Fantasy Football News & Views
Ravens | Steve Smith could sing swan song Fri May 29, 11:48 AM
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith could be entering his final season at the age of 36 in 2015. Smith signed a three-year deal with the team in 2014 and planned to play at least two of those years. He left it open for playing another season beyond this one. 'I really don't have the family structure to chase 40, to be honest,' Smith said. 'I have got a lot of things on my to-do list that don't have anything to do with football. I'm going to take it day by day, but I will not be playing until I'm 40.'
|Footballguys view: He can't play forever, and Smith's final season could certainly be this year. Smith could see his snaps drop this season, because the team wants to keep him healthy during the season, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Fantasy owners should consider him a mid-range WR3 in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Ravens | Michael Campanaro update Thu May 28, 08:51 AM
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (leg) suffered a partially torn quadriceps muscle, according to MRI results, Wednesday, May 27. He is expected to play in 2015 and should be able to return in time for training camp after rehabilitating the injury. A complete tear would have required surgery and cost him the entire season. Campanaro is expected to see increased playing time in 2015.
|Footballguys view: Campanaro will primarily be returning kicks again this year. While prior to the NFL Draft, it looked as though the departure of Torrey Smith might open up some targets for Campanaro, drafting Breshad Perriman might have put a stop to that. Perriman has trouble with drops though, and Marlon Brown isn't a sure thing either, so if Campanaro can get healthy by camp he might still have a shot to reel in some catches.|
Mike Campanaro player page
Ravens | Michael Campanaro injured Wed May 27, 06:16 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (quadriceps) injured his quadriceps during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.
|Footballguys view: At this time, the injury's severity is not known. Campanaro is in line to be used as a return man for the Ravens, plus he's going to work as a reserve receiver in 2015.|
Mike Campanaro player page
Ravens | Baltimore's No. 2 RB job up for grabs Wed May 27, 02:17 PM
Baltimore Ravens RBs Lorenzo Taliaferro and rookie Javorius Allen will battle for the Ravens' backup running back position this offseason, playing behind RB Justin Forsett. The role could end up being shared, according to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.
|Footballguys view: Buck Allen is an interesting rookie to watch in dynasty leagues. At 220 pounds, Allen can make cuts crisply to get to the open field. He's got some elusiveness in the open field, and Allen can make big plays as a receiver out of the backfield. He's not as powerful as Taliaferro, but Allen could be the better backup or spot starter (if needed) for the Ravens.|
Lorenzo Taliaferro player page
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Ravens | Maxx Williams to play major role? Sat May 23, 11:37 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams is expected to take over the role that TE Owen Daniels filled last season.
|Footballguys view: Williams was (by far) our favorite tight end in this rookie class. He has a skill set similar to that of a young Jason Witten (Cowboys), and Williams will be able to attack the middle seam of the defense. He's a big target who knows how to use his body to box out smaller defenders and he puts up a helluva fight for the ball. Williams has soft hands, good concentration and can be a reliable target for Joe Flacco from day one.|
Ravens | Steve Smith may see less snaps Tue May 19, 09:31 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith could see his snaps drop this season, because the team wants to keep him healthy during the season, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
|Footballguys view: Smith needs to keep making an impact as the season goes on. Last year, Smith had four 100-yard receiving games over the first six weeks. After that, he had no games over 90-yards receiving. He's the WR1 for the Ravens, and rookie Breshad Perriman should be the team's starter opposite of Smith. His current ADP is WR33 (7.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Steve Smith player page
Ravens | Javorius Allen showing promise for BAL Mon May 18, 01:46 PM
Baltimore Ravens rookie RB Javorius Allen has caught the eye of the Raven's coaching staff with his work in the passing game during rookie minicamp this offseason.
|Footballguys view: This should come as a surprise to no one. He averaged 11.3 yards per catch over the last two seasons in college at USC. Allen has good lateral agility and can create on his own in the open field. He'll work his way onto the field as a change-of-pace back for the Ravens behind Justin Forsett.|
Ravens | Dennis Pitta likely to start on PUP Sat May 16, 07:06 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) will likely begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. Pitta's hip injury could be career-ending, but he's working on the road to recovery at this time. The Ravens aren't counting on him, and that's why they drafted Maxx Williams in the 2015 NFL draft.|
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Ravens | Dennis Pitta optimistic Sat May 16, 10:40 AM
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) said he is feeling good and is optimistic about playing in 2015. He has been participating in offseason workouts and is allowed to run and cut. Pitta has also been running routes and catching patches during practice.
