Steve Smith - WRPosted 1/11/17 8:28am ET
Recently retired Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith isn't being ruled out for a return in 2017, according to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. 'I haven't given up hope that (he) is going to come walking in here in September,' Bisciotti said. 'We'll see about that character. I wouldn't count him out.'
Huddle Up: Smith contends he's retired. If he were to return, he'd be a WR4 in PPR formats without a lot of upside.
Joe Flacco - QBPosted 1/10/17 10:58am ET
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco passed for a career-high 4,317 yards in 2016 but finished with only 20 touchdowns (versus 15 interceptions) despite a career-high 672 attempts.
Huddle Up: Flacco should not have been expected to set the world on fire coming off his 2015 ACL injury, but the Ravens need to realize sooner or later he is not an upper-echelon quarterback. Baltimore also isn't doing him any favors with its constant turnover at offensive coordinator. Flacco should be more efficient in 2017, but he will be hard-pressed to be anything more than a middling QB2.
Terrance West - RBPosted 1/9/17 9:03am ET
Baltimore Ravens RBs Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West appear to be on solid footing with the team, but head coach John Harbaugh hinted the Ravens will be interested in adding a player to the mix that could help them improve on the seven 20-yard plays (six runs, one reception) his backs created in 2016.
Huddle Up: According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, Baltimore would have drafted Todd Gurley in 2015 or Ezekiel Elliott in 2016 had either player fallen in its lap. This year's running back crop is expected to be one of the best in some time, although LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook could both be off the board by the time the Ravens select at No. 16. Stanford's Christian McCaffrey could be in play, however.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 1/6/17 6:52am ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith announced his retirement Friday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: Smith walks away after a 70-799-5 season, of which he returned from a torn Achilles' a season ago. He ends his career with 1,031 catches for 14,731 yards and 81 touchdowns.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 1/5/17 11:45am ET
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens hope WR Breshad Perriman can become a No. 1 receiver in the future. Harbaugh said there are signs that Perriman can be a top receiver but he still has work to do before reaching that point.
Huddle Up: Perriman likely will have a bigger role in 2017 with Steve Smith retiring and will have the offseason to improve his play. He finished the 2016 season with 33 receptions for 499 yards and three touchdowns. Perriman should be able to post better numbers next season if he can stay healthy and can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for fantasy owners.
Kenneth Dixon - RBPosted 1/1/17 1:22pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon rushed for 44 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17. He also caught three passes for 19 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Dixon received more playing time as the season went on and should have a chance to compete for the starting running back job during training camp next season. He could be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in drafts if he is the starter.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 1/1/17 1:50pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace caught four passes for 33 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Wallace was a solid addition for the Ravens this season and finished the season with over 1,000 yards and four touchdowns. Wallace could be the team's No. 1 receiver in 2017, which makes him a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver on fantasy teams next season.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 1/1/17 1:47pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith caught three passes for 34 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Smith is expected to retire this offseason, so he obviously should be avoided in fantasy drafts if he makes his retirement official.
Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 1/1/17 1:35pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta caught 11 passes for 91 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Pitta came back from several major hip injuries over the last few years and had a very good 2016 season. He should have a bigger role in the passing game in 2017 and can be a solid No. 1 tight end for owners.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 12/28/16 1:18pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith announced Wednesday, Dec. 28, that he will retire at the end of the regular season.
Huddle Up: This could mean a potential big game for Smith, who undoubtedly wants to go out on a high note. He's an underrated play in daily contests. Mike Wallace, Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman will be Baltimore's top three receivers in 2017 as of now, but that could obviously change this offseason.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 12/25/16 12:20pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (thigh) is officially active for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Smith has been a consistent option for owners over the last few weeks and was able to find the end zone in his last game. He has been targeted at least seven times in five of his last seven games and can be a flex option for fantasy owners.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 12/25/16 5:06pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith finished caught all seven of his targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in a 31-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Smith's upside is limited at this stage in his career, but he can typically be counted on for around five grabs and 50-plus yards. He can be a flex option in PPR formats in next week's finale.
Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 12/25/16 5:18pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta finished with eight catches for 75 yards on a team-high 11 in a 31-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Big games are rare for Pitta, who is generally just a safety valve for Joe Flacco. He has finished with 34 yards or less in six of his last eight games and should be viewed as a TE2 heading into Week 17.
Kenneth Dixon - RBPosted 12/25/16 5:12pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon carried a team-high 12 times for 57 yards and added one catch for one yard in a 31-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Dixon had two more carries than Terrance West and was far more efficient. The Ravens seem content to determine the backfield pecking order on a weekly basis, making both Dixon and West risky flex plays in the regular season finale.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 12/25/16 5:31pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace finished with four catches on seven targets for a season-low 21 yards in a 31-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Wallace is on the doorstep of a 1,000-yard season, but he has been quiet in the second half of the year. He has gone seven games without scoring and hasn't topped 62 yards during the stretch. You should be able to find a better option in the regular season finale.
