By Nick Schaeflein @ptchr2424 on June 22, 2014
For years, the best fantasy option on the Baltimore Ravens was their defense. Slowly, that trend is starting to turn toward the offensive playmakers. Baltimore is a good team that is capable of putting up some points, which also makes their fantasy value much more attractable. In the offseason, they may have also added a big piece to their offense which could become fantasy gold as well. Defense aside, here are five good Raven fantasy options.
They may be picked toward the end of fantasy drafts, but any good fantasy team cannot discount the kicker position. Justin Tucker is one of the best fantasy kickers on the board. The Ravens are not afraid to settle for field goals, and Tucker has incredible range up to 60 yards. He is nearly automatic for points each week.
For the moment, Ray Rice is still on the Baltimore roster and penciled in as the starter. However, with off-field troubles, and on a possible decline, his fantasy value is not the same as it once was. Bernard Pierce has the ability to not only become the primary back for the Ravens, but also a solid fantasy pick up as well. The Ravens know how to run the football, and Pierce could also see a lot of goal-line chances as well to help his value.
The Ravens signing veteran Steve Smith away from Carolina was somewhat of a surprise in the offseason. But for Baltimore, it could become gold. Smith still has a lot in the tank, and playing for a consistent winner will keep his game elevated. With an established QB getting him the ball, and a very viable option on the other side of the field, look for Smith to put up some good fantasy numbers. Eight TDs and 800 yards could happen.
Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl-winning QB. But for fantasy value, he can be hit or miss. Flacco's draft position would really depend on your league's settings. If completions are counted, Flacco could become much more valuable. He will have two quality WRs that can catch a ton of balls, and safety valves also at tight end and running back. Flacco will have his share of big games, and hearing Flacco to Smith will be a common phrase this year.
Torrey Smith has developed into a solid No. 1 option at WR both on the field and for fantasy value. He is a big-play guy with speed that can find the end zone. Flacco is not afraid to just throw the ball up to him for big chunks of yards. With Steve Smith now in the mix, it could also free up Torrey on the other side for even more touches. Look for his stats to continue to improve to around 75 catches, 1,200 yards and seven TDs.
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