Joe Flacco completed 35 of a whopping 62 passes for 345 yards, a touchdown and an interception last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. While his receivers did drop 8 passes, Flacco still started a horrific 3-for-12 and only saved his fantasy owners in the last 20 minutes of the game from a dud performance.
Fantasy Impact: We see that Joe Flacco can air it out when he needs to, but unlike the Top-2 tiers of QBs, Flacco does not necessarily deliver quality to go with his quantity. Last year Flacco threw for 466 yards with 2 TDs and no interceptions against the Steelers. Look for a similar type of production on a short week against their bitter rival.
Joe Flacco was 9-17 with 113 yards and a touchdown in limited preseason action on Saturday.
Fantasy Impact: Flacco will need to make major improvements this season if he aspires to fantasy football relevance. Nothing in Saturdays performance leads us to believe this is in the cards for Flacco. He was imprecise and accumulated his yards on check downs for small gains. Stay away.
After a slow start to Saturday's preseason game, which included going 1-for-6, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finished the night going 9-for-17 with 113 yards and a TD.
Fantasy Impact: It was a scary start to the night. At one point Flacco averaged 0.4 YPA. After the first 2 drives, Flacco finished the game by going 8-for-11 with a TD to Torrey Smith. Flacco finished the night with a 93.5 passer rating.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport believes Joe Flacco has undergone a "technical and fundamental transformation." He also reports that Flacco is getting the ball out quicker in camp, and is primed for a bounce back season. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Flacco had arguably his worst professional season last year, with more sacks and interceptions than he's ever had. An upgraded supporting cast, including a healthy Dennis Pitta and the newly acquired Steve Smith, should aid in his efforts to bounce back. He's not a fantasy relevant quarterback option yet, but keep an eye on the offense the first half of the season.
Flacco has a new favorite target in Steve Smith. Going against a Browns team that has been putting up and giving up points, I expect a solid shoot out performance from both teams. Flacco should perform well against Cleveland in Week 3.