Most Underrated Player: Indianapolis Colts
Updated: Jul 11
Published by Michael Garrity
The Colts added some serious talent to their roster in the offseason. With the additions of Phillip Rivers, DeForest Buckner, and Xavier Rhodes, the Colts have become contenders to win the AFC South. For the upcoming fantasy season, the Colts have many players that can be on starting rosters. Phillip Rivers, Marlon Mack, and T.Y Hilton to name a few. There is one player in particular who I feel could have a very solid season. He has been put into a good situation and will be an immediate starter. His name is Michael Pittman Jr.
This year's Wide Receiver class was one of the best we’ve seen in a long time. It has potential All-Pro’s in Jeudy, Ruggs, and Lamb along with future studs in Aiyuk, Jefferson, Reagor, and Higgins. With a receiver class like this, it can be easy to get overshadowed by the big names. While that may be the case for Pittman, he should be getting more attention than he is.
Coming into USC, Pittman was held to high standards. He was a standout player in high school, as he was a 4-star prospect and a Maxpreps All-American in 2015. Pittman would start becoming a key player in the USC offense in his junior season. He posted 41 receptions for 758 yards (18.5 avg) with 6 TDs in 2018. He would end the season with the 19th most YPR in the country.
Pittman started to become a serious NFL draft prospect in his senior year. After starting all 13 games, he finished the season with 101 receptions for 1,275 yards (12.6 avg) with 11 TDs. All were career highs. To round out his fantastic 2019 season, he was a 2019 AP All-American second team selection.
The Colts gave up their 1st round selection to the 49ers, as they received DeForest Buckner in the process. Pittman was their first selection in the draft in Round Two.
According to Fantasy Pros, Pittman is ranked as the 12th best overall and 7th best wideout among rookies. His current ADP stands at 171, which is in the 14th round. At that point in the draft, you should be looking for quality backups to round out your team. Pittman should hold a bench spot for the majority of the season, as he is no where close to being a reliable starter. Pittman was drafted into one of the best scenarios in the league. For starters, the WR room isn’t crowded whatsoever. As a second round pick, Pittman will become the next best option behind TY Hilton. He also has a seasoned QB throwing to him in Phillip Rivers. Rivers will have a top-tier offensive line blocking for him this season, which is something he hasn’t had in sixteen years with the Chargers. Last season, Jacoby Brissett had an average time of 2.93 seconds to throw the ball. That ranked 2nd most among the league. This will help Rivers be even more accurate than he already is, as he’s posted a 60%+ completion percentage in every season since 2006.
I fully expect Pittman to have a solid rookie season. Other than a few minor injuries in his past, nothing is stopping him starting all sixteen games this year. With a future HOF Quarterback at the helm, an immediate starting role, and quality coaching staff, Pittman has every tool needed for a successful first year in the NFL!