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Height/Weight: 6-6/245 | Birthdate: 1/16/1985 | Birthplace: Audubon, NJ, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Delaware | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 78/26 | Average Draft Position: 139.08
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Joe Flacco showing his true colors


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) When Joe Flacco threw five touchdown passes Week 6 at Tampa Bay, I was one of those he believed he might be on the verge of a career season, buying the chemistry between him and new wide receiver Steve Smith and believing the Ravens would continue to use Justin Forsett as more of a pass catcher.

The two games since then have shown I couldn't have been more wrong.

Not that he was so bad in Week 7, but against the Falcons defense, a 1-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio is nothing to celebrate. And then came the disaster of Week 8 at Cincinnati, when he completed just 50 percent of his passes for 195 yards and two interceptions.

That's two touchdowns to four interceptions with an average of 226.5 yards in two games -- hardly the makings of a career season.

Of course, these last two games have been two of Smith's quietest, which probably isn't a coincidence. He certainly has more 100-yard performances in his future, and Flacco will benefit from those. But with so much depth at quarterback, Flacco's inconsistencies make him little more than a bye-week replacement in Fantasy.


Ravens QB Joe Flacco throws two INTs in loss vs. Bengals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed just 17 of his 34 pass attempts for 195 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in his team's 27-24 loss to the Bengals in Week 8.

Flacco, who added 12 yards on two rushes, wasn't able to connect with Torrey Smith in the game and had to play a significant portion of the second half without the starting receiver. With the offense also down to Crockett Gilmore at tight end, the quarterback had difficulty moving the ball through the air with any regularity. Flacco's 5.7 yards-per-attempt mark in the loss was similar to his performance over the first two weeks of the season, including a Week 1 loss to the Bengals, but he had delivered a YPC mark of over 10.0 in three of his previous four games before struggling in Week 8.

Flacco and the Ravens stay on the road in Week 9 to face the Steelers.


Joe Flacco throws for two TDs in Ravens' Week 7 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw two touchdowns and two interceptions during a 29-7 win Week 7 vs. Atlanta. Flacco completed 16 of 25 passes for 258 yards, while rushing for 4 yards on one carry.

Flacco got off to a quick start Sunday, as he finished off the team's opening drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels. While the Ravens built a 17-0 halftime lead, Flacco didn't get his second touchdown pass until the team's final offensive drive in the fourth quarter. On a fourth-and-9 with 1:46 left, Flacco connected with Torrey Smith for a 39-yard touchdown.

Flacco came close to a three-touchdown game Sunday, but he was intercepted in the end zone on a third-and-9 play from the Falcons' 16-yard line late in the third quarter.

The Ravens are back in action Week 8 at Cincinnati.


Joe Flacco looking to keep soaring vs. Falcons


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has rebounded nicely from a lost 2013 season, and now ranks eighth among quarterbacks in Fantasy scoring through six games. Can he keep it going in Week 7 against the Falcons?

Flacco torched the Buccaneers last week, and will look to keep it going against another NFC South opponent. The Falcons opened the season looking like an improved pass defense, as they held their first three opponents to 15.0 Fantasy points per game from the quarterback position. However, each of their last three have topped 20 points, with four total touchdowns and no turnovers over that stretch.

Flacco has faced the Falcons just once, back in 2010, so we probably cannot take much out of his 25-point effort. Still, the Falcons' pass defense is reeling at the same time Flacco is taking off, so Fantasy owners should consider him a solid starting option this week. 


Big game the start of something for Joe Flacco?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) Most likely, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco just had his best game of the season Week 6 at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers ranked 30th against the pass coming into the game, having been shredded by the Falcons' Matt Ryan on Thursday night just a couple weeks ago, and Flacco himself is not Peyton Manning or Drew Brees heading up one of the most prolific passing games in the NFL.

But he gave everyone a reminder of what kind of weapons the Ravens have with his five-touchdown performance Sunday.