Terrance West - RBPosted 12/25/16 5:41pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West had 10 carries for 27 yards and three catches for 28 yards in a 31-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: West struggled to find running room, and he continues to be involved in a committee with Kenneth Dixon. West's carries have become tough to predict from one week to the next, and he will be a risky flex play in Week 17.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 12/24/16 6:57am ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (thigh) is expected to play in Week 16's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Smith was a limited participant in practice during the week and was listed as questionable on the injury report. However, he has an unfavorable matchup versus the Steelers and should not be viewed as anything more than a low-end WR3 or flex option in the majority of fantasy formats.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 12/23/16 8:56am ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (thigh) is practicing Friday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: Smith has a tough matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, who have been one of the best against opposing receivers the last five weeks. Smith is in consideration for a WR3 or flex play, but he doesn't exhibit the kind of upside you're looking for in those spots.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 12/23/16 12:42pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (thigh) has been listed as questionable to suit up in the team's Week 16 game Sunday, Dec. 25, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Normally, Smith is very much in the WR3 conversation, but he might be a bottom-end option as far as this week goes, as his ceiling figures to be lower than usual in this tough matchup with Baltimore's biggest rival. He does get about eight targets a week, though, so he'll still get his chances no matter what.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 12/22/16 1:09pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (thigh) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: Smith wasn't on the injury report yesterday, so this development is concerning. His status will need to be monitored heading into the weekend, but he's only a low-end WR3 to high-end WR4 consideration if he does play. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been one of the best passing defenses in the NFL this year, giving up just eight touchdowns to receivers in 14 games.
Kyle Juszczyk - RBPosted 12/20/16 9:22am ET
Baltimore Ravens FB Kyle Juszczyk (32-of-58) out-snapped RBs Terrance West (26-of-58) and Kenneth Dixon (15-of-58) in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles in large part because he was the team's lone back in the game on third downs. The Ravens reportedly still don?t trust West or Dixon in third-down, pass-protection situations.
Huddle Up: It didn't seem to be a problem in Week 14, as Dixon saw 42 snaps and was peppered with targets in a loss to the New England Patriots. However, neither Dixon nor West saw even half of the team's snaps against Philly. Baltimore ranks second in the league with 584 pass attempts, so this lack of trust partly explains why neither back can seem to establish any consistency in fantasy. As a result, West and Dixon are no better than flex plays in Week 16 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Terrance West - RBPosted 12/19/16 9:04am ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West played 26-of-58 snaps in Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles, while rookie Kenneth Dixon settled for 15 snaps.
Huddle Up: West was outsnapped 42-14 in Week 14 when it was clear the Ravens preferred Dixon against the New England Patriots. This appears to be as much of a hot-hand backfield as any in the league at the moment, rendering both players into low-end flex plays in most leagues despite their obvious upside. Based on recent evidence, Dixon would seem to be the superior play Christmas Day against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but that is merely a guess.
Terrance West - RBPosted 12/18/16 3:09pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15. He also caught four passes for 45 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: West appears to be the main option in the committee the team uses at running back. He has been pretty consistent over the last several weeks and can be a flex option or a possible low-end No. 2 back in Week 15.
Terrance West - RBPosted 12/16/16 9:28pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West has 33 carries combined over the last four games, and the team is on pace for the fewest rushing attempts in franchise history and is leading the league in pass attempts.
Huddle Up: Kenneth Dixon has been seeing more touches than West, and with the Ravens throwing early and often, the sure-handed Dixon should continue to benefit. Dixon has become a useful flex play in PPR formats, and West is becoming too risky to trust.
Breshad Perriman - WRPosted 12/12/16 9:54pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman posted three receptions for 52 yards on four targets in the Week 14 game against the New England Patriots Monday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Perriman entered the game with three scores in his previous four games, but was held out of the end zone in this one. However, he has 111 receiving yards over the past two games and has emerged as a useful WR4 in deeper fantasy leagues.
Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 12/12/16 9:53pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta posted just four receptions for 18 yards in the Week 14 game against the New England Patriots Monday, Dec. 12. He was targeted five times.
Huddle Up: Pitta garnered plenty of attention by fantasy owners this past week, as he was plucked off the waiver wire after he found the end zone twice against Miami in Week 13. Unfortunately, the move did not pay off.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 12/12/16 9:53pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace posted five receptions for 52 yards on eight targets in the Week 14 game against the New England Patriots Monday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Wallace has managed three or more receptions in all 13 of his games this season, and at least 52 receiving yards in nine straight. He remains more of a WR3 in PPR fantasy leagues because of his lack of touchdowns, as he has none in five games and just one in the past 11 outings.
Steve Smith - WRPosted 12/12/16 9:51pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. posted four receptions for a team-high 57 yards in the Week 14 game against the New England Patriots Monday, Dec. 12. He was targeted six times.
Huddle Up: Smith continues to come up big and play with high intensity, even at 37 years old. He remains a decent WR3 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams, especially in PPR formats.
Terrance West - RBPosted 12/12/16 9:50pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West carried just twice for two yards while hauling in four receptions for just 24 yards on four targets in the Week 14 game against the New England Patriots Monday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: West appears to be taking a back seat to rookie Kenneth Dixon in the pecking order for touches in the Baltimore backfield. West had six touches while Dixon had 19, including a touchdown reception in the end zone.
Kenneth Dixon - RBPosted 12/12/16 9:50pm ET
Baltimore Ravens rookie RB Kenneth Dixon rushed 11 times for a team-high 39 yards in the Week 14 game against the New England Patriots Monday, Dec. 12. He also had eight receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown on a team-best 11 targets.
Huddle Up: Dixon appears to have blown past Terrance West for the top spot on the depth chart in the Balto backfield, as West had a total of just six touches to 19 for Dixon.
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