Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco Crashes out of Playoff Hunt

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Flacco fell flat against the Bengals

Week 17 has come to an end and so has the regular season. Twenty teams are now looking towards the NFL draft as they have missed the playoffs, including the former Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. Led by the Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, the Ravens still had a chance at returning to the post season with a win against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Unfortunately the Ravens ended up losing their final two games of the season, a streak that was capped off by a dreadful performance by Flacco in the season finale. The former Super Bowl MVP completed 30 of 50 passes for just 192 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. This stat line is not what fans expected this season after Flacco’s enormous contract extension in the off-season.

The loss cannot be entirely blamed on Flacco, as the Ravens were only able to gain 47 yards rushing. One of the main reasons for Baltimore’s success last season was their ability to utilize star running back Ray Rice effectively in both the passing and rushing game. With their inability to establish a run game, much more pressure was put on Flacco’s strong yet inconsistent arm. The Bengals were able to get pressure on the quarterback on a consistent basis causing him to throw inaccurate passes.

Flacco did not play up to his giant $120.6 million contract this season and will come under much scrutiny in the offseason as their divisional rivals Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals play in the post season. After ending the season completing 59 percent of his passes for 3,912, 19 touchdowns, and 22 interceptions, many sports fans will begin to wonder, if they were not already after he got the contract, what were the Ravens thinking giving Joe Flacco a six-year $120.6 million deal.

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Week 17 Wide Receiver Sit and Start Report

Jackson is line for another huge game against a faltering Dallas defense

Jackson is line for another huge game against a faltering Dallas defense

It is never a happy moment when Week 17 rolls around and fantasy owners and NFL fans know that many of their teams will be finished for the season after Sunday. However there is still one more game and we should all be thankful for that.

Start:

DeSean Jackson- The Philadelphia Eagles will face their bitter inner-division rivals in the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, in a show down that sends the winner to the playoffs. Luckily for the lightning fast Desean Jackson the Cowboys have the league’s second worst pass defense in the NFL, a unit that has allowed an average of 290.7 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. Start Jackson against his rival Cowboys.

Greg Jennings- While his first season as a Minnesota Viking has been less than stellar; Greg Jennings still showed that he was the one of the team’s only passing threats. In the final game of the season, the Vikings will host their divisional rival Detroit Lions. While their rush defense is one of the best in the league, Detroit’s pass defense has struggled all season, as they are sixth worst in the league against the pass with the final game coming this Sunday. Greg Jennings is a good FLEX player in Week 17.

Sit:

Harry Douglas- The Atlanta Falcons could be fighting for the most disappointing teams of the season award this year. However there have been some bright spots in Atlanta, and one of them is Harry Douglas. The fifth year receiver stepped into a depleted group of Atlanta wide outs and recorded his first 1,000-yard season of his career. Unfortunately his season finale brings the tough Carolina Panther defense to town, a squad that ranks second in the league, and seventh against the pass. Harry Douglas serves a better purpose on most benches to end the season.

Torrey Smith- The Baltimore Ravens find themselves in a must win scenario going into Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals. After getting blown out against the New England Patriots last week, the Ravens need big games from some of their star players. Unfortunately for receiver Torrey Smith, the Bengals have the league’s sixth best pass defense, a unit that has allowed an average of just 211.3 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. Smith has been held to under 70 yards receiving in his last three games and his matchup in the season finale is not favorable.

Banged up Flacco Ready to Play

Flacco is hurting, but the Patriots pass defense is pathetic

Flacco is hurting, but the Patriots pass defense is pathetic

Joe Flacco has been limited at practice this week with an injured knee. Flacco is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after being diagnosed with a mild MCL sprain.

The Ravens will need Flacco in at quarterback for this crucial game with multiple playoff implications.

All signs are pointing towards Joe Flacco giving it a go come game time on Sunday. This injury could have been much worse the way Flacco was hit, but he managed to come out with only a sprain.

One thing to keep in mind is that Flacco is not a scrambling quarterback, so he won’t have to run around too much on that knee. Flacco should have a strong game against a dismal Patriots pass defense.

Banged up Flacco Ready to Play

Flacco is hurting, but the Patriots pass defense is pathetic

Flacco is hurting, but the Patriots pass defense is pathetic

Joe Flacco has been limited at practice this week with an injured knee. Flacco is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after being diagnosed with a mild MCL sprain.