Steve Smith we already knew about. He contributed one of those touchdowns in usual Steve Smith-fashion, beating the defense on a 56-yard bomb early in the second quarter. But Torrey Smith, who seemed to have vanished from the offense for the first five weeks, also got in on the act, catching the first two of Flacco's touchdowns.

With the Ravens' running game still searching for its identity -- and seemingly the best of their options, Justin Forsett, thriving as a pass catcher as well -- Flacco might be asked to make better use of those weapons going forward. And while he may not be as successful against premier defenses, the Ravens host the Falcons in Week 7.

If you've gotten burned at quarterback so far, maybe Flacco is a better choice than someone like Ben Roethlisberger or Andy Dalton.


Ravens backup pass catchers find a way Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The Ravens backup pass catchers found a way to contribute Week 6. 

Michael Campanaro managed to catch one of Joe Flacco's many touchdowns Sunday. He pulled in two passes for 28 yards. Kamar Aiken also hauled in a touchdown. He finished with two catches for 20 yards before leaving with a concussion.

Owen Daniels also had two receptions, but finished third on the team with 34 yards. Kyle Juszczyk also caught two passes, gaining 29 yards. Crockett Gillmore gained 16 yards on two receptions.

They'll take on the Falcons Week 7.


Ravens' Joe Flacco dominates during the first half


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco dominated during the first half Week 6.

Flacco wasted no time getting to work, tossing a touchdown on his second attempt of the game. He would throw his second touchdown just two attempts later. In fact, the team's first four drives ended in Joe Flacco touchdown passes, tying a career-high. He didn't stop there, finding Steve Smith on a 56 yard strike in the second quarter. At halftime, Flacco had already thrown for five touchdowns. 

Flacco finished 21 of 29 with 306 yards and five touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over during the contest. Flacco will look for more Week 7 against the Falcons. 


Ravens QB Joe Flacco held out of the end zone in Week 5 defeat


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco endured a rough outing as he was held out of the end zone in a Week 5 loss to the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Flacco was picked off by Vontae Davis in the third quarter, which resulted in an Indianapolis touchdown. He compiled 235 yards through the air while completing 22 of 38 passes. He was picked once, sacked four times and finished with a 65.1 passer rating in a 20-13 defeat.

Flacco has been held under 250 passing yards in three of his last four games. He will look to turn things around in Week 6 at Tampa Bay.


Which QB's should you target on waivers?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) With just two teams on bye and few teams dealing with serious injuries at the position, there aren't many needs to fill at quarterback this week. Still, Jamey Eisenberg's Week 5 Waiver-Wire column highlights a handful of names you might want to target before waivers run Wednesday morning.

Giants QB Eli Manning headlines the list of add-worthy quarterbacks, after he lit up Washington for five touchdowns last week. He was featured on the waiver-wire column last week as well. Carson Palmer (shoulder) of the Cardinals is also on the list, as is Joe Flacco of the Ravens, Alex Smith of the Chiefs, Blake Bortles of the Jaguars and Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) of the Vikings to round out the top-5.

Kirk Cousins, Jake Locker and Geno Smith are mentioned as potentially droppable options, if you need a roster spot. 


Joe Flacco throws three touchdowns in Week 4 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tossed three touchdowns, including two to veteran receiver Steve Smith, in Sunday's 38-10 rout of Carolina. Flacco completed 22 of 31 passes for 327 yards and no interceptions, while rushing for 3 yards on one carry.

Flacco did most of his damage by halftime, as he completed 13 of 21 passes for 228 yards and had a quarterback rating of 130.7 in the first half. Flacco also had both of his touchdown passes to Smith in the second quarter. The first one was a 61-yard touchdown pass that Smith took to the house after catching a deflection off tight end Owen Daniels' hands. The second touchdown was a 21-yard pass to Smith with 1:53 left in the first half, which came after Flacco picked up a fumbled snap.

