WR Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens
|6-0, 204||Born: 1-26-1989||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Smith was able to get a long score to revive some flex value. If Joe Flacco keeps focusing on Steve Smith, defenses will start to pay more attention to him too, leaving Torrey in one-on-one coverage. He's worth an upside play this week against the Colts if you are thin at wide receiver and shouldn't be on the waiver wire if a disgusted owner dropped him.
Week 5: at Indianapolis Colts
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco has led his team to a 3-1 record during September in the midst of considerable obstacles, including a 38-10 drubbing of the highly-respected Panthers defense last week. He threw 22/31 for 327 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions last week, and wasn't sacked at all (Steve Smith had his vengeance on Carolina with 7/139/2 receiving on 10 targets, while Torrey Smith saw three passes for 2/53/1 in the game). Two weeks ago, Flacco threw 19/31 for 217 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Cleveland, with again zero sacks taken. The Ravens' offense is rounding into form entering the fifth contest of the season. The Colts' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 251.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given up to date vs. five interceptions generated and eight sacks rung up so far (tied for fifth- and 13th-ranked in the NFL to date). Last week, Tennessee bumbled to 14/28 for 176 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions at Indianapolis while Charlie Whitehurst was being sacked three times for -18 yards; two weeks ago Jacksonville managed 18/31 for 239 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions while allowing their quarterbacks to be sacked four times for -17 yards. Though the Colts' season average is in the lower tier of the NFL, over the last two weeks they've played pretty stoutly in this phase of the game. At Indianapolis, this looks like a neutral matchup between the two teams.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 2 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith posted a disappointing stat line but it likely isn't indicative of his value going forward. He got a long target as he ran past Cortez Allen but was drug down from behind, drawing a pass interference call in the end zone. It would have been a 26 yard touchdown had it been completed. The following drive the Kubiak dialed up a 7 step drop play action with Smith going deep but Flacco dumped it off to Pitta, not liking what he saw. Smith saw his next target on 3rd and long as he ran an out route. But Mitchell had excellent coverage and batted the pass down. Smith's next reception came on a well-run comeback route which he converted for a gain of 11 and a first down. If Smith's fantasy value is to rebound he needs more targets in the intermediate area of the field where he can exploit the cushion he's often given. More chances to run after the catch on slant and crossing routes would boost his value greatly also.
2014 Week 3 vs CLE (8 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Torrey Smith has his most active game of the season. He opened the game with a target but Flacco's low pass was uncatchable. Smith made a nice grab working back to the quarterback after the pocket had broken down for a gain of 18. Kubiak dialed up a deep shot to Smith but he was well covered and Flacco had to throw the pass out of bounds. Nonetheless, Smith is getting enough looks to be fantasy relevant, he simply isn't converting his chances. Smith got behind the defense for an 80 yard touchdown but Flacco was hit as he threw. The pass fell way short and was intercepted. Smith caught a quick slant he held onto despite taking a hard shot. His next target was a 30 yard pass interference penalty he might have turned into a touchdown had he not been tackled by his facemask before the ball arrived. Smith came open for the touchdown a few plays later but Flacco didn't see him until the coverage recovered. Smith dropped a screen pass Flacco could've thrown better.
2014 Week 4 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 53 / 1 rec)
Torrey Smith finally connected with Flacco after many near misses. Smith's first reception was a seam route run from the slot, something Dennis Pitta did for the Ravens with regularity. He sprinted wide open down the middle of the field and could have had a touchdown if Flacco lead him instead of forcing Smith to slow down and make an adjustment on the ball. Instead he gained 29 and a big first down. Smith's solid day could have been much bigger. The entire Ravens sideline was asking for a flag when Smith got held up on an out route. Smith also drew a 20 yard pass interference call down the sideline on a 9 route He followed it up by beating Cason down the sideline again. This time Smith created separation with some hand fighting, made a nice adjustment to the pass, and snagged it in the end zone for a 24 yard score. Smith drew another pass interference penalty on a dig route that would have gone for 10 yards.
Latest NewsRavens | Torrey Smith finds end zone (Sun Sep 28, 08:59 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith had a pair of receptions for 53 yards in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers. One was good for a 29-yard touchdown, his first of the season. Our View: Smith at least showed he has "what the heck flex" value going forward. The Colts matchup next week isn't that tough.
link to story Ravens | Torrey Smith determined to improve (Fri Sep 26, 08:08 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith is determined to turn things around after his dismal start through the first three games, according to reports. After posting a team-high 1,128 receiving yards with 65 receptions a year ago, he is on pace for just 453 yards and 32 receptions this season. WR Steve Smith has become the center of attention in the receiving game, and Torrey Smith is second fiddle. 'I have folks tweeting me how terrible I am, and I could very easily have had three touchdowns and 300 yards the past couple weeks. That's how the ball rolls. I'm not used to it, but we'll get over it soon. (He and QB Joe Flacco) were as close as you can get to touchdowns. We just have to be on the same page and get it done,' Smith said. Our View: Smith's lack of production is a bit of a mystery. He's tied for 4th in the NFL with 107 routes run this year. However, he's ranks 80th in the NFL with only 15 targets this season. You can buy low on Smith if you'd like as most fantasy owners have soured on his prospects after a rough start to 2014.
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|7||vs Atlanta Falcons|
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|9||@ Pittsburgh Steelers|
|10||vs Tennessee Titans|
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|13||vs San Diego Chargers|
|14||@ Miami Dolphins|
|15||vs Jacksonville Jaguars|
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