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89 Steve Smith WR
Height/Weight: 5-9/195 | Birthdate: 5/12/1979 | Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Utah | NFL Experience: 14 | Owned/Started%: 100/85 | Average Draft Position: 135.16
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Steve Smith rolls into tough matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:42 pm ET) The Ravens might have to throw the ball a lot to keep up with the Colts in Week 5, which could be a good thing for Steve Smith's Fantasy owners.

Steve has been the more productive of the Smith duo for the Ravens, as he ranks third in the league in receiving yards. He should be able to add to that total against the Colts, though they have been surprisingly stingy against opposing wide receivers this season. Even with games against the Broncos and Eagles in their wake, the Colts have allowed the third-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, at 15.5.

Still, Smith has been reinvigorated by his new surroundings, and has been too productive to consider sitting even against what looks like it could be a tough matchup. Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg are not quite in agreement about Smith's value for Week 5, with Jamey ranking him 14 spots lower than Dave's No. 7 ranking among wide receivers. Still, they agree that Smith is worth starting in Week 5. 


Contempt not only reason for Steve Smith's big game


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) Immediately after Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith scored his second touchdown Week 4 against Carolina, everyone with a Twitter account couldn't help but credit it to the matchup -- specifically, that Smith was extra motivated to stick it to his former team. 

How 'bout just the fact he was the sixth-most targeted wide receiver coming into the game -- well, tied for sixth. The five ahead of him: Pierre Garcon, Jordy Nelson, Calvin Johnson, Emmanuel Sanders and Julio Jones.

It's not as fun of a narrative, but it's the one you'd prefer to hear as a Fantasy owner. After all, Smith won't be playing the Panthers again this season.

With his best performance of the season, he is now firmly quarterback Joe Flacco's go-to guy. He has 10 targets or more in three of his four games this season and 100 yards or more in three of four as well.

He's quickly becoming a wide receiver you start every week, regardless of matchups. Don't let the revenge narrative diminish what he has become for your Fantasy team.


Steve Smith has two-touchdown game vs. former team


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith was not happy when the Panthers let him go in the offseason after he spent the first 13 years of his NFL career with Carolina. You could say he got the last laugh after he played a big role in Baltimore's 38-10 win Week 4 against his former employer.

Smith, who was targeted 10 times, totaled seven catches for a season-high 139 yards and two touchdowns in the win Sunday. It was the third time in four games this season he surpassed 100 receiving yards.

Smith got a bulk of his yards on his first touchdown catch -- a 61-yard reception that gave Baltimore a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Smith caught a pass that deflected off tight end Owen Daniels' hands around the Panthers' 40-yard line, and then sprinted past the defense for the score.

Smith's second touchdown -- a 21-yard catch with 1:53 left in the first half -- was equally as impressive. After quarterback Joe Flacco picked up a fumbled snap, he fired the football into the end zone, where Smith was able to make the play as he was being dragged to the ground by the defender.

Sunday was the ninth time in Smith's career he managed at least two receiving touchdowns in a game, including the playoffs. The Ravens are back in action Week 5 at Indianapolis.


Top Ravens near-certain to play Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Several premier Ravens have been designated as probable for the Week 4 game against visiting Carolina. Included are running back Bernard Pierce (thigh), wide receiver Steve Smith (non-injury related), cornerback Jimmy Smith (knee/ankle), tight end Owen Daniels (non-injury related) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (thigh).

Defensive lineman Chris Canty (knee) is questionable. Fellow tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee) and offensive lineman Eugene Monroe (knee) are out.


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.


Steve Smith makes big plays in big win over Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Wide receiver Steve Smith continued to make a huge impact on his new team Sunday. He not only led the way for the Ravens with five receptions for 101 yards, but he made the catch that allowed his team to best the Browns.

Smith snagged a 33-yard pass from Joe Flacco with just over a minute left to set up the game-winning field goal. If not for that play, those numbers would not have mattered.

"When I line up, I think there's no better option than myself," he told the team website after the victory. "That's what we're here for - to make plays."

Smith has made plenty of plays in two games, including catches of 25 and 30 yards against fine Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden on Sunday. He aleady has 13 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown. He will seek to pile on to those impressive numbers when his team hosts Carolina in Week 4.


Steve Smith leads the way for the Ravens Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith led the way Week 2 against the Steelers. 

Smith led the team in receptions, targets and yards. Smith finished with six catches for 71 yards. He emerged as Joe Flacco's go to target during the contest. On top of that, Smith drew two facemask penalties and an unnecessary roughness flag, helping his team gain additional yards. 