|Footballguys view: We're not as optimistic about Pitta's return. The hip problem he has could be career-threatening, and the Ravens have prepared for a future without him by selecting Maxx Williams in the 2015 NFL draft. Fantasy owners should not be expecting a comeback here, but make sure to watch his progress.|
Dennis Pitta player page
Ravens | Breshad Perriman making impression Thu May 14, 07:51 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is already being lauded by QB Joe Flacco. 'He looks really good. He looks big, powerful, runs well,' Flacco said. 'He looks like he has big, strong hands. He snatches the ball out of the air.'
|Footballguys view: Perriman was plagued by drops at Central Florida, so let's slow our roll until we see him against some cornerbacks with some contact. Yes he snatches the ball out of the air, but he dropped a lot of those balls afterwards when corners got involved. Right now his ADP is 12.06, and he has a good quarterback who needs a playmaker in Joe Flacco. We just need to see him under live fire.|
Ravens | Maxx Williams to make RZ impact? Wed May 13, 06:44 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams is expected to make an impact right away on third down and in the red zone, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome.
|Footballguys view: We consider Williams a star in the making. He reminds us of a young Jason Witten (Cowboys) because of his smooth athleticism, soft hands and fearlessness running routes over the middle. The Ravens needed a TE1 with Owen Daniels (Broncos) moving on in free agency. Williams can be considered a TE2 with TE1 upside for fantasy owners. His current ADP is TE16 (12.12) in 12-team PPR leagues...but we expect this to rise as the season gets closer.|
Ravens | Kyle Arrington may be a target Wed May 13, 01:05 PM
Free-agent CB Kyle Arrington (Patriots) is receiving interest from the Baltimore Ravens.
|Footballguys view: Arrington could return to the Patriots at a smaller salary, but there will be other teams out there (like Baltimore) willing to take a chance on the veteran. The need at corner is there for the Ravens...and not just as a slot corner behind Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Webb is coming off a disappointing 2014, and Smith is recovering from Lisfranc surgery. If he's added, there's a chance Arrington could end up playing significant snaps for the Ravens in 2015.|
Kyle Arrington player page
Ravens | Breshad Perriman signs with BAL Mon May 11, 04:47 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman signed to an undisclosed contract Monday, May 11.
|Footballguys view: Perriman is a big, fast receiver who can get off the line of scrimmage quickly and cleanly. He does a good job of tracking deep passes and should give the Ravens a fine starter opposite Steve Smith.|
Ravens | Maxx Williams agrees to terms with BAL Thu May 7, 05:12 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams agreed to an undisclosed deal Thursday, May 7, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Think of a young Jason Witten (Cowboys) when considering what Williams could be at the pro level. He's a smooth athlete who can run away from linebackers over the middle. Williams has soft hands and plays with a nasty attitude. He's not a seam-ripper, but he can step in and start--and star--for the Ravens from day one. Fantasy owners should consider Williams a TE2 who could quickly become an every week starter as a TE1 in 2015.|
Ravens | Justin Forsett firmly grasping role Tue May 5, 10:47 AM
Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett has a firm grip on the lead running back role after the Ravens waited until the fourth round to select RB Javorius Allen in the 2015 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Forsett can once again lead the way for the Ravens on the ground. Javorius (better known as 'Buck') Allen is more of a determined power back between the tackles with little creativity or big-play ability.|
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Ravens | Dennis Pitta not in Ravens' future? Mon May 4, 05:18 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) may have an unclear future in Baltimore if he is even able to play next season. TE Maxx Williams was selected in the second round and is primed to take over Pitta's role if necessary.
|Footballguys view: When the Ravens selected Williams, it was a sign that Pitta could be done in the NFL. The hip injury he suffered is career threatening, and there's no guarantee that he ever plays football again. Williams was our favorite tight end in this year's draft, and he plays like a young Jason Witten (Cowboys).|
Dennis Pitta player page
Ravens | BAL adds Maxx Williams in Round 2 Fri May 1, 09:03 PM
The Baltimore Ravens selected University of Minnesota TE Maxx Williams in Round 2 (No. 55 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft Friday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Dennis Pitta struggles to stay healthy, and Williams could be replacing him. A 'move' tight end, Williams could be a nice addition to an offense which lost Torry Smith this offseason.|
Ravens | Breshad Perriman could start as rookie Thu Apr 30, 11:49 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman could immediately compete for a starting spot as a rookie.
