Steve L Smith, WR Baltimore Ravens

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Sunday, August 2, 2015, 12:15pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown has a back injury and is regarded as day-to-day, according to sources.

The injury isn't considered serious at this time. Brown didn't practice Saturday, the third day of training camp.

Brown is competing for a starting job opposite five-time Pro Bowl selection Steve L Smith.

Brown, 24, has outstanding size at 6-foot-5, 214 pounds.

He caught 24 passes for 255 yards and zero touchdowns last season while being targeted only 31 times in his second year in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

Meanwhile, rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman remains sidelined with a right knee injury. Perriman landed on his knee and bruised it badly during practice last week. It's opened the door a bit for Kamar Aiken, who got some press for nice catches during Saturday's session.

Scouting Report

Steve L Smith came back strong last season, putting up over 1,000 yards on 79 receptions in his first year away from Carolina. He had six touchdowns and was easily the most consistent option for quarterback Joe Flacco all year. Smith is 36 years old but showed last season that he can still get downfield and that he still has that competitive fire that has helped him become a WR1 in the league despite lacking ideal size.

Fantasy Upside
Smith will once again be the most proven receiver in Baltimore, which should mean that his starting job and targets aren’t likely to reduce. Additionally, his new offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman, helped Chicago’s receivers put up big fantasy numbers the last couple of years. Smith should benefit from some young talent added around him in rookies Maxx Williams and Breshad Perriman, and while his upside may be limited, Smith is as proven as it gets and has the type of mentality that makes it hard to bet against him.

Fantasy Downside
At 36, Smith has been around a long time and he was often a feast or famine type of fantasy player last season. He blew up at the beginning of the year with four 100 plus yard outings in his first six games, but then didn’t reach the century mark again until the playoff win over the Steelers. With that in mind, it seems unlikely he’ll be able to produce those early season monster games again, and that he may settle back into the kind of supporting role veterans often take.

Bottom Line
Smith isn’t likely to be a WR1 on a consistent basis this year, but he remains the most proven player in the Ravens’ passing game and showed last year he has enough in the tank to remain productive. With limited other options, expect a similar number of targets for the veteran, and he could be a nice value as a reserve WR3 on your roster with his ADP in the 9th and 10th round.

2015 Strength of Schedule - BAL
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
13
@DEN
16
@OAK
3
CIN
31
@PIT
14
CLE
26
@SF
7
@ARI
25
SD
BYE15
JAX
19
STL
14
@CLE
23
@MIA
1
SEA
9
KC
31
PIT
3
@CIN

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1CIN711811516.860000-64/8873%
2PIT67101011.830000-45/6866%
3CLE51010720.200000-41/6860%
4CAR713921019.860000-47/6375%
5IND534076.800001-50/6083%
6TB51101622.000000-46/6769%
7ATL3670522.330000-54/6781%
8CIN3350911.670000-55/6585%
9PIT536087.200000-63/7189%
10TEN317075.670000-48/6277%
11BYE------------
12NO4891622.250000-45/5976%
13SD12042.000000-58/7182%
14MIA77011110.000000-48/6574%
15JAX537057.400000-51/6282%
16HOU5490129.800000-56/7377%
17CLE89001211.250000-51/6776%
Totals791065613413.4800010.00822/107676%

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