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WR Steve Smith - Baltimore Ravens

5-9, 179Born: 5-12-1979College: UtahDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 28): Smith was hot heading into Week 12, but he and the Ravens offense were very conservative against the Bengals. He is still a PPR WR3/Flex option, but against the Dolphins this week, it could be a similarly conservative gameplan.

Week 13: vs Miami Dolphins

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco was limited to 25/36 for 234 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -15 yards vs. Cincinnati last weekend - Mike Wallace (four targets for 3/57/0 receiving) led the team in receiving while Dennis Pitta (five for 3/34/0), Kenneth Dixon (four for 4/31/0) and Kamar Aiken (two for 2/30/0) were the other receivers over 30 yards receiving last weekend. Breshad Perriman (three for 1/14/1) was the lucky recipient of the lone passing score. Flacco has thrown for more than one TD in exactly two games this season, and has 11 passing scores thrown vs. 10 interceptions tossed entering Week 13 - not exactly an explosive passing attack here, friends. The Dolphins' pass defense was hit for 29/46 yielding 282 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks of Colin Kaepernick for -14 yards during the 31-24 win over San Francisco. Two games ago Miami allowed just 17/31 for 125 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions with one sack for -9 yards of rookie Jared Goff (in his first regular-season NFL start). From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Miami has averaged 21.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (17th in the NFL); and 19.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-least); with 9.7 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (ninth-most). This is a so-so pass defense entering Week 13, friends (Miami is currently ninth in the NFL averaging 229.7 net passin yards given out per game, with 17 passing scores given out over 11 games). This looks like a neutral matchup between two middlin' units.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs PIT 58 0 0 0 7 4 47 0 0 4.7
10 vs CLE 61 0 0 0 7 5 60 1 0 12
11 at DAL 45 0 0 0 9 8 99 1 0 15.9
12 vs CIN 54 0 0 0 4 4 20 0 0 2
13 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
13 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
13 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs CIN (4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith had just a 3 yard reception and a 5 yard catch in the first half. Smith caught a pass over the middle for an 8 yard gain. Smith was not involved in the offense and had 2 costly penalties.

2016 Week 11 vs DAL (9 / 8 / 99 / 1 rec)

Steve Smith looked like the Ravens number one weapon on offense against the Cowboys. Smith made his first catch on an underneath crossing route and gained 7. Steve Smith made an acrobatic catch on the sideline to convert a 3rd and 12 managing to get both his feet inbounds. Steve Smith made his 1000th career reception running an in route and finding yards after the catch for a gain of 22. Smith found a soft spot in the coverage and Flacco found him for another 22 yard gain over the middle. Smith showed off his acceleration making a catch on a crossing route and running past defenders for a 17 yard gain. Smith looked like the fastest player on the field. Smith beat his man on a slant route for a 5 yard touchdown.

2016 Week 10 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 60 / 1 rec)

Steve Smith looked like the Ravens number one receiver against the Browns. Smith made his first catch underneath running a curl route and gained 6 yards. Smith and Flacco could not connect on a pair of deep targets or Smith could have had a much bigger game. Smith managed to get one hand on a 40 yard bomb from Flacco but could not secure the pass. Smith made a 17 yard catch working back to Flacco off of play action. Smith made a catch underneath on a crossing route then stiff armed Tramon Williams to the ground on his way to a 12 yard gain. Smith caught a slant between 2 defenders for an 11 yard touchdown.

2016 Week 9 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith returned and was heavily involved in the offense. Smith made his first catch and showed off his explosiveness. Smith made a catch on a shallow crosser, stiff armed Mike Mitchell and ran up the sideline for a 30 yard gain. Smith had an 11 yard reception negated by a holding penalty. Smith beat his man on a slant route gaining 9 yards. Smith converted a third and short with a 3 yard reception running an out route. Smith converted a 2 point attempt running a double move on the goal line and went low to make a nice catch. Smith looked healthy and Flacco looked for Smith when the Ravens needed to make a play.

2016 Week 5 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith made his first catch over the middle gaining 15. Smith followed it up with a catch underneath and limped to the sideline after the play. Smith had his ankle taped and returned to make a 7 yard catch on 3rd and short but again limped off the field favoring his ankle. Smith would not return.

2016 Week 4 vs OAK (11 / 8 / 111 / 1 rec)

Steve Smith made his first catch finding the soft spot in the zone coverage for a gain of 17. Steve Smith came wide open on a crossing route but Flacco missed the mark with pressure in his face. Steve Smith made two underneath catches but was dropped for minimal gains each time. Smith again came wide open in the middle of the field and Flacco found him for a 20 yard gain. Steve Smith beat David Amerson on an in route broke a tackle and juked Reggie Nelson on his way to a 52 yard touchdown. Smith continues to look better each week and Flacco will continue to pepper his favorite receiver with targets.

2016 Week 3 vs JAX (11 / 8 / 87 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith looked more like himself against the Jaguars. Smith dropped his first target over the middle running a curl route. Flacco threw short of Smith the following play with pressure in his face. Smith made his first catch on an in route and exploded up field with room to run, gaining 23. Smith looked fast and explosive on the play and nearly hurdled a defender. Smith beat Jalen Ramsey on 3rd and short for 9 yards running a curl route outside against the rookie. Smith picked up 22 more beating the coverage on an in route. Smith picked up 15 more working over the middle, finding the hole in zone coverage, making the catch and getting up field. Flacco went to Smith when he needed a play on 4th down with the game on the line and Smith delivered with a nice catch and a first down.

2016 Week 2 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 64 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith looked more like himself after a rough outing week 1. Smith's first two targets were an interception by Joe Haden and a pass deflection again by Haden. Smith made all his catches in quick succession. Smith made his first catch on an in route beating Joe Haden for 14 yards and setting up a field goal attempt before the half. Smith opened the second half with a 19 yard gain running an out route and 31 more yards down the sideline the following play beating Joe Haden once again. I saw Smith with his hands on his hips frequently throughout the game. Either Smith was tired or frustrated with his involvement. Smith should continue to regain his form and make more plays as the season progresses.

2016 Week 1 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 19 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith led the Ravens in receptions and snaps but did little to suggest he will be a productive part of the Ravens offense. Smith made his first three catches on curl routes failing to gain any yards after making the catch. Smith simply went limp and allowed himself to be tackled. Another worrisome sign was Smith running the wrong route, Smith ran an out and up when Flacco expected an out route. The miscommunication nearly led to a pick six but the ball fell through the arms of Ronald Darby. On his final target Smith gained separation on a comeback route covered by Ronald Darby but Flacco's throw was out of reach. Smith did not look explosive and was not productive. If the trend continues expect Perriman and Aiken to eat into Smith's snaps.


Latest News

Ravens | Steve Smith just short of 100 (Sun Nov 20, 08:03 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith hauled in eight receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was targeted nine times.

Our View: Smith passed 1000 receptions and was locked in as Joe Flacco's #1 receiver. Once healthy earlier in the season, Smith had back to back eight reception games. He should be slotted in as a strong PPR WR2 going into a matchup with Cincinnati.
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