Ravens Fantasy News

Ravens Beat: Justin Forsett team's most complete back

Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:53am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

There is a clear logjam at RB for the Ravens after resigning Justin Forsett last offseason, picking up Terrance West in November and using fourth-round picks on Lorenzo Taliaferro, Buck Allen and Kenneth Dixon in consecutive years.

Healthy again after breaking his arm last season, Forsett is still the likely starter even though Harbaugh has vowed to go with the hot hand. Until Allen solves his fumbling issues and gets better in pass protection and Dixon shows what he can do at the next level, Forsett remains the Ravens’ most complete back.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say: Allen is the likely No. 2 following a solid rookie season and Dixon should also get opportunities. West impressed team officials last season and could get a spot while Taliaferro needs to stay healthy. The Ravens will likely lose one or two backs with promise and even though Forsett appears to be the starter, there is plenty of talent at the position behind him on the depth chart.

Ravens Beat: RB Justin Forsett enters the camp as the 'clear lead dog,' 'his job to lose'

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 12:13am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Coming off a broken arm that cut his season short last year, Ravens RB Justin Forsett returned to summer workouts as the clear lead dog. He’s healthy once again and just two years removed from a Pro Bowl season. Still, Forsett will have to fend off talented younger competition, especially after his average yards per carry dropped from 5.4 yards in 2014 to 4.2 yards last season. He has to prove himself once again, but it’s his job to lose.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett's YPC (4.25) was better than Javorius Allen's (3.75), but the rookie showed good receiving chops, hauling in 45 catches for 353 yards and two touchdowns. Allen was the #6 RB in standard formats (#3 in PPR) from Week 11 to Week 17, while Forsett was sidelined with a wrist injury. Forsett was #17 in standard and #12 in PPR through the first 10 weeks. According to HC John Harbaugh, the two will compete for touches in 2016. Rookie Kenneth Dixon is another potential headache for Forsett owners.

Monday, July 11, 2016, 9:46am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

A little less than a month ago, kicker Justin Tucker said completing a long-term contract extension with the Ravens was a matter of when, not if. Both sides now have less than five days to make it happen.

The NFL’s seven “franchised” players have until 4 p.m. on Friday to reach agreements on long-term contracts with their respective teams. If no deal is reached, those tagged will play out the 2016 season under the franchise designation. In Tucker’s case, that would mean making $4.572 million in his fifth NFL season, a nice payday for the prolific kicker but not the outcome either side wants.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta 'moving well' and could be 'a significant contributor'

Monday, June 20, 2016, 1:57pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta was one of the more active and productive offensive players for the past couple of weeks. Pitta is moving well and caught just about everything thrown in his direction. He’s always going to be at risk of reinjuring his hip, but for now, Pitta feels good and looks like he can be a significant contributor.

Fantasy Impact:

If Pitta returns, there will really be a logjam at the position with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams already competing for snaps.

Ravens WR Steve Smith (Achilles) will likely skip the preseason

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 1:32pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens WR Steve L Smith opened up about why he returned for another season.

"A thousand receptions, to be honest," Smith said after the Ravens finished their second day of a three-day minicamp in Owings Mills. "You've got to have something to strive for."

"I may catch that, in my uniform, get in my car and go home," Smith said with a smile. "Straight from there. Drive all the way from M&T Bank [Stadium] straight to Charlotte [N.C.] in one shot."

While Ravens coach John Harbaugh has always encouraged players returning from an injury the previous season to try to get live competition in the preseason, it's likely the coach will let Smith decide if he'd rather play or rest.

For now, it appears Smith would vote against coming back before the Sept. 11 opener against the Buffalo Bills.

"I've been very comfortable throughout my career not playing in the preseason," Smith said. "I don't have any problem with that. Just four games that don't count and the liability of injury at the senior citizen age that I am, I think probably staying out will be good."

Fantasy Impact:

Through eight weeks, Smith was the #10 WR in PPR formats before tearing his Achilles. He’s 37, and doesn’t plan to play in the preseason, though he expects to be ready for Week 1. He’s still the best receiver on the team when healthy, but that’s a big caveat at this point in his career.

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) 'will be fine for the season'

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:29pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Ravens' WR Breshad Perriman does not have a torn ACL and "will be fine for the season," per source. Received stem-cell injection today.

Related players: Steve L Smith, Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace

Fantasy Impact:

We'll see what being "fine for the season" really means. He's likely to miss a number of practices and may have to earn his playing time as the season begins if he's not able to participate in camp. More concrete timelines should come out in the next week or so.

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman may not need full ACL reconstruction

Monday, June 13, 2016, 2:23pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Ravens' WR Breshad Perriman will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to determine if reconstruction surgery is necessary, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Stay tuned. It appears that Perriman may be able to play in 2016 after all, though we won't know until after his scope on Tuesday. If he's out for the year, Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace get a bump, with Steve L Smith serving as the likely WR1 if healthy.

Ravens WR Steve Smith (Achilles) uncertain of recovery timeline

Monday, June 13, 2016, 12:57am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve L Smith was talking off to the side at Lardarius Webb's charity softball game on Sunday when a foul ball zipped in his direction.

Smith, who is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury, showed an impressive burst and change of direction to avoid it.

Smith tore his Achilles tendon on Nov. 1 and hasn't participated in any offseason workouts. In March, Smith said he was confident he would be ready for the start of the regular season. On Sunday, he declined to give a timetable on his return.

"I don't know when I'm coming back," he said. "I just know I have to be able to do something in training camp to be able to play for the season. That's just the way I operate. I can't go from doing absolutely nothing [and] sitting on my butt for all of training camp and then go out there and play."

