2013 could be the most productive year ever for Baltimore Ravens starting tight end Dennis Pitta. Pitta is still kind of under the radar and could be a late-round steal in your drafts this year.
From 2011 to 2012, Pitta went from 40 to 61 receptions, 405 to 669 receiving yards, and three to seven touchdowns. If you use a logical progression, then Pitta’s stat line should be something like this: 80 receptions for 830 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those are merely ball park estimates, but there’s no reason to think that he can’t reach those numbers.
Joe Flacco is coming off of a Super Bowl MVP and seems to be progressing year by year. Flacco was already targeting Pitta a bunch and now with the departure of Anquan Boldin and no proven receiver to take on the short/intermediate routes, Pitta is going to continue to improve his numbers as Flacco probably has more trust in him then Tandon Doss or some of the other young receivers.
Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski are widely considered the top two tight ends in fantasy, as well they should be. Vernon Davis, Antonio Gates, Jason Witten and Tony Gonzales are also going to be guys that are targeted early, some of them deserving and some not (Gates).
If you’re like me and wait till the later rounds to grab a tight end, then Pitta should be a guy to target. Somewhere around the seventh round would be great value for the potential that Pitta can bring.
Get your quarterback, running backs, and wide receivers early and let everyone else use their early round picks on Graham and Gronkowski. Pitta will be a fantasy stud this year and in the words of senator Vernon Trent from the awfully delightful Steven Seagal flick “Hard To Kill”, you can take that to the bank.