Day 5: Baltimore Ravens

As we anticipate the start of the 2017 NFL season, the DFF Degenerates Roundtable (@DFF_Degenerates) is tearing down every team in the NFL – #32teams32days. We’re going round-trip to tackle the entire country – AFC East to West, then NFC West to East. We didn’t have to do it, but we did.

Buckle up! It’s going to be a bumpy ride. We’re traveling to another dimension between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge… that’s the signpost up ahead – our next stop – the RED ZONE.

 

 

AFC NORTH

Continuing our series, we visit the

Baltimore Ravens

A team born from the late-night theft of another city’s storied franchise by a cheap, unsavory and disloyal business man… Is Edgar Allen Poe really the most inspiring thing Baltimore could think of? Is he the city’s claim to fame? Shoot some morphine, talk to a bird and then write a shitty poem about it. Hark, Nevermore! Ravens are annoying.

There is no pain, you are receding… Is Breshad Perriman ever going to be a thing? 

 

What do we make of the Baltimore Receiving Options?

 @ChristipherBean: Mike Wallace is a perennial WR2-3 and will get his. Jeremy Maclin probably won’t be fantasy useful unless Wallace gets supplemented. Breshad Perriman needs to heal that hammy. I’m as high on him as ever and he’s so cheap now that I own him virtually everywhere. Camp reports are showing the player we expected and it’s time to see him on the field using that insane athleticism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@DiBari22: I’ve never been a Perriman guy, but at the end of the day, they lost most of their top receivers from last year and there are close to 300-something targets available. Sometimes opportunity is a deciding factor and even with the signing of Jeremy Maclin, it’s now or never for Perriman.

@DynoEconomist: Crockett Gilmore’s injury really hurts them. Ben Watson can hold the position down for now, but counting on a 37-year-old is not exactly comforting. I have given up on Maxx Williams at this point. Keep an eye on the Gary Barnidge watch, as he is still looking for a home.

@DFF_Madman: The Ravens have a propensity for passing over the middle, down the seams. Not sure who Flacco is going to find in that zone to start the season. Maxx Williams has been slow to grow and Darren Waller is like the Loch Ness Monster. Some say they’ve seen him…

 

@DFF_JamesH: For me, no. Perriman will never be a thing. (Take a look at my AFC North Dodgers and Sleepers for my full opinion.)

Who is the starting RB? Who do you like?

@DiBari22: I’m obsessed with Kenneth Dixon. Aside from the obvious Ezekiel Elliot, I thought Dixon was the best running back in last year’s draft. He’s a do it all back and if it weren’t for injuries and suspensions, I think everybody would have already known that. I think he can be the next Matt Forte. I wrote all that before his knee injury, and now it appears he is going to miss the entire season. It’s a terrible start to any career, but especially for a running back. It’s hard to think he can ever bounce back and be a relevant NFL starter, in real life or fantasy. Terrance West will be getting the ball early and often, and look for the Ravens to address the position either via free agency or in next year’s draft.

@FatAdamSchefter: Woodhead is going to feast this year with Mr. “Check Down” Joey Flacco always needing a short route receiving threat to keep the defense honest. With Dennis Pitta and Kyle Juszczyk‘s targets up for grabs now, I can see Woodhead getting 75-85 catches this year and will be the RB to own.

@DFF_JamesH: I get that he is a pass catching running back, but I have been a lifelong member of the Danny Woodhead fan club. I really hope he gets a prominent role with the loss of Dixon. He has all the talent you need in Baltimore although I do worry that he is literally only going to be used to catch the odd pass.

@ChristipherBean: Kenneth Dixon is down and I couldn’t care less. I – and many others – have been arguing the merits of Lorenzo (‘Zo) Taliaferro vs. Javorius (Buck) Allen for a long time now. Most are big powerful runners who can catch well. And of course, the market share monster Terrance West is there as well. And we don’t really know if Danny Woodhead still has it, but he’s still lingering as well. Baltimore isn’t lacking in quality RBs.

Based on camp reports and ADP, I’d put the order of acquisition at West, Buck, then ‘Zo. Might be skipping West due to cost and going straight to Buck Allen. Not terribly interested in Woody these days.

IDP Outlook

@FatAdamSchefter: First off, cornerbacks suck in fantasy football! But if Marlon Humphrey can get on the field and get that “rookie treatment” by opposing QBs, he could have a solid and productive IDP year. Think about the teams in his division alone… Yeah, sounds nice, doesn’t it? Spot-start stallion!

That flushes us out of Baltimore. Stay tuned – tomorrow, we head to the banks of the Ohio River to visit the Cincinnati Bengals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading. We hope this helps you in your quest to find the Holy Grail of dynasty football.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can follow the DFF Degenerates Roundtable on Twitter: @DFF_Degenerates

Individual Twitter accounts:

@dibari22

@ChristipherBean 

@FatAdamSchefter 

@DFF_JamesH

@NFLDraftTalker

@DynoEconomist 

@DFF_Madman

 

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