Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
If you had asked me how Torrey Smith would do this season a week ago, I would have said he would have been a No. 3 fantasy receiver at best.
Oh, how much has changed in a week.
The Baltimore Ravens took a major hit, losing Dennis Pitta for the entire 2013 season. Pitta was going to be Joe Flacco's go-to target and fill in after losing Anquan Boldin.
In his first two NFL seasons, Smith has been Flacco's vertical threat. Smith may only catch a couple of passes per game, but chances are one of those receptions was going to go for a huge gain. He ranked fourth last year in average yards per reception, with 17.4 per catch.
In 2013, though, Smith is going to not only be the Ravens' deep threat, but he is also going to have to become Flacco's main receiving target at all times. Smith will be replacing both Boldin and Pitta this year as a possession receiver. Who else can Flacco throw to? Jacoby Jones is only a vertical threat. Tandon Doss has hardly any experience.
With Smith as the only legit receiver on the Ravens roster, expect him to be targeted close to 10 times per game. Look to draft him as a low-end No.2 fantasy receiver.