Torrey Smith Fantasy News

Cordarrelle Patterson should see more downfield targets
Monday, April 21, 2014, 2:54pm

Minneapolis Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

It’s convenient to say that Cordarrelle Patterson will become the next Josh Gordon, but Patterson and Gordon were used much differently in 2013.

Nearly two-thirds of Patterson’s targets came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, and a whopping 22 of them came on passes behind the line.

But Gordon did most of his damage downfield in Norv Turner’s vertical passing attack. More than 55 percent of his targets came when he was 10 yards or more past the line of scrimmage, and only Torrey Smith and A.J. Green were targeted beyond 20 yards more often. With just two targets behind the line of scrimmage, Gordon was rarely utilized in the screen game.

Patterson has the size and speeded needed to thrive in a vertical passing attack, so it’s going to be fun to watch him attempt to develop into an all-around receiver like Gordon. It will be also interesting to see how often Turner tries to take advantage of what Patterson already can do.

Fantasy Impact:

All arrows are pointing up for Patterson, who was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17 in his rookie season. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Vikings OC Norv Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later. His TD rate will be difficult to maintain, but he should see a jump in touches in 2014. Patterson is very raw as a route runner and needs to develop quickly in that facet of the game if he's to have the type of season that many are predicting.

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Steve Smith sees himself as clear No. 2 receiver
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:39am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Going on 35 years old, Steve L Smith has no illusions of grandeur.

The five-time Pro Bowler knows he’s not a No. 1 wide receiver anymore.

Smith made that clear to reporters Friday after signing, relaying how he sees himself fitting into new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, and pulling back the curtain on what their conversations may have sounded like.

“I don’t see myself in Coach Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith said. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith will likely see the third- or fourth-most targets behind Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and perhaps Marlon Brown (or even Ray Rice). Anquan Boldin finished #34 and #30 as the Ravens' WR2 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, so that's probably near the high-end of projected production for Smith as he joins a new team.

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Tandon Doss looking to fill Anquan Boldin's shoes
Friday, August 2, 2013, 10:59am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Departed wide receiver Anquan Boldin and lost tight end Dennis Pitta were two of the Ravens’ masters at it last year. They were the chain-moving crew. Now that job may fall to wide receiver Tandon Doss, a player who’s unproven in that regard but may be increasingly thrust into that role.

“Third down,” Doss said, “I might take responsibility on shorter and intermediate routes, and getting to the sticks and stuff.”

He has good size at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He has flashed one of the best sets of hands on the team, even though he had a couple drops in last year’s playoffs and has had a few more thus far in training camp. Perhaps best of all, he’s spent the past two years learning how to play Boldin’s position.

He’s had an up-and-down camp so far. At times, he’s made highlight-reel catches, including elevating over a couple defenders to haul in a tough snag in camp’s first practice. Flacco found him for a touchdown on the same two-minute drive. But Doss has also made more easy drops than he would like, and he said he and Flacco need to iron out some communication issues. That will happen with more reps, which he’s getting a lot of these days. He already feels a lot better than in years past, and has impressed his head coach.

“Tandon, to me, has looked good,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He made a number of nice plays down here in the competitive third-down period at the end. He had a lot of balls thrown to him, so there were a couple in there – I remember a couple drops – but I sure remember a lot of catches. He looks fast to me. He looks more explosive than he’s probably ever looked before.”

Fantasy Impact:

With the loss of Boldin and Pitta, there is a ton of opportunity in the Baltimore offense for a pass-catcher who can move the chains. Torrey Smith will be asked to a more diverse route tree, but his strength is going deep. Someone will have to pick up the underneath stuff. Ed Dickson will surely play a role, but Doss may as well

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 11:03am

Adam Teicher on Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Dwayne Bowe could be back on practice field for Chiefs this morning. He passed his physical, according to the NFL's transaction notice.

