Steve Smith, WR, Ravens
|WR - #49||125.00||BAL||Active||15 years||35||5'9||185|
2014 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Jul-02-2014 by Rob Warner
The diminutive 35-year-old signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract to join the Ravens as they've been in search of a viable compliment receiver for Torrey Smith. S. Smith had to endure bracket and double-coverages for many seasons as the Panthers No. 1 receiver. The University of Utah alum has topped 1,000 yards in seven seasons (most recently in 2012 when he hauled in 73 balls for 1,174 yards and four TDs). His 2013 season was one of his worst, as Smith had 64 catches for 745 yards (50 YPG). He'll now become the second or third option (possibly seeing fewer targets than T. Smith and Dennis Pitta) in Baltimore's passing game. S. Smith's ADP (WR69, 174.12) makes him an obvious afterthought for most fantasy owners. He can be had in the final rounds practically uncontested.
Editor's note: This guy is a grinder. He was forced to practically carry Carolina's passing game for years. Now defenses can't focus on him and he will find open holes in the wake of T. Smith's deep routes and run drag routes next to Pitta. Even the faintest of imaginations will find a way to use S. Smith creatively. There's just no way of knowing, until we see it, how the Ravens will use him and how effective he will be in that new role. Well worth a final round flier as your WR6.
Kamar Aiken was very effective down the stretch last season. He seemed to build some solid chemistry with Joe Flacco. Now he has his eyes on the starting job and it's not as farfetched as you might think. With Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones gone, Aiken may very well be the next man up. When asked about who he believes will get the starting job opposite Steve Smith Sr., Aiken responded, "I think they'll definitely give us all a chance to show what we can do. I would expect the team to follow through with us. We have a good group and a future Hall of Famer in Steve to learn from."Fantasy Analysis:
The first thing that comes to mind is that the Ravens better draft a wide receiver. However, if things stay as is, Aiken has just as much potential as any other wideout on that roster and will have to be considered a deep sleeper. It's hard to imagine him as anything more than a bench stash though.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/25 - Ravens WR Kamar Aiken could emerge as a starter in Baltimore
4/4 - Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti believes his team 'absolutely' needs a TE
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|11.07||Bluefish Blitz - An old guy with a major chip on his shoulder. He can use quickness to get open and he still has great hands. I feel like Flacco has two security blankets in Pitta and Smith|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|12.08||KFFL - An angry Steve Smith is a productive Steve Smith. Seriously, what do I possibly have to lose at this stage of the draft with my No. 6 receiver?|
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