Ravens Fantasy News

Broncos taking it easy with Wes Welker

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:40am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, Broncos HC John Fox was careful not to describe WR Wes Welker’s concussion as “mild.”

“I can’t give a level. It’s just a concussion,” Fox said. “I don’t think there’s part concussion, half concussion. Either you’re concussed or you’re not, the way I understand it.”

While it might seem like a small distinction, it’s actually quite important (even as John Harbaugh was describing Bernard Pierce as having a mild concussion). Getting coaches to accept the seriousness of head injuries is a huge step, as for too long, there was a “rub some dirt on it,” element to the business.

Fantasy Impact:
But since this is Welker’s third concussion in 10 months, the Broncos have no choice but to take it seriously. Fox added that Welker was in good spirits and didn't sense Welker was hinting about retiring. However, just the fact it was even a topic of conversation is a pretty scary thing - fantasy football aside. From a fantasy perspective, owners should make sure they back themselves up with an extra WR in case Welker misses time. We think Cody Latimer has a better upside than Andre Caldwell going forward, but both could contribute in various packages. Emmanuel Sanders could end up moving to the slot.

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Saints kicker competition still ongoing

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints still haven't decided on their kicker, according to coach Sean Payton, who said both Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke will get work in Thursday's preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

Payton stressed, however, that the fact the battle is still ongoing shouldn't be taken as a sign of any lack of confidence in the candidates.

When asked if New Orleans might look at kickers being released elsewhere, Payton said, "I think we feel pretty good about the two we have here."

Fantasy Impact:
There has been no clear leader based on the preseason games. The only miss so far has been an extra point attempt by Graham in the preseason opener, when the league was experimenting with 33-yard extra points. Graham is 4-for-4 on his field goal attempts, with a long of 39 yards this past Saturday night at Indianapolis. Dimke is 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, with a long of 45 yards this past Saturday. This is something to pay attention for those who have already taken a chance on Graham in drafts.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 4:11pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed sat out the team's practice on Monday with a sprained thumb.

Coach Jay Gruden said that Reed could have practiced but that he might have had some issues catching the ball. Gruden said that Reed should be ready for the September 7th season opener.

Reed played 23 snaps on against the Ravens on Saturday, about the same number as the rest of the offensive starters. He appeared to be healthy following the game and he was not mentioned when coach Jay Gruden discussed injuries after the game.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:29pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Owen Daniels, the Ravens' No. 2 tight end, has missed the past two preseason games with leg fatigue and is consider a Raven with falling stock.

The Ravens insist that Daniels isn't injured, but this raises a red flag especially after he broke his leg last year.

Fantasy Impact:
The article adds that fullback Kyle Juszczyk is emerging as a weapon in the passing game. He plays like a tight end in many ways and can lessen the blow if Daniels can't be counted upon.

Bernard Pierce says he's 'fine'

Monday, August 25, 2014, 9:50am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce made an early exit from Saturday night’s game against the Redskins after taking a blow to the head from Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, but it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be out of the lineup for a long time.

Pierce tweeted on Sunday that he’s “fine” after undergoing evaluation for a concussion after the hit. It’s not clear whether or not Pierce was officially diagnosed with a concussion, which would mean he has to progress through the league’s protocol before returning to action, but he has two weeks before the start of the regular season to get cleared if that was the doctor’s finding.

Fantasy Impact:
He's been diagnosed with a mild concussion. If Pierce were to miss time, and with Ray Rice suspended, the Ravens would have to turn to Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro at running back. We'll have to see if Pierce is officially diagnosed with a concussion in terms of him having to follow protocol.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:06pm

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

The matchup against the Washington Redskins Saturday night may have just been the preseason, but somebody forgot to tell Ravens wide receiver Steve L Smith Sr.

The veteran wideout looked more like a rookie trying to earn his spot rather than of a 14-year veteran with a standout resume. Smith put his intensity on display for his best performance of the preseason in the Ravens' 23-17 victory over Washington.

"That's kind of vintage Steve Smith," Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "It was great to see that."

Smith was arguably the best player on the field. He caught a game-high six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown grab was a 24-yard diving catch in the back of the end zone near the end of the first half, which gave the Ravens a lead they would build on for the victory.

"I think this was a big step with him," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "There's a reason he's been in the league as long as he has and it's because he goes out there and fights every day."

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:42am

ESPN - [Full Article]

It's unknown whether Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will play in Thursday's preseason finale.

After Rice was held out of Saturday's 23-17 preseason win over the Washington Redskins, coach John Harbaugh wouldn't say whether the team's starting running back will see the field again in the preseason.

"That was our plan this week," Harbaugh said when asked about Rice not playing after being suited up for the game. "So, next week, we'll let you know. You'll see it when you see it."

Fantasy Impact:
The story points out it would be surprising if Rice played in the Thursday preseason finale at the New Orleans Saints. The Ravens gave him plenty of reps with the first-team offense during training camp, and they probably don't want to risk running him behind a second-team offensive line in the final preseason game.

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce undergoing concussion protocol

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:39pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce undergoing concussion protocol.

