Description: Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has had season-ending foot surgery Thursday
Insight: The team has previously said doctors believe Smith suffered a mild Lisfranc sprain in Week 8. This is a tough blow and the Ravens will find it near impossible to replace one of the league's best corners.
Description: Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will miss "a few weeks" according to The Baltimore Sun.
Insight: The team said doctors believe Smith suffered a mild Lisfranc sprain in Sunday's defeat to Cincinnati. This is music to Ben Roethlisberger owner's ears as Big Ben was firing on all cyclinders in Week 8 and faces Baltimore next.
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was completely ineffective in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.
Insight: After throwing for a total of seven touchdowns over the previous two weeks, Flacco threw for only 195 yards, no scores, and two interceptions during Week 8. Flacco will remain a borderline QB1, moving forward.
Description: Ravens backup tight end Crockett Gillmore is expected to start with Owen Daniels sidelined by a knee injury, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Gillmore has just three catches on the season for 29 yards, but is likely to get a couple of weeks as a starter. Fantasy owners would have to be willing to gamble big to start the untested rookie.
Description: Ravens wideout Torrey Smith caught a late touchdown in a blowout victory to avoid another fantasy dud.
Insight: Smith finished with three catches, 81 yards and a touchdown for a solid fantasy day, but 39 of the yards and the score came with under three minutes left and Baltimore ahead by three scores. The Ravens threw the deep pass to Smith on fourth down because the team's long snapper was injured. Smith still has quite a bit of risk involved going forward.
Description: The final decision of whether running back Ray Rice will be reinstated this season will come in mid-November according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Insight: That means Rice could sign with another team and become fantasy relevant just in time for the fantasy playoff run. The running back continues to stress that he did not lie to Roger Goodell when interviewed about the elevator incident and should, at the maximum, be suspended for six games as a first-time offender. La Confora speculates the Colts and Patriots may be interested in Rice, but The Sports Network believes the Panthers are a great fit if their running back cannot get healthy.
Description: Ravens tight end Owen Daniels caught two passes for 34 yards in Week 6 against the Buccaneers.
Insight: Owners could have picked up Daniels due to the favorable matchup against Tampa Bay, but Joe Flacco ate up the Buccaneers secondary so badly, he didn't need to look for his tight end much. Daniels will remain a low-end TE1 in a 12-team league based on matchups.
Description: Ravens wideout Torrey Smith had four catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6 against the Buccaneers.
Insight: Finally, the other Smith did something in the Ravens offense. Smith had a season-high in catches and was three yards shy of a season-high in yards per game this season. Smith only had one touchdown catch in the first five games, so it was great to see him score twice as well. This, however, is likely an aberration as opposed to a trend setter. Joe Flacco is not going to pass for five touchdowns again.
Description: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. understandably had a quiet day after the emotional game against Carolina in Week 4.
Insight: Smith caught five of seven targets, but nothing exiting came from it as Flacco shared the wealth evenly between Owen Daniels, Justin Forsett, Torrey and Steve Smith. All had at least seven targets
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (thigh) was active, but missing in action.
Insight: Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett did all the work in the first half. Pierce saw the ball four times in the second half, but fantasy owners can now safely release Pierce.
Description: Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro carried the ball 15 times for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: Bernard Pierce was supposed to start, but he did not touch the ball. Justin Forsett carried the load in the first half and then when the game was out of reach, the Ravens turmed to Taliaferro. It is hard to say because the Ravens backfield is very crowded, but Taliaferro looks to be the best Ravens back to own in fantasy going forward.
Description: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. caught seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Smith was clearly pumped to play his old team and led the Ravens with 10 targets. He is probably the biggest sleeper of the draft so far. Continue to plug him into your starting lineup and if you haven't done that already, then what are you waiting for?
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (thigh) "will be eased" back into action in Week 4 according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Insight: Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro displayed a lot of skill in Week 3, so the Ravens look to have the luxury to slowly move Pierce back into the lineup. Then throw in the fact that Justin Forsett will get carries as well. Pierce is starting but if possible, avoid this whole situation.
Description: Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is inactive against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: That means Jimmy Smith will likely shadow the Panthers rookie wide out Kelvin Benjamin. Although that is not the best matchup for Benjamin owners, if Cam Newton can find other holes in the Ravens secondary without Webb playing, perhaps the coverage on Benjamin will loosen up a bit.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is active against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: Pierce is starting, but it will be a three-headed monster in the Baltimore backfield. Scat-back Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro will cut into Pierce's touches. We believe Taliaferro is the best long-term player to own here, but none of them are exactly good starts in Week 4.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is expected to start on Sunday against the Panthers.
