The Baltimore Ravens finished as a 10-6 team last year, but they only had one top level fantasy football player (Justin Forsett) on their whole team. I unfortunately see Forsett regressing somewhat this season (2015 Busts) but I still see Forsett, and at least one other Raven, being viable fantasy options in 2015 fantasy leagues. Let me break it down position-by-position:
There is obviously just the one sheriff in town when it comes to the quarterback position in Baltimore, and if you don’t already know him, then you’re probably on the wrong website! Joe Flacco finished thirteenth in fantasy points amongst NFL QB’s last year, and a lot of fantasy analysts have him doing much worse this season. But I suspect Flacco will finish somewhere around 15th. He will have more pass attempts this season with Marc Trestman as their new Offensive Coordinator, but the quarterback position is so deep in fantasy football that you could certainly get someone better as a full time starter. Flacco will be a spot-starter and a decent QB2 this season. You probably shouldn’t consider drafting him as my QB1.
As I briefly mentioned I expect a regression from Forsett this season, but with running back being a particularly small pool to draw from Forsett should be considered as a pretty good RB2 in most leagues. As for who will be the RB2 for the Baltimore Ravens it is expected that the position will be split between Buck Allen and Lorenzo Talliaferro. The rookie Allen is expected to take on more of a relief position for Forsett, and it should be noted that Allen is probably the best receiving back the Ravens have. So if you are looking for a handcuff in case Forsett is injured, then Allen would appear to be the better choice at this juncture. However, Taliaferro is the biggest back the Ravens have, and is expected to get a lot of the goal line touches. So you can assume that Taliaferro will vulture a bunch of touchdowns and have a couple of high value fantasy weeks this season, coupled with a lot of weeks with little to zero points.
Steve Smith Sr. might be 36 years old, but he is the most reliable fantasy wide receiver the Ravens have this season. Smith put up over 1000 yards last season and had six touchdowns. Which are both numbers I believe Smith will topple this season. It’ll be Smith’s second year with Flacco, and will assuredly be act as Flacco’s safety blanket. As I said in my breakdown of Flacco I believe he will have more pass attempts this season, and since Smith will be Flacco’s safety blanket, I believe that means much more targets and receptions for Smith. Smith should be a good WR3 or flex starter. The only other wide receiver worth mentioning is Breshad Perrimen. Perrimen is a liability to target in fantasy at the moment, but does have upside. He hasn’t participated in any of training camp because of a bruised knee, and when he was practicing during OTA’s and mini-camp, the reports were that he was inconsistent with his hands. Because of the inconsistent hands allegations, and the injury concerns, Perrimen is a case that is going to need to be monitored throughout the preseason.
Tight end is a very tough position to come into the NFL and play right away. Which is exactly what the Ravens were hoping for when they drafted Maxx Williams this year. However word coming out of camp is that Williams is struggling to grasp the offensive system implored by Marc Trestman. The Ravens are instead expecting Crockett Gilmore to start for them at tight end. Gilmore played for the Ravens last year but only managed to get 10 receptions in 15 games. It’s been reported that Gilmore put on 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason, so perhaps he will get some end zone targets as he is the biggest body they have at 6’6” 275. I still suspect Gilmore will only be a Scott Chandler type at best. Not worth drafting.