Joe Flacco has never had a true deep threat in his career. The majority of his passes are for short yardage, and the Ravens lean heavily on running back Ray Rice to move the chains. Flacco lost key weapons this season as he saw Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh all exit via free agency this offseason.
This season, there seems to be more hope in Baltimore with the addition of rookie WR Torrey Smith. Smith has the potential to really change things around for Flacco in 2011.
However, fantasy owners beware. Smith is an unproven rookie, and I don't see that the Ravens coaching staff will open up the playbook more to allow for Flacco to look down the field.
Their conservative play-calling has worked in the past, and I don't see them changing that with the addition of a new wide receiver. Look for the Ravens to incorporate a few deep passes more this season, but I believe more of the same will continue for Flacco.
Also, last season, Flacco was sacked 40 times, second in the league, the sieve-like offensive line and lengthy release of Flacco will continue to hurt his value in 2011.
Update: The Ravens upgraded their weapons at wide receiver when they recently came to terms with the 7-year veteran, Lee Evans in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. While Evans has had two 1,000 yard + seasons in Buffalo, he is coming off his worst season in the NFL, making only 37 catches for 578 yards and four scores in 2011.