Ravens HC John Harbaugh told The Associated Press this week that RB Danny Woodhead is "a big part of the passing game." QB Joe Flacco added that the free-agent addition returned something to the offense that had been missing since Ray Rice left. "Ever since we lost Ray, we haven't had the type of back quite like Ray was and quite like Danny is in the passing game," Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they're open, how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes." Rice caught 58+ passes in each of his 5 seasons as Baltimore's starter, including years of 76 and 78. Woodhead will have to share his new backfield with deft receiving back Kenneth Dixon once the later returns from a PED suspension. But a team that has lost WR Steve Smith, TE Dennis Pitta and WR Kamar Aiken from last year offers lots of available targets. Woodhead's a nice PPR value at his current mid-Round 7 ADP in MFL10 drafting.
Ravens TE Benjamin Watson was on the field for Tuesday's minicamp practice. He's about 9 months removed from surgery to repair a torn Achilles. His recovery has taken on increased importance since Baltimore lost TE Dennis Pitta. Watson is 36 but posted a 74-825-6 line in his last action back in 2015 with the Saints. He'll duke it out with Maxx Williams, Crockett Gillmore, Nick Boyle and Darren Waller for playing time this year.
The Ravens have signed WR Jeremy Maclin to a 2-year deal. A cap casualty in Kansas City, Maclin joins a Ravens squad that's missing a whopping 345 targets from a year ago. He figures to compete with Mike Wallace for the target lead this year -- although Breshad Perriman could also have a say in that battle if he takes a step forward. Maclin endured a disappointing, injury-stricken 2016 campaign but posted an 87-1,088-8 line the previous year. He's still only 29. And he has experience in Ravens OC Marty Mornhinweg's system, playing for Mornhinweg in Philadelphia for his first 4 NFL seasons. Maclin averaged 65 catches, 863 yards and 6.5 TDs across those years.
The Chiefs have released WR Jeremy Maclin. This one comes out of nowhere. Maclin missed 4 games last year and finished with a disappointing 44-546-2 line. But he's just 29 and went for 1,088 yards and 8 scores back in 2015. It sounds like this was a salary cap move, with Maclin's release saving the Chiefs $10 million. It shouldn't take him long to find a new employer. The Ravens would be a nice landing spot. In Kansas City, meanwhile, WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce are left as the clear top 2 options in the passing game. WR Chris Conley figures to join those guys in the starting lineup and could be an intriguing late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Ravens WR Breshad Perriman is flashing the skill set in OTAs that got him drafted in the 1st round back in 2015. "You look at Breshad out here and nobody, I think, is having a better camp than him so far," TE Dennis Pitta said. "He's making big plays everywhere, catching everything thrown his way." Perriman has had trouble staying healthy through 2 NFL seasons, missing his entire rookie year with a torn PCL and then suffering a partially torn ACL last spring. He's been healthy this offseason, though, and is excited about the chemistry he's building with QB Joe Flacco. "He's had a really good five weeks. He looks very healthy, he looks very fast," HC John Harbaugh said. "He eats up a lot of ground. He's running routes very well and he's catching the ball well, but again, he's got to keep building, keep stacking." Perriman has a huge opportunity in 2017 after Baltimore lost WRs Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken. Those 2 combined for 151 targets last year.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh revealed that TE Maxx Williams had knee surgery. Harbaugh deemed it a procedure no other football player has had. Williams went down in Week 4 last year and was subsequently placed on IR. But we never got any details on his injury -- and still don't have them. Harbaugh did say that Williams "should be ready for camp." Coming off a 0-catch season and knee surgery, though, he's off the redraft radar for now.
It sounds like Ravens RB Danny Woodhead (knee) is a full-go for OTAs. "No restrictions,” he said. “I’m just playing football now. I haven’t been thinking about needing to do stuff to rehab it because I’m healthy now." Woodhead is more than 8 months removed from tearing his ACL and had a setback-free rehab. We're curious to see whether the 32-year-old has lost a step after the injury, but we won't find that out until August. For now, Woodhead looks like a fine value in the 8th round of MFL10 drafts.
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin was as disappointed by his 2016 campaign as his fantasy owners. "It wasn’t up to my standards,” he said from OTAs. “I’ve never been a stat guy. I’ve never been a guy to say ‘I want this, I want that.’ I just … I didn’t play as well as I could have. And by not playing well, I feel like I let my team down." Maclin missed 4 games with a groin injury and totaled just 44 catches, 536 yards and 2 scores in the other 12. He ranked 71st among WRs in PPR points per game. He's just a year removed from a 15th-place finish, though. While he's a long shot to return to those heights in 2017, Maclin looks like a nice value at his current WR51 ADP.