Fantasy Impact:

We predict Bowe to be a solid WR2 when all is said and done. He's currently ranked 15th among our WRs and has an ADP of the early 5th round, which is a bit higher than some WRs around him like Torrey Smith, Antonio Brown and Marques Colston who all have ADPs of the sixth or higher. A pass-happy coach in Andy Reid and a new QB in Alex Smith make Bowe an interesting pick this year.

Jacoby Jones fails conditioning test
Monday, July 22, 2013, 6:56pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Jacoby Jones is on inactive/NFI list because he failed the Ravens' conditioning test.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones is the de facto frontrunner for WR2 duties opposite Torrey Smith, but this is obviously not a great start. He has disappointed when given an opportunity to start in Houston and will probably disappoint again.

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 11:01am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

“He’s adjusted quite well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of WR Torrey Smith. "He runs all the routes very well. Torrey is a guy that is only going to get better, because he works hard at it. He’s not a guy who spends any time thinking about anything other than what he can do today to be the best he can be. That’s what makes him so good. So, he’s running all the routes really well.

"We have a lot of leaders on this team, nobody less than Torrey Smith. Torrey’s a great leader."

Fantasy Impact:

It was tough to get a handle on the Baltimore passing game in 2012. Like Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin, Smith's targets fluctuated wildly from week to week. He had five games with 10+ targets, but also had six games with four or fewer targets. With Boldin gone, Smith should emerge as a solid fantasy WR2.

Ravens trade Anquan Boldin to the 49ers
Monday, March 11, 2013, 4:15pm

Ravens Insider - [Full Article]

Ravens trade Anquan Boldin to 49ers for a sixth-round pick.

Fantasy Impact:

He's 32, slowing down and has trouble separating, but what Boldin did down the stretch and in the playoffs should not be overlooked. In the 10 games from Week 11 through the Super Bowl, Boldin averaged 4.7-75-.70 which project to #6 WR numbers, and that included a goose egg against the Broncos in Week 15. What he lacks in speed he makes up for in savvy and ball skills. He'll start opposite Michael Crabtree and should have similar value (WR3-ish) as last year. As for Crabtree, this probably means a bit of a drop in targets unless the 49ers let Colin Kaepernick throw the ball more. In Baltimore, this leaves a hole in the starting lineup, but it should lead to more consistent targets for Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta. This is a downgrade for Joe Flacco, who loses a key weapon in his arsenal. Conversely, there's even more reason to like Kaepernick in 2013.

Ravens sign Joe Flacco to new deal
Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:27pm

Jay Glazer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Again, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco has agreed to terms on a new deal with the Ravens. He will sign it Monday. Waiting on terms.

Fantasy Impact:

This is good news for the Ravens offense, particularly the receiving corps (Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta).

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 4:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Ravens WR Torrey Smith gave the Patriots headaches in the first meeting. Baltimore won the Week 3 matchup, 31-30, and Smith had six receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

Smith is a matchup problem for the Patriots that concerns Belichick in this week's rematch. Expect New England to make some adjustments to try to prevent the big plays Smith can make.

"He’s always been able to run and the guy that makes all the plays down the field," Belichick said. "He can also run after the catch on the shorter and intermediate routes. If you give him a big cushion, that’s a problem too. He’s made a lot of big plays down the field on deep balls and that’s opened up things for him underneath as well. He’s been very productive."

The major difference in this meeting is New England acquired No. 1 cornerback Aqib Talib in a midseason trade with the Tampa Bay Bucanneers. The Patriots knew they needed a better cover corner against dynamic receivers like Smith if they want to make a Super Bowl run.

Talib spent much of last week’s game defending Houston Texans Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson. Expect Talib to see a lot of time on Smith Sunday.

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Torrey Smith active for Ravens
Sunday, December 23, 2012, 3:03pm

Ravens Inactives
Tandon Doss WR
Bryan Hall DT
Ramon Harewood G
Albert McClellan OLB
Bernard Pollard SS
Deonte Thompson WR
Bobbie Williams G

Fantasy Impact:

WR Torrey Smith returns from concussion. Backup RB Bernard Pierce is also active.