Flacco threw for multiple touchdowns for the second time in four games. He has seven passing touchdowns to two interceptions this season. The Ravens are back in action Week 5 at Indianapolis. 


Ravens' Week 4 game not all about Steve Smith vs. former team


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) The storyline building for Sunday's Panthers and Ravens showdown centers around Baltimore veteran receiver Steve Smith facing his former team for the first time since leaving Carolina in the offseason.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is well aware Smith will be looking to have a good outing against the team he spent the first 13 years of his career with, but he also realizes in order for Baltimore to have success, the team can't get caught up in Smith's personal agenda.

"If I pay attention to that maniac on Sunday, who knows how I’m going to play?" Flacco said, per ESPN. "He’s going to want the ball -- probably every single down -- and if I don’t get it to him, and I pay attention to how he reacts to that, then I’m going to be in trouble, and I’m going to feel bad, and then we’re not going to play the way we should."

Smith is fine with Flacco calling him a "maniac" because he realizes Flacco knows he plays "with a passion." The two have already built good rapport through three games, as Smith has totaled 18 catches for 290 yards and one touchdown.

"When you have a guy that runs routes and is in the right place and gets open, it’s tough not to have chemistry with him," Flacco said.


Joe Flacco comes in big in crunch time for defeat of Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco put up mediocre numbers Sunday in Cleveland, but one perfect pass all but sealed a victory.

Flacco hit wide receiver Steve Smith with a pinpoint strike for 33 yards with just over a minute remaining to set up the game-winning field goal. He hit Smith in stride to allow him to leave the field happy despite having completed just 19 of 31 passes for 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The veteran did hit on 10 consecutive throws in the second half. He managed to pass for just 86 yards before intermission, though he did find fullback/tight end Kyle Juszczyk for a 9-yard score six minutes into the second quarter. His interception came off a wounded duck when he was hit on a pass early in the fourth quarter, but it resulted in no points.

Flacco will seek more heroics when his team hosts Carolina in Week 4.


Joe Flacco ready to roll in Week 3


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) As expected, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been given the green light to play Sunday in Cleveland. He had been designated as probable with an illness that kept him sidelined Wednesday. He will be battling the 28th-ranked pass defense in the NFL.


Ravens release injury report for game in Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has been listed as questionable for the Sunday game in Cleveland with a thigh injury. He is the lone Baltimore player so designated Friday.

Deemed doubtful is defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee). The probables are quarterback Joe Flacco (illness), cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (concussion) and offensive lineman Eugene Monroe (knee).


Joe Flacco able to get through full practice Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was able to get through full practice Thursday.

Flacco did not practice Wednesday due to an illness. The fact that he returned in full bodes well for Flacco playing Week 3. 


Joe Flacco back at practice Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) After missing Wednesday's practice due to an illness, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco returned to practice Thursday. The Ravens are preparing to play AFC North rival Cleveland Week 3.

Joe Flacco misses practice Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was absent from practice Wednesday, but coach John Harbaugh chose not to update his status. Though, The Baltimore Sun reported Flacco sat out Wednesday due to an illness.

Joe Flacco throws two touchdowns Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tossed two touchdowns Week 2 against the Steelers.

Flacco completed 21 of 29 passes for 166 yards. He did not throw any interceptions during the contest. Flacco didn't have to do much during the contest. While he was efficient, he didn't air out the ball all that much. His longest pass play went for 24 yards. Both Flacco's touchdowns came from short distances. He found Owen Daniels on a 2 yard touchdown in the first quarter, and added a 1 yard touchdown to Daniels again in the third.

Flacco will take on the Browns Week 3. 


Joe Flacco not sharp in season opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco got off to a slow start in Week 1 against the Bengals, but found his stride late in a 23-16 loss Sunday.

As late as the mid-fourth quarter, Flacco had completed just half of his pass attempts, but ended up 35 for 62 overall. He passed for 345 yards and a touchdown, with a bunch chunk coming on an 80-yard score to Steve Smith. He also turned the ball over once on an interception.

