|Week 14 (MIN) - Average||21.7-32.0||220.3||1.7||0.7||5.7||0||16.8|
|Week 14 (MIN) - Dave Richard||18-26||173||2||0||2||0||18|
|Week 14 (MIN) - Jamey Eisenberg||25-35||259||1||0||11||0||17|
|Week 14 (MIN) - Nathan Zegura||22-35||229||2||2||4||0||17|
|2013 Season - Average||352.3-559.0||4021.3||23.0||15.0||67.3||1.0||263|
|2013 Season - Dave Richard||359-579||4204||25||16||70||0||277|
|2013 Season - Jamey Eisenberg||383-571||4038||22||15||62||1||257|
|2013 Season - Nathan Zegura||315-527||3822||22||14||70||2||254|
|Current Player Ranking: 17|
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Rank Among Leaders
|Week 14 might be a time to finally start Joe Flacco |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(12/3/13) Fantasy owners haven't gotten many chances to start Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in 2013 since Flacco has had a very inconsistent season. Though, Fantasy owners will have an interesting call to make on Flacco Week 14 since he has a favorable matchup against the Vikings.
Quarterbacks are averaging 24.8 Fantasy points per week against Minnesota, which is the highest average. Only three times in 12 games have quarterbacks failed to throw for multiple touchdowns against Minnesota. Quarterbacks have racked up 25 passing touchdowns to just eight interceptions, while averaging 300.4 passing yards per game.
Flacco's biggest issue this season has been the lack of reliable targets in the passing game outside of Torrey Smith. Help could be on the way Week 14 in the form of Dennis Pitta, who might make his season debut after recovering from a preseason hip injury. However, you have to figure he will be on a snap count in his debut, so can he really make a huge difference for Flacco?
If you have a playoff matchup Week 14, you have probably made it this far without relying on Flacco and probably have a better option to use at quarterback. Though, if you have a player like Russell Wilson (@SF), Ben Roethlisberger (vs. MIA), Philip Rivers (vs. NYG) or Colin Kaepernick (vs. SEA) with a tough matchup Week 14, then you might look toward a sleeper like Flacco. Still, if you are in that situation, you might consider Josh McCown (vs. DAL) or Alex Smith (@WAS), if they are available on waivers.
|Joe Flacco avoids turning it over in win |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(11/29/13) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had another solid game in Week 13 against the Steelers Thursday, in a 22-20 win.
Flacco completed 24 of 35 passes for 251 yards in the game, and managed to avoid an interception for the first time in five games. He tossed one touchdown, a 7-yarder to Torrey Smith on the first drive of the game, shortly after an apparent score by the duo was overturned via replay.
Flacco had six touchdowns and six interceptions in his previous for games, but was able to get back on track Thursday. He is now at 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on the season, heading into Week 14 against the Vikings.
|Joe Flacco a poor Fantasy option in Week 13 |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(11/27/13) It's not often that a Super Bowl-winning quarterback becomes a poor Fantasy play the following year, but such is the case with Joe Flacco. He hasn't exactly lit it up for the Ravens this season.
Flacco has yet to toss three touchdowns in any game. He has thrown for 14 scores and 14 interceptions on the year. His 273-yard total against the Jets on Sunday was his highest in five weeks. He has yet to score a touchdown on the ground. And he has been sacked 17 times in the last four games.
It all adds up to a no-play Thursday night against visiting Pittsburgh, which is far superior against the pass than the run. The Steelers rank 10th in the NFL in yards allowed through the air (2,468) and seventh in touchdown passes surrendered (13).
Perhaps Flacco will rise to the occasion on Thanksgiving night at home against a heated AFC North rival, but don't count on it. A taut defensive struggle is more likely. None of the CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers even have Flacco listed among their top 24 quarterback plays this week. Take their advice and leave him out of your lineups.
|Joe Flacco gets decent yardage on windy day |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(11/24/13) Granted, the Ravens were up multiple scores for most of the second half, which dissuaded them from throwing the ball, but it was clear from their use of the wildcat formation on multiple plays that they preferred to keep the ball on the ground Week 12 against the Jets. Yet even on just 26 pass attempts, his second-fewest in a game this season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 273 yards, his most in five games.
Of course, nearly half of that yardage came on two long plays. He completed a 60-yard bomb to Torrey Smith in the second quarter and a 66-yarder to Jacoby Jones -- which was also his only touchdown -- in the third. Flacco did throw an interception in the contest, his fifth in three games. In all, he completed 17 passes.
Flacco and the Ravens will hope for better conditions with the Steelers coming to town in Week 13.
|Joe Flacco to continue trend vs. Jets? |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(11/19/13) The Jets gave up 245 yards and two touchdown to Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel in Week 11. They gave up 382 yards and two touchdowns to Saints quarterback Drew Brees in Week 9. They gave up 325 yards and five touchdowns to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in Week 8, 319 yards and two touchdowns to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in Week 5 and a combined 257 yards and four touchdowns to Titans quarterbacks Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 4.
So basically, any quarterback not named Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger has handled them in recent weeks. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco isn't named Tom Brady or Ben Roethilsberger. Does he have a chance with the Jets coming to town in Week 12?
The Jets have the league's top-ranked run defense, so the Ravens will depend on Flacco to move them down the field. As you might expect from the week-by-week breakdown, the Jets rank 23rd against the pass, allowing 250.8 yards per game.
Flacco has yet to throw for more than two touchdowns in a game this season, so barring an unexpected shootout, you shouldn't expect huge numbers from this week. But for owners in two-quarterback leagues, he should at least be decent. Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank him among their top 24 quarterbacks.
|Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco got everything he wanted last season. A Super Bowl victory, a new contract and respect from around the NFL that he's an elite passer. Now all he has to do is build off that success, but it won't be easy without two of his top targets. Anquan Boldin was traded to San Francisco, and Dennis Pitta (hip) was lost for the year in training camp. He still has Torrey Smith, Ray Rice and Jacoby Jones, but Flacco isn't going to excite Fantasy owners in the majority of leagues. He should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in most formats, and he's not worth drafting until the later rounds, if he's taken at all. Don't look at his postseason performance and consider him a No. 1 Fantasy option because it's not likely to happen with Boldin and Pitta gone. (Updated 7/28/13) |