Amid heavy snowfall, Pitta got off to a slow start, totaling one catch for 9 yards on four targets in the first half. Pitta had two drops before finally recording his first catch with 26 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Pitta had a more productive second half, which included a 1-yard touchdown catch on a 4th-and-goal play with 2:05 remaining. Pitta's touchdown started a crazy turn of events, as the lead changed hands five times in the last 2:05.
Pitta surprisingly tied Marlon Brown for a team-high 11 targets in his season debut. His longest catch went 18 yards. The Ravens are back in action Week 15 at Detroit.
It is not clear if Pitta will be the starter, or even what type of workload he is likely to face at this time. The fact that he is able to play at all is impressive, as he was thought to have possibly been facing a season-ending injury when it aoccured.
It now appears likely that
Pitta is working in practice for the third staight week after losing most of the season to a dislocated and fractured hip sustained in training camp in July.
The Ravens can certainly use a healthy and productive Pitta. Fellow tight ends Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark have struggled all year.
Fantasy owners have waited a long time to start
If that happens, should Pitta be put in Fantasy lineups Week 14? If you are in a playoff matchup or fighting for a playoff berth, then it's a risky call. Pitta will probably be a snap count since he's been sidelined all season. The Ravens probably will have to watch his conditioning and limit his exposure to a setback.
What makes the scenario a bit more interesting is that tight ends have fared well against Minnesota, averaging 9.3 Fantasy points per week, which is tied for the fifth-highest average. Tight ends are also averaging 51.7 receiving yards per game and have totaled nine touchdowns in 12 games against Minnesota.
It's worth stashing Pitta on your bench in deep Fantasy formats, but activating him for Week 14 is definitely a risky call. If you are looking for a sleeper tight end, you might consider Heath Miller (vs. MIA), Jared Cook (@ARI) or Ladarius Green (vs. NYG).
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