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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 (Tue Nov 25): Smith had been quiet lately, but leave it to an old NFC South foe to fire him up. It's still a boom/bust tightrope, but at least the boom has come back for Smith owners.

Week 13: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco has watched Justin Forsett plow in two rushing scores per game over the past two contests - the game plan has been slanted towards the rushing game during recent contests, with 24 passes attempted vs. 32 rushes at New Orleans (Flacco threw 18/24 for 243 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with one sack taken for -9 yards at the Superdome) and 27 passes attempted and 34 rushes vs. Tennessee (16/27 for 169 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -8 yards). Flacco and company having a winning NFL formula these days, but they aren't creating jaw-dropping fantasy numbers in this phase of the game. The Smiths have split the available passing scores, with Torrey Smith reeling in the TD vs. Tennessee (eight targets for 5/75/1 receiving, to lead the team in receiving), while Steve Smith Sr. (six targets for 4/89/1 receiving) got the TD at New Orleans. Torrey Smith led the team in receiving last week (six for 5/98/0) - the two wideouts are the most productive fantasy receivers for the Ravens entering the holiday weekend. San Diego averages 221.3 net yards passing allowed per game, with 18 passing scores given out over 11 games, while generating just six interceptions (tied for 26th in the NFL) and only 18 sacks (tied for 27th). Shaun Hill and company posted 19/36 for 210 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown vs. San Diego last week (with one sack taken for -7 yards); Derek Carr dinked-and-dunked to 16/34 for 162 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, and two sacks taken for -10 yards at San Diego two games back. Both of these units are on an even (if mediocre) keel entering Week 13 - neither has a clear edge over the other. Also, Justin Forsett has been really hot of late in the rushing phase of the game - Flacco may not need to sling the ball much in this contest.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
9 at PIT 0 0 0 8 5 36 0 0
10 vs TEN 0 0 0 7 3 17 0 0
12 at NO 0 0 0 6 4 89 1 0
13 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
13 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
13 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs TEN (7 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith looked very human against the Titans. Smith saw his first target fall short of him and dropped the second over the middle of the field. Smith caught his first pass running an out route for 11 yards. Smith then appeared to stumble as he tried to catch up to another Flacco pass leading to another incompletion. The following play the Ravens set up Smith with a screen and an army of blockers but he was unable to find any space before being dropped promptly. Smith didn't get any downfield targets or come close to making a big play.

2014 Week 12 vs NO (6 / 4 / 89 / 1 rec)

Steve Smith had a strong game and reminded fans of his big play ability. Smith's first target was a miscommunication with Flacco over the middle leading to an incompletion. Flacco expected Smith to settle down in the zone but Smith kept running the crossing pattern. Smith came back a few plays later and snatched an uncontested comeback route thanks to a well-designed play for 15 yards up the sideline. Smith capped the opening drive with an amazing catch while being blanketed by the corner, falling out of bounds and held on for the 15 yard touchdown. Smith may no longer be the fastest player but when he sees the ball sailing towards him, he gains separation. Flacco threw a beautiful pass to Smith running a 9 route and Smith simply attacked the ball and hauled in a 40 yard catch. Smith had a slant from Flacco bounce off his hands. 2 plays later Flacco escaped the pocket and Smith snuck behind his defender to catch the lob pass and sprint up the sideline for a gain of 20.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

WR Dynasty - 67, 66, 67, 79

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  Matt Waldman - June 16
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  Matt Waldman - July 14

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Schedule

13vs San Diego Chargers
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns