QB Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens
|6-6, 236||Born: 1-16-1985||College: Delaware||Drafted: Round 1, pick 18|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Flacco is looking very comfortable in the Gary Kubiak offense, especially with his new #1 receiver Steve Smith. The loss of Dennis Pitta is not the devastating blow that it was last year, and Flacco has spot start value this week against the Colts and potential QBBC value for the rest of the season.
Week 5: at Indianapolis Colts
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 2 vs PIT (21 / 29 / 166 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco didn't start the game half asleep as per usual. The Ravens avoided the drive killing down and distances with a more consistent ground attack and much better execution in the passing game. On the opening drive Flacco was accurate in the short passing game. He simply read the defense and sat behind good protection, allowing his receivers to do their jobs. On the opening drive he was aided by a 23 yard pass interference call that moved the offense into the red zone. It wasn't a particularly great call from the official or throw from Flacco who could have been intercepted had the defender been playing the ball instead of the receiver. Flacco capped the drive hitting a wide open Daniels for the touchdown. On the following possession, Flacco showed faith in Daniels firing a bullet into tight coverage and letting hit make a contested catch. It was the type of throw Flacco makes consistently to Pitta and having another weapon he has confidence in will bode well for the Ravens offense. Flacco avoided bad decisions all game and was very accurate over the middle of the field giving his receivers chances to run after the catches. Flacco's first ugly play came early in the 4th quarter as he rolled out off of play action, throwing late off his back foot to Pitta who was very well covered by the time Flacco threw it. Other than a couple of wide open passes to Owen Daniels, the Ravens red zone offense was putrid. They were unable to run the ball in from inside the 5 and other players were unable to win in tight spaces.
2014 Week 3 vs CLE (19 / 31 / 217 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco and the offense work most efficiently when the running game is the driving engine of the offense. The Ravens passing attack hasn't hit its stride yet. Multiple near misses every game may be the norm. A steady run game helped keep the offense in manageable down and distances. The offensive line was very effective and efficient. Flacco had a mixed opening drive. He missed throws to both Smiths, one for a potential 20 yard touchdown. But overall Flacco started the game well. Both Daniels and Pitta were targeted early. Flacco was sharp in the short to intermediate range. His best throw came as he escaped a broken pocket and found Torrey Smith working back to him for an 18 yard gain. To open second drive Flacco threw low to a wide open Steve Smith on a deep cross who was unable to secure the pass. After the early miscues on passes the Ravens drove it into the red zone without a single pass play. Flacco capped the drive hitting Kyle Jusczcyk in the flat who could've walked into the end zone and avoided contact. Flacco hit Jusczcyk twice on the ensuing drive for 45 yards. Aided by a healthy dose of the running game the Ravens moved the ball inside the 1 yard line. Flacco was given a QB sneak that he appeared to score, but was ruled short upon review. To open the 4th quarter Flacco threw a perfect pass on a double move to Jacoby Jones but it was dropped. The pass would've gained at least 25 yards. On the following play Flacco was launching a bomb to Torrey Smith but was hit as he released it, resulting in an interception. Flacco answered his interception with a 30 yard pass to Steve Smith. Flacco scrambled on the play and simply threw a jump ball closer to Smith than to the defender and he was able to win the catch. Flacco underthrew an open Torrey Smith for a touchdown but Smith drew a pass interference penalty moving the ball inside the 5. Flacco then missed an open Torrey Smith in the end zone but threw too late and high. As soon as the Ravens' final drive started he looked to Steve Smith. Smith beat his man inside on a slant. Then put the nail in the coffin beating his man down the sideline for a gain of 30, setting up the game winning field goal.
2014 Week 4 vs CAR (22 / 31 / 327 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Joe Flacco had his best game of the year against the Panthers. Concerns after Pitta and Monroe were sidelined with injuries were soon mitigated as the Ravens Offense adapted well. The offensive line played great and kept Flacco's jersey clean for the most part. Flacco's first two throws were bootlegs to his right; away from James Hurst the rookie tackle free agent. The Ravens were at least aware of Hurst's potential struggles, but the rookie would prove to be an asset instead of a liability. On 3rd and two Flacco lobbed a pass down the sideline to Owen Daniels who was well covered on the play. Daniels could only manage to tip the ball in the air with one hand which miraculously landed into the hands of Steve Smith who sprinted untouched into the end zone for a 61 yard touchdown. This was Flacco's worst throw of the first half. He was very accurate, poised under pressure, and played very efficiently within the offense. It was undoubtedly his best game throwing deep since the super bowl run. He hit Torrey Smith who ran open down the seam for a gain of 29. Smith could have scored if Flacco had lead him perfectly but threw the ball at Smith, perhaps by design, instead. The next play Flacco dropped the snap, snatched it up and threw up a fade away prayer to the corner of the end zone. The pass landed perfectly in the arms of Steve Smith for a touchdown. Flacco remained consistent throughout the game in taking what the defense gave him including when he got favorable matchups downfield. Torrey Smith beat Cason on back to back plays and on the second Flacco threw a perfect pass to Smith between the safety and Cason on a 9 route. Smith snagged the pass for Flacco's third touchdown. Flacco then hit Kamar Aiken on a skinny post for a gain of 22.
Latest NewsRavens | Joe Flacco tears up good defense (Sun Sep 28, 09:37 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 22 of his 31 pass attempts for 327 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 4 win against the Carolina Panthers. Our View: Flacco's bigger play of the day was on a fluke deflected ball long score to Steve Smith, but he also a good job spreading the ball around and seemed very comfortable in the blowout win. He has some QBBC appeal in good matchups like next week's at Indianapolis.
link to story Ravens | Joe Flacco a full go (Fri Sep 19, 04:17 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is probable for Week 19. link to story Ravens | Joe Flacco fully participates (Thu Sep 18, 04:16 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (illness) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 18. Our View: Flacco is ready to go....right to your fantasy bench. He's been up and down this year so far and we're not loving his prospects this week. Expect in the range of 250 yards and maybe a touchdown keeping him deep in the QB2 range.
link to story Ravens | Joe Flacco ready to go (Thu Sep 18, 02:17 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (illness) said he had a stomach bug Wednesday, Sept. 17. He's fine and ready to go for Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns. Our View: Flacco is ready to go but he shouldn't be in your lineups unless it's a two-quarterback start league. The offense isn't looking great nor is it looking like it will produce great starting fantasy QB numbers and this matchup isn't wonderful either. Stay away.
link to story Ravens | Joe Flacco returns to practice (Thu Sep 18, 11:39 AM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (illness) is back at practice Thursday, Sept. 18. Our View: We don't expect a lot from Flacco who crashed back down to earth after a tremendous Week 1. He faces a decent matchup but we're still not excited—consider him a decent QB2 at best.
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