|Footballguys view: We could see that. Perriman has the deep speed to stretch the field and get on top of the defense. He could easily win the starting job because of his size/speed combination. The Ravens are looking for a starter opposite Steve Smith since losing Torrey Smith (49ers) in free agency.|
Ravens | Breshad Perriman lands in Baltimore Thu Apr 30, 10:55 PM
Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman was selected 26th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: We like this fit. Perriman is a big receiver who can get off the line quickly. He has the speed to take the top off the defense, and he can tracks passes with ease over his shoulder.|
Ravens | Fitzgerald Toussaint signs tender Wed Apr 29, 05:17 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Fitzgerald Toussaint signed his exclusive-rights tender Wednesday, April 29.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens are likely to draft a running back and push Toussaint to the roster bubble unless he can challenge Lorenzo Taliaferro for a third running back spot.|
Ravens | Clive Walford visited Mon Apr 27, 02:24 AM
Miami TE Clive Walford visited the Baltimore Ravens last week before the deadline for 2015 NFL Draft visits passed.
|Footballguys view: The future of Dennis Pitta is still very much up in the air. The Ravens will likely address the position at some point in the draft even though they drafted Crockett Gillmore last year. Walford is the second-best tight end in this draft class, and he can make insane catches seem routine. He can line up wide or attack the deep seam of a defense, and Walford creates mismatches because of his athleticism and catch radius. We think he's a second-round pick.|
Ravens | Joe Flacco not worried about WRs Sat Apr 25, 09:43 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he does not think the team needs to draft a wide receiver despite losing WR Torrey Smith to the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.
|Footballguys view: This is a great draft class for wide receivers (not quite as good as last year's though), so we're expecting the Ravens to draft a wideout with a premium pick. We'll see if they address the tight end position as well in this draft, although this class is not strong at that spot.|
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Ravens | Justin Tucker may be tag option Sat Apr 25, 09:28 AM
Baltimore Ravens PK Justin Tucker could be an option for the franchise tag next offseason if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the tag deadline.Link to story
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Ravens | Kevin Johnson visits Fri Apr 24, 02:23 AM
Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson visited the Baltimore Ravens and worked out for the team, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Johnson could be a first- or second-round pick in the draft. He lacks ideal weight for the position, but he more than makes up for that with instincts, speed and quickness.|
Ravens | Baltimore interested in Duke Johnson? Thu Apr 23, 07:16 PM
Miami (Fla.) RB Duke Johnson could be drawing interest from the Baltimore Ravens.
|Footballguys view: Johnson is maxed out at 205 pounds, but he plays with a lot of speed and quickness. He's a creative runner who can use jump cuts to create his own space, and he has the acceleration to get to top speed in a hurry. We don't feel Johnson can be a lead back given his lack of size and injury history. However, he could work well in a RBBC with Justin Forsett in Baltimore.|
Ravens | Melvin Gordon has visited Ravens Thu Apr 23, 07:07 PM
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon has had a pre-draft visit with the Baltimore Ravens.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens would fall all over themselves if Gordon falls to them in the draft. Sitting at 26th overall, it would take some doing to see Gordon get to that spot. He's likely to go off the board sooner as he's one of the two (Todd Gurley, Georgia) premiere backs in this draft class.|
Ravens | C.J. Mosley to be limited in workouts? Thu Apr 23, 04:34 PM
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) could be limited in offseason workouts with a wrist injury. 'I'm going to do everything I can. I don't know how much physically I can do. I'm definitely going to be out on the field,' Mosley said.
|Footballguys view: Mosley is a stud linebacker, and the Ravens would be wise to just take it easy on him as he recovers from this injury.|
C.J. Mosley player page
Ravens | Will Hill signs tender Thu Apr 23, 03:10 PM
Baltimore Ravens restricted free-agent FS Will Hill signed his tender offer Thursday, April 23, according to sources. Hill received a one-year deal worth $1.54 million.
