Baltimore Ravens

AFC North

The Baltimore Ravens signed No. 25 overall pick TE Hayden Hurst to a four-year deal that includes a fifth-year team option. Hurst joins a crowded group of Ravens' tight ends but looked like a solid pass-catcher and developing blocker at South Carolina. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hurst spent time playing minor league baseball in the Gulf Coast League, so he's already 25-years-old. He should start right away, but Baltimore tends to use multiple tight ends and is far from a dynamic passing attack. Hurst is a lesser TE2 in redraft and can regularly be drafted outside the top-20 in rookie-only drafts.

Category: Transactions

The Baltimore Ravens will have a completely revamped receiving corps in 2018, and according to the Baltimore Sun, "if this minicamp is any indication, he's looking to have a huge rebound year." Snead joins Michael Crabtree and John Brown as new veteran acquisitions and the positive reports on the play of quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson could mean Snead will have a prominent role as Baltimore's slot receiver. (Source: The Baltimore Sun)

Fantasy Impact: Snead averaged over 70 receptions and 900 yards in each of his first two seasons with New Orleans before a suspension and benching torpedoed his 2017 season. Baltimore has never been known as a high-octane offense, but Snead could find himself targeted a healthy number of times. He's basically free in fantasy leagues and certainly worth a late-round look in deeper PPR leagues.

Category: Rumors

Ravens' linebacker Albert McClellan returned to the practice field for the first time in almost a year. McClellan missed the entire 2017 season after tearing his ACL last August. McClellan started 11 games for Baltimore in 2016, generating a career-best 55 tackles and one sack. (Source: The Baltimore Sun)

Fantasy Impact: McClellan, 32, has spent seven seasons in Baltimore and was originally undrafted out of Marshall. He'll compete for a reserve spot at inside linebacker this summer.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley is reporting that Ravens wide receiver John Brown injured his knee in practice on Tuesday and is now absent from practice on Wednesday. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hensley goes on to say that Brown never left the field on Tuesday, so they didn't think it was anything serious. It's possible that they're just giving him a veteran's day off on Wednesday, but this definitely doesn't help Brown's fantasy stock. Not only is he trying to learn a new offense with a new quarterback, but there's suddenly a packed wide receiver room for the Ravens, as they've acquired Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, Jaleel Scott, and Jordan Lasley since they signed Brown in free agency, and that's not to mention the two tight ends they drafted in the first three rounds. Brown had a phenomenal start to his career that was derailed by the sickle cell trait and he's never really returned to form. He's just a late-round flier in best-ball leagues, but he's even iffy there.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens plan to have rookie QB Lamar Jackson active on game days this season and will draw up plays designed to feature Jackson during the game, which could include lining him up with fellow QB Joe Flacco also on the field, according to head coach John Harbaugh. "You’ve got the ability to put two quarterbacks on the field at the same time,” said Harbaugh. “You want to find the way to get the most out of all your guys. Lamar’s going to be on the team. I fully expect him to be active on game day." (Source: The Baltimore Sun)

Fantasy Impact: This is an interesting and welcomed wrinkle to Jackson's development and potential fantasy value for 2018. Not surprisingly, Jackson has struggled as a passer so far, but is a fantastic athlete with immense upside. For him to be an effective NFL signal-caller, the Ravens will have to be willing to cater an entire offense to fit Jackson's skill-set. Drawing up specific plays to utilize Jackson immediately is a step in the right direction.

Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun observed the Ravens' second full OTA practice and said starting QB Joe Flacco is fully healthy, looks sharp and has completed more long passes than he had in recent seasons. (Source: The Baltimore Sun)

Fantasy Impact: Preston noted that Flacco is the clear starter, widening the gap between himself, Robert Griffin III and first-rounder Lamar Jackson. While that's not surprising, Flacco's consistent lack of upside won't appeal to fantasy football owners again in 2018, making the veteran signal-caller undraftable except as a reserve in 2QB leagues.

Baltimore Sun Contact Reporter Mike Preston observed the Ravens' second full day of open practice and says fifth-round wide receiver Jordan Lasley has "been impressive" and has been consistently so throughout OTAs. (Source: The Baltimore Sun)

Fantasy Impact: Preston mentioned that Lasley had some drops but is definitely a player to "keep an eye on." Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead are the favorites to lead the revamped Baltimore receiving corps, but Lasley has a wide open path to the club's No. 4 role, needing only to beat out Chris Moore, Jaleel Scott, and former first-round bust Breshad Perriman, who Preston refers to as "Mr. May" for his strong camp showings followed by no-showing when the games count. Lasley is a name to target in the fourth-round of rookie drafts.

