Joe Flacco
  • Joe Flacco

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  • , Indianapolis Colts
  • 39
  • 245 lbs
  • 6' 6"
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Scouting report

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Joe Flacco - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
For the first time this season, at Green Bay last week, Joe Flacco didn’t throw for a TD. While he tossed for 213 yards, he was intercepted once, lost a fumble and was sacked six times. Flacco is averaging over 250 passing yards, but the Broncos are averaging just 15 points per game. He remains a low QB2 play at home versus a Jaguars defense that, with or without Jalen Ramsey, will give him fits with their pass rush.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Joe Flacco - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Green Bay Packers
In the last-second loss to the Bears on Sunday Joe Flacco threw for nearly 300 yards, with one TD and one INT. With the Broncos playing from behind for much of their first two contests, Flacco has thrown 81 passes, while the team has run just 47 times. The game plan at Green Bay will probably call for more rushing attempts, but expect Denver to be trailing on the scoreboard again, which means Flacco will likely be putting the ball in the air often. Even so, on the road, he remains at best a QB2 play.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Joe Flacco - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Chicago Bears
In his Broncos debut last Monday at Oakland, Joe Flacco and the offense struggled in the first half. Things got better in the second stanza, as Flacco finished with 268 yards through the air and a late TD toss to Emmanuel Sanders. The Bears defense harassed Aaron Rodgers in their opener, sacking him five times and limiting the Packers to just over 200 yards through the air. Even though Flacco will be at home on Sunday, he remains at best a QB2 option.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Joe Flacco - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Oakland Raiders
Joe Flacco will make his regular season debut for the Broncos on Monday night in Oakland. Despite Denver having five preseason games, he didn’t appear in much action. Flacco will have his full complement of WRs, including Emmanuel Sanders, who appears to be fully recovered from last season’s Achilles injury. He still has a strong arm, but you have to wonder just how in sync he’ll be with his new team. Even though the Raiders secondary isn’t great, Flacco should be considered at best a QB2 option.

by Scot Berggren

DEN QB Joe Flacco - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
After losing his job, due to a hip injury, to rookie Lamar Jackson last season in Baltimore, Joe Flacco will be the Broncos clear-cut starting QB heading into 2019. Prior to playing in just nine games last year, Flacco had missed only six contests (all in ’15) during his career. In his 10 full seasons with the Ravens, he averaged 18 TDs, tossing a career-high 27 in 2014. He averaged over 3,200 passing yards in Baltimore, but was consistent, throwing for more than 4,000 yards once.

Fantasy Downside
Not known as a mobile QB, Flacco has been sacked over 330 times and, at 34 years old, isn’t getting any faster. Something the Broncos QBs have failed to do the past couple years is to not turn the ball over. Flacco has had some trouble in this area over his career, throwing at least 12 picks in a season eight times and he’s lost 56 career fumbles. While the Broncos offense is designed to utilize Flacco’s arm, long completions haven’t been part of his game the past couple seasons. In 2016-`7 with the Ravens, he finished 20th and tied for 26th in completions of at least 20 yards.

Bottom Line
Flacco is a big QB at 6’4” and 245 pounds and has a strong arm. He’ll have some good weapons to show off his arm to with a solid receiving corps that includes veteran Emmanuel Sanders and second-year players Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. The Broncos drafted TE Noah Fant in the first round and you can be sure he’ll quickly become a part of the passing attack. Throughout Flacco’s career, something the Ravens seemed to lack was that big play WR, as the franchise has seen most of its success come from a vaunted defense. There’s still a lot of uncertainty with the Denver offense heading into the season and Flacco remains at best a middle of the pack QB and should only be drafted as a backup or second QB option.

by Brandon Niles

BAL QB Joe Flacco - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Flacco had only 206 yards in a loss to the Steelers two weeks ago before the bye. After a nice start to the season, Flacco has returned to his normal level of mediocrity in recent weeks. He hasn’t thrown for over 300 yards in any of his last five games and has posted four touchdowns and four interceptions during that same span.

This week, Flacco is nursing a hip injury that has his status up in the air. Regardless of whether he’s active or not, fantasy owners should leave him on waivers, even against a Bengals defense that got torched last week by the Saints. He’s too risky and is only a fringe option even when he’s 100 percent.

by Brandon Niles

BAL QB Joe Flacco - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Joe Flacco struggled against the Panthers defense last week, throwing for only 192 yards and a touchdown while tossing a pair of interceptions in a lopsided loss. Flacco has played fairly well for much of the season, but this was a bad game for the Ravens offense.

This week, Flacco faces a Steelers defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, giving him some upside as a low-end QB2. He put up 363 yards and a pair of touchdowns when these two teams met earlier in the season, and the Pittsburgh offense should be good enough to keep Baltimore from abandoning the run. Flacco is too inconsistent to fully trust, but his upside makes him a viable bye-week filler in deep leagues.

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