2012 Team Outlook: Baltimore
WR Anquan Boldin, SF - Quality Backup
Went from being the Ravens' receiving savior to number two fantasy wide out on his own team. Boldin averaged a career-high 15.6 ypc and remains the go-to option down field. However, his three scores are his lowest output since 2004. Could be a bargain if he falls in drafts, but better to miss Boldin than overspend thinking he's still a WR2.
WR Torrey Smith, SF - Sleeper (undervalued)
The true definition of a home run hitting receiver. Smith blazed onto the scene in Week 3 with five receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Topped the catches and yardage total in Week 10 later. In all other games, went over 80 yards just once. That's where the sleeper tag comes into play; if Smith can add consistency to his game while still flashing high-end upside, look out. Tremendous potential, especially once he learns how to run routes. Certainly a fun pick and fine as a low-end WR2, better as an all-upside WR3.
WR Jacoby Jones, SD - Deep-league Only
Any list of frustrating fantasy players surely would have Jones on it. After several seasons of being unable to produce consistently (despite playing opposite Andre Johnson), the Texans sent Jones packing. Much better suited as Baltimore's third receiver than Houston's second. Not a fantasy option unless injuries open up playing time.
WR Tandon Doss, --- - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Slowed by a hernia injury, Doss went catchless in five games during his rookie season, but don't ignore his receiver gifts. The Ravens' fourth-round pick in 2011, Doss brings 6-foot-2 size and 4.55 speed to the offense, not to mention solid hands. Could have a tough time getting on the field following Jacoby Jones' signing unless he surges during training camp and then is a deep flyer in deep leagues.
TE Ed Dickson, CAR - Sleeper (undervalued)
The Ravens' third-leading receiver last season had it going on through nine weeks, hauling in 40 passes with three touchdowns. Over the final seven games he had only 14 receptions. Maybe defenses adjusted. Maybe more involvement from the Ravens' other tight end Dennis Pitta was to blame. Worth grabbing as a TE2 and with Pitta out with a hand injury, Dickson could subtly move up the ranks, though with both around the situation reeks of TEBC.
TE Dennis Pitta, BAL - Deep-league Only
Many a fantasy list will rank Ed Dickson over his fellow Ravens tight end. Don't be so quick to agree with them, though a hand injury this summer slows Pitta's chances of moving into a larger role early on. Including the playoffs, Pitta scored four touchdowns over the final eight games and caught 13 passes combined in the last three contests. The combination with Dickson should help the Ravens offense, but could cancel each other out in fantasy. TE2 sleeper down the line.