The Ravens are coming off a disappointing season in which they saw themselves go from being champions to missing the playoffs. Joe Flacco was awarded a huge deal after his Super Bowl victory and didn't seem to live up to it in its first year. Fantasy wise, the stars are limited in Baltimore where few people will make an impact this season. Let's take a look.
Torrey Smith: Torrey Smith seems to be the only guy you must have on this Ravens squad. He's gotten better each year he's been in the league and will continue to get better. Steve Smith will stretch the field quite a bit for him and Torrey was among the top WRs in targets last season. Flacco loves throwing to his guy and will continue to do so, especially in the redzone. Make sure to get Torrey Smith in the 4th-5th rounds in this year's fantasy football draft.
Ray Rice: Many can argue that last season was a fluke for Rice, but his legal issues doesn't help his fantasy football stock either. I wouldn't trust any Raven running back at this point and you should stay away from drafting one unless it's at a favorable spot. Rice was one of the biggest first round pick disappointments last season. People won't be drafting him that high anymore.
Bernard Pierce: Pierce is the back up to Ray Rice and played well in spare time behind Rice last year. He could eventually become the starter with Rice's status up in the air. He's a downhill back who will get playing time even if Rice does end up starting week 1. He'll be a solid handcuff to have and all Rice owners should draft him soonafter.
Steve Smith: I don't see Steve Smith having much fantasy impact this season as a Raven barring injury as he didn't have much impact last season when he was "the guy" in Carolina.
Joe Flacco: Flacco has never really been a fantasy threat other than starting as a fill in for a couple weeks here and there and I anticipate the same this season.
NFL Draft: As usual, the Ravens addressed the defensive side of the ball early and often in this year's NFL Draft. They took OLB C.J. Mosley with their first round draft pick who could be a star in the league as long as he stays off the trainer's table and later took NT Timmy Jernigan in the second round. Jernigan is a three technique with great size and seems to play better at the nose tackle position. They ended up addressing the offensive side of the ball in the 3rd and 4th rounds with TE Crockett Gilmore and RB Lorenzo Taliaferro. There's more upside for Taliaferro than Gilmore in a fantasy perspective with Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels already set in stone at their depth chart positions barring any injury. But there remains questions about Ray Rice who battles legal issues and didn't help that he had an awful year. Pierce is the only other running back there and Taliaferro could fight for some playing time in that backfield. Stay tuned.