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Monday, June 24, 2013

2013 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: DENNIS PITTA TIGHT END BALTIMORE RAVENS

A good strategy to nailing your annual fantasy football draft each season is to take a good long look at some of the key NFL offensive transactions that took place across the league in order to determine where some opportunities exist for certain players to step up into more prominent roles.  Whereas a certain player might have been a complementary offensive piece previously, the new season could bring more responsibility given the defection of a key player who was counted on for a good chunk of production.  With that said, we present to you the case of Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta who is shaping up to be one of the better fantasy football sleeper candidates for the 2013 fantasy football season.  With big play receiver and Joe Flacco favorite Anquan Boldin flying the coop to San Francisco and speedy Torrey Smith serving as more of a downfield speedster, there is a crying need in the increasingly vertical Ravens offense for an intermediate go-to-guy of which Pitta is fully capable of filling.  The former BYU standout took a nice step forward with his production in a semi-breakout 2012 by catching 61 passes for 669 yards and 7 touchdowns.  As the season went along, Flacco became more and more comfortable looking the sure-handed Pitta's way, especially in the red zone.  The result was consistent production across the board that played well in both standard and PPR formats, while whetting the appetite for more.  Echoing that last thought, reports out of Baltimore was that Flacco and Pitta were almost playing catch during offseason workouts and minicamp and a team source claimed that the tight end could catch up to "90 passes" if all breaks right.  While I can't see any Ravens receiver catching 90 passes, I can surely see Pitta hauling in around 80 with close to 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Those my friends are tight end 1 numbers when it comes to fantasy football and the fact you can probably get Pitta in the middle rounds could make him one of the best value guys in the entire draft.  Value and maximizing your draft picks are the name of the game for success and Pitta is no doubt one of the guys who surely qualifies under that subject line.

2013 PROJECTION:  81 catches 983 yards 9 TD



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