After years of Todd Heap, it would seem appropriate for the Baltimore Ravens to have a drop-off in production from the tight end spot. No one told Dennis Pitta that.
Pitta has had a fine season with 32 catches for 309 yards and two touchdowns heading into Week 11.
But is he worth a spot on your fantasy team? Let's check it out.
Pitta is the second-leading receiver on the Ravens roster, and he only trailed Anquan Boldin by four receptions heading into Week 11. But more important is the fact that he is the leading tight end.
You don't need me to discuss the importance of the tight end these days. It's not surprising when they're often the leading receiver yardage- and touchdown-wise, and tight ends are just as integral as any non-quarterback position.
Pitta is going to see plenty of passes, as evidenced by his 52 targets through Week 10. Ed Dickson, the backup tight end, had only seen 20 during the same time frame.
While everyone would like to see Pitta score a few more touchdowns, that seems to be a Baltimore passing problem in general. The inconsistency at quarterback has kept him back and must be weighed appropriately when evaluating Pitta's value.
If you're still have difficulty determining Pitta's fantasy impact, then I have one more number for you: seven. That's how many more targets Pitta had received than Ray Rice.
After breaking down all the numbers and using the old eye test, you can rest assured that Dennis Pitta is a no-braner starter for any fantasy team.
He's always a good bet to get you points and has only been shut out once—against the Cleveland Browns. He generally receives a healthy number of targets and even reached 15 in the second game of the season.
Don't overthink it. Pitta is worth a spot and a start.