Smith will take on the Browns Week 3. 


Big play punctuates Steve Smith's stellar debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith turned back the clock and put up a huge performance in his first game with his new team Sunday, in a 23-16 loss to the Bengals in Week 1.

Smith did much of his damage on one big play, as he beat the defense for an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth. That capped off a seven-catch, 118 yard performance, as he emerged quickly as a favorite target of quarterback Joe Flacco, who looked his way 15 times.

Smith showed he can still dominate at the age of 35, and will look to keep rolling in Week 2, as they get set to face the Steelers Thursday. 


Questions about Steve Smith's role cloud value


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith will be wearing a new uniform for the first time in his career this Sunday, as he gets set to make his Ravens debut in Week 1 against the Bengals.

Smith has historically been a good Week 1 performer, having scored at least 10 Fantasy points in four straight season openers, but that streak could come to an end this season. He is set to be the No. 2 receiver for the Ravens, and has a tough matchup on the way against a Bengals defense that allowed the ninth-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers a year ago.

The Ravens No. 2 receiver managed just seven receptions for 47 yards in two games against the Bengals a year ago, though Marlon Brown did manage to find the end zone. Smith might find a consistent role in the Ravens offense, but none of our Fantasy experts have him listed as a starting-caliber option for Sunday's game. He is enough of a question mark at this point that he is hard to rely on in most Fantasy leagues for Week 1. 


Joe Flacco loves throwing to Steve Smith


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco targeted free agent acquisition Steve Smith seven times in Saturday's game against the Redskins, hitting him six times for 80 yards and a touchdown. Smith showed his ability to break tackles as well as get behind the secondary.

"He runs with the ball well," Flacco told the Baltimore Sun. "He's strong, he's powerful, he's quick and he's fast, so he can break tackles. He's going to help us out a lot. We're getting on the same page. Every day, we're getting better and better."


Steve Smith scores, racks up 80 yards in third preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith had another impressive showing and looked like his explosive self during Saturday's dress rehearsal game against the Washington.

Smith caught a 24-yard touchdown strike from Joe Flacco in the second quarter. He was targeted seven times and finished with six receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown, averaging 13.3 yards per grab.


Steve Smith 'puts on a show'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith "put on a show" in the team's first training camp practice, reports ESPN.com. Smith faked out starting corner Lardarius Webb on an out route, then beat Webb and projected No. 3 corner Chykie Brown on deep passes, the report said.

The website also credited Smith with raising the intensity level at practice.


Steve Smith gets into a fight at Ravens minicamp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) It didn't take long for new Ravens receiver Steve Smith to show his fiery side to his teammates. Known for getting into altercations at practice with his Panthers teammates, Smith got into it with cornerback Ladarius Webb after the two crashed into each other following a catch by Smith on Wednesday. 

Smith shoved Webb and they exchanged unpleasantries which included Smith threatening Webb if they bang into each other again. 


Steve Smith bringing an edge to Ravens


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith has been everything he was advertised to be, reports the Baltimore Sun. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees told his defensive backs not to make Smith angry because he plays better when he's mad.

"Leave him alone, let sleeping dogs lie," Pees said. "He's a heck of a player. He's made some grabs out here. He's a tough guy. He's everything advertised. I'm glad he's on our team."

Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Smith is getting more comfortable in the Ravens' scheme and letting his talent emerge. "He's just so competitive," Kubiak told the paper.

"He brings an edge to practice all the time. He challenges people as far as how you play, how you go about doing things. He challenged coaches, too. Every good offense that I've been around has had a few of those guys saying, 'Get me the ball, coach.' And that's a good thing. That's what you want. He works to get the ball, so that's what's impressive to me."


Steve Smith enjoying time with Flacco


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith said he's a fan of quarterback Joe Flacco's arm strength, reports Comcast Sports Net.

"I've been an admirer of him, even just watching him in college at Delaware and then coming into the draft," Smith said. "You know, as a wide receiver you always kind of look at the quarterbacks in the draft every year to see which guys (have potential) and what they say about whom. How I evaluate a quarterback – if he's on the other hash and you run a comeback, where's your ball placement? Is the ball hitting the guy at the ankles, or is he hitting him in the chest? He throws a lot of good, easy balls that you can snag (with) one hand. It makes it look good so I like those."

Smith said he plans to run plenty of intermediate routes, while Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones handle the passes down the field.

"They can run deep routes and I'll run short routes," Smith said. "That's a great combination."


