Joe Cool Flacco has had a pretty exciting offseason. Acquiring an elite receiver like Anquan Boldin gives him a legitimate target down the field. A middle of the pack offense last year, the Ravens relied on a strong running core backed by Ray Rice and Willis McGahee. Everyone knows about their 5th ranked running offense and their less than stellar 18th ranked passing offense. Don’t expect the new acquisitions at receiver (don’t forget about Donte’ Stallworth) to change the run-first philosophy of the Ravens. Within their own division, the Ravens saw their arch nemesis Steelers get away from their power football philosophy last year. Look how that turned out. Joe Flacco will once again be asked to "manage" games for his team, which means he won’t rack up crazy fantasy points.
When you evaluate if Flacco is right for your fantasy team, the quarterback may start looking a lot better when investigating other early QB projections. There simply aren’t that many QBs who look a whole lot better than Joe Cool. A quick run down of the QB deficiencies in the league:
- Kurt Warner is gone
- Ben Roethlisberger is suspended
- McNabb is in a whole new town
- Brett Favre is Brett Favre
- People know who Matt Schaub is
- JaMarcus Russell got cut (I bet the Raiders sign him, he is their kinda player)
I really like the outlook of the Ravens as a whole. Maybe it’s because of the WR acquisitions, maybe it’s because they are the best law abiding citizens in the AFC North (surprising when you have a felon on your team), or maybe it’s because it hard to ever trust the Bengals two years in a row. But Joe Flacco will be an above average QB simply because of QB attrition in the league. Depending how big your league is, taking him as the 7th QB off the board isn’t that out of the question.
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