The Ravens will need Flacco in at quarterback for this crucial game with multiple playoff implications.

All signs are pointing towards Joe Flacco giving it a go come game time on Sunday. This injury could have been much worse the way Flacco was hit, but he managed to come out with only a sprain.

One thing to keep in mind is that Flacco is not a scrambling quarterback, so he won’t have to run around too much on that knee. Flacco should have a strong game against a dismal Patriots pass defense.

Monday Night Football Sit and Start Report

Most fantasy owners gave up on Rice weeks ago

Most fantasy owners gave up on Rice weeks ago

Week 15 wraps up tonight on Monday Night Football with the Baltimore Ravens traveling to Detroit to take on the Lions. In a matchup that has the potential to produce some big fantasy numbers, your fantasy week could be decided with the right sits or starts.

Start:

Reggie Bush- Lions running back Reggie Bush has been electrifying all season. Bush has rushed for 854 on 180 attempts and three touchdowns in his 11 games this season. He is averaging an impressive 4.7 YPC and has also added 45 receptions for 448 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year. While the Ravens have a solid rush defense, fantasy owners should expect Bush’s dual threat ability to produce strong fantasy numbers on Monday Night Football.

Torrey Smith- Ravens third year receiver Torrey Smith is looking to eclipse the 1,000 yards receiving mark for the first time in his career. With 55 receptions for 963 yards so far on the season, Smith can likely accomplish this feat against the Lions in Week 15. With the offense faces a strong rush defense, fantasy owners should expect to see strong performances out of the Baltimore receivers who will be facing the league’s seventh worst pass defense.

Sit:

Ray Rice- As one of the best multipurpose runningbacks in the NFL the past couple of years, Ray Rice has struggled to find his mojo this season. Through the first 12 games this season Rice has rushed for 549 yards on 185 attempts, averaging 3 yards per carry (YPC). The Ravens will be facing a daunting rush defense in Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Ezekiel Ansah, and Willie Young. Fantasy owners should expect the Ravens to rely much more on quarterback Joe Flacco’s big arm than on Ray Rice up the middle.

Nate Burleson- Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson has failed to live up to the potential he showed in the two games before he was injured. Since returning from his broken arm, Burleson has a meager nine receptions for 95 yards in three games. While the Ravens do not possess one of the premier pass defenses in the league, allowing an average of 231.7 yards per game, Burleson is a risky play in any fantasy matchup. Fantasy owners should keep Nate Burleson out of any starting role this late in the season.

 

NFL Week 15 Running Back Sit and Start Report

The Packers will have no luck trying to slow DeMarco Murray

The Packers will have no luck trying to slow DeMarco Murray

With star running backs banged up such as Adrian Peterson and the second round of the fantasy playoffs here, running back decisions can help continue or end your season. If you’re still around, playing for that spot in your league’s finals, check out which backs will shine or fall flat this week.

Start:

DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys: DeMarco Murray has been very hot of late, performing as fantasy’s sixth best rusher over the last four weeks. In the Cowboys last 4 games, Murray has not had less than 12 fantasy points in a game and has scored 4 touchdowns. With a matchup this week against Green Bay’s 25th ranked rush defense, the hot streak should continue. Green Bay has been especially bad during the past month, allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing rushers over that span. Keep riding Murray this week.

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: Although a little banged up from last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, Eddie Lacy once again finds himself with a great matchup. Expected to play, Lacy faces fantasy’s most generous run defense in the Dallas Cowboys. Lacy has scored in six of his last eight games, and the Cowboys have surrendered 17 total touchdowns to opposing running backs this season. Expect Lacy to continue his great rookie season against one of the league’s worst defenses.

Sit:

Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: If you have managed to get this far with Rice on your squad, you probably have some good options at running back to play over one of fantasy’s biggest busts. Although Rice has been serviceable of late, this is the week to use those alternate options. This week, he faces one of the league’s best front sevens in the Detroit Lions. Except for last week’s bizarre blizzard game, the Lions have been absolutely dominant against the run. Before LeSean McCoy gauged them for two touchdowns last week, the Lions had not given up a touchdown in nine games. Rice is nowhere near the back that McCoy is and will not have much room to run on Monday night.

