Week Fourteen Add: The Ravens need a win to keep pace for a first round bye in the AFC playoffs and they happen to square off against two of the worst five defenses against tight ends in the next two weeks. The Redskins and the Broncos each rate in the top ten for most yards and touchdowns allowed to opposing tight ends and Dennis Pitta gets to face each of them starting this week! In his last two games not against the Steelers, Pitta has averaged 55 yards and scored in each game. I'll take a shot on Pitta in leagues in which I'm scrambling for help at the tight end position. He's worth about $2.
Week Four Analysis: It's quite possible that Dennis Pitta is this year's version of Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski. That may be a stretch, but just look at his stats through the first three weeks. His 31 targets are most among tight ends. His 18 catches are good for second and his 188 yards are good for fourth among tight ends. He's also scored in two of three weeks. Being a top five player in three categories are what vaulted those big name tight ends last year. This week against the Browns, Pitta faces a defense that has allowed 58 points in the last two weeks. Week Three Analysis: Everyone needs a best friend. Ernie had Bert. Beavis had Butthead. And Joe Flacco has Dennis Pitta. The bosom buddies have hooked up a lot in the first two weeks of the season, as Pitta leads all tight ends in targets (24) and receptions (13). Let's hope the magic continues against the Patriots this week. New England has been rather tough against the tight end as of late. They haven't allowed a touchdown to a tight end since Week 9 of last season, and had three consecutive weeks last season (Weeks 14-16) in which no tight ends caught a ball and they were targeted only once.