Ravens Fantasy News

Ravens happy with Ray Rice's conditioning
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

With his legal troubles having cast doubt on his playing future, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been committed to what he can control: losing weight and getting back to full strength after a hip injury derailed him last season.

Rice is attending the start of the Ravens' offseason conditioning program and has impressed team staff.

"He looks great," strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki told reporters Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Rice played too heavy last year and it showed. He's facing a major off-field issue, but if he can clear that hurdle he should be a RB2 in Gary Kubiak's offense.

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Cordarrelle Patterson should see more downfield targets
Monday, April 21, 2014, 2:54pm

Minneapolis Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

It’s convenient to say that Cordarrelle Patterson will become the next Josh Gordon, but Patterson and Gordon were used much differently in 2013.

Nearly two-thirds of Patterson’s targets came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, and a whopping 22 of them came on passes behind the line.

But Gordon did most of his damage downfield in Norv Turner’s vertical passing attack. More than 55 percent of his targets came when he was 10 yards or more past the line of scrimmage, and only Torrey Smith and A.J. Green were targeted beyond 20 yards more often. With just two targets behind the line of scrimmage, Gordon was rarely utilized in the screen game.

Patterson has the size and speeded needed to thrive in a vertical passing attack, so it’s going to be fun to watch him attempt to develop into an all-around receiver like Gordon. It will be also interesting to see how often Turner tries to take advantage of what Patterson already can do.

Fantasy Impact:

All arrows are pointing up for Patterson, who was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17 in his rookie season. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Vikings OC Norv Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later. His TD rate will be difficult to maintain, but he should see a jump in touches in 2014. Patterson is very raw as a route runner and needs to develop quickly in that facet of the game if he's to have the type of season that many are predicting.

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:02pm

Joe Person, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers sign free agent tight end Ed Dickson to a one-year deal, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Dickson will back up Greg Olsen.

Harbaugh: Owen Daniels' role 'will be plenty big'
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 12:57pm

Carroll County Times - [Full Article]

Owen Daniels passed a physical Friday and signed his one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

“Just couldn’t be more happy, more excited. … I guarantee his role will be plenty big,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s going to have a lot to do with our success next year, and we’ve got a lot of big plans for him.”

Gary Kubiak’s offense with the Texans featured a lot of two-tight end sets. With Daniels now in the mix to go along with Dennis Pitta, Daniels said to “look for more of that in the future.”

“We’ve got the guys here to do it, and that makes things tough for defenses,” Daniels said.

Fantasy Impact:

Look for the Ravens to run a lot of two-TE sets taking advantage of both Pitta and Daniels. We still like Pitta's upside in Kubiak's offense, but the arrival of Daniels does take some of the wind out of Pitta's sails.

Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:21pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

The Ravens have signed running back Justin Forsett to a one-year deal.

Baltimore was looking to add to its running back corps this offseason. Ray Rice’s recent legal troubles, which could lead to a suspension, also a consideration, according to Head Coach John Harbaugh. Forsett joins Rice and Bernard Pierce.

He spent the 2012 season with the Houston Texans and new Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, which gives him an understanding of Kubiak’s system that he can help pass along to the other running backs.

Owen Daniels signs with the Ravens
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:23pm

John McClain, Twitter - [Full Article]

TE Owen Daniels agrees with Ravens and will be reunited with his Texans coaches.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a one-year contract. On the surface, this looks like bad news for Dennis Pitta, whose stock was up after the Ravens hired TE-friendly Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator. But Daniels is 31 and past his prime. He'll likely provide depth at the position and offer some receiving punch in two-TE sets. We still like Pitta as a value pick in the middle rounds.

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:32pm

Aaron Wilson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce said his surgically-repaired rotator cuff is getting better, will be ready by training camp.

Ray Rice indicted on 3rd-degree aggravated assault
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 9:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly striking his fiancée unconscious last month.

Rice was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb. 15 after a physical altercation with his fiancée, Janay Palmer, at the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Palmer also was charged with simple assault.

Conviction of a third-degree crime in New Jersey carries a potential prison sentence of at least three years and up to five years, and a fine that could be up to $15,000.

