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Monday, August 13, 2018, 10:43am
In what has become the signature play of this year's Baltimore Ravens training camp, quarterback Joe Flacco flung a tight spiral 30 yards downfield and wide receiver John Brown made a diving catch.
The deep pass -- which has been rare in Baltimore's offense in recent years—suddenly has become routine. Flacco is enjoying perhaps the best training camp of his 11-year career, and Brown is producing what might be the best summer any Ravens wide receiver has ever had.
As the story said, the big-play connection has been the biggest missing element to the Ravens' offense. The piece went on to say that over the past five seasons, Flacco is the worst-rated, deep-ball QB, but the trend could reverse if camp is any indication.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:55am
Joe Flacco has played all 16 games in all but one of his 10 seasons, including in each of the last two years, making him one of the most durable quarterbacks. He is only a year removed from a career-high 4,317 passing yards, and he may have the best supporting cast of his career with the additions of Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, and John Brown in free agency. The drafting of Hayden Hurst in the first round might solidify a tight end position that’s been in flux the past couple of years.
Flacco has never really been a consistent fantasy producer and it’s hard to believe he’ll suddenly become a solid starter at age 33. Additionally, while he’s the unquestioned starter going into the season, largely due to a $24.75 million cap number, the Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson in the first round. If the offense sputters and the Ravens find themselves out of contention early, the fans will be clamoring for a change. Flacco also lost his starting center in the offseason.
2018 Bottom Line
Flacco does have some upside with the new weapons available, but his history of inconsistent fantasy production gives him limited value in most fantasy leagues. He will likely be a matchup-based streaming option throughout the season or a borderline-QB2 in large leagues that use multiple quarterbacks. In most leagues, he shouldn’t be drafted.
2018 Strength of Schedule - BAL
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||22.00||34.31||196.31||1.13||0.81||5.72||8.92||1.56||3.38||0.06||0||2.16||11.44||64.19/67.88||94.06% |