Flacco was hoping to bounced back from a poor 2013 season, so this is an inauspicious start. He will hope for better results when the Ravens take on the Steelers Thursday in Week 2. 


Joe Flacco a risk for Week 1 after last season's struggles


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco struggled through one of the worst seasons of his career a year ago, and that extended to his two games against division foes Cincinnati. He will hope for better results when he takes on the Bengals Sunday in a Week 1 matchup.

Flacco had just 20 combined Fantasy points in two games against the Bengals last season, despite chucking up 86 passes. He accounted for just 332 yards and three touchdowns in the games, while turning the ball over six times in those games.

Flacco got a bit more help in the passing game this offseason, but we haven't quite seen how the offense is going to look with those new faces. Flacco should be better than he was a year ago, but he is still something of a risk, especially against a defense that allowed just 15.1 Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks last season. Consider him more of a low-end No. 2 Fantasy option for Week 1. 


Joe Flacco bounces back from slow start Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco got off to a slow start but bounced back with a solid performance Saturday night against Washington in preseason action.

Flacco bounced back from a rough start and completed 6 of 8 passes for 74 yards on his final drive of the first half. He found Steve Smith for a 24-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter.

Flacco was not needed in the second half. He compiled 180 yards through the air while completing 16 of 23 passes. He added a touchdown, no interceptions and registered a passer rating of 107.2. He was sacked twice.

Joe Flacco throws touchdown vs. Cowboys Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went 9 for 17 with 113 passing yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.

Flacco was stuck on the sidelines early in the game, as he watched his defense and special teams each score a touchdown before he stepped on the field. He was able to lead three scoring drives in the second quarter, finishing one with a 19-yard strike to Torrey Smith, and heading into halftime with a 27-10 lead. Flacco did a nice job in limited action during his first preseason action, and though he posted a low completion percentage Saturday, he did keep the offense moving in the first half.


Joe Flacco comfortable in new offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco looked right at home Thursday in the new offense installed by Gary Kubiak. Playing only one drive, Flacco drove Baltimore 80 yards for a touchdown on 10 plays.

It was perfectly balanced. Flacco hit 4 of 5 throws for 52 yards, connecting with four different receivers, and Baltimore ran five times for 38 yards. Flacco's first pass was a well designed clear-out for tight end Dennis Pitta, who gained 14 yards.

Flacco plays his second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16 at Dallas.


Joe Flacco 'in total command' of new offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) New coordinator Gary Kubiak said he loves the way quarterback Joe Flacco is running the offense he's installing with the Ravens.

"It's kind of the third time we're going through our system, teaching it, and I think they've adjusted very well, but the most important thing is [Flacco] has adjusted extremely well," Kubiak told the Baltimore Sun. "He's got to lead the pack. He's done that from day one. He's got total command of what's going on right now."

Kubiak said Flacco is demonstrating good footwork and looks sharp in the short passing game.

"His ability to go through progressions, to me, is exceptional," Kubiak said. "Obviously, we've got to cut the sacks down a great deal this year. It's a big point of emphasis. The best way to do that is with your quarterback getting rid of the ball."


Kubiak sees a lot of upside with Joe Flacco


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is impressed with quarterback Joe Flacco, reports the team's official website.

"I had no idea how good an athlete he is. He's a very good athlete," Kubiak said.

Kubiak likes to have his quarterbacks get out of the pocket on play-action passes, and Flacco could shine in this system.

"The things we like to do moving around, the zone-pass schemes that we like to run, I think fit to a lot of his strengths," Kubiak said. "We just need to continue to get better with them."

Even though Kubiak likes the way Flacco moves, the key is his arm strength.

"I knew [his arm] was good, but I had no idea just how good it was," Kubiak said. "The big ball is always in play with Joe. … This league is about making big plays. It’s hard [when you go] 3 or 4 yards a pop to do it. You have to make some big plays, and Joe gives you the ability to do that."