29-Year-Old Tight End – Baltimore Ravens
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Pitta missed the first 12 games last season recovering from a fractured and dislocated hip. It took him no time to get re-acclimated when he returned, as he saw 33 targets in his four games. Pitta was...
Dennis Pitta Contract Information:
Pitta and the Ravens agreed to a five-year deal in February of 2014.
Pitta is aiming for a breakout year in new coordinator Gary Kubiak's offensive scheme, NFL.com reports.
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Dennis Pitta: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Pitta and the Ravens have been in negotiations for weeks now, and appear to be in agreement just in time for the March 3 deadline to designate franchise players. Pitta missed the first 13 weeks of the 2013 season with a hip injury, but eventually returned to contribute 20 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown over his final four games. The Ravens' offense was noticeably less productive without his contributions, and new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is certainly excited about the opportunity to utilize Pitta's talents in the offensive scheme. He should return to fantasy relevance as a reliable tight end option in 2014.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The report adds that nothing is imminent on the Pitta contract front, but with re-signing the tight end considered a priority by the Ravens, we'd expect negotiations to heat up in advance of Mar. 3, the date which marks the deadline for the Ravens to designate Pitta as their franchise player, or for the team to decline to do so.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)If a deal is not struck in advance of March 3, however, Pitta would be a candidate to be franchised by the Ravens, though in such a scenario things could get tricky if Pitta contends that he should be tagged as a wideout and not a tight end. He lined up in the slot for 79.7 percent of his routes this past season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Pitta, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, missed the first 12 games of the 2013 season, after suffering a major hip injury in July. Even coming off a lost season, he figures to draw serious interest if he hits free agency, as he caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012, while adding another three touchdowns in the playoffs that season. The 28-year-old tight end will be one of Baltimore's top offseason priorities, but the Ravens, as always, have a tight cap situation. While the hiring of Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator will likely go over well with Pitta, the Ravens are still at risk of getting outbid in free agency. There may be a few fits around the league that are better, but owners in dynasty leagues should probably root for Pitta to stay put. There isn't a ton of competition for targets in Baltimore, and the new offense will likely feature the tight ends. It also can't hurt that Pitta is known to be close friends with starting quarterback Joe Flacco.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After sharing tight-end targets with Ed Dickson in 2011, Pitta exerted his superiority over his position-mate last season with 94 targets to Dickson's 33 and posted career highs across the board. And those numbers came in essentially 14 games – Pitta suffered a concusion after one snap in Week 11 and played only 11 snaps in a meaningless Week 17. Pitta's developed a nice on-field rapport with Joe Flacco, his off-field friend and road-trip roommate. Pitta was especially effective running the post in the red zone and finished with seven regular-season touchdowns, before adding three more in the playoffs. Pitta's biggest strength might be his route-running, which makes it difficult for bigger defenders to stay with him in coverage. This season, Baltimore will be without the services of Anquan Boldin and his 112 targets, meaning Pitta could play an even larger role in the passing attack, particularly in the red zone. Pitta had only 13 red-zone targets a year ago, but could see some of Bolden’s nine directed his way in 2013.
Pitta worked his way into a bigger role in the offense as last season progressed, getting five of his six red-zone targets and all three of his touchdowns in the final nine games. He also added a touchdown in the playoffs. Other than Ed Dickson’s 14-target performance Week 10 in Seattle, Pitta received a similar number of targets and receiving yards in the second half of the season. An injury to one would greatly increase the value of the other, but for now it appears they’ll share targets, making neither a particularly attractive fantasy play.
With Todd Heap gone, Pitta should see the field more often. Still, coaches regard Ed Dickson as a much higher upside tight end prospect. If Pitta sees regular playing time, it will likely be in a platoon.
Pitta and Ed Dickson were both drafted as great pass-catching tight ends to compete with Todd Heap. Neither is expected to take over a starting spot just yet, though coaches are very high on their abilities. Pitta doesn't have the athleticism of Dickson, but is currently the better blocker which could allow him to see the field quicker.