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Fantasy Football - Baltimore Ravens Targets

Last season, Joe Flacco targeted Steve Smith on 25% of his pass attempts.  Torrey Smith was targeted on 17% of his attempts and Owen Daniels 14%.  Torrey Smith is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, and Daniels wears a Denver Broncos uniform.  There are a TON of targets to be had in Baltimore, but who will Flacco make a fantasy football sleeper in 2015?

The top fantasy player on the Ravens is Justin Forsett, that's a given and he actually saw 11% of Flacco's targets last season.  With Marc Trestman as the OC this season, Forsett could have yet another career year.

Smith Sr. is now 36 years old and without a veteran lining up opposite him as well as a real TE threat down the middle, he might not see 133 targets again in 2015.   That means rookie Breshad Perriman and 3rd year receiver Kamar Aiken are going to have to play like seasoned veterans if the Ravens want to make the playoffs in a tough AFC North division.
Perriman was the 26th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, out of Central Florida, and has some big shoes to fill "replacing" Torrey Smith...dreads and all.  At 6'2 with a 4.25 40-yard dash time, Perriman will be difficult to cover, but he is not the greatest pass catcher, with a 13% drop rate.

Joe Flacco had the most yards lost due to dropped passes at 472 yards, 82 yards more than second place. #Ravens #NFL - @PFF

Flacco's arm will allow Perriman to run down the field, but if he can't catch the ball or draw the defensive pass interference calls like Smith could, Perriman could have a tough rookie season.  We love the upside and he is absolutely worth drafting as a WR4 on your fantasy team.  Plus we all saw what rookie WRs are capable of doing in the NFL last season!

We ranked Perriman 48th in our WR Rankings

56 passing attempts over 20 yards: Joe Flacco is considered one of the best deep-ball throwers in the NFL and he had an impressive 50% accuracy rate with 11 touchdowns on “deep throws,” per Pro Football Focus. That rate was fifth in the NFL. However, his 56 attempts on passes over 20 yards ranked just 16th. In comparison, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made 79 attempts of over 20 yards. Flacco’s decision making was much better last season, but it wouldn’t hurt, especially with speedster Breshad Perriman now in the fold, to take a few more deep shots. - Baltimore Sun

Aiken and Marlon Brown each saw 6% of Flacco's targets in 2014, and each caught 24 passes and gained ~260 yards, but Aiken caught 3 TDs to Brown's 0.  Brown did catch 7 TDs the year before as a rookie, thanks to hi 6'5 frame, but it appears at this moment that Aiken is ahead of him on the WR depth chart.  Playing in the slot could turn Aiken into a nice undrafted PPR option.  The Bears lead the NFL with 60 completions between the hashes and Trestman was their HC. 

The TE position is a huge questions mark with Dennis Pitta still recovering from a hip injury, Crockett Gillmore  entering his 2nd season and a rookie TE in Maxx Williams.  Williams was a beast at Minnesota, with 77% of his receptions going for first downs or touchdowns and leading the nation in receptions by a TE of 25 yards or more.  Trestman made the most of Martellus Bennett at the TE position (AVG 77 rec 840 yards 5.5 TDs) with the Bears so there is plenty of hope for Williams, as a rookie TE.  He should go undrafted in leagues that do not start 2 TEs, but could be a solid pickup during BYE weeks or replacing an injured TE.

Baltimore Ravens - Receiver Target Distribution | PointAfter