Shark Bites

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.

Ravens ILB Zach Orr announced Friday that he's retiring from football because of a congenital neck and spine condition that was diagnosed after the season. The unfortunate situation takes the 24-year-old out of the league right after his breakthrough year as a new starter. It also leaves a hole for Baltimore to address on defense this offseason. We'll see how the Ravens handle it and how the move impacts the IDP outlook for ILB C.J. Mosley.

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.

The Ravens have placed LB Zachary Orr on IR with a neck injury. That will leave LB C.J. Mosley as the team's best tackle bet against the Bengals and perhaps leave a few more tackles available for the Baltimore safeties.

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.

The Ravens will have DE Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), DL Brandon Williams (back) and OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot) active for today's game against the Bengals. All 3 entered the weekend questionable. Jernigan's the only real IDP option among the trio for most fantasy outfits.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon is expected to see more carries against the Cowboys today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. RB Terrance West remains the starter, per Rapoport, but we could see something close to a 50/50 split in rush attempts. And Dixon should continue to dominate passing-down work. The rookie is the preferred fantasy play, especially in PPR leagues.

Ravens CB Shareece Wright (thigh), LB C.J. Mosley (thigh) and DL Timmy Jernigan (shoulder) are active for today's game against the Cowboys. Use them as you normally would in IDP situations. Wright returns from 3 games lost to injury and has played in just 1 of Baltimore's past 5 contests. He has only delivered 2 quality fantasy outings for the year. Baltimore will be without top CB Jimmy Smith (back) and OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot).

The Ravens will likely miss at least CB Jimmy Smith (back) and OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot) Sunday against Dallas. Both players are doubtful. Smith put in just a limited practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. Dumervil put in full workouts Wednesday and Thursday before a limited Friday. HC John Harbaugh told The Baltimore Sun that Dumervil looked good in practice this week but that his status would be up to the doctors. DE Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), LB C.J. Mosley (thigh) and CB Shareece Wright (thigh) are all questionable for the game. Jernigan joined the injury report Thursday and missed the final 2 workouts. He looks like a weak bet to play. Mosley, on the other hand, put in full practices Thursday and Friday, while Wright practiced in full every day. Both appear likely to play.

Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (thigh) is active for today's game against the Steelers. Use him as you normally would in IDP lineups.

Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (thigh) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He put in a full practice Friday after limited workouts the 1st 2 days. It's tough to know how close to full health he'll actually be if he plays, and Mosley has provided disappointing IDP production so far this year anyway. Pittsburgh presents 1 of the league's weakest LB scoring matchups, and Mosley delivered value in just 1 of 2 meetings last year. He seems likely to be in play if you need him, but Mosley's not a fantasy option worth chasing.

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (concussion) is active today against the Jets despite entering the weekend questionable. Baltimore will be without other starting CB Shareece Wright (thigh), however, along with OLB Terrell Suggs (biceps) and ILB C.J. Mosley (thigh), who had already been ruled out.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Jets. He put in a full practice on Friday but is still a risky fantasy play with a throwing-shoulder issue. The matchup vs. the league’s 27th-ranked QB defense at least adds upside.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Ravens QB Joe Flacco (shoulder) is expected to start against the Jets today. He put in a full practice on Friday, although we still don't know exactly how big a factor the issue with his throwing shoulder will play. Flacco is a risk/reward fantasy option vs. the league's 27th-ranked QB defense.

The Ravens on Saturday activated RB Lorenzo Taliaferro from the PUP. He missed the entire offseason with the foot injury that initially knocked him out last October. Taliaferro returns to find Terrance West controlling the backfield, with Kenneth Dixon and Buck Allen likely secure ahead of him on the depth chart as well.

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley has been ruled out for Sunday's game agains the Jets, marking the 2nd straight game he'll miss with a thigh injury. He sat out practice all week. LB Albert McClellan started in his place against the Giants, played 79% of the snaps and should get the nod again. But Zachary Orr is the Baltimore LB to play in your IDP leagues. The defense will also likely miss OLB Terrell Suggs, who's doubtful with a torn biceps. CB Shareece Wright is also doubtful with a thigh injury, while CB Jimmy Smith (concussion) is questionable. He had yet to clear the concussion protocol as of Friday. CB Tavon Young, OLB Za'Darius Smith and rookie OLB Matt Judon should see more playing time with all the injuries.


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