Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley is questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos. He's dealing with a bone bruise in his right knee. Mosley returned to practice Thursday but then sat out again Friday. He'll be tough to trust for a normal snap allotment even if active. We moved Mosley down our Week 3 LB rankings. Ravens OLB Matt Judon (hamstring) is also questionable for the game, but he put in a full practice Friday after being limited the previous 2 days. Judon appears on track to play.
Ravens LB C.J. Mosley left Thursday night's game against the Bengals with a bone bruise in his right knee. The team deemed his return doubtful. We'll see how this impacts Mosley heading into Week 3. Kenny Young joined Patrick Onwuasor at ILB in Mosley's absence.
The Ravens have placed RB Kenneth Dixon on IR with the knee injury he suffered in Sunday's season opener. It's unclear if he's a candidate to return in 8 weeks, but he's not worth stashing on any redraft rosters. Baltimore moves forward with Alex Collins in the lead role and Buck Allen handling pass-catching duties.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon injured his knee late in Sunday's win over the Bills, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. We don't have any other details yet, but Zrebiec adds that "the expectation is he'll miss some time." Dixon has been unable to stay healthy as a pro and isn't worth a roster spot in redraft leagues. His absence leaves Alex Collins and Buck Allen as Baltimore's healthy RBs.
The forecast for today's Bills-Ravens game calls for a 100% chance of rain and 15 mph winds with gusts up to 21 mph. This had the makings of a low-scoring, run-heavy game anyways, and this weather only makes that more likely. Try to avoid the Bills passing game. Ravens WRs Michael Crabtree and John Brown are still fine WR3s.
Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (foot) is out for Sunday’s opener against the Bills. No surprise here. Hurst had surgery on August 24 to repair a stress fracture in his foot and was slapped with a 3-4 week timetable for return. The short end of that timetable would give him a shot to play next week, but a Week 3 debut for the rookie seems more realistic. There’s no Ravens TE worth using in fantasy lineups this week.
Packers HC Mike McCarthy said after Friday night's preseason game that RB Ty Montgomery's foot injury is "nothing of a serious nature." We'll see when he's able to get back on the field, but it sounds like he's tentatively on track for Week 1. Montgomery will open the season in a pass-catching role behind lead back Jamaal Williams.
Packers RB Ty Montgomery left Friday night’s exhibition at Oakland with an unspecified foot injury. We’ll see how serious the issue is.
Ravens TE Hayden Hurst is undergoing foot surgery on Friday to repair a stress fracture in his foot. He'll have a screw inserted to stabilize the area. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Hurst is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, but that sounds very optimistic to us. Foot injuries tend to be extremely tricky -- and we often see setbacks and/or compensatory issues pop up. Hurst seemed set to play a significant role in Baltimore's passing game, but this news should knock him out of your draft plans. Baltimore will open the season with some combination of Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams and rookie Mark Andrews at TE. None of them are worth picks in your fantasy draft. Hurst's absence should just mean more targets for WRs Michael Crabtree and John Brown.
The NFL on Tuesday confirmed that it has suspended Ravens CB Jimmy Smith for the 1st 4 games under the personal-conduct policy. Per multiple reports, Smith has been suspended for "emotional abuse" of an ex-girlfriend. We'll see if further details emerge on the situation.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh lauded WR John Brown on Monday. “He has been better than we expected,” Harbaugh said. “Obviously, we’ve had high hopes for him, but [he’s] better than advertised — probably even better than what the tape showed, I would say. He’s been a complete receiver for us.” Brown has been buzzing hard since training camp opened and appears locked in as Baltimore's #2 WR (behind Michael Crabtree). His sickle-cell has gotten in the way over the past couple of years and remains a risk in 2018. But he's enjoyed a healthy offseason so far. “I’m fully healthy, and they’re taking care of me,” Brown said. This guy went for 1,003 yards and 7 scores in a healthy 2015 with the Cardinals. Brown could return a huge profit on his current WR72 ADP.
Ravens OC Marty Mornhinweg said TE Hayden Hurst has "made a huge jump both in-line and with his route running." CBS' Jason LaCanfora attended Baltimore's joint practices with the Rams over the past 2 days and saw Hurst make a bunch of big plays. "He should be an immediate contributor if he can avoid nagging injuries," La Canfora concluded. Rookie TEs rarely make significant fantasy impacts, but Hurst has a shot to see enough volume to at least be a spot-start option..