Ron Rivera: Steve Smith should ease off in practice sometimes


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said receiver Steve Smith, now with the Ravens, is still an explosive, dynamic player. But Rivera said the soon-to-be 35-year-old needs to take it easier in practice.

"He's going to wear himself down," Rivera said, per ESPN.com. "Steve wants to take every rep. I'll give you an example. We tell Steve, 'Today's your day off.' We go out there and he's in pads. He says, 'I just want to wear them out when I go through drills.' The next thing you know he's in team drills.

"That's just the way he is. He wants to do everything all the time."


Joe Flacco, receivers to get early start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will work out with his receivers before the team's offseason program.

"Joe has communicated that through texts, and Torrey [Smith] has told me that they have a session planned and are trying to work out the dates," coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings. "I'll be looking forward to seeing how it goes. It is important. It's big."

Flacco's receiving corps includes Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones and tight end Dennis Pitta. Flacco threw 19 touchdowns and a career-high 22 interceptions last year.


Harbaugh: Steve Smith has plenty left


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday that new receiver Steve Smith can still play at a high level.

"I think Steve Smith can still play," Harbaugh said. "We watched the tape — not just from last year but previous years. Numbers are part of it. He's not the same jet that he was when he was younger.

"After the catch, what he used to do is he would make a catch and he'd run a wide arc and just outrun the defender. That’s the one thing that you don't see anymore. He'll usually get tackled on an angle now. But that’s something he's even talked about improving and making a tighter transition after the catch and getting upfield after the catch more quickly, so that's something he's probably going to adapt. But he's still got plenty left. He's going to help us."


Steve Smith okay being a 'complementary dude'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith, a five-time Pro Bowler, said he has no problem being the No. 2 receiver to Torrey Smith. “I don’t see myself in coach [Gary] Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith told the team's website. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Steve Smith gets $3.5 million signing bonus


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Steve Smith's three-year contract with the Ravens is worth $11 million, including a $3.5 million signing bonus, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The Panthers' all-time leading receiver said he chose Baltimore because he loves coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens' offensive scheme.

"There was a lot of familiarity, and it had a fresh perspective," he said.

Smith gets to face his old team in 2014, a game he said will feature "blood and guts everywhere."


Report: Ravens land WR Steve Smith


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/14/2014) It took one day for the Ravens to get receiver Steve Smith on board. ESPN reports that the two sides reached an agreement after the Panthers cut Smith on Thursday. It appears to be a three-year deal.

Smith caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns last year, numbers that tumbled for the third consecutive season. Smith had 17 plays of 20-plus yards in 2012 but just four in 2013. His longest catch was for 44 yards. 


Steve Smith to meet with Ravens first


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Recently released wide receiver Steve Smith is not wasting much time getting over his release by the Panthers Thursday, as he has already set up his first free agency visit. According to ESPN.com, Smith will meet with the Ravens Friday about possibly joining the team as an unrestricted free agent.

Smith seemed to lose a step in 2013, posting his lowest yards per catch average in a healthy season. He finished with 745 yards on 64 receptions, with four touchdowns in 15 games. 


Steve Smith is officially a free agent


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) The Panthers have officially released Steve Smith. The veteran receiver spent 13 seasons with the team. He caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns, numbers that tumbled for the third consecutive year. Smith had 17 plays of 20-plus yards in 2012 but just four in 2013. His longest catch was for 44 yards. 

Per the Charlotte Observer, Smith did have the opportunity to name five teams he wanted to get traded to but a deal couldn't be consummated. The five teams -- Baltimore, Dallas, New England, San Diego and Tampa Bay -- could be potential landing spots for Smith. ESPN has already reported that the Ravens are a "favorite" to land Smith's services.


Steve Smith's release reportedly happening Thursday


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) A league source says the Panthers will release 13-year veteran Steve Smith on Thursday, according to The Sports Xchange's Bill Voth. Smith will be designated as a post-June 1 cut, meaning the $4 million in dead salary cap space he'll cost the Panthers will be spread out over two seasons. 

Smith was viewed as a "distraction" inside the organization after underwhelming last year. He caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns, numbers that tumbled for the third consecutive year. Smith had 17 plays of 20-plus yards in 2012 but just four in 2013. His longest catch was for 44 yards. 

There is already speculation via ESPN that the Ravens will ink Smith to a contract following his release.


Steve Smith tweets goodbye to Panthers fans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Panthers receiver Steve Smith, expected to be released soon, tweeted his goodbye to Panthers fans. "I will always be a Carolina Panther, no contract can ever change that," Smith wrote, adding Charlotte will always be his home.

Smith said he "still has a little bit of football left."