Fantasy Football News 2020

The Buccaneers have reached a deal with free-agent LB Daryl Smith. The former Raven is expected to start on the strong side, according to Pewter Report. Don't bet on significant IDP value next to MLB Kwon Alexander and weak-side LB Lavonte David, both of whom are 3-down players.

The Ravens on Thursday released LB Daryl Smith, though that doesn't necessarily mean he's done in Baltimore. “While we are releasing Daryl, we are not closing the door on the possibility of him returning to the Ravens,” GM Ozzie Newsome said in a statement released by the team. “He deserves an opportunity to see his market value at this time." If Smith doesn't return to the Ravens, Arthur Brown, Zachary Orr and Albert McClellan look like the potential in-house replacements. Brown has disappointed since arriving as a 2nd-round pick after a productive college career. We'll see what happens in this situation that has delivered strong IDP value through the past 3 seasons. Heading into his age-34 season, though, Smith might not be a good bet for fantasy value going forward.

The Ravens drafted Alabama LB C.J. Mosley with the 17th pick of the NFL draft.  Mosley tallied 108 and 107 tackles the past 2 seasons, with 6.5 total sacks and 5 INTs for his career.  Mosley and 2013 second-round LB Arthur Brown look like the future inside for Baltimore, though they could cannibalize each other's IDP value to some extent.  For now, veteran LB Daryl Smith blocks 1 of the 2 youngsters from the starting lineup.  Don't look for either to factor heavily into our 2014 IDP rankings.

Ravens LB Daryl Smith has signed a 4-year $16.1 million deal to stay in Baltimore.  We're doubting the 32-year-old will play out the whole term, but it's nice to see him stick in the place where he produced his best fantasy season to date.  Smith might have trouble matching last year's numbers, but we'll certainly expect more good things when we factor him into our 2014 IDP rankings.

The Ravens defense will have NT Haloti Ngata, CB Lardarius Webb and LB Daryl Smith in the lineup against the Jets today.  All 3 had been listed as questionable, with Ngata the most iffy for the game.  A full-strength Baltimore D poses a tough matchup for Jets RB Chris Ivory, though we expect this game to remain close.
Five Ravens defensive starters are questionable for Sunday's game at Chicago.  DL Haloti Ngata (knee), LB Daryl Smith (thigh), CB Lardarius Webb (groin), CB Jimmy Smith (groin) and S James Ihedigbo (toe) were all limited in practice this week, but all seem likely to play.  Both Smiths and Ihedigbo showed up as questionable last week before playing against Cincinnati.
All 3 Ravens D starters who missed practice time this week are active.  LB Daryl Smith (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (groin) and LB Terrell Suggs (foot, probable) will all start against the Bengals today.  Suggs and Daryl Smith make for strong IDP options.
Ravens LB Daryl Smith (thigh) is questionable for Sunday's meeting with the Bengals.  Our guess is that he'll play after returning to practice Friday, but we'll certainly keep an eye on his status Sunday.  S James Ihedigbo (toe) and CB Jimmy Smith (groin) join Smith on the questionable list, among the defensive starters.
The Ravens got 3 defensive starters back on the practice field Friday.  LB Terrell Suggs (foot), LB Daryl Smith (thigh) and CB Jimmy Smith (groin) all returned after sitting out Thursday, indicating that all 3 should be ready to face the Bengals this weekend.  Suggs and Smith make for quality IDP plays, while Baltimore's defense ranks well within starter range.
Ravens LB Terrell Suggs missed practice Thursday with a foot injury after putting in a full workout on Wednesday.  We'll be quite curious to see his Friday status.  The veteran, who has 9 sacks through 8 games, has proved a weekly IDP starter this season.  Ravens LB Daryl Smith (thigh) and CB Jimmy Smith missed practice for the 2nd straight day Thursday.
The Baltimore Sun called Ravens LB Daryl Smith's Thursday night debut for the team a "memorable" performance.  The team website said he "put on a show."  Either way, Smith certainly impressed in his 1st outing as Baltimore's new MLB -- Ray Lewis' old role.  The Sun called Smith the "most active" defender, as he delivered a team-high 5 tackles and nearly forced a Mike Glennon fumble on a blitz.  Heralded rookie LB Arthur Brown subbed in for weak-side starter Josh Bynes.  After the game, HC John Harbaugh said it was just more of what Smith had done in Jacksonville for years.  The veteran is looking like a starter and a strong IDP sleeper candidate.  You'll be able to get him very late in your fantasy football draft -- unless people take notice of this performance.
LB Daryl Smith has signed a 1-year deal with the Ravens. The Baltimore Sun reports that the longtime Jaguar is expected to compete for a starting ILB job.  Baltimore's top contenders there are 2nd-round rookie Arthur Brown and Jameel McClain.  Each player is working back from offseason surgery.  Smith started at all 3 LB spots and proved quite effective in Jacksonville's 4-3 over 8 seasons before a groin injury cost him all of 2012.  Smith enjoyed his 3 best fantasy seasons in his final 3 healthy years with the Jags.  He ranked among the top 25 IDP LBs in 2009 and 2011.  Don't be surprised if he earns a lineup spot come Week 1.
5:04pm EDT 10/25/12

The Jaguars placed OLB Daryl Smith on IR today but designated him eligible to return. That would allow Smith to play in the final 3 games (at most) if his groin heals up in time. IDP owners should continue forgetting about him. Russell Allen's value appears safe.

12:28pm EDT 10/15/12

Jaguars OLB Daryl Smith took part in positional drills today for the first time all season. Smith has been out since Labor Day after aggravating a groin injury that cost him nearly all of training camp. HC Mike Mularkey said he'd wait until this afternoon to begin gauging Smith's chances of playing Sunday. IDP owners will have to wait until we see Smith in game action to decide on his fantasy viability. Russell Allen has been an IDP revelation in Smith's absence but could be relegated to a part-time role when Smith is ready to make a full return.

The Jaguars might be without starting OLB Daryl Smith on Sunday. The veteran sat out Thursday's practice after apparently re-aggravating a groin injury earlier in the week. The groin kept Smith out for nearly all of the preseason. Even if he's active for the game, he's too risky for IDP owners to trust. Go for a different option if you can. Elsewhere on defense, the team expects to be without CB Derek Cox. He also missed most of the preseason while dealing with a bad hamstring. Cox sat out the past 2 days of practice.

Update: Smith has officially been ruled out.


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