How is it that a quarterback who had one of the most dominant playoff runs in NFL history just a year ago could be so terrible this season?
Joe Flacco, who led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory last season by throwing for 1140 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions during the playoffs, has had a miserable 2013 campaign. He’s thrown for just 2993 yards, 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions thus far, hasn’t thrown more than two touchdowns in any game and his 78.5 QB rating is the lowest of his career.
The 14 picks are also the most he’s thrown in a season, erasing his previous mark of 12, and he still has four games to play.
Flacco has never been a fantasy superstar, but he’s at least been a serviceable QB2 in the past. Obviously that hasn’t been the case this time around, but if ever there was a week for him to come through, this is it. Besides, all we really care about at this point is whether or not he can get it done this Sunday. No need to concern ourselves with figuring out why he’s been so bad to this point or what he’ll be like next week.
No, all we care about is surviving the first week of the fantasy playoffs and moving on to the semis. If he can help with that, who cares about the past or the future?
The Ravens take on the Minnesota Vikings this week, and it’s hard to find kind words when describing the Vikings’ secondary. Minnesota ranks 30th in the league against the pass, allowing 287 yards per game and having given up a league-high 26 passing touchdowns. Flacco might be playing the worst football of his career, but playing at home this week against a defense that gave up 22.2 fantasy points to Josh McCown last week, I like his chances.
If you’re in need of quarterback help in this opening round, Flacco is definitely worth rolling the dice on. He might not put up Peyton-esque numbers, but he could certainly give you the push you need to reach the semis.