Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Aug-18-2014 by Rob Warner
This 29-year-old is coming off an injury-plagued 2013 season (hip surgery) that limited him to just 20 catches for 169 yards over four games. Provided he doesn't suffer any setbacks, he's a player to target thanks to being a Flacco favorite in the red zone. Also, new OC Gary Kubiak's system loves tight ends and will maximize his talents. Just look at the numbers put up year-to-year by Owen Daniels in Houston (averaged 62 catches per season during his four years in Houston where he played at least 15 games). In 2012, Pitta had his best season: hauling in 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns (finished as the seventh best fantasy TE in standard leagues). He should be a better target in PPR leagues, but remains a solid TE1 in standard formats as well (despite the presence of Daniels, who will make for a great second TE). Pitta will likely finish as the second-leading Ravens pass-catcher to Torrey Smith.
Editor's note: Pitta's ADP (TE8, 90.61) is right where it should be. This means you could draft three RBs, three WRs, a QB and then a TE like Pitta in Round 8. Nothing wrong at all with a roster like that after eight rounds. He could be a Top 5 TE and therefore outperform his draft stock; however, the Ravens must prove they can pass-protect again and operate more competently offensively.
UPDATE: Flacco's security blanket has declared himself 100% and is expected to split out wide in Kubiak's TE friendly system making him a play to target for those that miss out on the top five tight ends.
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|8.07||SiriusXM - Fantasy Exec - In the four games Pitta played last season he was targeted 31 times pro rate that to 16 games and its 124 targets, only Graham had more in 2013|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|7.12||SiriusXM Fantasy - Pitta is the most talented player in the Ravens offense.|
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