Insight: Gary Kubiak specifically said that all of his running backs, Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett, will play. This sounds like a true running back by committee as Pierce will start, rookie Taliaferro shined last week and Forsett has at least 12 touches per game through three weeks. For this week, we actually think Taliaferro is still the better play than Pierce as long as owners believe Kubiak that all three backs will play. Forsett will be the change-of-pace back.
Description: Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta underwent surgery on his dislocated right hip on Monday and is done for the season.
Insight: The Ravens will turn to Owen Daniels as their primary tight end. Pitta has now missed back-to-back years with right hip dislocations. Daniels has 10 catches for 70 yards in three games and caught two touchdowns against the Steelers in Week 2.
Description: Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. continues to be Joe Flacco's favorite target.
Insight: After a five-catch, 101 yard performance on Sunday, Smith now has 18 receptions for 290 yards and one touchdown, in 2014. Owners who took a gamble on Smith for their bench, are extremely happy, as long as he was inserted into the starting lineup.
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco managed the Ravens to a victory against the Browns on Sunday.
Insight: He was 19 for 31 with 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception, with an average of only 7.0 yards per completion. It is becoming evident that Flacco will not be a game-changing, fantasy quarterback. He is a QB2 moving forward.
Description: Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro had a coming out party on Sunday against the Browns.
Insight: Although Justin Forsett started, Taliaferro saw the majority of reps. He tallied 91 yards on 18 rushes and a touchdown. Taliaferro is definitely worth a waiver, if he has not been picked up already. Forsett, to his credit, played well, rushing 11 times for 63 yards. However, he remains the third down back.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was added to the injury report because of a thigh injury and was kimited in Friday's practice leaving doubt about his availability for Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Pierce will still likely get the majority of the carries against the Browns on Sunday as Justin Forsett looks to only be a change-of-pace back. Check back Sunday morning to see if he is active or inactive.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was added to the injury report because of a thigh injury.
Insight: Pierce will still likely get the majority of the carries against the Browns on Sunday as Justin Forsett looks to only be a change-of-pace back. Check back on Friday to see if Pierce practices. He is a borderline RB2.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce carried the load Thursday night with 22 rushed for 96 yards and one reception for seven yards.
Insight: Many fantasy owners had jumped on the Justin Forsett bandwagon, but Pierce's active night will slow that parade to a halt. Forsett caught four balls for 16 yards and had eight carries for 56 yards. It appears the Ravens are still figuring out the backfield mix.
Description: Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is inactive against the Steelers on Thursday night.
Insight: Webb is clearly the best cover cornerback on the Ravens roster. Jimmy Smith will likely get the daunting task of covering Antonio Brown with Asa Jackson or a backup safety matching up against Markus Wheaton.
Description: Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Bernard Pierce would remain a big part of the offense.
Insight: Don't know if we should really buy this. In the same press conference, Harbaugh said Pierce was benched for fumbling and then denied that fact. Justin Forsett looks to be the Ravens go-to back at least this Thursday against Pittsburgh, but the long term starting job will be probably determined by the hot hand. As frustrating as Pierce has been the last season-plus, it would probably be the smart move to hold onto him at least one more week.
Description: The Baltimore Ravens announced they are releasing running back Ray Rice.
Insight: In the wake of the TMZ elevator video, the public have been calling for Rice's head. Our guess, he never plays another down in the NFL. This could also have huge implications for Roger Goodell's tenure as commissioner. As for fantasy, Bernard Pierce is the starter in the Ravens backfield, but Justin Forsett took over the role after Pierce's fumbling issue in Week 1. We would like to see how Week 2 on Thursday goes, but based on Pierce's performances last season and in Week 1, we guess Forsett is the best option out of the Raven backfield.
Description: Yahoo Sports Dan Wetzel reports on Twitter that the Ravens might release Ray Rice after TMZ released the video of him knocking out his then fiance and dragging her out of an elevator.
Insight: There does not seem to be much of an alternative at this point. There is a lot of blame to go around in this situation, but NFL players along with fans are calling for his head. Terrance Knighton of the Denver Broncos tweeted that he should be banned from the NFL. Rice is eligible to return in Week 3, but we will see if that actually happens.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (concussion) returned to practice on Saturday.
Insight: Pierce suffered the concussion seven days ago, so he should be ready for Week 1, where he will start in place of the suspended Ray Rice. Pierce rushed 11 times for 52 yards and caught a pass for three yards in preseason.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has officially been diagnosed with a concussion, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.
