(10/19/14) The Ravens were the latest to take advantage of the Falcons' offensive struggles in Week 7, limiting them to just seven points on 254 yards. They recorded five sacks for the second straight game after recording just five in their first five combined. They also recovered a fumble and even had a safety.
It was the Ravens DST's fourth straight game with double-digit Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues, and while, again, the Falcons are struggling right now, two of those other games came against the Panthers and the Colts.
In other words, the Ravens DST is looking like the kind of unit you can trust just about every week in Fantasy. Certainly against a Bengals team that was just shut out by the Colts, you'll want to keep it active for Week 8.
(10/16/14) The Ravens DST unit has topped double figures in Fantasy points in each of its past three games, and Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard figure they can reach that level again in Week 7. Both have the Ravens in the top eight for Week 7's matchup against the Falcons.
Before the season, the Falcons' offense seemed likely to be one of the league's best, but it has struggled with consistency so far. Opposing DST units have scored 14 or more Fantasy points in three of six games against the Falcons, including last week, when the Bears held them to 13 points and racked up four sacks of quarterback Matt Ryan.
Atlanta's passing game could ignite easily, making the Ravens a somewhat risky play. However, the Falcons are also incredibly one-dimensional, so the Ravens might be able to pin their ears back and get after the quarterback. With Baltimore's defense rolling, it might be worth the risk in Week 7.
Report: Ravens still have interest in Champ Bailey
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/15/14) Even though the Ravens did not sign veteran cornerback Champ Bailey following a workout last week, the team still has interest and have maintained contact with him, a league source told The Baltimore Sun. If signed, the Ravens could use Bailey as a No. 3/No. 4 cornerback or safety.
Ravens take care of business at Tampa Bay
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/14) The Ravens turned in another strong defensive performance Week 6 at Tampa Bay, limiting the Buccaneers to 17 points on 364 yards. They had one interception and five sacks, equaling their total from the first five games.
Of course, they had some help from the offense. After the Ravens jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter, the defense was able to let its hair down, knowing the Buccaneers had to pass the ball to have any shot at getting back in the game.
After a shaky start to the season, the Ravens DST has now scored double-digit Fantasy points in three straight games, going by standard CBSSports.com scoring. And though this matchup worked to its advantage, its previous two were against the Colts and the Panthers. It really showed something then.
The Ravens DST looks like a unit you can trust for Week 7 against Atlanta.
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All of the Ravens' moves last offseason weren't enough to help the unit emerge in Fantasy. They ranked toward the bottom of the league in Fantasy points despite notching 40 sacks and 16 interceptions and holding opponents to 335.5 yards per game on average. That was because they totaled one touchdown on special teams and one on defense, keeping their totals pretty low. The draft brought in some fresh replacements headlined by linebacker C.J. Mosley, defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks, but otherwise there weren't many major changes. That means they'll count on a number of getting-up-there-in-age veterans to deliver in the front seven: Haloti Ngata and Elvis Dumervil will be 30, Terrell Suggs and Chris Canty will be 31 and Daryl Smith will be 32. They also begin the year playing against the Bengals and Steelers. We'd be careful committing to the Ravens DST -- they're worth a pick in the final round of your draft, if at all.