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Michael Pittman Jr. start or sit: Week 1 fantasy football advice

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Michael Pittman Jr. ahead of the Indianapolis Colts Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

Michael Pittman Jr. #11 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to make a catch in the third quarter during their game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Michael Pittman Jr. of the Indianapolis Colts looks to make a catch in the third quarter during their game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Michael Pittman Jr. hopes to break out this season and become a true No. 1 receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, who have high expectations for the second-year player. With T.Y. Hilton done for the season, this is a chance for Pittman to establish himself as the lead receiver for Carson Wentz and the Colts.

Fantasy Football analysis: Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr.

The USC star had a strong rookie season, recording 503 yards on 40 receptions. However, he only found the endzone once. That should change this season. The Colts spread the ball out a lot last season and they’ll have plenty of options again in 2021, but Pittman is set to emerge as the top receiver in Indy. If Wentz can re-discover his MVP form, Pittman could become one of the breakout stars of fantasy football in 2021.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Seattle’s defense isn’t what it once was, but Pittman is likely worth a flex play in 10 or 12 team leagues. In deeper leagues or leagues with multiple flex spots, he’s a good start. Until we see how Wentz actually looks in a real game, it’s hard to project what Pittman’s weekly output will be. There should be a touchdown bump anyway, but Pittman’s level of involvement is yet to be known for sure.