NFL Draft Fantasy Preview for the Baltimore Ravens
There wasn’t a lot to write home about regarding the Fantasy value of the Baltimore Ravens in 2017. Joe Flacco had yet another down year, and there no receivers on this team to score more than 100 FP. In fact, Alex Collins may have been the only player that was worth rostering in Fantasy last year. Once he took over the starting spot, Collins became one of the more reliable RB2/Flex players in the game in 2017. He provided a consistent floor on a weekly basis. He would maintain that level of value in 2018. At receiver, the team lost Mike Wallace but gained Michael Crabtree, so there will at least be an upgrade at the WR position.
As we head into the NFL draft, the case could be made that the Ravens need some attention across the board. They need upgrades at so many positions that it’s hard to keep count. But knowing how Ozzie Newsome operates, he will take the best player available at each pick in hopes that they can help this team compete in 2018.
Projected Top Three Picks
Team Needs: TE, OL, WR
First Round: Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama
Second Round: Isaiah Wynn, OG Georgia
Third Round: Mark Andrews, TE Oklahoma
By the looks of the projections, the Ravens are attacking the area where they need the most improvement, and that is the offense. Adding Calvin Ridley to the receiver corps will put him as the bonafide WR2 on this team. His speed and route running ability can sperate him from the other prospects in this draft class, giving Joe Flacco a target that may be the best he’s had in years. He is the perfect complement to Michael Crabtree and will be used in a variety of ways in this offense. He gets in and out of breaks as well as most players in the league presently, and if he gets better at defeating press coverage, expect Ridley to have a better season than Crabtree. In Fantasy drafts, you may want to target him as a WR4, a solid bench player to start the year, but could progress to an every week starter.
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The second-round selection of Isaiah Wynn, the Ravens begin looking to solidify a very shaky offensive line. Wynn would come in right away to compete for a starting spot with his blend of power and athleticism. He is more adept as a run blocker, which bodes well for a team looking to play more of a ground control game-plan. Although his size is on the small side, his technique will certainly make up for that as he fits right in with the Ravens.
Mark Andrews fills the void at tight end that the Ravens have had trouble filling for years now. He is a big, reliable target that can run routes like a receiver. He will be matchup trouble for most secondaries around the league and his consistent hands allow him to catch even the bad throws that come his way. Early on, you will likely only see him on the field in passing situations as he develops more as a blocker. But playing for an offense that likes to utilize the position, Andrews could be a player that makes some noise late in the 2018 season. But obviously, he is a player with more dynasty appeal in Fantasy leagues right now.
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