(11/25/14) In his waiver-wire column Tuesday, Jamey Eisenberg names the Ravens, Rams and Bengals as the top DST streaming options for Week 13.
The Ravens have a tough matchup on the way against Philip Rivers and the Chargers, though San Diego's offense hasn't been quite up to par lately. Each of their last five opponents have managed at least 8 Fantasy points, and that dovetails nicely with the Raven's own streak of eight straight games reaching that level.
The Rams and Bengals both have better matchups on the way, as the Rams are set to take on the Raiders and the Bengals heading to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers. All three are owned in fewer than 70 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, and should make for solid streaming options for Week 13.
Big plays on defense carry Ravens to victory
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/25/14) The Ravens DST unit continued its strong play in Week 12 in a 34-27 win over the Saints.
The Saints racked up 525 yards of total offense in the game, but the Ravens came up with some big plays to make up for it. Baltimore's defense scored in the third quarter on a 44-yard interception return by Will Hill, their lone turnover of the game, and added four sacks of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
The Ravens DST unit has scored in double figures in seven of their last eight games and had eight points in the other. The Ravens are riding high, and might be worth starting even against a tough Chargers defense in Week 13.
Ravens CB Asa Jackson will return to practice Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/14) Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson will return to practice Friday, per the team's official website. Jackson was placed on the short-term injured reserve after suffering a severe toe sprain on Oct. 5. He's not eligible to return to game action until Week 14 against Miami.
Touchdown saves the Ravens DST
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/14) The Ravens did not have a good defensive showing Week 9 Pittsburgh. After not even giving up 30 points in any of their first eight games, they allowed 43 on 376 yards. Yet because Jacoby Jones returned a kick 108 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Ravens DST still had a respectable showing in Fantasy, scoring double-digit Fantasy points for the fifth time in six games.
Their three sacks and fumble recovery helped, but those weren't anything new for the Ravens during that six-game stretch. Some of those games even came against respectable offenses. Most notably, the Ravens limited the Colts to 20 points in Week 5.
The Ravens DST has been consistent enough to start in Fantasy even with less-than-favorable matchups. It's a no-brainer with a favorable one Week 10 against Tennessee.
Ravens CB Jimmy Smith expected to be sidelined through the bye
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/27/14) Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters in his Monday news conference that cornerback Jimmy Smith will likely be sidelined until the bye week with a foot sprain, according to the Baltimore Sun. Harbaugh specified that Smith's sprain, which will keep him out a few weeks, is not of the Lisfranc severity.
Smith suffered the injury Week 8 at Cincinnati. He registered 28 combined tackles and one interception before getting hurt.
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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.