Joe Flacco Fantasy News

Caldwell: Matt Stafford's accuracy can be fixed
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:21pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Among new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell's most pressing tasks will be fixing QB Matthew Stafford, the promising quarterback who has tumbled into mediocrity the past two years.

At the center of many of his problems is a decline in accuracy, which sank all the way to 58.5 percent last year. That was 30th in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

"Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely, without question," Caldwell said, when asked if accuracy could be taught. As the story points out, Caldwell has a pretty good resume with QBs: He worked with Peyton Manning for nearly a decade in Indianapolis, and took him to a Super Bowl in 2009, and later rode Baltimore's Joe Flacco to a Super Bowl in 2012. He has a reputation around the league for knowing the fundamentals of the position, and just how to impart them.

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Ray Rice wished he had 'thought twice' about playing through hip injury
Monday, February 3, 2014, 8:33pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Ray Rice is using last season’s adversity as fuel for a redemption campaign in 2014.

The Ravens’ running back battled a hip injury, which limited his ability to make cuts and accelerate. The injury persisted all season and hindered Rice’s ability to explode for big gains.

“I played through an injury and I probably should have thought twice about it, but I’m glad I was able to push through the season and not have any surgical procedures,” said Rice, who was speaking at an event promoting BODYARMOR Superdrink. “One thing I know my body needed was rest, and we had a tough turnaround, and we didn’t do what we wanted to this year, but I’m positive that things are looking better for next year already. We’ll get this thing rolling again."

For an offense that is built around the run, the Ravens were never able to adapt to Juan Castillo’s zone-based schemes. The Ravens’ rushing offense finished last in the NFL in yards per carry. Castillo, who was hired to be the team’s run game coordinator, has been tabbed as the offensive line coach for next season. The Ravens’ running game should be buoyed by the hiring of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

Kubiak’s stretch-zone scheme suits the Ravens’ personnel more naturally. Opposed to relying on the passing game of Joe Flacco, Kubiak prefers balance and using the run to set up the pass. The offensive linemen will be called upon to move laterally, and the running backs must thrive in a one-cut system.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice is only 27 years old, so he shouldn't be hitting the wall age-wise. It sounds as if he never fully recovered from the hip injury, so a bounce back season is entirely possible if he can stay healthy in 2014. Kubiak's arrival should help as well.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco reiterated after Sunday's regular-season finale that his sprained left knee won't need surgery this offseason.

"I’m not going to have to get anything done," Flacco said. "It was just my MCL and it will heal on its own."

It will be much-deserved rest, considering the amount of hits that Flacco has taken this season. Flacco was sacked 48 times in 2013, and only Miami's Ryan Tannehill (58) was sacked more.

This was the most sacks any Ravens quarterback has taken in team history. The previous high was 40 sacks, which Flacco set in 2010.

Fantasy Impact:

In Sunday's regular-season finale at Cincinnati, Flacco was sacked two times and hit seven times. He came off the field limping when he was hit in the end zone with about nine minutes left in the second quarter.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 10:52pm

Aaron Wilson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens QB Joe Flacco on his knee: "It feels better. It felt really good on gameday. A little sore yesterday and today, but it feels a lot better."

Joe Flacco ACTIVE for Ravens
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 3:07pm

Ravens Inactives
 
Omar Brown DB
Asa Jackson CB
Ryan Jensen C
Albert McClellan OLB
 
Fantasy Impact:

Joe Flacco is good to go for a nice matchup with the Patriots. He'll wear a brace so his mobility may be further limited.

Joe Flacco 'feels strongly' about playing Week 16
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 5:56pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Despite being listed as questionable — technically, 50-50 — to play on Sunday against the Patriots, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco remains expected to play despite a knee injury suffered Monday night in Detroit.

Per a league source, Flacco “feels strongly” about playing, and he won’t play only if “something happens” to the knee on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s possible, but not likely, that Flacco could twist or wrench or bang the knee in a way that exacerbates the mild MCL sprain, but assuming nothing freaky happens Flacco will suit up and play vs. New England. Despite the good matchup, Flacco is only 19th on our list of QBs this week making him a low-end QB2 option.

