2013 Fantasy Football Preview: Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco Remains Mediocre
Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl Champion. And a Super Bowl MVP. The Baltimore Ravens gave him the big bucks in his newest contract, worth $120 million with $52 million guaranteed. So he won a Super Bowl, he’s being paid like a superstar quarterback… He’s got to be a fantasy star, right?
Don’t let the Super Bowl ring and massive contract fool you. Flacco is still a very mediocre fantasy option at quarterback.
There’s no question that he stepped his game up during the Ravens’ playoff run. He was absolutely sensational. But Flacco is not the guy that you want to build your fantasy squad around. In five years in the league, his total QBR has ranged from 43.2 to 60.4 (keep in mind, 50.0 is “average”). In the 2012 regular season he was exactly what you’d normally expect: steady, consistent, but far from elite. The playoffs were a completely different story, but as far as week-in-week-out production, Flacco is no better than a QB2 in most leagues.
With the loss of Anquan Boldin this offseason, Flacco’s receiving targets don’t exactly blow people away. An efficient passing game will be important for the success of the Ravens’ offense, but they’ll still lean heavily on Ray Rice and the run game. While Ravens fans expect Flacco to take a leap forward into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks, it’s far from guaranteed.
For fantasy purposes, expect Flacco to be every bit as average as he has been in the past. He’s been able to effectively limit his interceptions, which is a positive for fantasy owners, but his ceiling isn’t high enough to warrant a high draft pick. The fantasy quarterback position is very deep this year, so you’ll be able to find several names more appealing than Flacco when looking for your guy.