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The 49ers have signed WR Torrey Smith to a 5-year, $40 million deal.  It's a nice addition to a Niners offense in need of a field-stretcher.  Smith should pair nicely with WR Anquan Boldin.  Smith's fantasy value takes a hit, though.  San Francisco has been 1 of the 6 most run-heavy teams in the league in 4 straight seasons and will likely finish there again in 2015.  Smith also moves from 1 of the game's better deep-ball throwers to an inconsistent one.  Colin Kaepernick finished 17th in Pro Football Focus' 2014 deep-ball accuracy after ranking 5th in 2013.

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Ravens insider Aaron Wilson hears that WR Torrey Smith to the 49ers is a "done deal."  San Francisco is reportedly set to pay Smith $8 or $9 million per year -- a figure Baltimore couldn't match.  Smith is only 26 and scored a personal-best 11 TDs this past season.  But he also tied a career low with 49 catches and set career lows with 767 yards and 15.7 yards per catch.  Smith has yet to develop the all-around game to be considered a true #1 WR.  San Francisco doesn't look like a great landing spot, either.  The Niners still figure to be a run-leaning offense.  And QB Colin Kaepernick ranked just 17th in deep-ball accuracy last year, according to Pro Football Focus.  The Ravens, meanwhile, are left with soon-to-be 36-year-old Steve Smith, Marlon Brown and Kamar Aiken as their top 3 WRs.  They'll need to address the position in free agency and/or the draft.

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The Ravens left WR Torrey Smith off their initial Week 16 injury report Wednesday. That's noteworthy, because Smith barely played at Miami last week after his injured knee swelled up in pregame warm-ups. We'll watch for further reports on his health this week, because it's tough to believe he's already back near 100%. If he's anywhere in that neighborhood, though, Smith would make for a high-upside fantasy football play against the Texans.

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9 months ago

Ravens WR Torrey Smith (knee) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. Of course, he was active last week but barely played and finished without a single catch. Smith was still limping around at practice on Friday. We’d avoid him in Week 15 fantasy lineups.

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Updating a previous item, the Ravens have listed WR Torrey Smith (knee) as probable for this weekend's game against the Jaguars.  He was officially a full participant in Friday's practice, even though the media saw him limping around.  Smith was also listed as probable last week before serving as a decoy.  He still can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.

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