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The Ravens selected South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Hurst goes 6’5, 250 pounds and tested as a 46th percentile athlete. He totaled 92 catches and 1,175 yards over the past 2 seasons — but just 3 TDs. He didn’t ‘wow’ us on tape, either. Hurst won’t lack for opportunity in Baltimore, especially after the Ravens made a significant investment in him. But we’d be surprised if he developed into more than a low-end TE1.

The Ravens have signed WR Willie Snead to a 2-year, $7 million deal that could climb to $10.4 million via incentives. The Saints had the option to match the offer but declined. Snead fell out of favor in New Orleans last year but tallied 141 catches for 1,879 yards across 2015 and 2016. He'll turn just 26 in October, putting him in the prime of his career. Snead joins a remade Ravens WR corps that also features Michael Crabtree and Brown. Snead and Brown figure to battle for the 2nd spot on the totem pole.

The Ravens have signed QB Robert Griffin III, according to multiple reports. Griffin's obviously not a challenge to moribund-yet-deeply entrenched starter Joe Flacco. But it's noteworthy that Baltimore picked up RG3 while Ryan Mallett remains on the open market. Mallett backed up Flacco the past 2 seasons after arriving mid-2015. He started 2 games that year and appeared in 6 total (no starts) over the past 2 seasons. It might surprise a lot of folks that Griffin only just turned 28 in February. He obviously has plenty to prove, though, before we can consider him even a dynasty bench candidate at this point -- especially with the Ravens' lackluster pass-catching corps.

The Ravens have reached a 3-year deal with WR Michael Crabtree, NFL Network reports. It’s a $21 million contract with $11 million guaranteed and $15 million total in the 1st 2 years. Ian Rapoport reports incentives could push that to $20 million. Whatever the specifics, we certainly like Crabtree much more than Ryan Grant, whose deal voided after he failed a physical. Crabtree looks like the heavy favorite to lead Baltimore in targets this fall and could dominate that category. He’s an easy WR2 in current fantasy football drafts, with upside to the top of that range

The Raiders have released WR Michael Crabtree. It sounds like it's a precursor to Oakland adding WR Jordy Nelson. Crabtree is coming off a disappointing 58-catch, 618-yard campaign. But he still tallied 8 TDs in 14 games, giving him 8+ scores in 3 straight seasons. He also posted 85 and 89 catches, respectively, the previous 2 years and will be just 31 in September. Crabtree should draw plenty of interest on the open market. We'll assess his bounce-back chances when he finds a new home.

The Ravens have reached a 1-year, $5 million deal with former Cardinals WR John Brown, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This looks like a solid shot for Baltimore to take. Brown's heading into just his age-28 season and enjoyed a promising start to his career before lower-body injuries and his sickle-cell trait derailed the past 2 seasons. A healthy Brown could take over for free-agent Mike Wallace, who excels at getting deep. Brown even arguably brings more upside on short-range stuff. We'll see what else Baltimore adds before laying out specific fantasy football expectations. At the moment, though, Brown's fine as a WR5 with upside in early best-ball drafting.

Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey was arrested Thursday in Alabama and charged with 3rd-degree robbery, according to AL.com. Under Alabama law, that's a felony charge indicating the use of force or the threat of force. TuscaloosaNews.com reports the charge stems from a Jan. 13 incident in which Humphrey allegedly stole a phone charger from an Uber driver, elbowing him in the process. The CB reportedly calls it a "misunderstanding." Humphrey enjoyed a solid finish to his rookie campaign after arriving as a 1st-round pick. We'll see whether this incident impacts his 2018 season.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon is expected to be ready for OTAs, HC John Harbaugh said Thursday. A popular 2017 sleeper, Dixon missed the entire season after July surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It was his 3rd knee surgery since arriving in Baltimore in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Dixon was also slapped with performance-enhancing-drug and substance-abuse suspensions this past year. So there are a ton of red flags here. Dixon isn't even a lock to be on Baltimore's 2018 roster. But there's also still upside for a 23-year-old who put up big college numbers on the ground and through the air.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree isn't listed on the Week 17 injury report. HC Jack Del Rio said Crabtree hurt his hamstring late in last week's loss to the Eagles, but it evidently won't be an issue today. Crabtree is just a WR3 vs. a tough Chargers secondary.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio said Wednesday that WR Michael Crabtree injured his hamstring in Monday night's loss to the Eagles. He posted a goose egg in that one and played just 45% of the offensive snaps. We'll keep an eye on Crabtree over the next few days, but he'll be a shaky fantasy option if he plays against the Chargers' tough secondary this weekend.

8:12pm EST 12/10/17

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley (neck) is active for tonight's game against the Steelers. He entered the day questionable but is OK to use as you normally would in IDP leagues.

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers with a neck injury. He returned to full practices Thursday and Friday, though, after sitting out Wednesday and appears likely to play. Mosley played through questionable tags in recent weeks while dealing with an ankle sprain. He belongs in IDP lineups, and we'll confirm his status at 7 p.m. ET Sunday. Teammate Paul Onwuasor can serve as insurance in case Mosley turns up inactive.

Cardinals WR John Brown (toe) is out for this weekend’s game against the Titans. Larry Fitzgerald remains the only Arizona WR that should be in fantasy lineups.

Ravens RB Alex Collins was dealing with a "significant" migraine that prevented him from doing post-game interviews, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. It's the 1st we've heard of a migraine problem for Collins, but it'll be worth monitoring going forward. We've seen the issue cost players games -- most recently with Giants WR Sterling Shepard.

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley (ankle) is active for today's game against the Lions. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups.

11:12am EST 12/3/17

Ravens RB Alex Collins (calf) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so the calf shouldn’t be an issue. Collins is safe to get into fantasy lineups.

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions with the right ankle sprain that also had him questionable for last week's win over the Texans. Mosley put in limited practices all week -- an improvement over last week -- and appears likely to play.

The Packers have placed RB Ty Montgomery on IR, ending his 2017 season. He got off to a rocking start, with 253 yards and 3 TDs in his first 3 games. But he suffered a rib injury in the 4th that's hampered him ever since. Montgomery is also dealing with a wrist injury that requires surgery, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He should be fine for the offseason program, but Montgomery will need to fight for a 2018 role in Green Bay's young, crowded backfield.

Ravens RB Alex Collins (calf) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Lions. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday — and we’ve heard nothing to suggest that the calf is a concern. Go ahead and keep Collins penciled into fantasy lineups. Just check back Sunday to make sure he’s active.

Cardinals WR John Brown (toe) is out for Sunday’s game against the Rams. Jaron Brown served as Arizona’s #2 WR last week, with J.J. Nelson #3 and rookie Chad Williams #4. None of these guys are viable fantasy options vs. a tough Rams pass defense.

 
 
 

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