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Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (back) is practicing fully in preparation for Week 13.
Smith missed Baltimore's last two games with a back injury, and the Ravens failed to record an interception while allowing 280 passing yards per game in his absence. The Ravens D/ST has pumped out double-digit fantasy points in four of their last five games and will be a solid starting option at home against Miami in Week 13. Dec 1 - 12:35 PM

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The Baltimore defense racked up four sacks and forced three turnovers against Cleveland on Thursday night.

The Browns managed just seven points and 144 total yards of offense in the game and were inches from handing the Baltimore defense a safety as well. The Ravens have now sacked opposing passers 11 times in their last three outings and rewarded fantasy owners who took advantage of the matchup with Cleveland this week. The Ravens D/ST has quietly been a solid fantasy contributor this season but will be a mid-range option in Week 11 at Dallas.
Nov 10 - 11:32 PM

Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees has yet to announce if CB Jimmy Smith will shadow Antonio Brown on Sunday.

CSN Baltimore suggests that Smith shadowing Brown could be an option this week as Baltimore's secondary is experiencing injury issues with CB Shareece Wright (thigh) doubtful, and both SS Lardarius Webb (hamstring) and CB Tavon Young (concussion) questionable. Brown has just one touchdown in 13 career games against Baltimore but is always a threat to opposing secondaries. The Ravens D/ST is a mid-range fantasy option at home against Pittsburgh this week.
Nov 5 - 4:03 PM

The Baltimore defense will likely be without LB Terrell Suggs (biceps) in Week 7 when they host the New York Jets.

Despite the serious injury, Ravens coach John Harbaugh is hopeful that his linebacker will return in the near future. "He's played with that injury before, so he has a chance to come back soon," Harbaugh said. Suggs has recorded five of the Ravens' 11 sacks this season and will be missed in Baltimore's upcoming matchup against the Jets. Even without Suggs, the Ravens D/ST is a top-10 Week 7 fantasy option against turnover-prone QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets.
Oct 18 - 4:57 PM

Baltimore LB Elvis Dumervil (foot) will be eased into action in his 2016 debut.

Per the Baltimore Sun, "Against the Raiders, he will return to his familiar role except that the Ravens don't need him to play half of the team's defensive snaps. They can take their time and bring him along just like they did Suggs in the first three games." Dumervil missed the season's first three games after offseason foot surgery, but is now ready for game action. The Baltimore defense has been solid in his absence, allowing the second-fewest yards per game among NFL defenses through three weeks. The Ravens D/ST will be a startable fantasy option at home against Oakland this week.
Sep 30 - 2:28 PM

Baltimore will face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday without the services of OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot).

Dumervil confirmed the news on Wednesday, noting that he had "suffered a setback in his recovery." Linebackers Za'Darius Smith and Matt Judon should fill-in for Dumervil and will attempt to slow Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor. The Ravens D/ST is a mid-range fantasy play in Week 1.
Sep 8 - 4:19 AM

The recent success of the Baltimore pass defense continued in Week 16 as the Ravens held the Pittsburgh offense to just 198 passing yards.

The success against the Pittsburgh passing game was impressive, as the Steelers are in the top-five among NFL teams in passing yardage this season. The Ravens D/ST has allowed just one 300-yard passer since Week 6 and will face Cincinnati backup A.J. McCarron on Sunday. The Ravens D/ST will be a middling fantasy option on the road in Week 17 but should have success against McCarron and the Bengals' passing attack.
Jan 2 - 3:27 AM

The Baltimore defense has allowed just 190.6 passing yards per game over the last five weeks.

Baltimore hasn't had much success as a team due to a heap of offensive injuries, but their pass defense has improved recently after a rough start to the season. Week 16 brings a potent passing offense to Baltimore when division rival Pittsburgh comes to town, keeping the Ravens D/ST off the fantasy radar this week.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:50:00 AM

The Baltimore defense will face a stiff test in Week 14 when they host the Seattle Seahawks, who have averaged 459.0 total yards of offense over the last three weeks.

