Ravens Fantasy News

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Mathews is expected to play in a tough matchup against the Ravens. He’s a low-end RB2 this week.

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Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:12pm

Ravens Inactives
Arthur Brown ILB
Michael Campanaro WR
Terrence Cody NT
Gino Gradkowski C
Rashaan Melvin DB
Jah Reid T
DeAngelo Tyson DE

MNF Injury Report Week 12 - Pierre Thomas PROBABLE

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 4:42pm

Ravens
OUT
WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), T Jah Reid (hand)

PROBABLE
TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), RB Kyle Juszczyk (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee)

Saints
OUT
LB Kyle Knox (hand), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Robert Meachem (ankle)

PROBABLE
RB Travaris Cadet (hamstring), RB Mark Ingram (shoulder), CB Keenan Lewis (knee), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), T Zach Strief (chest), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas is now listed as probable and looks good for Week 12 against the Ravens. We had a news item earlier Saturday that was of the opinion Thomas wouldn't cut into Mark Ingram's workload too much, instead Thomas would likely affect Cadet's receptions and snaps. Thomas' value, at least this week, comes in PPR leagues while Ingram should remain a good option in all formats and get a bulk of the carries.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Daniels was just getting some rest.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 12:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It certainly would follow Ravens QB Joe Flacco's trend of exploiting bad secondaries this season. In four games against pass defenses ranked in the bottom 10, Flacco has completed 65.9 percent of his throws and has averaged 281.5 yards passing. He has thrown 10 touchdowns and three interceptions for a 112.0 passer rating. The Saints are the NFL's ninth-worst pass defense, and they looked even worse in allowing Andy Dalton to regain his confidence.

The biggest concern with Flacco's inconsistency is he typically has his "down" games on the road. Since the start of the 2013 season, Flacco's passer rating on the road is 73.1, the fifth worst in the NFL over that span.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (thigh) missed practice Thursday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related) missed practice Thursday. Daniels is probably just getting a day off.

Ravens' RB2 could vary from game-to-game

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:17pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro have both gone through their ups and downs during the season. So which of them will back up Justin Forsett for the final six games of the season?

“That’s a good question,” Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak acknowledged. “We know who our ‘one’ is. Our ‘one’ is playing really well. No. 29 [Justin Forsett] has played extremely well. We’ve been bouncing back and forth between Lorenzo and Bernard.

“We’re continuing to look at that. I’m trying to see what Bernard does best and what Lorenzo does best.”

Kubiak’s response indicated that the No. 2 back could vary from game-to-game, and the Ravens may ride the hot hand between the two young backs.

Fantasy Impact:

Pierce most recently served as Forsett's primary backup, but it hardly sounds as if the job is his. The larger point is that this likely turns into a committee if something happens to Forsett down the stretch.

Kelly: Brent Celek is playing better than Zach Ertz

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:09pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

On Wednesday, head coach Chip Kelly was asked why TE Zach Ertz isn't seeing the same time he was when the season started.

"Brent Celek is doing a hell of a job," Kelly said. "It would be an injustice to tell Brent he has to sit because we want to put someone else in the game."

"He is an outstanding blocker," Kelly said of Celek. "He might be the best blocking tight end in the league. He is a sure handed receiver. You saw against Carolina he had over 100 yards receiving...It doesn't have to do with Zach, it has to do with how well Brent is playing."

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz has played 35 percent or fewer snaps in two of the last three weeks. He's the #15 TE on a per game basis, behind Heath Miller, Owen Daniels and Coby Fleener. This hasn't turned out to be the breakout season that most were expecting.

Report: Saints WR Brandin Cooks breaks thumb

Monday, November 17, 2014, 11:21am

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks broke his thumb in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and could miss as much as a month, according to reports.

Cox Sports Television first reported the news Monday morning, as did NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

Cooks, the Saints' first-round draft pick in May, has 53 receptions for 550 yards in his rookie season.

Saints coach Sean Payton will meet with the media later Monday, although he typically doesn't discuss injuries.

Fantasy Impact:

Cooks is second on the Saints in receiving yards after tight end Jimmy Graham. His absence would leave Marques Colston and Kenny Stills as the top two WR targets for quarterback Drew Brees. Stills is a guy likely on wires who could see an increase in targets as a result. The Saints play Monday night in Week 12 at home against the Ravens.

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:48pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Steve Smith redemption song has skipped in recent weeks.

The veteran wide receiver began the second chapter of his distinguished NFL career in wildly successful fashion, emerging immediately as Joe Flacco's favorite target with the Ravens. Smith was putting up All-Pro numbers, and making the Panthers look foolish while he was at it.

It was a win-win situation for the outspoken star.

Smith's impact has lessened in recent weeks, however. Smith had just three receptions for 17 yards against the Titans on Sunday. He's been held under 40 yards receiving in each of the last three weeks. This comes after an open to the season in which Smith eclipsed 100 yards receiving in four of Baltimore's first six games.

"It's getting spread around a little bit, but I think that's the nature of the game," Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said, according to CSNBaltimore.com. "I think Torrey (Smith) is playing as well as he's played all year the last few weeks. ... I have to always find ways to get guys the ball."

Fantasy Impact:

Torrey Smith was supposed to be the Ravens' No. 1 option when the season opened, the story said. Perhaps this is simply a case of the offense clicking into place. He has five touchdowns over the past five weeks. We figured Smith wasn't going to be left out of the offense forever. He's always been a boom or bust type of fantasy play but Smith certainly has big-play potential.

Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:52pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The breakthrough season that Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was hoping for hasn't materialized. Pierce was initially projected as the starter once Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended and his $35 million contract was terminated.

However, a lost fumble against the Cincinnati Bengals in the season opener, a subsequent quadriceps injury and the emergence of Justin Forsett as the Ravens' featured running back has affected Pierce's status.

During a 21-7 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Pierce was more involved in the offense than usual when he rushed for 31 yards on eight carries. Pierce had just one carry for 2 yards in a 43-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers the previous week and was a healthy scratch against the Bengals the week before that.

Pierce hasn't complained about his status and said he's just trying to make the most out of his opportunities.

"It's definitely a confidence-booster," Pierce said after the win over the Titans. "I knew I still had it. Contributing to a win is definitely a good feeling."

Fantasy Impact:

Against Tennessee, Pierce had a long run of 10 yards. The Ravens wore down the Titans, rushing for 151 yards on 34 carries, but it was Forsett who led the way with 112 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Pierce had more of a role Sunday than rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, who had three carries for 10 yards one week after he lost a fumble against the Steelers. Forsett is the team's lead back and the RB2 spot is going to the guy who hasn't fumbled most recently.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (thigh, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 10.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

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 10. No worries here. Smith was just getting a standard veteran’s day off.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

Titans WR Nate Washington (shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 10. Washington is expected to play against the Ravens, though the questionable tag raises some doubt. His absence would make Justin Hunter an even better start against the Ravens.