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Aaron Rodgers ruled out vs. Steelers
Friday, December 20, 2013, 1:53pm

Jason Wilde, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is officially out.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not surprising news given the way this week has gone. Owners waiting on Rodgers will have to continue to put a band aid on the QB position. Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco and Jason Campbell are all decent-to-good streaming options. Even Matt Flynn and Matt Cassel are worth consideration. Check our QB rankings to see how we believe these players will perform this week.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:33am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco walked to the interview room following the Ravens’ 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions with a slight limp but looking significantly better than he did after he took a helmet to his left knee about midway through the fourth quarter.

“It wasn’t really bothering me once the initial hit,” Flacco said. “I was probably more scared than anything from just what I felt and also just trying to get a couple of yards out of it. Yeah, it feels fine. It feels strong.”

Asked if he may need more testing on his left knee, Flacco said, “I have no idea. I’ll have to talk to the trainers and see what the protocol is. I’m not used to anything like this.”

Fantasy Impact:

Flacco took a helmet to the knee in the fourth quarter. He has started every game in his NFL career, a streak that reached 107 on Monday night, the story said. The piece also pointed out that no one around the team seemed concerned about his status for next week, a home game against the Patriots, but it's probably something to keep an eye on as Flacco should be a QB2 option.

MNF Inactives: Reggie Bush ACTIVE
Monday, December 16, 2013, 7:21pm

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Ravens

Omar Brown DB
Ryan Jensen C
Bernard Scott RB
John Simon LB
Deonte Thompson WR
Brynden Trawick DB
Brandon Williams DT

 

Lions

Leroy Harris C
Chris Houston CB
Mikel Leshoure RB
Kellen Moore QB
Darius Slay CB

Fantasy Impact:

Reggie Bush (calf) is good to go for Monday Night Football and per Adam Schefter reported that Bush is expected to get his usual amount of work this week. Due to workload/injury concerns heading into Sunday, Bush was our #20 RB in standard formats. If he plays a full game, he should produce solid RB2 numbers (at a minimum). On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions are down their two starting corners, Houston and Slay, so the table is set for Joe Flacco and the Baltimore receivers.

Dennis Pitta added to active roster
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 6:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list, which will make him available to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

It's a remarkable comeback for Pitta, whose dislocated hip was originally considered a season-ending injury in late July. He returned to practice on Nov. 20 and increased his workload in practice this week. On Friday, coach John Harbaugh said Pitta had a "reasonable chance" of playing.

Fantasy Impact:

Pitta, the second-leading receiver on last season's Super Bowl team, will provide a boost for quarterback Joe Flacco and the NFL's 29th-ranked offense, the story pointed out. Pitta has been on the injured reserve-designated to return list since dislocating his hip on July 27, the Ravens' first contact practice of training camp. It would make sense for him to be on some sort of snap count his first game back, but even so, those snaps could include the red zone. Even so, we have Pitta well down our list of TEs this week making him a risky play in what is likely a playoff game.

Monday, September 30, 2013, 6:02pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Although Ravens TE Ed Dickson is big, strong and fast, his hands have been extremely suspect this season with his unreliability showing up again Sunday during a 23-20 road loss to the Buffalo Bills. Dickson allowed an accurate Joe Flacco pass to bounce off his hands for one of Flacco's five interceptions.

For the season, Dickson has caught only three passes for 25 yards and has dropped at least six passes.

It's been a rude awakening for Dickson and the Ravens, who have started him every week through four games and haven't given up hope that he'll snap out of this funk and start catching the football.

Friday, September 6, 2013, 10:27am

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Ravens T Michael Oher left Thursday's game with a sprained right knee.

Fantasy Impact:

If Oher is out for any length of time, it will likely impact Ray Rice in the running game and Joe Flacco in the passing game.

Jacoby Jones to have MRI on injured knee
Friday, September 6, 2013, 10:22am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens WR Jacoby Jones sprained his knee in the second quarter; he didn't return.

Jones indicated he'll undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam Friday.

"I don't know," Jones said when asked how long he thinks he'll be sidelined. "I got to find out."

On a punt return, Ravens rookie safety Brynden Trawick with his head down in his first NFL game, barreled into Jones as he signaled for a fair catch. Both players were shaken up on the play and left the field slowly.

Fantasy Impact:

The Marlon Brown buzz continues. With Jones out, the undrafted rookie turned six targets into 4-65-1. Jones was targeted four times before the injury, so in total the Ravens' WR2 was targeted on 10 of Joe Flacco's 62 pass attempts. Brown will be a hot waiver pickup pending the results of Jones's MRI.