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans: Over the past three weeks, Johnson has seen his yardage totals and carries drop while fellow back, Shonn Greene, begins to cut into his workload, especially towards the goal line. Chris Johnson’s value now comes between the 20s, and with a matchup against the Cardinals fierce run defense looming, this does not look like the week to trust Johnson. The Cardinals are fantasy’s best run defense and have only surrendered more than 100 yards rushing on two occasions. Losing carries and getting vultured, Chris Johnson should remain on the bench this week.

Lions Reggie Bush a No-Go at Practice

Bush says he will play, but fantasy owners have to wait and see

Bush says he will play, but fantasy owners have to wait and see

The multi-talented Lions running back Reggie Bush has not returned to the practice field since reinjuring his calf during warmups in snowy Philadelphia last week. This is not what fantasy owners who are still in their respective playoffs want to hear.

On a positive note, Bush has all the confidence in the world that he is going to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bush’s status came down to the wire last week and he ended up not playing because he slipped in the snow before the game even started. It looks like Bush is going to give it a go come Friday at practice. Fantasy owners should be hopeful that this dynamic talent will play Sunday.

Bush is a matchup nightmare for defenses as he’s been running the ball effectively as of late and we all know what type of tools he brings to the passing game. Make sure to keep an eye out for future injury reports on Bush. If he cannot go, expect Joique Bell to carry the load similar to last week against Philadelphia.

Lions Reggie Bush a No-Go at Practice

Bush says he will play, but fantasy owners have to wait and see

Bush says he will play, but fantasy owners have to wait and see

The multi-talented Lions running back Reggie Bush has not returned to the practice field since reinjuring his calf during warmups in snowy Philadelphia last week. This is not what fantasy owners who are still in their respective playoffs want to hear.

On a positive note, Bush has all the confidence in the world that he is going to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bush’s status came down to the wire last week and he ended up not playing because he slipped in the snow before the game even started. It looks like Bush is going to give it a go come Friday at practice. Fantasy owners should be hopeful that this dynamic talent will play Sunday.

Bush is a matchup nightmare for defenses as he’s been running the ball effectively as of late and we all know what type of tools he brings to the passing game. Make sure to keep an eye out for future injury reports on Bush. If he cannot go, expect Joique Bell to carry the load similar to last week against Philadelphia.

Flacco Rejoices in the Return of Dennis Pitta

Flacco recharged by return of Dennis Pitta

Flacco recharged by return of Dennis Pitta

Baltimore Ravens Tight End Dennis Pitta made his season debut Sunday returning from a hip injury to play against the Vikings Week 14, catching 6 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Joe Flacco targeted Pitta 11 times which tied for the team high showing fantasy owners in Pitta he still trusts.

Besides a few drops in the first half it looked like the Flacco/Pitta combo picked up right were they left off last year when they combined for almost 700 yards and 7 touchdowns on 61 receptions during the regular season.

The Former BYU Cougar is owned in just 21% of leagues and is well worth a waiver pickup even if you already have a solid tight end.

Pitta, when healthy, draws a ton of targets and most importantly red zone targets. In deeper leagues Pitta holds value even at the flex position.

If Pitta can avoid any setbacks and get a full week of practice under his belt he should be considered a top 10 tight end against the Lions in an ever so important Week 15 of fantasy football.

Flacco Rejoices in the Return of Dennis Pitta

Flacco recharged by return of Dennis Pitta

Flacco recharged by return of Dennis Pitta

Baltimore Ravens Tight End Dennis Pitta made his season debut Sunday returning from a hip injury to play against the Vikings Week 14, catching 6 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Joe Flacco targeted Pitta 11 times which tied for the team high showing fantasy owners in Pitta he still trusts.

Besides a few drops in the first half it looked like the Flacco/Pitta combo picked up right were they left off last year when they combined for almost 700 yards and 7 touchdowns on 61 receptions during the regular season.

The Former BYU Cougar is owned in just 21% of leagues and is well worth a waiver pickup even if you already have a solid tight end.

Pitta, when healthy, draws a ton of targets and most importantly red zone targets. In deeper leagues Pitta holds value even at the flex position.

If Pitta can avoid any setbacks and get a full week of practice under his belt he should be considered a top 10 tight end against the Lions in an ever so important Week 15 of fantasy football.