TE Dennis Pitta - Baltimore Ravens
|6-5, 245||Born: 1-1-1985||College: Brigham Young||Drafted: Round 4|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 5): Pitta's scoreless streak was broken this week with two scores against a hapless Dolphins pass defense. He'll remain a mainstay in the pass offense and is worth a streamer look against the Patriots this week.
Week 14: at New England Patriots
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco blew up for his third multiple-pass-TD game of the year last week, setting season highs in passing yards (381) and TDs (four) with just one interception thrown. Dennis Pitta posted his finest game in living memory with 11 targets for 9/90/2 receiving, wile Breshad Perriman handled three targets for 2/59/1 receiving to check in at second on the team in receiving. Mike Wallace (seven for 6/59/0) and Steve Smith Sr. (10 for 6/53/0) were also over 50 yards receiving, while even Kamar Aiken went over 40 (three for 3/41/0). Running back Terrance West handled three for 3/18/1 on the day. Flacco has two multiple-passing-TD games in his last four games - it looks like the Ravens' pass offense may be peaking during the stretch run into the playoffs. The Patriots' pass defense is in the middle of the NFL in most categories, averaging 243.0 net passing yards allowed per game (12th in the NFL) with 17 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions and 26 sacks generated (21st- and 14th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), New England has averaged 20.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); and 24 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (16th in the NFL); with 6.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-least). Jared Goff had a tough time at New England last weekend, but what did we expect from a rookie at Bill Belichick's house? (14/32 for 126 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -35 yards). This looks like a neutral matchup for the high-flying Ravens.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 13 vs MIA (11 / 9 / 90 / 2 rec)
Dennis Pitta became the focal point of the Ravens offense and was able to exploit favorable match ups. Pitta made his first catch for 8 yards running an out route against Kiko Alonso. Pitta had a 27 yard reception negated by a holding penalty. Pitta made a catch underneath running a curl route and dove ahead for a 14 yard gain. Pitta absorbed a hit and made a tough catch over the middle between two Dolphins for a 13 yard touchdown. Pitta scored his second touchdown of the game beating the coverage on a crossing route for a 9 yard score. Pitta gained 9 more running a quick hitting out route. Pitta beat Kiko Alonso across his face and Flacco hit him in stride for a 25 yard gain. Pitta made a catch underneath but took a hit as a he finished the run and fumbled.
2016 Week 12 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Dennis Pitta made a play downfield for the first time in a while but remained minimally involved in the offense. Flacco connected with Pitta for 18 yards down the seam between Vontaze Burfict and the Bengals safeties. Pitta made another grab over the middle for 7 more yards. Pitta picked up 9 yards running a curl route over the middle.
2016 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Dennis Pitta had just one catch for 4 yards before the Ravens final possession. Pitta made two catches underneath with the Cowboys playing prevent defense. Pitta was dragged down after an 8 yard gain on the first reception. Pitta was able to juke Orlando Scandrick on the second and got up field for 18 yards.
2016 Week 10 vs CLE (6 / 6 / 26 / 0 rec)
Pitta made his first catch on a screen from Flacco but was dropped after a 3 yard gain. Pitta made a 13 yard grab over the middle against zone coverage. Pitta functioned as a safety valve for Flacco and made all but one of his catches within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage.
2016 Week 9 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Dennis Pitta was minimally involved in the offense. Pitta made both of his catches underneath running curl routes for gains of 6 and 8. Flacco did miss Pitta who was wide open for a 10 yard gain.
2016 Week 7 vs NYJ (10 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Dennis Pitta made a few nice catches but is not heavily involved in the Ravens offense. Pitta came wide open over the middle for a gain of 12 on his first reception. Pitta went low and made an impressive catch for an 11 yard gain against tight coverage. Pitta picked up 11 yards again coming uncovered against the underneath coverage.
2016 Week 6 vs NYG (10 / 6 / 36 / 0 rec)
Dennis Pitta dropped his first target running a 5 yard out route. Pitta made an 8 yard catch over the middle in tight coverage. Pitta made a catch on a curl route in the red zone but was stopped at the 1 yard line. Pitta made a nice grab between 2 linebackers for 11 yards. Pitta gained 11 working against the Giants underneath coverage. Pitta had a potential 10 yard gain glance off his finger tips over the middle.
2016 Week 5 vs WAS (8 / 7 / 59 / 0 rec)
Dennis Pitta made his first catch in the flat and got up field for 8 yards. Pitta made his second catch running an out route and ducking out of bounds for a 14 yard gain. Pitta picked up 12 more finding a hole in zone coverage over the middle. Dennis Pitta gained 9 running a curl route over the middle. Pitta picked up 10 more yards working the middle of the field underneath.
2016 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Dennis Pitta functioned solely as an underneath receiver for Flacco. Pitta was well covered and unable to make any plays downfield. Pitta was dropped for a 2 yard gain his first reception. Pitta made another catch underneath for 4 yards. Pitta came open underneath and ran down the sideline for a 10 yard gain on his biggest play of the game.
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 NewsRavens | Dennis Pitta pulls down two scores (Mon Dec 5, 12:17 AM) - Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta posted nine receptions for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 13 game against the Miami Dolphins. He was targeted 11 times. link to story
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