Ravens Fantasy News

Patriots sign RB Rex Burkhead

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:16pm

247 Sports - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots announced the signing of the free agent running back, who joins the team after four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Burkhead represents the seventh addition to the Patriots' roster this offseason.

A former sixth-round pick out of Nebraska, Burkhead proved himself as a third option for the Bengals during his four years with the team. Burkhead rushed for 344 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 2016, despite sharing time with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. The running back also added 145 yards receiving out of the backfield.

The 26-year-old posted a breakout game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, rushing for 119 yards on 27 carried to go along with two touchdowns.

Related players: Dion Lewis, James White

Fantasy Impact:

With Giovani Bernard sidelined, Burkhead averaged 10.8 touches for 56 yards as the change-of-pace back. Then, in Week 17 with Jeremy Hill also out, Burkhead turned in an epic 29-touch, 144-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Ravens. As a junior at Nebraska, Burkhead rushed for 1,357 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns. Burkhead is similar in skillset to Dion Lewis and James White, though he's bigger. Even though LeGarrette Blount is 40 lbs heavier, Burkhead could assume some of Blount's work on early downs.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (PED) suspended for four games

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:20pm

Field Yates - [Full Article]

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season due to a PED violation.

Fantasy Impact:

This may shed some light on the Ravens' decision to sign Danny Woodhead. This puts a big dent in Dixon's stock, though his price may come down enough to make him an attractive pick as a fantasy RB3.

Rapaport: Ravens to sign RB Danny Woodhead

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:34pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Source: The Ravens are signing RB Danny Woodhead. He’s fully healthy after ACL surgery in 2016. Big pickup.

Related players: Kenneth Dixon, Melvin Gordon

Fantasy Impact:

Well, this puts a dent in Kenneth Dixon's budding value. Woodhead is an elite pass-catcher and an underrated runner. He's likely to form a committee with Dixon, who will serve as the team's primary back. Both players look like PPR RB2/RB3 types at this point. The signing is good news for Melvin Gordon, who will have virtually no competition for touches. It's also good for C.J. Anderson, since it was rumored that the Broncos were interested in reuniting Woodhead with OC Mike McCoy.

Redskins promote Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator

Monday, January 23, 2017, 10:43am

Redskins.com - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins have promoted Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator, the team announced on Monday. Additionally, the Redskins have hired Kevin O'Connell to be the team's next quarterbacks coach.

Prior to joining the Redskins’ coaching staff in 2015, Cavanaugh was previously quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals (1994-95), quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers (1996), offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (1997-98), offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens (1999-04), quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets (2009-12) and quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears (2013-14).

Fantasy Impact:

In eight seasons as an offensive coordinator, Cavanaugh's offenses have never finished higher than 14th in yards gained, with an average ranking of 21.3.

Bills tab Leslie Frazier to run the defense

Friday, January 13, 2017, 12:45am

Jamison Hensley - [Full Article]

Ravens secondary coach Leslie Frazier has been hired as the Bills defensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:

Frazier has 12 years of experience as a defensive coordinator or head coach. His best years were in Minnesota when he guided the defense to a top eight finish in yards allowed in three straight seasons (2008-2010).

Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. has officially retired

Friday, January 6, 2017, 10:05am

Steve Smith - [Full Article]

Steve L Smith has retired from the NFL in true Steve Smith fashion:

"This is to notify you that as of today, I, Steve Smith Sr., will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs. I am retiring from the National Football League."

Fantasy Impact:

In his illustrious 16-year career, Smith made five Pro Bowls and was named First Team All-Pro twice. He is 12th in career receptions (1,031), 7th in receiving yards (14,731) and 26th in touchdowns (81). He will be missed.

Ravens want to run more in 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:41pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Joe Flacco threw for a career-high 4,317 yards and had 20 touchdown passes, but the Ravens averaged 42 passes and 23 rushes per game — an imbalance HC John Harbaugh wants to see corrected in 2017.

"Marty believes in running the football, and I believe in running the football," Harbaugh said. "We have not run the football well enough or enough, really, for the last two years. That has to change, and I think it goes hand-in-hand with being good at it and doing it a lot more than we do it."

Terrance West led the team with 774 yards rushing and rookie Kenneth Dixon had 382. Harbaugh expects both to be back next season, and hopes to add another couple of backs to the mix.

Fantasy Impact:

Dixon could be the back trending up the most here, and before he got hurt in the offseason, some who followed the team felt he'd eventually take over as the lead back in 2016. The Ravens never really trusted a rookie back to carry the load, but Dixon was certainly involved this season and has a chance to have a bigger role in 2017.

Skins TE Jordan Reed active Week 17

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 3:06pm

Redskins Inactives
Su'a Cravens ILB
Quinton Dunbar CB
Josh Evans DB
Matt Jones RB
Kory Lichtensteiger C
Vinston Painter OT
Nate Sudfeld QB

Related players: Jordan Reed

Fantasy Impact:

Reed said he was going to play through the shoulder injury in this must-win game for Washington. He struggled when we last saw him back in week 15 so he's a risky fantasy play. Vernon Davis should also be in the mix, but the Skins have - overall - seen a decrease in production from the TE position in recent weeks.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. There’s no reason for Jeremy Hill to play other than to tough it out. The team promoted Tra Carson from the practice squad, so it looks like Rex Burkhead will serve as the lead back against the Ravens.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) goes on IR

Monday, December 26, 2016, 4:31pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

The IR designations of tight end Tyler Eifert (back) and left guard Clint Boling (shoulder), who both missed Saturday night’s game in Houston, leave two open spots on the 53-man roster for the game against the Ravens (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium.

Both have been hurt for much of the year. Eifert didn’t play the first six games with torn ankle ligaments and a back issue.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s a tough break for Eifert. It means his break-out year of 2015 with 13 touchdown catches is bracketed by two seasons he missed 23 of 32 games with injury. He still has five TD catches in eight games this season, one behind club-leader Brandon LaFell’s six.

Ravens WR Steve Smith ACTIVE vs. Steelers

Sunday, December 25, 2016, 3:13pm

Ravens Inactives
Brennen Beyer LB
Crockett Gillmore TE
Ryan Jensen OG
Alex Lewis OG
Lamar Louis LB
Jimmy Smith CB
Javorius Allen RB

Related players: Steve L. Smith

Fantasy Impact:

Smith is a go today as expected. Like we pointed out this week, he hasn't cracked 60 yards receiving since Week 11.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday. Big Ben is locked in as a quality QB1 since the Ravens will be without top corner Jimmy Smith.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Ravens WR Steve L Smith (thigh, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. Smith is good to go to face the Steelers, though he hasn’t cracked 60 yards since Week 11.

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Thursday. Big Ben is good to face the Ravens, who will likely be without star CB Jimmy Smith.

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm

Ravens WR Steve L Smith (thigh) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. Smith should be okay to play, but this does qualify as a midweek downgrade. Stay tuned.

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