Ravens Fantasy News

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. It looks like Evans will play, though the Bucs play early so we should know for sure on Sunday morning. He’s a WR4-type in his first game back in a so-so matchup against the Ravens.

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Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 6. Jason La Canfora reported that the Bucs expect V-Jax to play in Week 6. We’re probably more worried about Ravens CB Jimmy Smith than we are the rib injury. Tampa plays early on Sunday.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (right thumb) missed practice again Thursday. McCown has apparently lost his job to Mike Glennon, per head coach Lovie Smith. Mike Glennon has a tough matchup with the Ravens, but he has played well thus far.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Ravens WR Marlon Brown (pelvis) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Consider him a WR4 type if he’s able to face the Ravens.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) missed practice again Thursday. Jason La Canfora reported that the Bucs expect V-Jax to play in Week 6. We’re probably more worried about Ravens CB Jimmy Smith than we are the ribs, though it would be good for Jackson to get a practice in on Friday.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Ravens WR Marlon Brown (pelvis) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This comes as something of a surprise as Evans was expected to miss at least two weeks with the injury. We’ll see how much he’s able to participate throughout this week’s practice. Consider him a WR3/WR4 type if he’s able to face the Ravens.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 5:38pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

With Carson Palmer still in a holding pattern, waiting for some clarity on his injured shoulder, and Drew Stanton going through concussion protocol, the Cardinals are in the market for some quarterback depth.

With some free space on the practice squad, they've signed former Steelers, Ravens, Bills and Eagles quarterback Dennis Dixon. The 29-year-old Oregon product spent time with Arizona coach Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh and knows how to run his system if need be.

Ravens don't mind using three RBs

Monday, October 6, 2014, 8:27pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked Monday whether he was comfortable sticking with the hot hand at running back or if he preferred one back to step up to become the featured runner.

"I don't really care. It doesn't matter," Harbaugh said. "I just want yards. I want us to be averaging 4.5 to 5 yards per carry, and 5 yards a carry is what will lead the league. To do that, we have to rip off some long runs. And let's be good with three different guys. That's what we need to do."

The Ravens' running back by committee is working. The Ravens rank No. 9 in the NFL with an average of 4.7 yards per carry, and they're doing it by being the only team with three backs who have over 30 carries.

Fantasy Impact:

Justin Forsett, who has started the past three games, is the leading rusher with 297 yards. But Harbaugh made a point to say that he wants more carries for Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro. You get the sense that Harbaugh liked what he saw out of Pierce, whose four runs went for 13, 12, 3 and 3 yards, according to the story. Against the Panthers, Taliaferro was the closer and came on in the second half against a tired Panther defense, but didn't see much time when the Ravens trailed against the Colts Week 5. It very well could depend on how the game is going in terms of how each back is used. At least for now, Forsett is probably the safest among the three.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:50am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce ran hard through the middle for a pair of first downs in the third quarter Sunday, displaying no effects of a quadriceps injury that had hampered him for the past few weeks.

Despite Pierce gaining 13 yards and 12 yards on his first two carries, the drive stalled and he would see limited playing time overall in his first game back. Pierce finished with 30 yards on four carries in the Ravens' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was his first action since getting hurt prior to the Ravens’ win last month over the Cleveland Browns.

“I felt good, like I was able to contribute to the best of my ability,” Pierce said. “Hopefully, that’s a start of more to come. Once I got in the game, it was starting to get away from us a little bit. We had to switch it up and go back to the air game.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens ran the ball a season-low 15 times for 90 yards, but averaged six yards per carry, led by Justin Forsett’s 42 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro carried just five times for 18 yards. Forsett did add seven catches for 55 yards, and with the return of Pierce, seems to be the go-to guy in this crowded backfield right now.

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 6:55pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has multiple ways of deploying TE Coby Fleener while TE Dwayne Allen has doubled as an extra tackle as he did when the Colts came out running on the Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 3 loss.

"Their versatility is something we value in our offense and help Andrew know he has two guys who are big, fast and explosive matched up against linebackers and safeties in the middle of the field," Hamilton said. "Dwayne is an every-down tight end who can hold the point of attack in the run game and is fast enough to create separation from man coverage and stretch the field vertically."

Fantasy Impact:

Against the Eagles, Allen had just one target without a catch, but has had a TD in each of the three other games. He has 11 catches for 145 yards while Fleener has 10 catches for 109 yards and two TDs. While the two have been usable fantasy options, they continue to take away opportunities from one another keeping their fantasy value capped a bit. We still see Allen as the guy to own here, and have him ranked 14th on our TE list in a tough matchup against the Ravens.

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:05pm

Indianapolis Star - [Full Article]

The Colts have taken an unstructured approach to how RBs Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw are used, and that's yielding results.

"One guy starts breathing a little bit heavy and I look at him and he looks a little bit tired, I say, 'Hey, why don't we get (Bradshaw) in the game?' " coach Chuck Pagano said. "So Trent comes out, (Bradshaw) goes in, rips off a 10-yard gain, catches a touchdown pass. Trent goes in, runs a touchdown right on the goal line."

So far, there's been plenty of room for both to thrive.

"It takes care of itself," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "There are times where we have specific plays for Trent and then we have certain plays that we would prefer to have Ahmad run. But at the end of the day, we understand that when you run 82 plays in a game, you want to keep your guys fresh."

Fantasy Impact:

The committee situation makes both players flex plays most weeks. This week, even in a tough matchup, Bradshaw is ranked 22nd and Richardson 32nd in standard formats. Bradshaw, of course, has more value in a PPR league and gets a bump to 20th in our rankings. The Ravens are 2nd in allowing fantasy points to RBs so start either with caution this week.

Ravens Beat: Steve Smith seeking revenge on the Colts as well

Friday, October 3, 2014, 11:10pm

Jamison Hensley, ESPN - [Full Article]

After Ravens WR Steve L Smith got revenge on the Panthers on Sunday, a teammate says Smith wants similar payback this Sunday against the Colts. It was only two years ago that Smith and Colts cornerback Vontae Davis got in a heated scuffle, with both ending up on the ground. Smith has had this game circled, even though it hasn't been as publicized. He could be in store for another monster outing.

Fantasy Impact:

One concern we have about Smith this week is a possible letdown after a very emotional outing against the Panthers in Week 4, but it sounds as if Smith has a chip on his shoulder when it comes to the Colts as well. Smith owners should be happy to hear that.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Bradshaw will be fine for a tough matchup with the Ravens.