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5 Players to Watch in Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys Players Preseason Game

5 Players to Watch in Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys Preseason Game

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
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The first exhibition batch of exhibition games kicks off tonight. One of the key games to scope out for fantasy players is certainly the Baltimore Ravens at the Dallas Cowboys. You won't be able to watch QB Tony Romo, but there's still plenty of new faces and roles to look out for.

5. WR Steve Smith

Steve Smith
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5. WR Steve Smith

Steve Smith
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Since trading WR Anquan Boldin last season, the Ravens have learned they can't simply rely on Torrey Smith as their sole playmaker. Though Smith is climbing in the age bracket, he's still been a productive player over the last few seasons. Look to see how his chemistry has grown with Joe Flacco over the last few months, as well as how well he baits defenders and opens up targets for other targets in Gary Kubiak's new system.

4. RB DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray
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4. RB DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray
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Like the Ravens, the Dallas Cowboys are adopting a new offensive scheme. That scheme happens to be a pass-heavy Scott Linehan system, and that has fantasy GMs nervous about Murray's prospect of a big year. But remember how well Reggie Bush and Joique Bell performed under him? He's sure to get more pass targets. Look for screen passes and looks in the flats. This is his chance to show he's a big threat in the passing game.

3. Dallas Cowboys WR3

Dwayne Harris
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3. Dallas Cowboys WR3

Dwayne Harris
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As I mentioned about Murray, Linehan's offense will be even more pass-favored than the Cowboys are already used to. That means there's room for another wide receiver to flourish. This is cheating a little bit just saying the "WR3", but there's no defined player there yet. Look at Dwayne Harris especially, but don't write off the likes of Cole Beasely either. They're different in skill sets, but both fit in the system well.

2. TE Owen Daniels

Owen Daniels
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2. TE Owen Daniels

Owen Daniels
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Another new face in Baltimore, Owen Daniels is meeting up with former head coach Gary Kubiak. He was a great fantasy option in Houston, and it's time for him to rekindle that relationship with his now offensive coordinator. He was essentially the only TE in Houston, but now he'll be working in two tight end sets with Dennis Pitta as the TE2 (as of right now). Look for how he's able to match up against a weak Cowboys coverage in the middle.

1. RB Ray Rice

Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens
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1. RB Ray Rice

Ray Rice
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Normally I wouldn't say you need to watch a star player, but in many's eyes, Ray Rice isn't a star right now. His back is against the wall coming off a down season and his impending two game suspension in September. Take a good look at how well he matches a Kubiak offense that had helped Arian Foster flourish. He'll be seeing more runs up the middle, and will hopefully return to his dominance as a pass catcher.