“One way or another, he’s going to be out there, taking snaps." That's Ravens HC John Harbaugh on rookie QB Lamar Jackson. Harbaugh made sure to reiterate that Joe Flacco is his starting QB. But his 1st-round rookie is going to see the field this year. "Lamar is also a weapon for us, who can play quarterback. And we’re going to play Lamar at quarterback," Harbaugh continued. "So we’re going to play all of our good players. I don’t see why we wouldn’t." There's been a buzz on Jackson since he was drafted. And we've already heard that the Ravens have been running plays with both Jackson and Flacco in the backfield early in camp. A situational role wouldn't be enough to make Jackson a fantasy factor, but any reps he steals from Flacco will dent the veteran's already minimal fantasy value.
Ravens TE Hayden Hurst has missed the first few days of training camp with a soft-tissue injury. It doesn't sound serious, but HC John Harbaugh said Monday that it's "not ideal" that Hurst is sidelined. It's tough enough for rookie TEs to make significant fantasy impacts -- and missing practice time certainly doesn't help. Hurst is no more than a late-round flier right now.
Ty Montgomery disappointed in his chance at lead-back duties for the Packers last year. He averaged just 3.8 yards per carry and missed 8 games with injuries. But he's still set to play a significant role in Green Bay's 2018 offense, ESPN's Rob Demovsky confirms. Montgomery showed well in OTAs and "didn't appear to lose any ground" to RBs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, according to Demovsky. Montgomery averaged 5.9 yards per carry and caught 44 balls in more of a change-of-pace role back in 2016. He finished that season 33rd among RBs in PPR points. There's certainly room for him to return to that type of production this season. And Montgomery is being selected just 47th among RBs in recent best-ball drafts.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) participated in this past week's OTAs after missing all of 2017 with a torn meniscus. “The knee feels very good," Dixon said. "Battling some things you have to battle when you get back on the field with flexibility and all those things, but the knee feels totally well and I’m just ready to play." Barring a setback, that knee shouldn't be an issue in 2018. Alex Collins heads to training camp as Baltimore's lead back, but Dixon is capable of pushing for a significant role -- especially in the passing game. He tallied 63 catches across his final 2 seasons at Louisiana Tech and caught 30 balls in his 2016 rookie campaign. Highlight Dixon as a potential late-round sleeper in PPR drafts.
The Ravens added UCLA WR Jordan Lasley in the 5th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Lasley emerged as QB Josh Rosen’s top target this past season, breaking out for a big 69-1,264-9 line. That was despite missing 3 games on suspension and 1 with injury. Lasley goes 6’1, 203 pounds and disappointed with a 19th percentile SPARQ score in the pre-draft process. He plays more athletically than that, though, with good burst and change-of-direction to create separation at the top of his routes. He also lined up both out wide and in the slot for the Bruins. The biggest knock against Lasley is his hands. Pro Football Focus charged him with an ugly 15.9% drop rate this past season. Baltimore has completely revamped its pass-catching corps this offseason, adding Lasley, Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead, Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.
The Ravens spent a 4th-round pick on New Mexico State WR Jaleel Scott. The 6’5, 218-pounder registered a 63rd percentile SPARQ score. He started his career at Ellsworth Community College before a quiet debut season at New Mexico State. Scott busted out last year with a 76-1,097-9 line, although it’s worth noting that he was 22 years old. Scott seems like a project but has some long-term upside with that size and athleticism.
The Ravens added Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He joins 1st-rounder Hayden Hurst in Baltimore's TE room. Andrews isn't much of a blocker but turned into 1 of Baker Mayfield's top targets over the past 2 years. He posted a 31-489-7 line in 2016 and then exploded for 62 catches, 958 yards and 8 scores this past year. Andrews tested as a mediocre 44th percentile athlete and will never be a big-play threat at the next level. But there's some Jason Witten-esque craftiness to his game.
The Ravens traded back into the 1st round to select Louisville QB Lamar Jackson at #32. The 21-year-old was a stat-piling machine over the past 2 seasons, throwing for 7,203 yards and 57 TDs (vs. 19 INTs) and running for another 3,172 yards and 39 scores. He’s a bit slight of frame at 6’2 and 216 pounds. But he missed just 1 game at Louisville (a 2015 ankle injury), despite carrying 655 times. The biggest knock against Jackson is inconsistent accuracy. He left school with a 57.0% completion rate — although he posted a career-best 59.1% mark this past year. Between the accuracy problems and the supreme athleticism, there’s certainly some Michael Vick to Jackson. Vick ranked as a top 12 fantasy QB in all 4 seasons he made 15+ starts, including a pair of #4 finishes. Jackson could use some seasoning and will begin his career behind Joe Flacco. But when he gets on the field, Jackson’s rushing ability will give him big fantasy upside.
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