The Baltimore Ravens were a major letdown across the board for fantasy football owners in 2013. Despite the failure across the board, though, WR Torrey Smith actually had an impressive fantasy campaign.
Smith has built an uncanny connection with QB Joe Flacco. The duo has matured well together throughout their careers and Flacco’s trust in Smith allows him to force the ball in some small windows. The wideout will see at least a few long balls thrown his way per game.
Smith put up staggering yardage numbers last year. He finished 17th in the league with 1,128 receiving yards and the speedster turned into more of an every down possession wideout. Of the 65 balls he hauled in last year, 48 of them were for first downs. He has slowly become the team’s true number one receiver.
The Maryland product has always been a home run threat, as he has averaged 17.2 yards per reception throughout his career. True to form, Smith averaged a gaudy 17.4 yards per reception last year. He averages close to two fantasy points (1 point=10 yards) per reception and the burner can be a very scary fantasy option.
Smith scored just four touchdowns last season, which was a major letdown for fantasy fans. He may have racked up yardage, but he had a miserable season around the red-zone. Wideouts in fantasy have to score touchdowns, and the mere fact that Smith doesn’t reach pay-dirt too often, puts a ceiling on his fantasy value.
Smith is another all-or-nothing fantasy wideout, and while they can provide instant points, they can also tend to be streaky. If Smith doesn’t catch a long bomb, the odds of him having a solid fantasy performance that week is slim to none.
Smith can be a respectable WR2 to gamble on this summer, but he will come with some inherit risk. If you draft Smith this summer, be prepared for the occasional shutout and an overall lack of touchdowns.
Bye Week: 11
Projected Round: 6
Auction Value: $10