Fantasy Impact:
Uh-oh. Depending on the severity of Pierce's concussion, he may not be cleared by Week 1, which means Lorenzo Taliaferro would get the start. Ray Rice's suspension doesn't end until Week 3. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 11:29am

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

The Ravens first-team line hasn’t allowed a sack in six possessions over two games. The zone stretch running game is booming, leading the NFL in yards per game. Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak has QB Joe Flacco throwing to his fullback, tight ends, receivers.

A year ago, Flacco was sacked almost 50 times, constantly under duress. His favorite wideout was gone from the huddle, traded during the offseason. His favorite tight end was injured. His passing game was predictable. His running game was missing in action.

Not only is the offense rebuilt around him with a better line, more playmakers and a topnotch coordinator, but Flacco is 29 years old, in the prime of his career, his seventh season as a starter.

Fantasy Impact:
The writer predicted Flacco would have his best season ever this year. Keep in mind, this is from the Ravens web site, but there are some good points, especially about the offensive line. Perhaps even more important, Flacco has some targets to work with and gets TE Dennis Pitta back. Flacco is rarely mentioned as a fantasy QB1, and is currently ranked 24th on our list. He could end up with QB2 value or give you some committee starts this season, though.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 11:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones anticipates QB Tony Romo playing approximately two more preseason series.

“Well, I think you’ll probably see him here against Miami about like you did the other night,” Jones said during a Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “I don’t know that we ought to do any more than that then really see not only [Brandon] Weeden but our young quarterback can get some snaps out there.”

Romo and the rest of the starters have typically played at least a half in the third preseason game, considered the dress-rehearsal game, and sits out the preseason finale.

Fantasy Impact:
The Cowboys planned for Romo to play about 12 snaps Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens, his first game action since undergoing back surgery to repair a herniated disk in December. He ended up playing 16 snaps, including two plays negated by penalty. The big question is how will he respond after taking a hit, something he didn't do in his first preseason action.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 3:38pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens running back Ray Rice, who left Saturday's preseason game after two carries to get his shoulder examined, was practicing Monday as the Ravens got back to work following their 37-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Rice, who was diagnosed with a shoulder bruise, was participating in individual drills.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden has only 20 career starts and 23 games overall in two seasons.

Some of that inexperience showed up in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens, according to coach Jason Garrett. Weeden completed 10 of 19 passes for 129 yards and an interception. He also could have had a second pass intercepted. He was sacked once and hit countless times.

It was a little different than Weeden’s start in the preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.

“As much as anything else, it’s the mechanics of the game: handle himself at the line of scrimmage, making sure we’re in the right play,” Garrett said. “His decision-making at different times was only OK in this game, but he did some good things. Obviously we’ll highlight those and try to correct the other things. Like we talked about with him all along, he needs to play. He needs to play a lot of snaps, and I think he’ll get better and better the more chances we give him in game situations.”

Fantasy Impact:
If Tony Romo goes down, Weeden would be given the keys to a pretty nice offense filled with talent. Dustin Vaughan has got a ton of attention in preseason games but is still 4th on the team's depth chart and may not make the team. Caleb Hanie is the team's QB3 behind Weeden.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 11:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley believes TE Owen Daniels' stock is falling.

The 31-year-old tight end was among the disappointments in training camp. Daniels lacked explosion and failed to get separation from linebackers. He made only one catch in the preseason opener for six yards. Now, Daniels missed the final two days of camp and didn't play in the second preseason opener because the Ravens wanted to "rest his legs."

This is troubling when you consider he broke his leg last season.

Fantasy Impact:
Daniels and Pitta were supposed to be a lethal combo in two TE sets but perhaps that won't be the case this year if Daniels can't get his legs going. Pitta was still the player to own at the Raven TE position.

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 12:14pm

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

The Ravens got a preview Saturday night of what could happen in the first two weeks of the regular season. With starting running back Ray Rice suspended for the first two weeks, Bernard Pierce will be the lead dog. In the second preseason game in Dallas, Pierce showed that he can handle the load.

Pierce ran seven times for 55 yards, including a long 30-yard rumble. He looked decisive and powerful in the Ravens’ new zone run scheme and consistently picked up good yardage before breaking loose.

“[I’m preparing] exactly the same way,” Pierce said.

“The mentality that I was coached in in college and this level is next man up. If something bad were to happen, you have to be ready. If you’re not ready, the next guy’s going to be ready. It has to be done.”

Fantasy Impact:
Pierce had a strong rookie season but than struggled last year when everyone expected a big step forward. That was at least partly due to injuries. Pierce feels strong this year, and while he'll be the Ravens RB1 for two weeks, it's two pretty touch matchups before Rice gets back in Week 3. We rank Pierce 39th, meaning he could have some deeper league value. It's obviously important to see how the Ravens use him as well.

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 10:18am

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

The competition for the Ravens’ final receiver spots may be closer than any other position on the team.

Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak said it’s the tightest receiver battle he’s ever seen. Head Coach John Harbaugh told reporters this week that the preseason games will be critical in determining which receivers play their way onto the team.

Perhaps no player made a better case for himself Saturday against the Cowbys than third-year wideout Deonte Thompson. The speedy receiver delivered the games’ biggest play when he ran back a kickoff for a 108-yard touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:
Thompson is battling behind Torrey Smith, Steve Smith Sr., Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown for a receiver spot. He’s competing with Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and undrafted rookie Jeremy Butler. The Ravens typically keep five or six receivers on the 53-man roster.