According to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, "team officials have said repeatedly they are content with [Terrance] West as the lead guy." The Ravens signed Danny Woodhead early in free agency but otherwise added nothing to the backfield. West returns on just his 1-year restricted free-agent tender after trailing Kenneth Dixon in carries 3 of the final 4 games last year. But the 2 split the work even then, and Dixon will miss the 1st 4 games of 2017 because of a PED suspension. That presents opportunity for West, at the least. Of course, he failed to hold the top job with the same opportunity last year. We'd bet on a committee approach here, with Woodhead and Dixon carrying significantly more fantasy upside than West -- especially in PPR formats.
Baltimore spent a 2nd-round pick on OLB Tyus Bowser from Houston. Bowser didn't post big numbers in college but did crack 5 sacks in 3 of his 4 seasons. He topped out at 8.5 sacks and 12 total tackles for loss in his senior campaign. He'll need to fight through a fairly crowded edge group with the Ravens.
S Tony Jefferson signed a 4-year deal with the Ravens on Thursday, according to multiple reports. The agreement averages a reported $9 million a year, which is obviously full-time starter money. Starting next to Eric Weddle could mean some in-the-box time for Jefferson, though he's not in special spot for IDP value based on recent seasons. Expect Jefferson to land in DB2 territory in our 2017 IDP rankings.
ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports that RB Kenneth Dixon has been suspended 4 games for violating the league's PED policy. Consider that the 2nd blow today against a fantasy outlook that seemed quite intriguing just yesterday. Dixon returned from a summer knee injury to show flashes as a rookie while sharing the backfield with RB Terrance West and then hit the offseason looking like the best bet to lead the way in 2017. But the suspension arrives with the free-agent addition of RB Danny Woodhead. Dixon now looks like a fantasy reserve worth a shot somewhere in the double-digit rounds of your draft. There remains plenty of upside if he finds opportunity, at least.
The Ravens have reached a deal with RB Danny Woodhead, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 32-year-old tore his ACL in September but is now "fully healthy," per Rapoport. Woodhead racked up 81 and 76 catches, respectively, in his last 2 healthy seasons with the Chargers and figures to fill a significant pass-catching role in Baltimore. Woodhead's arrival puts a damper on RB Kenneth Dixon's 2017 breakout potential.
"I'm a Kenneth Dixon fan," HC Jim Harbaugh said from the Combine on Wednesday. "He can break tackles." Fact. Dixon led all 71 RBs with 40+ carries last year in missed tackles forced per attempt, according to Pro Football Focus. He also ranked 12th in yards after contact per attempt. Dixon finished with a solid 4.3 yards per carry and also caught 30 balls as a rookie. There's breakout potential here in 2017 if Baltimore installs him as the clear lead back.
The Ravens have added Greg Roman to their coaching staff, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. No word yet on Roman's official title, but he'll certainly have a say in the offense. He's spent the past 6 seasons as an OC -- the first 4 in San Francisco and the last 2 in Buffalo. All 6 of those offenses finished among the top 9 in rushing attempts and top 8 in rushing yards. Roman's arrival is good news for RBs Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West.
Less than a week after Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon seemed to break through in a loss to New England, Baltimore reminded us that its backfield remains devoid of clarity. RB Terrance West led the team in carries (13) and rushing yards (77), and the team in receptions (4, for 45 yards, on 4 targets). Dixon, meanwhile, carried just 9 times (for 36 yards) and failed to catch his lone pass target. Both players remain in play for a Week 16 trip to Pittsburgh, but the workload muddle keeps either from being a clear fantasy favorite.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco reminded fantasy owners of his limitations Sunday with an unspectacular outing against an Eagles D that had struggled in coverage recently. Flacco completed just 16 of 30 passes for 206 yards, 2 TDs and 1 late INT. It wasn't a killer of a fantasy day for those who started him, but it was a letdown after 2 straight 300+ yard outings. Flacco's a fantasy QB2 for next Sunday's trip to Pittsburgh.
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin caught just 1 pass for 16 yards in Thursday night's loss to the Raiders. He garnered 3 targets -- tied with Chris Conley for 3rd on the team behind Travis Kelce (8) and Tyreek Hill (6). Maclin didn't seem bothered by the groin injury that kept him out the previous 4 weeks and actually led Chiefs WRs with 42 snaps (out of 55). But with Kelce red hot and the continued emergence of Hill, Maclin simply isn't a featured part of this passing game. He does get Tennessee's 29th-ranked WR defense next week, though, putting him on the WR3 radar.
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final Week 14 injury report. He'll return for Thursday night's game against the Raiders after missing the previous 4 weeks. Maclin has averaged 8 targets in his 7 full games this season and has a shot to see somewhere in that vicinity vs. Oakland. He's a risky WR3 in his 1st game back, but he puts a dent in WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce's projections.
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) will be a full participant in Tuesday's practice, HC Andy Reid said. Reid wouldn't commit to Maclin playing against the Raiders on Thursday night but did say that he's "optimistic." We'll get another update tomorrow. Maclin is still better off on fantasy benches after missing the past 4 weeks.
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