The Ravens are one of the NFL’s most consistent teams. Constantly in playoff contention, but in fantasy football they are anything but consistent. With up and down play from Joe Flacco and changes to both the receiving core and backfield, which Ravens should be on your radar?
Jeremy Maclin had a terrible season in 2016. Dealing with injuries was only part of the reason he was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs. Now in Baltimore, Maclin can have a bounce back season. With Steve Smith and Dennis Pitta gone, Flacco needs a trusted target.
After consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, Maclin had only 536 yards in 2016. Now in an offense that throws the ball more often, Maclin should return to form. Being drafted at the end of round eight, Maclin can provide you a solid WR2 with great value.
Breshad Perriman was on track to be a popular sleeper pick this season. With the addition of Jeremy Maclin, he will be the Ravens third option. Perriman should go undrafted but keep your eye on him, if healthy he could produce.
BUST: Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace is coming off a 1,000 yard season in 2016. His first since 2011 back when he was playing for the rival Steelers. Boy does that feel like a million years ago. Wallace’s speed is a perfect match for the deep ball of Flacco but predicting his big games is difficult. Like DeSean Jackson, the big games are too inconsistent to be a reliable starter week in and week out.
Random fact: The active @Ravens leader in points scored (besides Tucker) is Joe Flacco (90). The next closest is Crockett Gillmore (36).
— Mike Fast (@MikeFastNFL) July 17, 2017
SLEEPER(S): Ben Watson, Maxx Williams & Crockett Gillmore
Joe Flacco loves to throw to his tight end. Ben Watson is 36 and coming off an Achilles injury. Maxx Williams is recovering from a knee surgery that “no other football player has had”, according to John Harbaugh.
Those are not ringing endorsements of either player. With Williams and Watson coming off major injuries, Gillmore who is coming off his own injuries, may be the early beneficiary. One of these tight ends is going to provide real value at an inconsistent tight end position.
The Ravens have a trio of talented runners in their backfield. With Danny Woodhead’s arrival and Kenneth Dixon’s suspension, which running back should you draft?
Terrance West is legit in the zone run game. Mos def a fantasy sleeper pic.twitter.com/HpJFf6OVCE
— Bird gang scout (@TheMarcJohn) July 15, 2017
Terrance West is a solid runner. Without making many big plays, West leaves a lot to be desired. The Ravens have plans for Dixon to be their lead back, leaving West without a clear role. If you draft Doug Martin or Ezekiel Elliot, West could see value in the early season for two backs that will miss time with suspension.
Danny Woodhead is 32, coming off a torn ACL, and on a new team. Only 2 times has he had over 40 receptions in a season.
— Nick Whalen (@_NickWhalen) July 17, 2017
Danny Woodhead is 32 and coming off an ACL injury. In Baltimore he won’t be asked to carry the ball much, limiting his value. Woodhead could be a RB2 in PPR and will see a high usage in the first four games with Dixon suspended.
From Weeks 10-17 last season, Kenneth Dixon paced as the RB16 overall with five double-digit PPR performances.
— Cory Evans (@CoryEvansNFL) July 11, 2017
Kenneth Dixon is the most talented of the Ravens backs. Suspended for the first four games, Dixon can’t be part of your team’s core. Being drafted in the middle of round six, Dixon is worth grabbing.
If you have two reliable running backs on your team, Dixon is worth the gamble. With what he showed in a small sample size, Dixon has the potential to be an RB2 for your team.