Ravens Fantasy News

Ravens unsure when WR Breshad Perriman will return

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 1:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In a situation that is starting to feel reminiscent to last season, the Baltimore Ravens are uncertain when wide receiver Breshad Perriman will return.

Asked if there was any update on Perriman, coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, "I don't. I wish I did."

Fantasy Impact:

Harbaugh was told Perriman would return by the middle of August after he partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee two months ago. But, at this point, Baltimore doesn't have a time frame on when Perriman will get back. The Ravens have until Sept. 3 to determine whether to keep Perriman on PUP. If he remains on the list, he would miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.

Monday, August 15, 2016, 8:34pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

The longest reception by an Eagles wideout went for 10 yards in their opening preseason game. It belonged to Paul Turner, an undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech, who also was the team's leading receiver for the evening, with six catches for 34 yards.

The two longest receptions went to tight ends - 19 yards to Zach Ertz and 16 to M.J. McFarland. With Jordan Matthews sidelined by a knee injury, the field was wide open for 2015 No. 1 pick Nelson Agholor, 2014 third-round pick Josh Huff, former Giants second-round pick Rueben Randle, or former Rams and Ravens starter Chris Givens to step up and make a case.

None of them did. Turner was the lone bright spot. Eagles quarterbacks passed for 114 yards, with several drops.

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagle receivers couldn't get a lot of separation against the Bucs. Randle played uninspired, admitting camp has taken a toll on him. Agholor played 32 snaps and was target twice but didn't catch a pass. This is an area to watch for potential fantasy owners to hopefully see some improvement in their next contest. Outside of Matthews, there isn't a lot of excitement from a fantasy standpoint right now.

Monday, August 15, 2016, 4:29pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will finally make his preseason debut against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.

That’s the plan for now at least. That’s because we’ve seen anything can happen when it comes to Luck and the Colts.

There was the cancelled Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7. That was out of the Colts' and Green Bay Packers' control because of the poor field conditions.

Most people thought Luck would play a series or two against Buffalo last weekend.

Owner Jim Irsay had other ideas. He tweeted out about two before kickoff that Luck would sit the game out and took a subtle shot at Bills coach Rex Ryan’s aggressive approach in the preseason.

Ravens targeting the TE

Monday, August 15, 2016, 4:28pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ever since the Ravens signed Benjamin Watson in the off-season and re-signed Dennis Pitta, the tight end position figured to be among the deepest on the team and the most utilized by the offense.

Training camp injuries to Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Daniel Brown and Pitta have left the Ravens with three healthy tight ends at times, including two, Darren Waller and Nick Boyle, who will miss the first four and 10 games, respectively, for violating the NFL drug policy.

It hasn't stopped offensive coordinator Marc Trestman from calling plays for his tight ends.

In Thursday's 22-19 preseason opening victory over the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, tight ends were targeted for 16 of the 28 passes attempted by quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Josh Johnson.

Fantasy Impact:

The tight ends responded with 11 catches for 105 yards, including five for 48 yards by Waller, a converted wide receiver, the story said. Watson has been one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets throughout training camp. Watson will likely open the season as one of the starting tight ends, along with Gillmore, who returned to practice Monday after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Pitta remains sidelined with a sprained finger, the story all said.

Monday, August 15, 2016, 1:12pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Wide receiver and punt returner Michael Campanaro, who had missed more than a week of camp with an undisclosed injury that Ravens coach John Harbaugh called “strains,” returned to the practice field Monday.

“As far as the next three preseason games, basically I’m looking to come out and make plays when I get the opportunity, whether it’s special teams or offense. We’ll see where go from there,” Campanaro said.

Campanaro said the chances of him playing in Saturday’s second preseason game at Indianapolis are "pretty high.”

Ravens Beat: Don't forget about Justin Forsett

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 8:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Terrance West stole the show in Monday night's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium with his big runs. Kenneth Dixon became the star of Saturday night's workout before 25,000 at the stadium with his open-field moves.

