The Ravens picked Ohio State LB Malik Harrison in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. Harrison lands in a LB corps with 2 ILB openings, and thus faces immediate starting opportunity. The question will be whether he can earn 3-down duty. Harrison brings good speed and enjoyed a solidly productive career at Ohio State.
The Ravens selected LSU LB Patrick Queen with the 28th pick of the NFL Draft. Queen started just 16 games over his 3 seasons with the Tigers and didn't even open 2019 as a starter. He looked impressive after stepping in for suspended LB Michael Divinity, though, and then delivered a 90th-percentile speed score for the position. Queen goes to a Baltimore defense in desperate need of ILBs and should start right away. That makes up for the lack of college production in projecting him to the NFL. He'll land high in our rookie-draft IDP rankings and figures to be a redraft factor in 2020.
The Jaguars on Saturday traded DE Calais Campbell to the Ravens for a 5th-round pick. It's obviously a salary-cap move by Jacksonville, but one bound to negatively impact the pass rush. Campbell spent the past 3 seasons with the Jaguars and helped the team finish 2 of those among the league's top 7 in sacks. Campbell posted the 2 largest sack totals of his career (14.5 and 10.5) in 2017 and 2018 before falling back to 6.5 last season. But his 25 QB hits in 2019 marked the 2nd most of his career, behind only the 30 of his first Jacksonville campaign. Campbell heads into his age-34 season this fall but should help a Baltimore pass rush that ranked just 21st in sacks and 27th in Pro Football Focus pass-rushing grade in 2019.
Ravens S Earl Thomas (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Steelers. It's no surprise, given that Baltimore has made clear it's resting key players in a meaningless contest (for them). CB Marcus Peters (chest) and CB Jimmy Smith (groin) are active, but don't expect full playing time for them. Even so, Steelers QB Devlin Hodges keeps the Ravens' defense in play for fantasy.
Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey (thigh) is active for today's game against the Bills. He entered the day questionable but should be fine for normal IDP use.
Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills with a thigh injury. Humphrey progressed, though, from 2 limited practices to a full workout Friday. We'd bet on him being active for the game, but we'll check Humphrey's status Sunday morning.
Ravens OLB Matt Judon (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers. He put in a full practice Friday, so we'd bet on him playing. But we'll update Judon's status Sunday morning.
Ravens S Earl Thomas is active for today's game against the Bengals. He turned up questionable after missing Friday's practice for personal reasons, but there's no change to his IDP outlook.
Ravens ILB Patrick Onwuasor (ankle) and S Earl Thomas (knee) are questionable for Sunday night's game against the Patriots. Both seem likely to play, but we'll have to confirm their statuses Sunday evening.
Ravens ILB Patrick Onwuasor returned to a limited practice Wednesday, the 1st time he has practiced since suffering an ankle sprain in the Week 5 win at Pittsburgh. We'll watch Onwuasor's progress through this week, but he seems likely to return for IDP usage in a matchup with tackle upside.
Ravens LB Patrick Onwuasor (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Seahawks. Looks like Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort will be the ILB starters for the 2nd straight week. They played just 61% and 44% of the snaps, respectively, in those roles last week and aren't strong IDP options.
Ravens LB Patrick Onwuasor is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks with the ankle sprain that cost him last week's game. Onwuasor missed practice all week again. HC John Harbaugh said Friday that he doesn't have a "don't practice, don't play" rule, according to the team website. We'll see about his status Sunday afternoon.
Ravens ILB Patrick Onwuasor (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Bengals. That figures to get both Chris Board and Kenny Young back into the defensive rotation. Board played just 1 defensive snap last week, and Young was a healthy scratch. So neither makes for a safe IDP bet. Josh Bynes -- who signed with the team last week and then played more than 70% of the snaps in his 1st game -- might become a full-time player this week. Bynes carries attractive upside for IDP lineups.
Ravens ILB Patrick Onwuasor is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals after missing practice all week with an ankle injury. Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports that Onwuasor will be a game-time decision. That makes him quite risky for IDP lineups. Try not to use Onwuasor this week.
The Ravens have reached agreement with S Earl Thomas on a 4-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million in guarantees, according to multiple reports. Thomas' time in Seattle ended poorly, of course, but he developed into 1 of the league's top safeties before that. For IDP purposes, Thomas has primarily been nothing special. He steps into a role in which Eric Weddle finished outside the top 80 fantasy DBs last season, but Weddle cracked the top 17 each of the previous 2 campaigns. Thomas will likely sit in DB3 range when our 2019 IDP rankings come out. He'll turn 30 in May.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Packers are expected to sign OLB Za'Darius Smith when free agency opens Wednesday. Smith delivered a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2018 with the largest playing-time share of his career. He also tied for 14th in pass-rushing grade among all edge players on Pro Football Focus (though Smith graded much lower in run D). Smith's certain to grab a starting role with Green Bay, which has options for how to treat the other outside spot. Remaining a LB for fantasy purposes will limit Smith's IDP upside.
The Cardinals are expected to sign OLB Terrell Suggs when free agency opens Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Despite turning 36 in October, Suggs never saw much of a playing-time dip in Baltimore and appeared in all 16 games each of the past 2 years -- 15+ games in 5 of the past 6 seasons. He figures to join the edge rotation for an Arizona defense that's switching back to a 3-4 base under new DC Vance Joseph in 2019. We'll see whether the Cards retain free-agent DE/OLB Markus Golden, or if they signed Suggs to simply replace him.
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