"Really, ever since we lost Ray Rice, we haven't had a type of back that’s quite like how Ray was and quite like how (Danny Woodhead) is in the passing game," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they're open and how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes, and you can already see that. You can see he has a really good feel for those kinds of things. If you remember back, obviously, Ray was really good at doing that, and that gives a lot to your offense for sure."
From 2009-13, no running back caught more passes than Rice, who averaged 67 receptions a season during that span. Over the past three campaigns, no Baltimore running back has totaled more than 45 catches.
Woodhead is expected to play a big role in the Ravens' passing game because two of Flacco's top underneath targets are gone. Tight end Dennis Pitta was released after re-injuring his right hip, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk signed with the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.
We can file this one under "Duh." Woodhead should catch a ton of passes for the Ravens, though we are a bit concerned about his playing time when Kenneth Dixon returns from suspension. Woodhead's third-down/hurry-up role should be safe with Dixon pushing Terrance West for carries on early downs.
BAL TE Dennis Pitta - Week 17, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. Cincinnati
Dennis Pitta had 75 yards on eight receptions against the Steelers last week, turning in a pretty good day for fantasy owners that used him. Pitta has struggled to take advantage of the quantity of targets he gets this season though, and he’s been far too risky to count on in any given week. He has a little upside against the Bengals to close out the season, as Cincinnati has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to the TE position this year, but in most leagues, there should be better options available to you than Pitta.