Ravens Fantasy News

Martellus: Marc Trestman is 'going to be an excellent coordinator for the Ravens'

Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:48am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Marc Trestman’s leadership abilities have come under fire in the wake of his two-year stint in Chicago, something that tight end Martellus Bennett didn’t do much to argue against in an appearance on NFL Network on Friday. Bennett did say that he thinks a move to the offensive coordinator role with the Ravens will work out well for coach and team.

“Trestman, I think, first off, the issue that he had, probably, was managing us all, all the different personalities,” Bennett said. “There’s a lot of big personalities. And I think, for a first-time head coach in the NFL, dealing with all the personalities that you have, I think that’s hard when you got guys like me, you know, [Brandon] Marshall … Lance Briggs on defense, (Charles) Tillman … Calling plays, he was excellent. I think he’s going to be an excellent coordinator for the Ravens. Strategically, he was great. But on the field, guys just weren’t executing.”

Fantasy Impact:

We generally agree, though Trestman takes a very pass-heavy approach, and that will impact the strong running game that Gary Kubiak built in 2014.

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Ravens will keep 'some of the same principles' in the running game under OC Marc Trestman

Monday, January 26, 2015, 11:30am

Tom Pelissero, Twitter - [Full Article]

Pending FA Justin Forsett told me he's heard the Ravens will keep some of the same principles with the run scheme under new OC Marc Trestman.

Fantasy Impact:

The first order of business will be to re-sign Forsett, who should see his PPR upside increase due to Trestman's tendency to use his running backs in the passing game. Under Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. Depending on his asking price, re-signing the 29-year-old Forsett isn't a no-brainer for the Ravens, though he's not likely to garner a huge contract in free agency. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he'll likely hold RB2-type draft value if he stays in Baltimore.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh says 'we'll see' when asked about TE Dennis Pitta

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh's tone regarding tight end Dennis Pitta seemingly went from cautiously optimistic to just being cautious.

Pitta, who has suffered serious hip injuries in each of the past two seasons, saw a couple of specialists last week, and Harbaugh said he couldn't give any updates right now.

"I did get kind of an overview of that report from our trainer that I wouldn’t really want to share until Dennis has had a chance to kind of consider all of the ramifications of it," Harbaugh said. "But I think we’ll have something on that in a couple of weeks, kind of on Dennis’ time frame. We’ll see where that goes.”

Harbaugh indicated in early December that he expects Pitta to make a full recovery, and he said at the end of the season that he was "cautiously optimistic" about his return in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't sound like Pitta is certain to return in 2015. OC Marc Trestman had success with Martellus Bennett while in Chicago, so if the Ravens have a talented tight end, he'll be on the fantasy radar next season.

Ravens hire Marc Trestman as offensive coordinator

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:36pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens hired former Bears HC Marc Trestman as offensive coordinator, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Trestman has had some terrific offenses over the years, including four top 10 units (49ers in '95 and '96, Raiders in '02 and the Bears in '13). His arrival bodes well for Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett (specifically in the passing game).

Report: Bills will hire Rex Ryan as HC, Greg Roman as OC

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 11:47am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Buffalo Bills are putting the finishing touches on a five-year deal that will make Rex Ryan their next head coach, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Ryan and the Bills are expected to hire 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman to the same position in Buffalo, sources told ESPN. Ryan and Roman previously worked together as assistant coaches with the Ravens.

The Bills also have said they would like to keep Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator and pair him with the best head coach possible. Ryan already has spoken to Schwartz about staying as Buffalo's defensive coordinator, a league source told ESPN. But Schwartz runs a 4-3 defensive scheme with a wide-9 front -- used consistently this year only by the Bills and Lions, according to a source -- while Ryan prefers a hybrid 3-4 scheme.

Fantasy Impact:

Somewhat surprisingly, Ryan stays in the AFC East. He inherits a great defense and a suspect offense with major QB issues. Roman's offense was somewhat disappointing given the weapons in San Francisco.

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:48pm

Ravens Inactives

CB Chris Greenwood
DE Steven Means
DT Terrence Cody
OL Ryan Jensen
DT Casey Walker
TE Phillip Supernaw
DE DeAngelo Tyson

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 19. Daniels should be fine to face New England. He has scored one touchdown in his last nine games.

Ravens can slow Rob Gronkowski, but it will come at a cost

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:44pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Ravens have only allowed five touchdowns to tight ends in the regular season, and they held Jimmy Graham to 47 yards receiving. Do the Ravens have a chance of slowing down Rob Gronkowski, or do you throw out those numbers because he is on a different level?

Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss: They can definitely slow Gronkowski, but it will come at a cost. One of the most impressive things about Gronkowski’s season to me is how his 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns hardly tell the whole story. It’s plays like touchdown catches by Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen against the Broncos on Nov. 2 that highlight his true value because there were three to four defenders swarming around Gronkowski in the end zone, creating those one-on-one opportunities for Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen. That was pretty commonplace this season with Gronkowski, who is a pure combination tight end in the sense that he can also dominate as a blocker when he wants; it's not just catching the ball. So I’d be surprised if the Ravens can slow Gronkowski consistently with just one player like safety Will Hill. But if they want to devote extra resources to it, they can probably dictate the ball going elsewhere, and the Patriots have shown the ability to capitalize when that happens.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens are #19 in TE aFPA in the last 10 games, so we're not too concerned about their chances to shutting down Gronkowski. The Patriots have enough weapons in the passing game to make Baltimore pay if they consistently double- or triple-team Gronkowski.

