by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/6/13) Two Ravens backups have been placed on their Friday injury report. They are cornerback Asa Jackson (thigh) and wideout Brandon Stokley (knee), both of whom are questionable.
Four on Ravens defense might be out Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/6/13) Four key Ravens defenders are in a precarious position heading into the game Sunday against Minnesota. And safety Brynden Trawick (ankle) has already been ruled out.
Elvis Dumervil sidelined Friday for third straight practice
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/6/13) Three strikes usually means you're out in the NFL and that doesn't bode well for Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. He missed his third straight practice Friday with an ankle injury, per the Baltimore Sun, which makes it unlikely he will play Sunday against Minnesota.
Dumervil has been used mostly as a pass-rushing specialist. He has started just two games this season, but has 9 1/2 sacks.
Ravens defensive duo remains sidelined
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/5/13) The Ravens were again without linebacker Elvis Dumervil and safety Brynden Trawick, both of whom are nursing ankle injuries, at practice on Thursday. Their status for Sunday against Minnesota will be clearer when the team releases its Friday injury report.
Ravens DST remain a strong Fantasy option Week 14
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/4/13) The Ravens defense might have gotten off to a rocky start this season, surrendering 49 points and 510 yards in the season opener against the Broncos, but otherwise it's been business as usual heading into Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Baltimore has held its last 11 opponents to 24 points or less and have allowed more than 364 yards just once in its last 10 games.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson might prove to be an issue Week 14, but the passing game won't be. The Vikings rank 25th in pass offense, averaging 210.6 yards per game. Surprisingly, however, the Vikings rank 13th in scoring offense, averaging 24.1 points per game. Though, Peterson's 11 touchdowns (10 rushing) have a lot to do with that.
DSTs are averaging 10.8 Fantasy points per week against Minnesota, which is the ninth-highest average. Only three DSTs have scored less than 10 Fantasy points in 12 games against Minnesota.
The Ravens DST has scored less than 10 points just three times this season, so Week 14 remains a good time to keep them active in all Fantasy formats. The Ravens have the potential to be a top 5 DST this week.
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The turnover on the Ravens defense following the Super Bowl was alarming but the team did a very nice job picking up veteran and rookie talent to fix the holes. The most notable signing is linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who should replace Paul Kruger effectively as a pass rusher. Dumervil had his best career stats as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Broncos. Michael Huff will replace Ed Reed and rookie Matt Elam will replace Bernard Pollard. Arthur Brown should begin his NFL career following in Ray Lewis' foot steps and Chris Canty and Marcus Spears add quality veteran depth to the Ravens' defensive line. Throw in Jacoby Jones returning kicks and punts and suddenly the Ravens DST is back on the map as a legit Fantasy option. It's worth one of your last two picks on Draft Day. Just be warned that they get off to a tough start at Denver in Week 1. (Updated 5/15/13)