The one Baltimore Ravens running back that few are talking about this training camp is the one who has led the team in rushing the last two seasons. Justin Forsett finds himself in the peculiar position of being atop the depth chart while flying under the radar.

"Justin is quietly having an excellent camp," coach John Harbaugh said.

Forsett's 1,907 yards rushing the last two seasons are the eighth-most in the NFL. But unlike some of the others ahead of him on that list -- DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and Le'Veon Bell -- Forsett hasn't been guaranteed a starting spot.

Harbaugh declined to name his No. 1 running back in February, and the Ravens drafted a running back in the fourth round for the third straight year. That put a huge question mark at the running back position for the offseason and training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

What Forsett has working for him is the best track record in this running back group. Since Forsett surprisingly filled Ray Rice's starting spot in 2014, his 22 runs over 20 yards (first), 4.9-yard rushing average (fifth) and 2,323 yards from scrimmage all rank in the top 10 among running backs the last two seasons. He is five years older than any back on the roster, the story said, and those other guys are all just making bigger plays right now. If the trend continues, it's hard not to see this turning into a committee or hot-hand situation.

Ravens getting thin at TE, WR

Monday, August 8, 2016, 2:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

By the end of Monday's practice, the Ravens were left with just one tight end (Benjamin Watson) who wasn't injured or facing suspension, and nearly half of their wide receivers are sidelined.

The Ravens' tight end group was hit hard again Monday, when Maxx Williams and Daniel Brown both left practice early. Williams suffered a noncontact injury, and Brown took a vicious shot to the chin from cornerback Sam Brown.

Coach John Harbaugh initially indicated Williams' injury wasn't serious.

Crockett Gillmore injured his hamstring on July 29 and hasn't returned. Dennis Pitta has been out since spraining his finger on Monday. With Williams and Brown hurt, the Ravens were down to Watson, Darren Waller and Nick Boyle in Monday's practice.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens aren't faring much better at the wide receiver position. Of the team's 12 receivers, there are five dealing with injuries: Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles), Breshad Perriman (knee), Michael Campanaro (undisclosed), Chris Moore (lower left leg) and Chris Matthews (undisclosed).

Once again, Terrance West standing out in camp

Friday, August 5, 2016, 3:37pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Terrance West (Northwestern) continues to be one of the standout players in training camp for the Ravens.

Having flamed out in both Cleveland and Tennessee during his first two years in the NFL, West is showing flashes of what he did in college, where he broke the Football Championship Subdivision record with 41 touchdowns as a senior in leading the Tigers to the national title game.

Fantasy Impact:

After losing about 15 pounds, the 5-10, 225-pound running back appears to be in the hunt for more carries – and perhaps a starting role – when the season begins, the story said. This has been a continuous theme since camp opened, as you've probably noticed in the news feed. Kenneth Dixon was supposed to be the surprise back out of this backfield but he just recently returned from injury. It will be interesting to see if West keeps this up what the Ravens do. Right now, there's just too many cooks in the kitchen when you factor in Justin Forsett and Buck Allen.

Kenneth Dixon returns to practice

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 12:04pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Rookie running back Kenneth Dixon returned to practice for the Ravens today after missing all but the first training camp workout with a knee injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Dixon was thought to be a big contributor at the start of camp but has some work to do. Terrance West had made huge strides so far. The Ravens are deep at RB with Justin Forsett and Buck Allen also in the mix.

Kamar Aiken eyes starting role

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 11:55am

BaltimoreRavens.com - [Full Article]

For many NFL players it would be a slap in the face to be overlooked after having the season Kamar Aiken did last year, putting up nearly 1,000 receiving yards and 75 catches.

Aiken’s reaction?

“I’m not working hard enough,” Aiken said. “I probably have to do a little more.”

Much of the buzz surrounding Ravens training camp has centered on when Steve Smith Sr.and Breshad Perriman are going to come back – and with good reason. They’re two key players.

Meanwhile, just as he did last year when Smith and Perriman were injured, Aiken has gone about his business of being the Ravens’ most impressive wide receiver on the field.

