Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Football Warm-Up

Frankly the Ravens don’t offer a “sure thing” from a fantasy perspective in 2016 if last season is any indication. Age, injuries, free agency, retirements, and a general lack of explosiveness on offense makes the Ravens a veritable fantasy wasteland. But leave no stone unturned. The football is shaped strangely and bounces funny.

RB Justin Forsett

Prior to 2014, Justin Forsett was used sparingly but was always effective. The journeyman tailback has only averaged 7.4 carries a game in 99 career contests. However in 2014, he was just what the doctor ordered for the Ravens setting career highs in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns (235/1266/8). His 5.4 yards per carry led all non-quarterbacks that season and his career average is 4.9 yards per carry. Despite being an older back (30-years-old) fantasy owners were confident that Forsett could duplicate his 2014 efforts because there was so much tread on the tires. While his numbers weren’t eye-popping, Forsett still managed a respectable 4.2 yards per carry average on an offense that had lost Torrey Smith to free agency and Steve Smith Sr. to injury. With little to no vertical threats, opposing defenses would sell out to stop the run and it was tough sledding on Forsett and ultimately a broken arm ended a disappointing 2015 campaign. With Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West grabbing headlines this offseason it appears that Forsett may end up in a timeshare. Additionally, the Ravens lost the left side of their offensive line this offseason (Kelechi Osmele, Eugene Monroe) and their passing attack is still a question mark. I consider Forsett more of a late round flier in 2016 as opposed to the RB2 distinction he had leading into the 2015.


QB Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco – Photo by Nick Wass/AP Photo

We all know who Joe Cool is come playoff time. However, he doesn’t offer very much in terms of fantasy football value. In eight seasons Flacco has never thrown for 4000+ yards. He has averaged roughly 20 TDs and nearly 13 INTs a season throughout his career, modest numbers. Although it has been reported that Flacco has had a strong offseason and shows no ill-effects from a torn ACL and MCL in 2015 the Ravens are severely lacking in proven, healthy, and productive receiving options. While it wouldn’t surprise me if Flacco goes undrafted in many fantasy leagues the Ravens schedule offers some favorable matchups in terms of passing defenses. He’s a bye week fill-in at best until he proves otherwise.


TE Benjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson – Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens

While Watson’s 2015 was a fantasy revelation it also marked numerous career highs (74/825) in the Drew Brees/Sean Payton offense. Of course the Ravens offense is a far cry from that of New Orleans. Consider that Crockett Gillmore flashed a little, Dennis Pitta may actually be back and the Ravens invested a 2nd round selection in Maxx Williams last season who many believed was the top tight end prospect in the 2015 class; I’m not convinced it’s Watson’s job even if the Ravens utilize multiple tight end sets. Just another reason to take a wait and see approach to the Ravens’ roster with respect to fantasy.

Others of note:
  • WR Steve Smith Sr.
  • WR Kamar Aiken
  • WR Mike Wallace
  • RB Kenneth Dixon
  • RB Terrance West

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