The Baltimore Ravens declined the fifth-year option for 2015 first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who will now become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018 NFL season. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: This move comes as no surprise as Perriman has been a colossal bust since being drafted with the 26th pick. Perriman missed his entire rookie season and has accumulated just 43 NFL catches and three touchdowns in three seasons. By picking up the option, Baltimore would owe Perriman over $9.3 million in 2019. Perriman isn't a lock to even make Baltimore's roster out of training camp in 2018 and is becoming increasingly irrelevant in fantasy football.

Wide Receiver Ryan Grant, who reached an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens on a $29 million deal, failed his physical and his deal is null and void, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grant will now have to look elsewhere for a deal, as Schefter is reporting that the Ravens are turning their attention to Michael Crabtree. Grant had secured a surprisingly large payday from the Ravens -- $29 million over four years, with $14.5 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus -- and it's unlikely he will be able to secure such a contract elsewhere after this failed physical.

Category: Transactions

The Ravens have released 29-year-old wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. The team saves $5 million in cap space with the move. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Maclin was deemed expendable by the team after Baltimore signed free agent wideouts John Brown and Ryan Grant. Maclin was again hampered by injuries in 2017, as he hasn't played in more than 12 games in a season since 2015. His value will ultimately be determined by his landing spot.

Category: Transactions

The Baltimore Ravens officially tendered running back Alex Collins as an exclusive rights free agent. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Collins was a waiver wire hero last season who rushed for 973 yards and scored six touchdowns in Baltimore's final seven games. The Ravens also cut Danny Woodhead and could add competition via the draft or from Kenneth Dixon, but Collins should enter training camp as Baltimore's starter and is in the RB2 mix.

Category: Transactions

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Ravens have re-signed offensive lineman James Hurst to a 4-year deal worth $17.5 million, with $8 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's quite a large contract for a player of Hurst's talent level. He's been a decent pass-blocker for the Ravens, but has really struggled to open up holes in the ground game. If his contract does anything, it raises the value of all offensive lineman on the open market.

Category: Transactions

Justin Tucker perfect Sunday

Mon, Jan 1st 10:34pm EST
By Steve Painter

Justin Tucker was 2-for-2 in field goals and 3-for-3 in extra points in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact: Many times this season, Tucker was considered the Ravens best offensive weapon. He is a solid kicker and usually perfect.

Category: Game Recaps

Baltimore's defense allowed 222 yards through the air, along with three touchdowns, and 146 yards on the ground in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Bengals. Maurice Canady led the team in tackles with eight, seven of those solo. Matthew Judon had a sack. Collectively, the defense recorded three TFL and one QB hit. Chris Moore had an outstanding 87-yard kick return. DB Anthony Levine (foot) left in the second quarter.

Fantasy Impact: Baltimore's defense finished the year as a top-12 unit, allowing 325 yards per game. The unit kept the team in the playoff hunt all the way but they couldn't stop the Bengals when it counted.

Category: Game Recaps

Danny Woodhead had one carry for three yards and four receptions on six targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact: Woodhead didn't have much of an impact after returning from a hamstring injury in Week 11, he just never looked 100%. He is signed through 2019 but is no lock to return with a $2.5M salary.

Category: Game Recaps

Javorius Allen had five carries for 37 yards in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact: Allen has made a positive impact in his limited role this year and will possibly be used in the passing-down role in 2018, his contract year.

Category: Game Recaps

Mike Wallace had five receptions on 13 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact: Wallace finishes out the year with 52 receptions, 748 yards, and four touchdowns as he developed into the team's most reliable receiver. The Ravens will likely prioritize re-signing the free agent this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps

Benjamin Watson had 61 receiving yards on seven catches in Baltimore’s loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Watson had a solid game in the finale in a week that saw many players sitting out at all positions. The Ravens need to get back to using the tight end in 2018 and if they do, Watson could be a top-15 tight end.

Category: Game Recaps

C.J. Mosley makes six stops

Sun, Dec 24th 10:35pm EST
By Matthew Terelle

Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley turned in a solid performance against the Colts in Week 16. The star linebacker made six solo tackles, including two for a loss, while adding one pass defended. The Ravens went on to win 23-16.

Fantasy Impact: Mosley continues to be one of the top IDP options in fantasy. In addition to high tackle totals, he has flashed big-play ability time and time again in his career. He will finish the season against the Bengals.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Moore had two receptions on two targets for 29 yards in Saturday's 23-16 win over the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Moore was a fill-in for the inactive Jeremy Maclin (knee) and his fantasy value is minimal at this time.

Category: Game Recaps