Ravens Fantasy News

Ravens held out Bernard Pierce as precaution

Monday, September 29, 2014, 8:26am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Although Ravens RB Bernard Pierce practiced all week and was listed as probable, the Ravens held him out as a precautionary measure to avoid aggravating his strained quad injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Justin Forsett was the lead back for most of the game, and excelled in the role, before rookie and Lorenzo Taliaferro came on. The Ravens RB situation should still be considered muddy at this point. Last time Pierce played he performed well against the Steelers and last week it was Taliferro who shined.

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Ravens WR Torrey Smith to naysayers: "It'll happen."

Friday, September 26, 2014, 11:53pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

In a run-heavy offense that stresses safer passes for quarterback Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith was never a strong bet to repeat last year's production. After leading the team in 2013 with 65 catches and 1,128 receiving yards, though, he's on pace for just 453 yards and 32 grabs in 2014.

"You can't get any closer than we've already been," Torrey said of his chemistry with Flacco, per The Baltimore Sun. "I have folks tweeting me how terrible I am, and I could very easily have had three touchdowns and 300 yards the past couple weeks. That's how the ball rolls. I'm not used to it, but we'll get over it soon. We were as close as you can get to touchdowns. We just have to be on the same page and get it done."

Said Torrey: "It'll happen. It has no choice but to happen. The way we've been practicing, it has no choice but to happen. I can't say when. I hope it's Sunday, but it'll happen soon."

Fantasy Impact:

With the focus on Steve L Smith's revenge game against the Panthers, it would be a good time for Flacco to connect on one or two deep balls to Torrey Smith. We're not counting on it, but he's a better player than he's showed in the first three weeks and Dennis Pitta's absence may send a few extra targets his way.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Pierce will play, though his place in the pecking order is unclear after a nice game from rookie runner Lorenzo Taliaferro. Even the Baltimore running backs don’t know how the touches will be divvied up, as OC Gary Kubiak indicated that he was going to take a “hot hand” approach.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Cotchery should be back in the starting lineup to face the Ravens.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Ravens WR Steve L Smith (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 4. We would definitely find a way to get Smith in the lineup in a revenge matchup with his old team.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 4. He’s expected to play heavy snaps with Dennis Pitta sidelined.

Kubiak: Ravens will take a 'hot hand' approach at running back

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:44am

ESPN - [Full Article]

There's no word yet on which running back will start or see the most touches for the Ravens...

"They're all going to play," OC Gary Kubiak said. "We're going to keep a fresh guy on the field -- that's what we're going to do -- and if we feel like one guys has the hot hand so to speak, then obviously he's going to go back out. I want them all to prepare as if they're starting."

Fantasy Impact:

Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett are all in the mix. Pierce has a pedestrian 4.0 YPC, while Taliaferro averaged 5.1 YPC in his first career game against the Browns in Week 3.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) took full practice reps again Thursday. Pierce is likely to play, though his place in the pecking order is unclear after a nice game from rookie runner Lorenzo Taliaferro.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Ravens WR Steve L Smith (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Smith will be fine to face his old team. It will be especially tough to bench him in a revenge game. He has had this game circled on his calendar since signing with the Ravens.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Daniels may just be getting a day off. He’s expected to play heavy snaps with Dennis Pitta sidelined.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) practiced fully Wednesday. Pierce seems likely to play, though his place in the pecking order is unclear after a nice game from rookie runner Lorenzo Taliaferro.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 12:01pm

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

Ravens TE Owen Daniels will become the starter with Dennis Pitta out, and he has shown in the past that he can handle the job. He started all but four games he played in during his eight years with Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston, and had two Pro Bowl seasons (2008, 2012).

Daniels has proven he can be relied on this season as well. He’s been targeted 12 times and caught 10 of those passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns through three games. Only running back Justin Forsett (15 targets, 13 receptions) has a better reception percentage on the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact:

The question with Daniels is how well his body will hold up over the course of a long season. He sat out two weeks of practice and missed three preseason games due to fatigued legs. Now those legs will have to carry a heavier load, the story points out. Crockett Gillmore and fullback Kyle Juszczyk could also see time but Daniels is the most experienced and as long as he can stay healthy should be the fantasy option to target if you're looking for a TE. The hope for owners would be Daniel at least used as the main red zone target among the options available.

Dennis Pitta to have surgery, season likely over

Monday, September 22, 2014, 4:36pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens standout tight end Dennis Pitta will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his dislocated right hip, which likely is also fractured, according to team sources.

Pitta dislocated his right hip for the second time in the past year, getting hurt without being touched during the second quarter of Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.

This is a major setback for Pitta, one that probably ends his season and casts doubt on his career outlook.

Pitta will remain in a Cleveland hospital this week, according to sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during training camp last year and missed all but the final four games of the 2013 regular season. The story points out that when Pitta underwent surgery on his hip last year, doctors told the 2010 fourth-round draft pick that the chance of recurrence was extremely low because of the rarity of the injury and how well the procedure and rehabilitation went. As we said Sunday night, the Ravens will turn toward two-time Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels as well as rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore. They could also utilize fullback Kyle Juszczyk, a former H-back and tight end at Harvard.

Mike Tolbert (hairline fracture) already OUT Week 4

Monday, September 22, 2014, 4:29pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Panthers RB Mike Tolbert, sporting crutches and a knee brace, will miss Sunday's game with a hairline fracture in his right leg. The fullback is week to week, per HC Ron Rivera.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Stewart's (sprained knee) status is up in the air until Friday but the team is hopeful to have DeAngelo Williams back for Week 4 against the Ravens.

Jonathan Stewart has 'severely sprained' knee

Monday, September 22, 2014, 4:26pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera revealed Monday, via The Associated Press, that RB Jonathan Stewart will be held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with a severely sprained knee. He will be reassessed on Friday.

Fantasy Impact:

Having already signed tailback Darrin Reaves from the practice squad over the weekend, the Panthers will have to evaluate whether to add more depth this week. DeAngelo Williams is expected to be back and would likely carry a big workload against the Ravens. The team will also be without Mike Tolbert who has a hairline fracture in his right leg. Tolbert's considered week-to-week but will be out for Week 4.