Seahawks TEs Nick Vannett (back) and Ed Dickson (quad) are both set to play against the Lions on Sunday. Vannett has been operating as Seattle’s lead TE, but Dickson could take over that role. Avoid the situation in Week 8 fantasy lineups.
The Seahawks have placed TE Ed Dickson on the non-football injury list to open the season. That means he can return to practice after 6 weeks and join the active roster after 8. Dickson's continued absence lets Nick Vannett stay in the lead TE role heading into the regular season.
Seahawks TE Ed Dickson still has yet to even practice with his new team. The offseason free-agent addition has spent all of training camp and preseason on the PUP list because of a groin/quad issue. "He's tremendously behind, but he's been studying and working at it the whole time, and now we need to see it come to life," HC Pete Carroll said Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Carroll said the Seahawks hope to get Dickson back for the regular-season opener. If that happens, we'll see if Dickson can push Nick Vannett aside and immediately join the starters. Neither TE is any more than a late option even in TE-heavy formats.
The Seahawks on Friday reached a 3-year, $14 million deal with former Panthers TE Ed Dickson. We’re not sure yet on the guaranteed portion of that, but it’s hard to bet on the 30-year-old getting all of that. Dickson has been a decent player but also a backup for most of his career. The new situation could push him into the top half of TE2 territory, but we’re not getting fired up about him. The losses of TE Jimmy Graham and WR Paul Richardson could leave more and better targets for WR Tyler Lockett. We’ll see who else Seattle adds this offseason, though
The Panthers have signed TE Ed Dickson. Since posting a 54-528-5 line for the Ravens in 2011, Dickson has totaled just 46 grabs, 498 yards and 1 score the past 2 seasons. He finished 55th in Pro Football Focus' 2012 TE rankings and dead last in 2013. Dickson will step in as Carolina's #2 TE behind Greg Olsen. Ben Hartsock played that role last year and saw just 324 snaps and not a single target. Dickson won't be a fantasy factor this season, despite Carolina's WR shortage.
Ravens TE Ed Dickson won't guarantee that he'll be ready for Week 1. "I can’t make any predictions but I’m working hard to do that," Dickson said. "You can't rush back those things. I'm trying my hardest to get back out there." Dickson went down with a slight hamstring tear about a week ago. Hammy injuries are notorious for lingering and being susceptible to setbacks. Between this and the addition of TE Dallas Clark, Dickson's fantasy arrow is pointing down. He's just a backup option for your squad.
Ravens insider Aaron Wilson reports that Baltimore TE Ed Dickson has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring and will be "out a week or so." It's tough news for Baltimore after losing Dennis Pitta a week ago. They need Dickson to be fully ready to step in as the pass-catching TE. It sounds like Dickson should be ready for Week 1, but we know that hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger. Dickson has some upside as Baltimore's starter, but he should only be drafted as a fantasy backup. It's unlikely that TE Visanthe Shiancoe would be a realistic fantasy option if Dickson is limited going forward.
Ravens TE Ed Dickson left Sunday's practice with a strained hamstring. HC John Harbaugh downplayed the significance, telling The Baltimore Sun: "His hamstring grabbed a little bit, so we pulled him out
for precautionary reasons. We'll take a look at it and
see how it looks." Any injury is tough news for a thin pass-catching corps that already lost TE Dennis Pitta for the season. Injuries have nagged at Dickson in his 3 seasons as well, causing him to miss 4 total games. As long as he returns soon, though, he should be set up for valuable fantasy contributions as Baltimore's "move" TE.
Updating a previous item, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta suffered a dislocated hip in Saturday’s practice. He’s already been ruled out of the regular-season opener at Denver on September 5th. So in a best-case scenario, he’ll return for Week 2 against Cleveland. Ed Dickson will step into a starting role while he’s out and enter the fantasy picture in deep leagues. We’ve already altered our 2013 projections for Pitta and Dickson.
Ravens insider Matt Zenitz believes the team's TEs will be the biggest beneficiaries of WR Anquan Boldin's departure. TE Ed Dickson has reportedly been "one of the most impressive players" this spring. He finished with just 21 catches last year but hauled in 54 in 2011. Expect him to settle in somewhere in between this season. TE Dennis Pitta will remain Baltimore's primary pass-catching TE. He racked up 61 catches on 94 targets last year. Both marks ranked 10th among TEs. With Boldin out of the picture, Pitta could finish with even better numbers in 2013. He's a rock-solid fantasy starter that's worth targeting if you miss out on the studs early in your draft. Pitta's ADP is currently sitting in the 9th round of 12-team drafts.
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta sustained a concussion in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's game against the Steelers. He's out for the remainder of the contest. TE Ed Dickson will pick up extra snaps.
Ravens TE Ed Dickson (shoulder) and Dennis Pitta (hand) both put in a limited practice on Sunday. It looks like both guys are on track to be ready for Week 1. Of course, that also means neither guy will be a strong fantasy option. We can do better for a TE2.
An MRI on Ravens TE Ed Dickson's shoulder revealed no structural damage. It's a simple sprain, and Dickson is expected to be available for Week 1. He'll miss valuable time in camp and preseason, though, and will continue to be in a timeshare with TE Dennis Pitta. There's not much upside here.
Ravens TE Ed Dickson suffered a shoulder injury in Thursday night's preseason game. He'll undergo an MRI today, but the team is already expecting him to miss at least a few weeks. It sounds like Dickson has a good shot to be ready for Week 1, but he'll miss his chance to break ahead of TE Dennis Pitta, who is already out with a broken hand. Davon Drew will likely serve as the Ravens' primary TE for the time being. We're avoiding this entire situation in fantasy.
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta suffered a broken hand in practice on Monday. The team is "hopeful" that he'll be ready for the season-opener. Pitta was expected to split receiving duties with TE Ed Dickson, leaving both guys as weak TE2s. If Pitta misses time, though, Dickson would figure to see a significant bump in targets. We'll track Pitta's recovery over the next month.
Ravens OC Cam Cameron expects to get more production out of TEs Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta in 2012. “Those two are right on track in their development and we expect big years out of both of them next year,” Cameron said. "These guys can play outside, inside, out of the backfield if they need to. So they’ll be more and more versatile.” Dickson and Pitta combined for 94 receptions, 933 yards, and 8 TDs in 2011. Unfortunately, not many fantasy leagues start team TEs. Siphoning each other's production, Dickson and Pitta finished 19th and 27th, respectively, at the position last year. We're not expecting either guy to produce as a fantasy starter this coming season.
Ravens OC Cam Cameron confirmed that TEs Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta will split snaps this season. "They're going to work in unison. You're going to see them both in the game in different packages," Cameron explained. "In my mind, we've got two starting tight ends, and each brings something unique to our offense. So, we're going to utilize them both and I think we approach them both as starters." Doesn't get much more cut-and-dry than that. We prefer Dickson because of his big-play ability, but Pitta's presence will leave him without much fantasy value. Neither guy is a recommended option in redraft leagues.
Ravens TE Ed Dickson seemingly took control of the team's starting TE job on Thursday night. While both he and Dennis Pitta saw action with the 1st-team, Dickson racked up 57 yards on 3 catches. Pitta, meanwhile, managed just 2 grabs for 16 yards. Dickson is clearly the more dangerous downfield playmaker, and that makes him the better fantasy option. Still, Pitta will continue to be involved, leaving Dickson as nothing more than a late-round flier.
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