Indianapolis Colts: Top rookies have exciting fantasy football upside
Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor both have big fantasy football upside as rookies for the Indianapolis Colts.
Once presented with the opportunity to make a move for impact defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, the Indianapolis Colts decided to move their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Due to trade-down situations from last year, the Colts still had two second-round picks, including the 34th overall selections. At No. 34, Indy brought in wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. A few picks later, the Colts traded up to snag running back Jonathan Taylor.
Both Pittman and Taylor were extremely talented and productive college players who are in a good position to make an immediate impact with the Indianapolis Colts. When it comes to rookies in fantasy football, look no further than Indianapolis if you want to find impact players for the 2020 season.
Taylor was easily one of the best running back prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft and is likely the most pro-ready player at the position in the class. He is an extremely talented player who has an impressive combination of power and speed at the position.
Taylor showed the ability to handle a massive workload in college and should be ready to come in and make an immediate impact for the Indianapolis Colts. It is easy to question the long-term value of Taylor, but he is undoubtedly a guy to keep an eye on for the 2020 season.
In Pittman, the Colts have a big and physical target who shows impressive contested-catch ability on the outside. He tracks the ball in the air extremely well and has big, strong hands that he uses to easily snatch the ball out of the air. Pittman plays the big receiver game well, but do not sleep on his deep speed. He is not the most agile player, but once he has room to operate, Pittman can turn on the jets and leave defenders in the dust.
Taylor and Pittman are both talented players who could make an impact on any NFL team. However, their opportunity with the Indianapolis Colts is what makes some so exciting for fantasy football. Taylor will have to at least partially share backfield duties with Marlon Mack, but he will undoubtedly be a major focal point of the offense and should easily get most of the red zone work.
Pittman enters a Colts’ wide receiver group that lacks ideal depth. The rookie could easily end up snagging the starting wide receiver spot across from T.Y. Hilton. With his size and ability to catch balls in traffic, Pittman will likely become a real weapon for the Colts in the red zone as well.
Simply put, both of these rookie offensive skill position players hold tremendous value for fantasy football in 2020. Keep an eye on them when your draft season rolls around as either Taylor or Pittman could be league-winning picks.