Ravens Fantasy News

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Pierce will continue to serve as the primary backup to Justin Forsett with Lorenzo Taliaferro out for the year.

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Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Ravens WR Jacoby Jones (illness, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (back) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Pierce will continue to serve as the primary backup to Justin Forsett with Lorenzo Taliaferro out for the year.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Ravens WR Jacoby Jones (illness) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Ravens TE Owen Daniels (not injury related) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Daniels told reporters that he was motivated to stick it to his old team after seeing that Houston considered him “not good enough” to retain. Owners in need of a TE dart throw could do a lot worse.

La Canfora: Case Keenum expected to start for Texans in Week 16

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 10:53am

Jason La Canfora, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans HC Bill O'Brien is delaying an official announcement as long as possible but every expectation Case Keenum starts vs. Ravens on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Andre Johnson averaged 6.9 catches for 100 yards and 0.6 TD (on nearly 12 targets) in the eight games in which Keenum played last season. DeAndre Hopkins' numbers were relatively unchanged with Keenum under center.

Texans won't reveal starting quarterback until Sunday

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7:21pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien isn't revealing who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Ravens.

The Texans can go with Case Keenum, who was signed this week off of the St. Louis Rams practice squad and went 0-8 as a starter for the Texans last season, or they can start mobile former Buffalo Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.

"We're not going to publicly name who's starting," O'Brien said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday. "We'll let everybody see that when the game starts."

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans don't hold much of an advantage in this situation, but they do have the element of surprise. We would guess that Thaddeus Lewis gets the nod since he has been with the team longer, but Case Keenum had some success with Andre Johnson in 2013 and knows the offense well.

Ravens TE Owen Daniels motivated to face his old team

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens tight end Owen Daniels remembers receiving the sheet of paper from the Houston Texans informing him of his release. Recounting the situation Wednesday, Daniels said there was a check mark by "wasn't good enough" on why the Texans were releasing him.

"I have [the sheet] with me in the house," Daniels said. "I don't have it up in my locker. I can see it. I have a decent memory."

"Obviously, when you work somewhere for so long and they say you're not good enough to play there anymore and you get a chance to play them that following season, you definitely want to prove to them that they made a mistake," Daniels said. "But I've been trying to do that all season with my play, and not just in this one game."

Fantasy Impact:

This is the #OldTeamTheorem that Senior Editor John Paulsen always discusses on Twitter. It doesn't always pan out, but when looking for streaming/desperation options, it never hurts to start a player who is motivated to stick it to his old team.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (back) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Pierce will continue to serve as the primary backup to Justin Forsett with Lorenzo Taliaferro out for the year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Ravens WR Jacoby Jones (illness) did not practice Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 3:01pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The Ravens placed rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro on injured reserve due to a sprained foot suffered against the Miami Dolphins, signing former New England Patriots defensive tackle Casey Walker to the active roster.

Fantasy Impact:

Taliaferro was in a walking boot last week and wasn't expected to recover anytime soon, prompting the Ravens to promote rookie running back Fitz Toussaint from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how the Ravens backfield plays out heading into next year, more specifically, what the team will do with Justin Forsett, who is having a nice season. Bernard Pierce will be the team's RB2, but hasn't really been able to seize the starting job in his short career.

Texans think Andre Johnson plays Week 16

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:19am

HoustonTexans.com - [Full Article]

WR Andre Johnson will likely return to the starting lineup for the Texans against Baltimore.

“I think he feels better today,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “Looks like we would have Andre Johnson back for Sunday.”

Fantasy Impact:

On December 7, Johnson suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in Jacksonville. After failing to clear the league’s concussion protocol, Johnson was inactive in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Colts. Week 16's matchup actually isn't a bad one as the Ravens are 28th in allowing fantasy points to WRs. But the Texans QB situation is very much up in the air right now and will likely limit Johnson's value this week.

Blake Bortles dealing with sprained foot

Monday, December 15, 2014, 2:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Tennessee will be in Jacksonville to face the 2-11 Jaguars in the final Thursday night game of the year. The Titans have already beaten the Jaguars once, so another win this week would guarantee they finish ahead of Jacksonville and that they will pick no higher than second once the first round gets underway.

There’s a chance that they’ll be facing Chad Henne instead of Blake Bortles in that contest. Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that Jaguars coach Gus Bradley deemed Bortles questionable for that game because of a sprain in the middle of his right foot.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story says, Bortles played every snap in Sunday’s 20-12 loss to the Ravens and absorbed eight sacks on the way to defeat, but it wasn’t immediately apparent during the game that he suffered an injury. He’s been on the injury report in recent weeks, perhaps because of the 46 overall sacks the team’s allowed since he took over for Henne earlier this season, but not because of a foot issue.

Texans bring back QB Case Keenum

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:22am

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Case Keenum is returning to the Texans.

Keenum, the former record-breaking University of Houston quarterback who was on St. Louis’ practice squad, will be signed and added to the Texans’ active roster for the last two games against Baltimore and Jacksonville at NRG Stadium.

Fantasy Impact:

Because Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) and Tom Savage (knee) were injured in Sunday’s 17-10 loss at Indianapolis, the Texans are in the market for at least one quarterback and possibly two to join recently signed free-agent Thad Lewis. Fitzpatrick’s season is over with the broken leg. If Savage suffered extensive damage to his knee, as many suspect, Lewis and Keenum should be active against the Ravens. Savage is going to have an MRI Monday to determine the extent to his injury. Neither really presents a great fantasy outlook.