Fantasy Impact:

It's a bad idea to doubt Smith, who is one of the toughest and most resilient players in the league. But he's a 37-year-old coming off of an Achilles injury. When healthy, he'll be the WR1 for the Ravens, but one has to wonder just how many games he'll be able to play this season. Father Time is undefeated.

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman suffered a partially torn ACL, may require surgery

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 5:07pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Update on newest knee injury for Ravens WR Breshad Perriman: He suffered a partially torn ACL in his left knee and will visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday to determine if he needs potential season-ending surgery, per source. He missed last season with a partially torn PCL in his right knee.

Fantasy Impact:

If it does require surgery, then Perriman will be out for the year. If that's the case, Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace will compete for snaps opposite the still-recovering Steve L Smith (Achilles).

Ravens Beat: Kamar Aiken is the 'best option' to be the WR2

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 1:10pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

It’s understandable fans are excited about a healthy Breshad Perriman. And there is a natural curiosity for what Mike Wallace, a proven deep threat, can bring to the Ravens’ offense.

However, the Ravens’ best option to be the No. 2 wide receiver and line up across from Steve Smith Sr., assuming he’s healthy, remains Kamar Aiken.

It won’t be easy, but it will be on quarterback Joe Flacco and offensive coordinator Marc Trestman to get everyone involved. However they do it, Aiken deserves a prominent role.

Related players: Steve L Smith, Breshad Perriman, Mike Wallace

Fantasy Impact:

It's difficult to project the Baltimore receiving corps. Steve L Smith seems to be the WR1 if healthy, but he's 37 years old and coming off of a season-ending injury. Breshad Perriman was a 1st round pick and the team signed Mike Wallace in the offseason. Aiken was the most productive receiver in 2015 and is certainly the best bet to replace Smith if he were to miss any time.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett is the 'presumptive starter if healthy'

Friday, May 27, 2016, 5:19pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Justin Forsett was a breakout player for the Ravens in 2014, totaling 1,266 yards rushing — more than twice as many as any of his previous six seasons — and eight touchdowns. In Forsett’s absence, Javorius Allen started the last six games of 2015 as a rookie.

Now, the Ravens have a bevy of running backs available — Forsett, Allen, Kenneth Dixon, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West and Trent Richardson — though Forsett is the presumptive starter if healthy.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett's YPC (4.25) was better than Javorius Allen's (3.75), but the rookie showed good receiving chops, hauling in 45 catches for 353 yards and two touchdowns. Allen was the #6 RB in standard formats (#3 in PPR) from Week 11 to Week 17, while Forsett was sidelined with a wrist injury. Forsett was #17 in standard and #12 in PPR through the first 10 weeks. According to HC John Harbaugh, the two will compete for touches in 2016. Forsett will be a great value if he gets starter's touches and stays healthy. Dixon is the dark horse in Baltimore.

Ravens Beat: 'Startling' WR Breshad Perriman is 'one big and very fast wideout'

Friday, May 27, 2016, 5:02pm

Ravens - [Full Article]

Ravens.com writer Kevin Byrne:

It’s only minicamp, but last year’s No. 1 pick, receiver Breshad Perriman, is startling. That’s one big and very fast wideout flying down the field. I know, he has to prove he can be healthy and beat NFL corners, but he leaps out when you watch practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Due to the opportunity in the Ravens' receiving corps, Perriman looked like a nice sleeper prior to his injury. The Ravens signed Mike Wallace, while Steve L Smith is back and Kamar Aiken emerged as a viable WR2, so Perriman is not guaranteed starter's snaps even though he brings deep speed to the receiving corps. If this buzz continues, however, he should be able to beat out the recently disappointing Wallace for a starting job.

Ravens Beat: TE Crockett Gillmore 'is the presumed starter'

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 1:23pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Benjamin Watson is the new addition, Crockett Gillmore is the presumed starter, and Pitta is the popular veteran looking to complete what would be an uplifting comeback. Maxx Williams, a little more than a year after the Ravens traded up in the second round to get him, has become a forgotten man of sorts. But he can change that real quick by building off the solid finish to his rookie year.

Fantasy Impact:

This take is a bit surprising considering that the team signed Ben Watson and used a 2nd round draft pick on Williams last year. Rookie tight ends rarely make much of a fantasy or real-world impact, so there's no sense in writing off Williams at this point. Gillmore is recovering from offseason shoulder injury.

Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (PCL) running at early workouts

Monday, April 18, 2016, 6:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman participated in running drills for the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, which was the biggest news of the first day of the team's offseason conditioning program.

The workout session was closed to the media, but the Ravens released video and photos that showed Perriman in full stride running alongside safety Terrence Brooks, cornerback Sheldon Price and safety Matt Elam.

Perriman, Baltimore's first-round pick a year ago, is the Ravens player who has the most to prove this offseason. He didn't play a snap in the regular season because of a sprained posterior cruciate ligament.

Fantasy Impact:

Due to the opportunity in the Ravens' receiving corps, Perriman looked like a nice sleeper prior to his injury. Since then, the Ravens signed Mike Wallace, while Steve L Smith is back and Kamar Aiken emerged as a viable WR2, so Perriman is not guaranteed starter's snaps even though he brings speed and size to the receiving corps.

Monday, April 18, 2016, 10:27am

AL.com - [Full Article]

Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson signed with the Baltimore Ravens Monday morning, a source told AL.com.

Richardson flew to Baltimore Sunday night and was signed after working out for team officials Monday morning, according to the source.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson will compete with Terrance West to provide depth behind Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen.

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