Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 3/22/17 6:50am ET
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta took a $2.5 million pay cut over the next two seasons. He will make $2.5 million in base salary in 2017 along with a $500,000 roster bonus. He was previously scheduled to earn $5.5 million. This gives Baltimore an additional $2.5 million in cap space in 2017 and 2018.
Huddle Up: Pitta led all tight ends with 86 catches last year. Coming off of two serious hip injuries with his career in limbo, it was an outstanding feat. His 729 yards not withstanding, his 8.5 yards per catch and two touchdowns left a lot to be desired. He's a low-end TE1 in standard formats, but he'll receive a slight boost in PPR leagues entering his age-32 season.
Kamar Aiken - WRPosted 3/21/17 5:56am ET
Free-agent WR Kamar Aiken (Ravens) is expected to sign with the Indianapolis Colts, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Two years ago, Aiken had a 75-944-5 campaign that expressed optimism for 2016. He fell flat last season, but he's still just 28 in May. There are enough weapons around him that he could develop a nice role worth a WR5 flyer in fantasy.
Kamar Aiken - WRPosted 3/21/17 6:39am ET
Free-agent WR Kamar Aiken (Ravens) agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, according to his agent, David Canter.
Huddle Up: Aiken had a 75-944-5 campaign in 2015, but he fell flat last season. He's still just 28 in May. There are enough weapons around him that he could develop a nice role worth a WR5 flyer in fantasy.
Kenneth Dixon - RBPosted 3/9/17 1:28pm ET
Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Huddle Up: Although the Ravens certainly didn't agree to terms with Danny Woodhead solely to cover themselves for such an occurrence, it now makes a bit more sense why Baltimore sought him in free agency. Dixon's stock obviously takes a hit, probably to the point where he will be a late-round pick at best in redraft leagues this summer.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 3/9/17 1:54pm ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace's 2017 option was exercised Thursday, March 9.
Huddle Up: Wallace will remain with the Ravens for at least one more season and could start with Steve Smith retiring. He posted 1,017 yards and four touchdowns this past season and probably can be a No. 3 and No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 3/8/17 11:28am ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta has been asked to take a pay cut so the team can create salary cap space. Nothing between the two sides is imminent at this point.
Huddle Up: Pitta could be released if he refuses to take a pay cut, so owners will need to monitor the situation. He is coming off a solid 2016 season and has a good chance to start for a team next season. He probably should be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end at this point.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 3/1/17 7:05am ET
Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace is expected to return to the Ravens in 2017 despite an $8 million cap hit.
Huddle Up: Wallace had a 72-1,017-4 year, and he could have a bigger role with Steve Smith retiring. He turns 31 in August, and he's a WR4 in fantasy.
Dennis Pitta - TEPosted 2/22/17 7:30pm ET
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta is due to make $5.5 million in each of the last two years of his contract, but there is speculation the team may not want to pay him that much despite the fact he is coming off a career-high 86-catch season, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Pitta led all tight ends in receptions in 2016, but he is set to enter his age-32 season and the Ravens could use more cap room, so a parting of ways is likely if the tight end balks at a pay cut. Pitta has long been Joe Flacco's most trusted option, so it's hard to imagine him coming anywhere close to matching last year's production with another team. If he is released, he's a good bet for TE2 production next season at best, even if he can stay healthy.
Joe Flacco - QBPosted 2/21/17 10:53pm ET
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco would become the player with the highest salary cap figure in the NFL for 2017 should Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo get cut or traded this offseason. Flacco is scheduled to count $24.55 million against the cap.
Huddle Up: Flacco is coming off two straight unspectacular seasons, as while he did register a career high in passing yards (4,317) in 2016, the fact remains he had just 20 touchdowns versus 15 interceptions, while the year prior, he had 14 touchdowns compared to 12 picks in 10 games. Certainly, Flacco has to step up his game considerably if he wants to enter the QB1 discussion again.
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.
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