Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
|QB - #21||155.78||BAL||Probable||7 years||29||6'6||245||@TeamFlacco|
2014 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Jul-01-2014 by Rob Warner
In 2013, Flacco posted his worst season-to-date: passing for 19 touchdowns and 22 interceptions (previous high was 12 INTs). Depending on the length of the Ray Rice suspension, the Ravens will look to return to a run-focused offense (limiting the upside of Flacco for fantasy purposes). Last season's running game struggles forced Flacco to a career-high 614 pass attempts. Volume is not always the answer in fantasy. The 29-year-old has hit 25 passing touchdowns just once over his first six seasons and has failed to complete 60-percent of his passes over his last three seasons -- not exactly justifying the six-year, $121 million deal that runs through 2018. The return of a healthy Dennis Pitta and signing of veteran receiver Steve Smith should help Flacco improve from 2013 when he finished as the 18th-best fantasy signal-caller. Flacco is nothing more than a low-end QB2 with the potential to be a high-end QB2 depending on the matchup. His current ADP (180.03) has him going in Rounds 15 or 16 in 12-team leagues.
Editor's note: The lesson here is there is no reason to reach for Flacco. He'll be waiting for you at the end of your drafts. When the offense needed him to lead, rather than Rice or Bernard Pierce, he was unable to shoulder the burden. We've seen Flacco at his best and his worst and unfortunately, there isn't much of a difference statistically. Consistency is typically a good thing in fantasy football, but not consistent mediocrity.
The Baltimore Ravens won their game Sunday but suffered a big loss in the process. Tight end Dennis Pitta, one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets, dislocated his right hip in the game and is likely done for the season. Pitta suffered the injury in the second quarter. He had three catches for 12 yards prior to the injury. He will undergo tests Monday to determine if there is also a fracture and to see if he needs season-ending surgery.
Pitta had 13 catches for 113 yards prior to Sunday's game. Owen Daniels is likely to take his place as the team's top tight end.Fantasy Analysis:
Sad news for Pitta and his fantasy owners. It's the same hip Pitta dislocated and fractured during training camp last year, forcing him to miss most of the season. He was widely projected to be in the next tier of fantasy TEs after Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski coming into the year.
Daniels is rosterable at this point. He has had success as a pass-catcher and has been involved in the Ravens passing game so far this year, catching 10 balls for 70 yards and two touchdowns. While Daniels doesn't offer the athleticism that a healthy Pitta does, he's a little better than serviceable. Expect Daniels to be a low-end TE1 option in most fantasy formats, as Ravens' offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak uses the tight end more than any other OC in the league.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/21 - Ravens TE Dennis Pitta suffers hip injury, likely done for year
9/17 - Ravens QB Joe Flacco misses practice Wednesday
9/12 - Ravens WR Torrey Smith held to one catch
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|15.02||DLF - Flacco is my QB2 but won't lose me any games. That's all you can ask for from a QB2.|
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