Insight: The concussion is minor and Pierce is expected to be ready for Week 1. An injury at this point of the preseason would be terrible for Pierce, who will get a two-game chance to prove he deserves a larger role in the offense when Ray Rice returns from a suspension.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce tweeted that he's "fine" after suffering a head injury during Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: According to the Baltimore Sun, Pierce is expected to be ready for Week 1. He left Saturday's game with concussion symptoms but hasn't yet been officially diagnosed with a concussion. An injury at this point of the preseason would be terrible for Pierce, who will get a two-game chance to prove he deserves a larger role in the offense when Ray Rice returns from a suspension.
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was 16-of-23 for 180 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Insight: Flacco led Baltimore to three first-half scoring drives and struck a wide open Steve Smith for a 30-yard touchdown. The quarterback is 29-of-45 for 345 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions this preseason. Flacco is a worthy QB2.
Description: Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce left in the first quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins with a possble concussion.
Insight: Not a good sign for Pierce, who was injury plagued last season. Baltimore is already missing Ray Rice the first two weeks of the season because of suspension and now it seems like at least a 50/50 chance Pierce will be out too. Week 1 is two weeks away and doctors must clear Pierce before he returns.
Description: Ravens running back Ray Rice (shoulder) was back at practice Monday.
Insight: Rice's X-rays came back negative and he had told Brent Harris of Comcast Sportsnet that he's "fine." This is confirmation. Rice is suspended the first two games of the year, so even if he was injured, he would have plenty of time to recover.
Description: Ravens running back Ray Rice went to the locker room to get his shoulder looked at during Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: Rice's X-rays came back negative and he told Brent Harris of Comcast Sportsnet that he's "fine." Rice is suspended the first two games of the year, which will give Bernard Pierce a chance to prove he deserves a larger role when Rice returns.
Description: Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the season.
Insight: The suspension is actually a little shorter than expected. Still, it means backup Bernard Pierce will be fantasy worthy for the first two games of the season and if he plays well who knows what could happen down the road.
Description: According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has been medically cleared. He underwent offseason surgery on his rotator cuff.
Insight: Ray Rice is expected to be suspended for multiple games at the start of the season, so Pierce will get a chance to be the lead ballcarrier and prove he deserves a larger role when Rice returns. The Ravens had a league-worst 3.1 ypc average in 2013. They'll try to revive the running game under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Description: The Baltimore Sun says Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce (rotator cuff surgery) is the favorite to be the opening day starter.
Insight: The Ravens' running game is a mess. Pierce is coming off shoulder surgery, Ray Rice is expected to receive a multi-game suspension and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro is dealing with legal issues of his own. Justin Forsett is also in the mix.
Description: According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Ravens are preparing to be without running back Ray Rice for at least the first three games of the season. Rice is probably facing a suspension for his offseason assault arrest.
Insight: Rice held a press conference Friday to apologize for his behavior. The suspension knocks Rice down a peg while lifting Bernard Pierce's value.
Description: ESPN's Chris Mortenson expects Baltimore running back Ray Rice to face some sort of suspension for his arrest earlier this offseason.
Insight: This further clouds what was already a puzzling fantasy situation. If anything, the looming suspension helps Bernard Pierce's value heading into the season. Of course, that's assuming Pierce is fully recovered from offseason rotator cuff surgery.
Description: Ravens running back Ray Rice has agreed to participate in a pretrial-intervention program. As long as he completes the program, Rice will not have to face trial for allegedly assaulting his wife earlier this offseason. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: The arrest still goes on Rice's permanent record but without the conviction. Rice is coming off a dismal season (3.1 yards per carry) and it's possible he could also be facing a suspension. Once a consensus first-rounder, Rice's fantasy stock has never been lower.
Description: The Ravens signed former Texans tight end Owen Daniels to a one-year contract on Thursday. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: He was released by Houston about three weeks ago. Dennis Pitta's presence won't help Daniels as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season (252 receiving yards in five appearances).
Description: Steve Smith is now a member of the Ravens. He signed a three-year, $11 million contract with Baltimore on Friday, one day after being released by the Panthers.
Insight: Smith had just 745 yards and four scores on 64 catches (11.6 ypc) in 15 games last season and enters a passing offense that isn't very prolific. He'll serve as the third option for QB Joe Flacco behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta.
Description: The Ravens are keeping receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones.
Insight: Jones signed a four-year deal to stay with Baltimore on Wednesday. His knack for the big play may intrigue some fantasy owners but with just 2,602 receiving yards spread out over seven seasons, Jones doesn't have a high ceiling. Save him for the end of your draft.
