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Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 12:08pm
Joe Flacco needs to make up for lost time. The Ravens forfeited two of their 10 voluntary offseason practices last week after breaking NFL rules. It's the third time since 2010 that the NFL has disciplined coach John Harbaugh and his team for an offseason violation.
Related players: Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead
As the story said, this impacts the chemistry-building of Flacco and Baltimore's revamped passing game the most. Among the 19 wide receivers and tight ends on the roster, 12 are in their first year with the Ravens, including Crabtree, Brown, and Snead. What helps is the Ravens starting training camp a week earlier than usual. Baltimore's first full-team practice is scheduled for July 19 because the Ravens play in the Hall of Fame game.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 12:07pm
Michael Crabtree only caught 58 passes for 618 yards last season with the Raiders, but he still caught eight touchdowns. And he’s only a year removed from a 1,003-yard season. Crabtree will step into the No. 1 WR role for the Ravens this year, a team that was 11th in pass attempts and ninth in completion percentage in 2017. Crabtree is more talented than the injury-plagued and inconsistent receiving corps from a year ago, giving him considerable upside in a new uniform.
Crabtree will turn 31 in September and he only has two 1,000-plus-yard seasons over his entire career. The Ravens have traditionally been hard to trust for consistent fantasy production through the air, and with Joe Flacco still under center, it’s hard to imagine a dramatic change. Crabtree was healthy from 2014-2016, but he missed two games last season and suffered injuries early in his career.
2018 Bottom Line
Crabtree should be a nice low-end WR2 in most fantasy leagues this year. He’s more talented than Mike Wallace at this stage of their careers, and Wallace saw 92 targets for the Ravens last year in an uneven season. Crabtree’s ability to produce in the red zone gives him added value, and he should be worth his seventh-round price tag in most leagues.
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||4.14||44.14||0.57||7.21||10.66||0||0||0||0||0.00||7.84||11.99||43.07/63.86||66.78% |