There's a good chance that Torrey Smith draws an interference penalty this week

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:21pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

One the NFL’s most-penalized defenders, New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner, could cross paths Saturday with the league’s most prolific receiver in terms of drawing pass interference penalties, Torrey Smith.

Smith led the NFL with 11 defensive pass interference penalties drawn for 229 yards during the regular season, according to Football Outsiders, and added a 12th for 29 yards against the Steelers in the wild-card game. The next closest receiver, Green Bay Packers star Jordy Nelson, drew six flags for 129 yards.

“It’s definitely frustrating, but again, it’s part of the game,” Smith said this week. “I don’t want to be known for a guy that’s just getting held all the time, but it just happens. If I knew why it kept happening … I guess most times it’s because I’m moving pretty good, and it kind of surprises them a little bit, so they grab you.”

Browner, a physical corner signed from the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, has played just nine games for the Patriots. He was called for five defensive pass interference penalties this season, and 15 penalties overall.

Fantasy Impact:

Unfortunately, pass interference penalties don't count in fantasy football.

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman 'working overtime' to re-establish their connection

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 2:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

When New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman takes the field in Saturday’s divisional-round playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, it will mark his first game in almost a month. No one is more excited about that than Edelman, although quarterback Tom Brady probably isn’t far behind.

The two are working overtime to re-establish and fine-tune the connection that helped Edelman produce a team-high 92 receptions before he was shut down during the final games of the season with a concussion.

“We’ve been practicing the last week and a half or something; I know Tom a little bit here now, these last few years. He knows me. There’s a foundation,” Edelman relayed in his first remarks to the press since Dec. 14 following a victory over the Dolphins. "But even if whatever happened didn’t happen, we still have to continue to try to get better. That’s what we’re trying to do -- staying after, throwing a couple extra routes, bouncing ideas off each other. Like any other week, I guess, but the stakes are a little higher.”

Fantasy Impact:

Edelman should hit the ground the running against a shaky Baltimore secondary. He was the #13 WR in PPR formats before missing the final two games with a concussion.

Ravens WR Torrey Smith expects to see Brandon Browner more than Darrelle Revis

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 10:54pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

When Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith breaks the huddle Saturday against the New England Patriots, he anticipates having cornerback Brandon Browner frequently matching up against him.

Browner is one of the biggest and most physical corners in the NFL at 6-feet-4, 221 pounds. His style is based on roughing up wide receivers.

And Torrey Smith expects to see plenty of Browner during an AFC divisional round playoff game at Gillette Stadium instead of Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis is expected to line up against Steve L Smith most of the time.

Fantasy Impact:

Revis has been significantly better in coverage than Browner this season, so this is good news for those owners hoping to use him this week. He has been the #13 WR since Week 6, and has scored 11 touchdowns in his last 12 games.

Patriots TE Tim Wright could be 'a bigger part of the plan' vs. Ravens

Monday, January 5, 2015, 6:16pm

Mike Reiss, ESPN - [Full Article]

The Ravens are one of the tougher run defenses in the NFL, ranking fourth this season in holding opponents to an average of 88.3 yards per game and not allowing a 100-yard rusher in the past 27 games. They are a sturdy front seven and with this in mind, it's hard to imagine the Patriots go with a heavy diet of bigger personnel and a power-running approach. Instead, a more likely scenario is that the Patriots attempt to manipulate matchups in hopes of lightening the box and getting the Ravens into sub packages to test their overall quality and depth in the defensive backfield, which is their primary area of vulnerability. For the Patriots to do this, adding a second tight end with more of a pass-catching profile, third receiver, or second running back makes sense. This is where Wright, a "move" tight end, could be a bigger factor. When blocking-based tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is paired with Rob Gronkowski, it usually results in opponents playing base defense. But when Wright is paired with Gronkowski, it has sometimes been sub because he's more of a pass-catching threat. The Patriots have had success going up-tempo with that grouping as well, so we could envision Wright being a bigger part of the plan Saturday, with receiver Danny Amendola and running back Brandon Bolden (in a two-back set with Shane Vereen) as other options.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright's production has been spotty, but when the Patriots have called his number, he has usually delivered.

Saturday, January 3, 2015, 7:04pm

Ravens Inactives
Eugene Monroe T
Timmy Jernigan DT
Terence cody DT
Phillip Supernaw TE
Casey Walker DT
Chris Greenwood CB
Steven Means DE

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18. Daniels will be fine to face Pittsburgh. It’s a so-so matchup.

Steelers RB Josh Harris will start if Le'Veon Bell can't play

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 4:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers RB Josh Harris is in line to start Saturday with LeVeon Bell probably still a couple of first downs shorts of questionable for the 8:15 p.m. ET game at Heinz Field.

Harris had just nine carries for 16 yards in five regular-season games, but the 5-11, 210-pounder ripped off a 59-yard run last Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

A holding penalty wiped out much of the gain. But the play goes down as one of the Steelers’ most significant 3-yard runs in recent memory given the role Harris might play against the Ravens.

"Josh is ready," said Bell, who did some light running and rode a stationary bike on Wednesday. "I’ve been watching him all year and I know what he’s capable of. You got a little glimpse of him (in) the Bengals game. He’s explosive. He knows all of his assignments. He’s not out there thinking any more. He’s just playing football. He’s only going to get better."

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens are tough to run on, so we have Harris projected for about 74 yards on 18.7 touches.