for 89 yards and 1 TD. Next on the schedule for Pittman and the Colts WR group is a Texans secondary who has not given up a receiving TD to a WR since Week 1, although we think a lot of that is matchup-based. Take note: Pittman has at least 6 receptions in each of his last 4 games.
As was the case in Week 3, Pittman came close to a 2-TD game on Sunday. Carson Wentz overshot him on one end zone ball. On another play, Pittman caught a ball before getting tackled just shy of the goal line. The TDs should come for Pittman, who saw a team-high 8 targets (a 25% team share, one that matches his season-long mark). With a highly favorable schedule upcoming — one that includes the Texans, 49ers, Titans, Jets and Jags after a Monday nighter at Baltimore — Pittman looks like a fine trade target. Wentz's health will be key going forward, but he at least showed major strides there from Week 3.
QB Carson Wentz made it back from dual ankle sprains to start Sunday’s game in Tennessee -- and he made it through with no apparent setbacks.
That likely helped Pittman’s target volume. His 12 looks made up 32.4% of Wentz’s 37 attempts, with the nearest teammate down at 7. Pittman caught just 6 for 68 yards.
He and Wentz just missed connecting for a TD in the middle of the 3rd quarter, and Wentz clearly missed Pittman with at least a couple of other throws. The wideout logged no drops and has yet to be charged with 1 this season by Pro Football Focus.
Barring indications of a setback during the practice week, we’ll assume that Wentz’s ankles will improve and potentially improve his throwing accuracy.
Pittman gets a tough individual matchup with Miami in Week 4 but a much more attractive spot against Houston in Week 5.
There’s the guy we were excited about this summer!
After a 29-yard dud in the opener, Pittman exploded for an 8-123 line in Week 2. And it came against a tough Rams pass defense. Pittman used his 6’4 frame to box out defenders on a couple of deep balls. And he showed sneaky after-catch ability on shorter grabs.
Pittman dominated market share, soaking up 12 of the Colts’ 36 targets (33%). He amassed 142 air yards and saw 3 of the team’s 9 red-zone targets. If that type of usage continues, Pittman will be an every-week fantasy starter.
The concern in the short term is the status of QB Carson Wentz, who sprained both ankles in the loss to the Rams. If he misses time, the Colts will be forced to turn to QB Jacob Eason, who went 2 for 5 for 25 yards and an INT in relief of Wentz.
Pittman would be tough to trust in fantasy lineups if he’s catching balls from Eason.
Pittman’s stat line of 3 receptions for 29 yards on 3 targets is disappointing knowing Carson Wentz attempted 38 passes in Week 1. However, there is a sliver lining. A lot of people forget after a disastrous start to the year the Seahawks shut down WRs down the stretch in 2020. After Week 9 vs. Buffalo, no WR scored over 14 half-PPR points vs. Seattle and only 6 WRs hit double digit points during that span.
Even though the production wasn’t there for Pittman, the usage was as he led the team with a route on 43 of 44 drop backs. This week is another tough matchup for Pittman as the Colts will take on the Rams. After Week 2 a buy-low window should open for Pittman as the Colts schedule does lighten up by mid-season.