|Footballguys view: When he's not suspended, Hill is one of the better safeties in the league. If he stays out of trouble this year, it could pay off with a big contract in 2016.|
Ravens | Phillip Dorsett visits Thu Apr 23, 02:09 PM
Miami (Fla.) WR Phillip Dorsett met with the Baltimore Ravens Wednesday, April 22, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Dorsett can flat out fly and take the top off the defense. Since 2012, the Hurricanes prospect has averaged over 25 yards per catch. He can work outside as a deep threat, but Dorsett also has the run-after-the-catch ability to shine as a slot receiver on underneath routes. He should be a first- or second-round pick in the draft. The Ravens are looking for help at wide receiver since losing Torrey Smith (49ers) in free agency.|
Ravens | Justin Tucker signs tender Thu Apr 23, 01:50 PM
Baltimore Ravens restricted free-agent PK Justin Tucker has signed his one-year tender offer. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
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Ravens | Casey Walker signs tender Wed Apr 22, 06:11 PM
Baltimore Ravens DT Casey Walker signed his exclusive-rights free-agent tender Wednesday, April 22. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Walker was signed off the Patriots practice squad late last year. The Ravens will have him compete as a rotational player on the defensive line. They'll have a new look up front with Haloti Ngata (Lions) getting traded earlier this offseason.|
Ravens | C.J. Mosley expects to take part in workouts Wed Apr 22, 12:09 PM
Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) said he plans to participate in offseason workouts even though he underwent wrist surgery earlier in the offseason.Link to story
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Ravens | Two Ravens have surgery Wed Apr 22, 11:43 AM
Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (foot) and OT Ricky Wagner (foot) had surgeries to correct Lisfranc sprains this offseason, according to a source.Link to story
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Ravens | Dennis Pitta in conditioning program Mon Apr 20, 06:39 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is participating in the team's voluntary conditioning program that started Monday, April 20.
|Footballguys view: Pitta's career remains in doubt after fracturing his right hip twice in the past two seasons and the Ravens don't expect to know his availability for the 2015 season until the summer.|
Dennis Pitta player page
Ravens | Two players sign tenders Mon Apr 20, 05:27 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Kamar Aiken and CB Tramain Jacobs signed their exclusive-rights free-agent tenders Monday, April 20.
|Footballguys view: Aiken is the player dynasty owners need to watch here. Last year, Aiken caught 24 passes for 267 receiving yards and three touchdowns. At this time, Aiken will compete for the WR3 job in Baltimore behind Steve Smith and Marlon Brown. However, we expect the Ravens to add a wide receiver in the draft.|
Ravens | Adrian Amos invited to pro day Sun Apr 19, 02:54 AM
Penn State S Adrian Amos has been invited to the Baltimore Ravens local prospect day.
|Footballguys view: Athletic and rangy, Amos can turn and stay with receivers on downfield routes. In addition to playing safety, Amos can also line up as a slot corner. He's a liability in run defense, and that keeps him playing outside the box.|
Ravens | David Mackall to attend pro day Sun Apr 19, 02:49 AM
Delaware LB David Mackall will attend the Baltimore Ravens local prospect day.
|Footballguys view: The former Maryland player transferred to Delaware after getting booted from the Terrapins in 2011. He can line up at defensive end or linebacker at the pro level, and some team should be interested in him as a priority free agent.|
Ravens | E.J. Scott invited to pro day Sun Apr 19, 02:39 AM
Wake Forest WR E.J. Scott was invited to the Baltimore Ravens' local prospect day.
|Footballguys view: At 5'11" 180 pounds, Scott is stronger than defenders think and can run routes over the middle. A fifth-year senior, Scott went to Wake Forest after graduating from Virginia.|
Ravens | Cole Farrand to attend pro day Sun Apr 19, 02:31 AM
Maryland LB Cole Farrand will attend the Baltimore Ravens pro day.