Fantasy Impact:

Aiken became a starter, and the team’s top target, last season. Now he’s looking to keep a stranglehold on it when everyone’s healthy. Fortunately for Aiken, it's a position that's had its share of setbacks. Back in June those who follow the team felt Aiken was the best WR2 option but that remains to be seen with Smith, Perriman and now Wallace all in the fold.

Dennis Pitta (finger) out of practice

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 9:53am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Tight end Dennis Pitta, who sprained his finger in a scuffle during Monday’s open practice at M&T Bank Stadium, is out as expected.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens are missing 13 players, including another TE in Crockett Gillmore. The team still has Maxx Williams and Ben Watson who are able to take reps.

Ravens Beat: Terrance West 'in the conversation' as starter

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 8:31am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Still No. 3 on the Ravens' depth chart, Terrance West has been the No. 1 playmaker for the Baltimore offense so far this training camp. He's hitting holes, making cuts to elude tackles and producing big gains consistently.

With each passing training camp practice, West looks more like the potential filled third-round pick from 2014 and not a back who has bounced around three teams in the past three seasons.

"I think I’ve been focused, but I’m more dialed in because of the situation I was in and coming to Baltimore," West said. "This is my hometown, so there’s a lot at stake."

Fantasy Impact:

The story sums up the fantasy impact nicely: Ravens coach John Harbaugh hasn't officially named a starting running back this year, and it seems like the team is taking a wait-and-see approach in the backfield. This is the deepest running back group in Ravens' history, and Baltimore could either go with the hot hand from week to week or stick with one back if someone clearly steps up. Almost one full week into camp, Justin Forsett and Buck Allen are taking the reps with the first two teams, which doesn't come as a surprise. Forsett has led Baltimore in rushing the past two years, and Allen started the final six games of last season. Both have been solid in training camp. But West has put himself in the conversation with his impressive start to camp. He has clearly caught the attention of the coaching staff.

Ravens waive Trent Richardson

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 3:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Ravens waived the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft Tuesday. Trent Richardson hasn’t been able to stay healthy and never stayed on the field long enough to sustain his latest comeback attempt.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson was hurt this year, but did lose 20 pounds heading into camp, according to the story. We just had an article today about the hot start Terrance West is having at camp, yet he was still on the roster bubble. The Ravens are deep at the position at the moment so this isn't a shocking move.

Terrance West standing out at Ravens camp

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 8:38am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The fans that attended the Ravens' open practice Monday night saw the same thing visitors to the team facility witnessed last week: running back Terrance West repeatedly finding holes and breaking through long runs.

West, the former Towson University standout, entered training camp looking to outlast a crowded roster competition at running back, and earn a spot on the team. He’s not only been the most impressive back so far, he’s probably been the Ravens’ most explosive offensive player.

Fantasy Impact:

West is at least trying to secure a roster spot in a crowded backfield. He'll have to pass Buck Allen and Justin Forsett who seem to be at the top of the depth chart. Rookie fourth-round pick Kenneth Dixon remains sidelined with a knee injury but should make the roster. Trent Richardson (knee) and Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) are both on the physically unable to perform list.

Ravens Beat: Joe Flacco looks sharp

Monday, August 1, 2016, 8:09am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Joe Flacco was wearing a brace on his left knee. That, I can confirm. Otherwise, I saw nothing during a full-pads Baltimore Ravens training camp practice Sunday morning that told me Flacco is in any way limited just eight months removed from tearing his ACL and MCL.

You won't find a medical degree on my office wall, but what I do know is that I saw none of the clues that can tip off observers about health concerns.

Fantasy Impact:

The author reminded everyone full and immediate recovery from ACL injuries should not be taken for granted. That's especially true for Flacco, considering the relatively brief time since surgery and the always-lurking possibility of side effects. (Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, for one, opened training camp on the physically unable to perform after a "hiccup" with his knee more than 11 months after originally tearing his ACL.) Most notably, Flacco continued to take all first-team repetitions, the story went on to say.

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