Seattle has averaged 35.3 points per game over that stretch, which coincides with improved play from QB Russell Wilson, who completed 76.7 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in those three games. Baltimore has been tough on opposing passing games lately, keeping all opposition under 300 passing yards since Week 6, but still will be tough to trust from a fantasy perspective in Week 14 against Seattle.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:01:00 AM

The Baltimore defense is on pace to establish a new franchise-low in turnovers forced.

The Ravens have forced nine turnovers in 2015, the third-lowest mark among all 32 NFL teams. Per CSN Baltimore, the fewest turnovers the Ravens have forced in a single season is 22, so it appears the 2015 club is well on their way to setting a new mark. The Ravens D/ST will be a middling Week 13 fantasy option as they travel to Miami on the heels of an exciting Week 12 win over Cleveland on Monday night.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:17:00 AM

The Baltimore Ravens will attempt to slow Cleveland QB Josh McCown in Week 12, who threw for 457 yards when the two teams met in Week 5.

McCown was 36/51 for 457 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 5 Cleveland victory, and the Ravens will hope to do a better job containing the Browns quarterback this week. "He played really well against us the last game," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. "We didn’t play very well in the back end, and we gave up way too many passing yards, too many big plays…He’s a guy that we have tons of respect for." The Ravens D/ST is an interesting streaming option this week with Cleveland lacking any running game, but sits outside the top-12 Week 12 fantasy options.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 03:10:00 AM

The Baltimore Ravens will host the St. Louis Rams and quarterback Case Keenum in Week 11.

Keenum takes over for Nick Foles, who was benched after Week 10. Keenum sports a 55.2 career completion percentage and has thrown 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 10 career games. The Ravens are tied for last among NFL teams in interceptions, but are worth a look this week as a potential streaming target in hopes of forcing Keenum into mistakes.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 01:37:00 AM

The Baltimore Ravens are tied for last among NFL teams with just four forced turnovers through eight games.

The Baltimore defense has been unable to create turnovers in 2015, but will look to change their ways this week when they face Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles. Bortles has thrown 10 interceptions this season, including seven over his last four games. The Ravens D/ST is not a very strong group but can be viewed as a streaming candidate in fantasy leagues this week due to the turnover potential of Bortles.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 02:39:00 AM

The Baltimore defense is 30th among NFL teams in pass defense, giving up 283.9 passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks.

Baltimore is on bye this week and the Ravens D/ST should remain on fantasy waiver wires for the foreseeable future considering their troubles in pass defense. A lighter slate of quarterbacks is on tap for Baltimore over the second half of the season, but this is not a group to trust for fantasy purposes.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 06:45:00 AM

The Baltimore defense will face the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, who lead in the NFL in total yards per game, averaging 430.7 yards each week.

The Chargers offense is led by Philip Rivers, who is first among NFL quarterbacks with 2,452 passing yards this season. Pass defense has been a major weakness of the Baltimore defense, leaving the Ravens D/ST as an afterthought in fantasy leagues in Week 8.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 02:19:00 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Joe Flacco
2Ryan Mallett
RB1Terrance West
2Buck Allen
3Kenneth Dixon
4Lorenzo Taliaferro
GLB1Terrance West
2Buck Allen
3RB1Buck Allen
2Terrance West
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
WR11Steve Smith Sr.
2Kamar Aiken
3Breshad Perriman
WR21Mike Wallace
2Chris Moore
3Devin Hester
WR31Kamar Aiken
TE1Dennis Pitta
2Crockett Gillmore
3Darren Waller
LT1Ronnie Stanley
2James Hurst
LG1Alex Lewis
2John Urschel
C1Jeremy Zuttah
2Ryan Jensen
RG1Marshal Yanda
2Vlad Ducasse
RT1Rick Wagner
K1Justin Tucker