Ravens Fantasy News

Ravens noncommittal about RB Alex Collins

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 11:10am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Alex Collins proved to be the biggest surprise of the Baltimore Ravens this season, going from the practice squad in Week 1 to the NFL's 11th-leading rusher.

But Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal when asked whether Collins earned the right to be the starter for next season or if Baltimore will look to upgrade.

"I'm looking to upgrade everything. You know that's how I'm going to answer the question," Harbaugh said. "Alex Collins has proven the fact that he can be a very good back in this league."

Collins isn't seen as a workhorse back by Baltimore. The Ravens never gave him the ball more than 20 times in a game (compared to Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette, who combined to do so 12 times) because they didn't want to wear down a smaller frame back like Collins. There are also other issues with ball security (four fumbles) and catching the ball (three drops).

The Ravens could just be keeping their options open at running back, especially in the draft. Baltimore hasn't selected a running back in the first three rounds since Bernard Pierce in 2012, and the team could be kicking itself after passing on Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt last year.

Fantasy Impact:

Collins averaged 4.59 YPC, which was No. 4 in the league among running backs with at least 200 carries. If the Ravens don't make a big move at running back, Collins will likely hold draft value in the fourth or fifth round.

Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) OUT for Week 17

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3:24pm

Ravens Inactives
Jermaine Eluemunor OG
Bronson Kaufusi DE
Jeremy Maclin WR
Breshard Perriman WR
Maurquice Shakir OG
Terrance West RB
Tim Williams LB

Related players: Mike Wallace, Chris Moore, Michael Campanaro

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin was doubtful with a knee injury heading into this week and won't go. Wallace could be in store for a big workload with Moore and Campanaro also chipping in.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Ravens WR Mike Wallace (knee, questionable) took full practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17. Wallace should play through the knee injury this week.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (knee, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17. We’d be surprised if the Bengals pushed him to play on a bad ankle in a meaningless game, but stranger things have happened. He’d be a serviceable start if he’s able to play. If he sits, Giovani Bernard would be a solid RB2 against the Ravens.

INACTIVES: Colts at Ravens Saturday Week 16

Saturday, December 23, 2017, 3:27pm

Colts and Ravens official Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens Inactives
WR Jeremy Maclin
CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
OLB TIm Williams
G/T Jermaine Elumunor
G Maurquice Shakir
DE Bronson Kaufusi
DE Chris Wormley

Colts Inactives
WR Donte Moncrief
CB Rashaan Melvin
TE Jason Vander Laan
OL Denzelle Good
G Mark Glowinski
DT Caraun Reid
S Clayton Geathers

Fantasy Impact:

With Jeremy Maclin out as well as CB Rashaan Melvin for the Colts, Mike Wallace is in a great spot to be heavily targeted against a struggling defense. Consider him a FLEX / low-end WR2 in Week 16.

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 6:12pm

Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (knee, doubtful) missed practice again Thursday. It looks like Maclin will sit against the Colts. Chris Moore, Breshad Perriman and Michael Campanaro will pick up most of his snaps.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:24pm

Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Maclin looks iffy for a nice matchup against the Colts.

Despite Browns struggles, WR Josh Gordon making impact

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 12:18pm

ClevelandBrowns.com - [Full Article]

Since making a much-anticipated return, Josh Gordon has flashed the talent that made him one of the NFL’s most electric players before a lengthy suspension.

After an almost three-year absence from football, the Browns wide receiver shined in his Los Angeles debut three weeks ago and followed up that performance by catching his first touchdown in almost four years. In Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, Baltimore kept Gordon—who finished with five catches for 47 yards—mostly in check as he continues to build chemistry within a struggling offense.

“It’s frustrating. It’s tough to get that continuous continuity and rhythm going. Coming from behind the 8-ball, we just really have to do whatever is necessary week by week at practice coming into each game week,” Gordon said postgame. “Just making sure that we’re prepared more than anything. It’s rough. It’s frustrating. It’s tough."

Fantasy Impact:

All things considered, Gordon has played pretty well since his return. Those who follow the team pointed out his debut could have been much better with more consistent QB play. HC Hue Jackson pointed out that Gordon made two key blocks during the team's Week 15 game.

Browns to stick with QB DeShone Kizer

Monday, December 18, 2017, 6:54pm

ClevelandBrowns.com - [Full Article]

DeShone Kizer will remain the Browns’ starting quarterback.

Coach Hue Jackson said the rookie will start in Chicago after Sunday’s 27-10 loss to the Ravens, a game in which Kizer struggled with inaccuracy and turnovers.

“I think he’s up to the challenge,” Jackson said Monday. “He has some improving to do.”

Fantasy Impact:

Kizer, who has had a rollercoaster first NFL season, completed 20-of-37 passes for 146 yards and two interceptions against a Baltimore defense that came after him all afternoon. He was also strip-sacked on the Browns’ 1-yard line for a touchdown in the third quarter, the story said. After the game, Jackson intimated he’d need to further evaluate Kizer’s performance and decide whether it was best to sit the youngster for the final two weeks of the season. But as the Browns continue searching for their first win, Jackson said the rookie gives them their best chance at doing so.

Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin's knee injury not season-ending

Monday, December 18, 2017, 6:25pm

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter - [Full Article]

John Harbaugh says that MRIs showed that Jeremy Maclin has "nothing serious" in terms of season ending.

Related players: Michael Campanaro, Chris Moore

Fantasy Impact:

Zrebiec's tweet added that Maclin is 'probably unlikely' this week, however. Campanaro and Moore could see more snaps with Maclin out.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Ravens WR Mike Wallace (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15. His return to practice indicates that he’ll be able to play. He has at least 48 receiving yards and/or a touchdown in five straight games, including 5-116 on 8 targets against the Lions in Week 13 and 3-72 on 5 targets against the Steelers last week. He’ll square off with Jason McCourty, which isn’t as bad of a matchup as it might seem. Over the last three weeks, McCourty has yielded 5-66 to A.J. Green, 6-83-1 to Keenan Allen and 5-45-2 to Davante Adams.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Ravens WR Chris Moore (hip, questionable) took full practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 15.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:26pm

Ravens QB Ryan Mallett (hips, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15.

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:36pm

Ravens WR Mike Wallace (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Wallace should be able to face the Browns, but we’ll see what he’s able to do on Friday. For his part, he says that he expects to play. He has at least 48 receiving yards and/or a touchdown in five straight games, including 5-116 on 8 targets against the Lions in Week 13 and 3-72 on 5 targets against the Steelers last week. He’ll square off with Jason McCourty, which isn’t as bad of a matchup as it might seem. Over the last three weeks, McCourty has yielded 5-66 to A.J. Green, 6-83-1 to Keenan Allen and 5-45-2 to Davante Adams.

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