|Footballguys view: Farrand is a late-round pick or priority free agent with traits that coaches love. He's a smart player with the instincts and ability to thrive at inside linebacker. Farrand gets by on heart and hustle.|
Ravens | Invite Khari Lee to pro day Sun Apr 19, 02:27 AM
Bowie State TE Khari Lee has been invited to the team's pro day, which will be held prior to the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Lee has a basketball background, and he knows how to use his frame to box out defenders in order to keep them away from the ball. He needs work as a blocker, but there's enough there in terms of skill set for him to make a camp as a priority free agent.|
Ravens | Interest in Greg Jennings Sat Apr 18, 02:47 AM
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) has drawn interest from the Baltimore Ravens, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Jennings continues to get some more interest on the open market. He's taking his time in choosing his next stop because more than a few teams want him. The Ravens are looking for more talent at wide receiver since losing Torrey Smith (49ers) in free agency.|
Greg Jennings player page
Ravens | Four ERFAs re-sign Fri Apr 17, 04:52 PM
Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent TE Phillip Supernaw, SS Brynden Trawick, CB Rashaan Melvin and OT Ryan Jensen re-signed with the team Friday, April 17. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
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Ravens | Baltimore GM praises Bud Dupree Thu Apr 16, 10:14 PM
Kentucky DE/LB Bud Dupree received praise from Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta. 'Bigger guy, extremely athletic, tremendous combine workout,' DeCosta said of Dupree. 'Another guy, he can play in space, he's got size, he matches up very well in coverage versus tight ends, which is unusual to find an outside linebacker who has that.'
|Footballguys view: Collins has drawn some comparisons to Jamie Collins (Patriots) by some in the scouting community. His speed, athleticism, and nose for the ball should make him a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Ravens | BAL interested in Michael Crabtree Mon Apr 13, 01:23 PM
Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is receiving interest from the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. The Ravens are one of three teams showing the most interest in Crabtree.
|Footballguys view: Crabtree has not been getting much interest on the open market. The Ravens could be in the mix for his services as they look for wide receiver talent after losing Torrey Smith in free agency to the 49ers.|
Michael Crabtree player page
Ravens | Melvin Gordon won't make it past BAL Mon Apr 13, 09:25 AM
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon won't slip further than the Baltimore Ravens at No. 26 in the 2015 NFL Draft, in the opinion of SI.com's Peter King.
|Footballguys view: Gordon may not even make it that far. We should see two running backs selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. There hasn't been a back selected in the opening round since 2012, but Gordon and Todd Gurley (Georgia) have superstar potential. The Ravens re-signed Justin Forsett earlier this offseason, but they're likely to add another back to the mix at some point. This is a strong draft class at running back, and talent can be found in every round.|
Ravens | Shane Ray to visit Sun Apr 12, 11:25 AM
Missouri DE Shane Ray is scheduled to meet with the Baltimore Ravens before the 2015 NFL Draft, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Ray's game is nearly flawless. He can get after the quarterback with his blend of size, speed and instincts. His ability to bend around the edge and go under a tackle's outstretched hands is really fun to watch. Ray is a strong leader who plays aggressively and with a chip on his shoulder. He's easily a first-round pick, and there's a chance he goes in the top 10 of the draft.|
Ravens | Josh Furman to work out Sun Apr 12, 07:28 AM
Oklahoma State LB Josh Furman will attend the Baltimore Ravens' local prospect day and work out as a safety, according to a team source.Link to story
Ravens | Met with Jay Ajayi Fri Apr 10, 03:17 PM
Boise State RB Jay Ajayi recently met with the Baltimore Ravens.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens will be in the market for a running back with Justin Forsett really only a short-term answer. Ajayi has good hands out of the backfield and could be a very good PPR back in Marc Trestman's offense.|
Ravens | Jah Reid returning Thu Apr 9, 01:38 PM
Free-agent OT Jah Reid (Ravens) signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, April 9, worth $745,000, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Reid never became the starter the Ravens wanted him to be when they traded up to get him in the 2011 draft, but provides solid depth at tackle and guard. He's battled injuries his whole career and there are his veteran minimum contract has playing time clauses, according to Wilson. That doesn't hold a lot of confidence that he will improve his health issues.|
Ravens | Michael Campanaro to see more time? Wed Apr 8, 09:06 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro is a player who could see a larger role in the offense in the upcoming season, head coach John Harbaugh indicated Wednesday, April 8.
|Footballguys view: Campanaro is currently third on the depth chart behind Steve Smith and Marlon Brown. The 2014 seventh-round pick appeared in four games last year, and he hauled in seven catches for 102 yards and one touchdown. The diminutive receiver is tough when running routes over the middle, and he does a good job of smoothly making catches while turning to run after the catch. His fantasy value is low at this time, but he's an interesting name to monitor in deeper leagues if he can further develop his game.|