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TE Dennis Pitta - Baltimore Ravens

6-5, 245Born: 1-1-1985College: Brigham YoungDrafted: Round 4

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Week 4: vs Oakland Raiders

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Joe Flacco threw two interceptions and zero TDs during the narrow win at Jacksonville last Sunday (29/40 for 214 yards passing, with two sacks taken for -15 yards). In such constrained circumstances, none of the Ravens' receivers shone as fantasy options - Steve Smith Sr. (11 targets for 8/87/0 receiving), Dennis Pitta (eight for 6/42/0) and Mike Wallace (six for 3/34/0) were the top three pass-catchers last weekend. Flacco had 25/42 for 302 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown two games ago - we'll see if he can crank up the engine for Baltimore against the sorry Raiders' defense. Flacco did salvage some fantasy value for his owners' teams with a rushing TD (3/12/1 on the ground for Flacco last week). Speaking of the sorry Raiders' pass defense, they are currently ranked dead last in the NFL averaging 340.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores handed out vs. three interceptions and three sacks generated so far. Over the first three weeks of the season, Oakland has averaged 26.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-most in the NFL); and 32.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (most in the NFL); with 10.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (ninth-most). Marcus Mariota's totals last weekend (17/33 for 212 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown) were more about his own banged-up, sorry passing attack than they were about some sudden surge by the Raiders. This is a great matchup for Baltimore.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs BUF 56 3 39 0 0 3.9
2 at CLE 45 9 102 0 0 10.2
3 at JAX 49 6 42 0 0 4.2
4 vs OAK PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
4 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * * *
4 vs OAK PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 42 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta made his first catch finding the soft spot in zone coverage over the middle for a gain of 13. Pitta made his second catch on a dump off from Flacco for 5 yards. Pitta caught a screen pass and ducked out of bounds gaining 7. Pitta gained 12 releasing late after helping in pass protection. Pitta appears to be locked in as Flacco's security blanket. Flacco is comfortable throwing to Pitta in tight coverage as a check down. Pitta did not work downfield as much as he did last week but remained involved in the offense.

2016 Week 2 vs CLE (12 / 9 / 102 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta had one drop as the only blemish to a very strong game. Pitta functioned as the Ravens possession receiver. Flacco looked to Pitta when he needed a 3rd down conversion and Pitta rewarded him by making big plays. A number of Pitta's receptions were checkdowns to the flat but he flashed his big play ability as well. Pitta first gained 30 yards on an out route his defender tried to jump, leaving Pitta free to race down the sideline. For his second big play, Pitta got behind the linebackers off of play action and raced down the seam for a 28 yard gain. Pitta was the Ravens most targeted player and should continue to produce.

2016 Week 1 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Dennis Pitta is the Ravens starting tight end and had nearly twice as many snaps as Crocket Gillmore. Pitta made his first catch running a crossing route off of play action for a gain of 7. Flacco went back to him the following play but Pitta was unable to corral the low pass. Pitta made a nice catch along the sideline with a defender cutting underneath in tight coverage. Pitta delivered a big play down the seam making a back shoulder catch for a gain of 27. Pitta will be Flacco's go to receiver over the middle and in short to intermediate down and distances. Expect Pitta to be the Flacco's second most popular target behind Mike Wallace.


Latest News

Ravens | Dennis Pitta has decent outing (Sun Sep 25, 05:48 PM) - Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta caught six passes for 42 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.

Our View: Pitta is going to be a solid floor PPR tight end play even if he doesn't have a very high ceiling. The Raiders are a good tight end matchup, so if Pitta was your best option this week, he probably will be next week too.
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Ravens | Dennis Pitta officially back? (Tue Sep 20, 07:54 PM) - Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta is tied for first among tight ends with 12 catches. He is second with 141 yards and he is third with 16 targets.

Our View: Many didn't think Pitta would ever play football again. Kudos to the Ravens as they allowed Pitta to recover with what was a lengthy timetable and get back on the field. His connection with QB Joe Flacco is strong, and the results have been fruitful this year as Baltimore is off to a 2-0 start.

Ravens | Dennis Pitta surpasses 100-yard mark (Sun Sep 18, 05:20 PM) - Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta caught nine passes for 102 yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2.

Our View: Pitta took advantage of a Browns defense that is very inexperienced. He has emerged as the clear #1 tight end, picking up where he left off before two serious hip injuries. He's worth a pickup and should be considered at worst a good PPR streamer and potentially a solid TE1 play against Jacksonville in Week 3.
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5vs Washington Redskins
6@ New York Giants
7@ New York Jets
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