We take a look at Baltimore's receivers, tight ends and their running game and access which players are smart fantasy draft picks and why others should probably be steered clear of this year because of their low fantasy value.
Joe Flacco (QB)
There are a lot of high expectations for Flacco in 2010 because the Ravens have added a good amount of talent offensively, while losing none. He had a strong start least season and now that he has stability from his receivers, his third season in the NFL could have him on the rise as a fantasy producer. He has been working with his receivers during the offseason and is communicating more in the huddle. He is good enough to draft as a starter for your fantasy football team because of his 4,000-yard and 25-touchdown potential.
Ray Rice (RB)
Rice’s second season wowed everyone. He led all running backs with 78 receptions for 702 yards and racked up 1,339 yards running. He scored 7 touchdowns on the ground and averaged 5.3 yards per catch. His all-around game and talent led him to over 100 total yards or a touchdown in 16 of the first 16 weeks last season. He is a definite top-5 fantasy draft pick for 2010.
Willis McGahee (RB)
Rice is definitely the focal point of the running game for the Ravens and Joe Flacco will grow even more in his role as quarterback. Therefore, McGahee will see fewer touches this season. He is still talented, however, and can do well when he gets the ball, which is why he could still have a couple of big games for the Ravens. He still has value as a goal-line runner until proven otherwise.
Anquan Boldin (WR)
Boldin’s lack of scores will hurt his fantasy value in 2010. He has only hit double-digit touchdowns once in his career. You can count him in for at least 80 receptions and 1,000 yards, though, which would make him a number two receiver for most fantasy teams. He gets hurt a lot, which leads to him missing a few games and his value diminishing.
Derrick Mason (WR)
Mason will start slowing down as he gets older. This could be the year that he picks up less than 1,000 total yards, especially since he is the Ravens number two wide receiver. However, he catches the ball well, which will make him a smart choice for a number three receiver on your fantasy team. He has the potential for 70 catches.
Todd Heap (TE)
Heap is not the same player he used to be. He has little potential for a big game here and there still, but is more of a fantasy reserve. He could get around 50 receptions for around 600 yards, but most likely won’t score more than 5 touchdowns. Those are not the numbers of a number one tight end. He’s got a rookie pushing him from behind and many injury concerns, as well, so don’t take a chance on him if you don’t have to.
Dante Stallworth (WR)
Stallworth is any fantasy football team’s wild card. He has not yet reached 1,000 yards for his career and his rookie season is when he hit his career high in touchdowns—8. He had a season off and is 29, so don’t expect him to break out. Don’t make the mistake of overpaying for him.
Dennis Pitta (TE)
Pitta and the other back-up tight ends don’t currently hold much fantasy value, but definitely need to be scouted in preparation for your 2010 fantasy football draft. With Todd Heap not playing near to his old self, the younger tight ends on the roster may start to get more playing time.