Fantasy Impact:

Earlier Thursday, Rice's attorney Michael Diamondstein told The Press of Atlantic City that neither Rice nor Palmer wants to move forward with the case. "We vehemently deny that Mr. Rice committed an aggravated assault," he told the paper. "Both Mr. Rice and Miss Palmer are together, they are happy and they're in counseling."

Caldwell: Matt Stafford's accuracy can be fixed
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:21pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Among new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell's most pressing tasks will be fixing QB Matthew Stafford, the promising quarterback who has tumbled into mediocrity the past two years.

At the center of many of his problems is a decline in accuracy, which sank all the way to 58.5 percent last year. That was 30th in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:

"Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely, without question," Caldwell said, when asked if accuracy could be taught. As the story points out, Caldwell has a pretty good resume with QBs: He worked with Peyton Manning for nearly a decade in Indianapolis, and took him to a Super Bowl in 2009, and later rode Baltimore's Joe Flacco to a Super Bowl in 2012. He has a reputation around the league for knowing the fundamentals of the position, and just how to impart them.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 2:25pm

Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis also said he envisions a second-year growth similar to Ray Rice from RB Giovani Bernard. Says offseason big for growth.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently have Bernard as an RB2 ranked 14th, so we think there will be progress, too. But the concern will be getting him consistent touches, something that didn't happen until about halfway through the season.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:33am

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said team is still considered signing a free agent tight end, possibly Owen Daniels.

Fantasy Impact:

Bringing back Ed Dickson is also under consideration, according to the tweet. Daniels would be a TE2 behind Dennis Pitta, but would bring a little more offensively to the table than Dickson should something happen to Pitta.

Cam Newton's foot surgery is successful
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon to repair ligament damage in his left ankle.

The full recovery process is four months, which would take Newton until the start of training camp. However, he could be freed to throw on a limited basis before then.

"Dr. (Robert) Anderson did not find anything unexpected in the procedure and the surgery went well," Carolina head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a statement.

Fantasy Impact:

This is the second red flag in Newton's offseason, the other being the Panthers' woeful WR situation. They cut Steve L Smith and let both Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn walk as well.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 11:28am

Ryan O'Halloran, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars signed WR Tandon Doss, played 15 games last year for Baltimore.

Steve Smith sees himself as clear No. 2 receiver
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:39am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Going on 35 years old, Steve L Smith has no illusions of grandeur.

The five-time Pro Bowler knows he’s not a No. 1 wide receiver anymore.

Smith made that clear to reporters Friday after signing, relaying how he sees himself fitting into new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, and pulling back the curtain on what their conversations may have sounded like.

“I don’t see myself in Coach Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith said. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith will likely see the third- or fourth-most targets behind Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and perhaps Marlon Brown (or even Ray Rice). Anquan Boldin finished #34 and #30 as the Ravens' WR2 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, so that's probably near the high-end of projected production for Smith as he joins a new team.

Ray Rice down 15 lbs from 2013 playing weight
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 1:43pm

Carroll County Times - [Full Article]

Ravens RB Ray Rice wasn’t the same dynamic, elusive, consistent playmaker that he had been during his first five seasons with the Ravens.

Rice strained his hip flexor in Week 2. He only missed one game. But his trainer, Kyle Jakobe, said Rice was still noticeably bothered by the hip when he showed up to begin his offseason workouts in early January.

“I don’t think a lot of people understand the magnitude of the injury that he was dealing with and how much pain he was actually in,” Jakobe said.

The other issue was Rice’s weight.

Rice has already dropped around 15 pounds in the last two months or so.

Fantasy Impact:

At just 26 years old, it was surprising to see Rice's production fall off the way it did, but he was dealing with hip and quad injuries throughout the season. He was also coming off of a Super Bowl run the previous year, which likely wore him down. GM Ozzie Newsome said he expects Rice to return to Pro Bowl form, but HC John Harbaugh said after the season that the team could take more of a committee approach at running back, which would limit Rice's upside. Still,he is a bounceback candidate in Gary Kubiak's offense, assuming his offseason legal issues don't impact his availability.