As training camp draws near, many fantasy experts are claiming Dennis Pitta is a sleeper at tight end. We’re going to take a look at why he could falter with Gary Kubiak now in Baltimore. Now, to fully understand the current situation in Baltimore, we have to first look at 2012 and the last complete seasons for both Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels.
As seen above, both Pitta and Daniels had strikingly similar fantasy years. They both posted nearly identical numbers all across the board. Now, with Gary Kubiak in the picture as the new Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator, is Dennis Pitta really worth being taken as the 5th or 6th tight end off the board? Let’s keep in mind that Kubiak used a two tight end formation the most times out of anyone else in the league in 2012, Not coincidentally, this was the year that gave these two players their best fantasy seasons. Now, lets take the best scoring season for Pitta and put it up against last season’s scores.
As seen above, Pitta’s best season in 2012 would be a bottom 10 option last year. With Owen Daniels now in Baltimore to possibly serve as another red zone target for Joe Flacco, he could very well vulture some touchdowns from Pitta the way he was vultured by Garrett Graham in Houston. With many other possible tight end options late that could put up similar numbers to Pitta, I don’t see Pitta fit to serve as the 5th – 8th tight end taken off the board.
Not to mention the fact that at his given ADP there are many other valuable options elsewhere for your fantasy roster. Players like Emmanuel Sanders, Rashad Jennings, or Terrance Williams are much safer than reaching for Dennis Pitta. Keep an eye on training camp and preseason to see how Kubiak handles his old red zone favorite in Owen Daniels, and his new Joe Flacco security blanket in Dennis Pitta.