Description: Video has surfaced of Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee, who appears to be unconscious, out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. SOURCE: TMZ
Insight: Rice, who is now facing domestic violence charges, has been accused of hitting his fiancee and knocking her unconscious. The three-time Pro Bowler is due in court next Tuesday. It could be a while before this ugly situation is resolved.
Description: According to the Baltimore Sun, Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested over the weekend after an alleged physical altercation with a woman at a casino in Atlantic City.
Insight: Rice's attorney said that Rice was charged and released after an alleged "very minor physical altercation." The Ravens RB is coming off a miserable season in which he played through a hip injury and rushed for just 660 yards and four TDs in 15 games. He established career lows with 3.1 yards per carry and 5.5 yards per catch.
Description: Terrell Suggs may not be back with the Ravens next year. SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
Insight: For him to come back, Suggs is probably going to have to take a pay cut. Suggs, who registered ten sacks this past season, may not be willing to do that. Obviously Suggs is going to have a huge market as a free agent if Baltimore ends up releasing him.
Description: Despite being listed as questionable with a thigh injury, Baltimore halfback Ray Rice is active and starting in Week 17.
Insight: Rice has been a roll of the dice this season with just four touchdowns and 645 rushing yards in 14 games this season. He ran into brick walls the last time he faced the Bengals, finishing with just 30 yards on 18 carries. Rice figures to be a flex or low level RB2 in Week 17.
Description: Baltimore wideout Torrey Smith is active for the season finale against Cincinnati.
Insight: The talented third-year receiver hasn't scored since Week 13, but now would be a good time to break the scoreless streak. He has 62 receptions for 1,101 yards and four touchdowns this season but hasn't cracked the 100-yard mark since Week 5.
Description: Veteran wideout Brandon Stokley will retire after 15 NFL seasons. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: The Ravens put Stokley on injured reserve after he suffered a concussion in Week 14. He'll finish his career with 397 catches, 5,339 receiving yards and 39 touchdowns. He spent five seasons in Baltimore, four with Denver, four in Indianapolis and one each with the Giants and Seahawks.
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (knee) ended up having an MRI and it revealed a "mild" MCL sprain, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He's expected to play in Week 16, but will wear a brace against the Patriots.
Insight: Flacco suffered the injury Monday when Detroit's DeAndre Levy fell forward into his left knee. "It wasn't really bothering me once the initial hit," Flacco said Monday night, via the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. "I was probably more scared than anything from just what I felt and also just trying to get a couple of yards out of it. Yeah, it feels fine. It feels strong." Flacco hasn't exceeded 20 fantasy points in a game this season and is averaging 12.6 fantasy points per game.
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (knee) practiced Wednesday in a limited capacity and should play in Week 16 against the Patriots.
Insight: Flacco suffered a left knee injury Monday when Detroit's DeAndre Levy fell forward into it. However, he didn't even need an MRI. "It wasn't really bothering me once the initial hit," Flacco said Sunday night, via the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. "I was probably more scared than anything from just what I felt and also just trying to get a couple of yards out of it. Yeah, it feels fine. It feels strong." Flacco hasn't exceeded 20 fantasy points in a game this season and is averaging 12.6 fantasy points per game.
Description: Ravens receiver Brandon Stokley has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Insight: Stokley hasn't been much of a fantasy asset with just 13 catches this season. Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown have played well and the team is trying to develop the other young guys as Stokley isn't part of the long-term future.
Description: Ravens tight end Dallas Clark won't be active for Sunday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Dennis Pitta has replaced him in the starting lineup. It appears Clark's days of fantasy significance are over, at least for this season. Expect him to be a healthy scratch the rest of the way.
Description: The Ravens have activated tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) from injured reserve according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.
Insight: Pitta is expected to return Sunday against the Vikings, but because he'll be on a limited snap count he'll be no better than a TE2. He could emerge as a starting fantasy option in Weeks 15-17, however, as Joe Flacco has been hurting for a consistent underneath target all season.
Description: According to espn.com, Ravens coach John Harbaugh is "pretty hopeful" tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) will be able to play Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: "I think it's going to be a matter of how ready is he to play and how healthy he is to play," Harbaugh said. "Something like that, all of the doctors are going to be involved. The health of the player comes first. That's the No. 1 thing, his ability to withstand the rigors of a game. I think we're on track that way. We'll just have to see how it plays out." Given the lack of top option at the tight end position, Pitta could be a worthwhile stash for Weeks 15-16, but will likely be on a snap count if he plays Sunday.
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