Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
TE - #10 92.09 BAL Active 5 years 29 6'4 245

2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last 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.

Latest Update

Sep-17-14 Ravens QB Joe Flacco misses practice Wednesday

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco missed Wednesday's practice with what is being called a cold. Head coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal when asked about Flacco's status for Sunday's gave versus Cleveland. "I don't know. We'll see," Harbaugh said when asked if Flacco would return this week.

Flacco threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens' 26-6 win over the rival Steelers in Week 2.

Fantasy Analysis:

It sounds like there is no threat of Flacco missing time. While he's not the sexiest fantasy quarterback, Flacco has always been a gamer. In his seven-year career, he has never missed a start. If his "cold" develops into anything more, and he were to miss any time, backup Tyrod Taylor would get the nod. This would deal a major hit to the value of WRs Torrey Smith and Steve Smith as well as TE Dennis Pitta. As long as Flacco practices Friday, proceed as you normally would with Ravens' skill players.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

9/17 - Ravens QB Joe Flacco misses practice Wednesday
9/12 - Ravens WR Torrey Smith held to one catch
9/12 - Ravens TE Owen Daniels has two-TD performance

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
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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