Joe Flacco (QB-Bal) will throw the ball a lot, but he is only a streaming and DFS option for the 2016 fantasy football season.

Mark Trestman likes to throw the ball, a lot. The Ravens led the NFL in pass attempts last season, but that didn't really give us any fantasy goodness, outside of the sneaky Kamar Aiken. Let's hope all of those pass attempts make Joe Flacco a fantasy relevant quarterback in 2016.

Steve Smith is coming off a horrific Achilles injury, Breshard Perriman hasn't played a down and isn't a lock to do that this season, and Dennis Pitta is past the point of no return. The pass catchers for the Ravens are few and far between, but don't expect that to hamper the passing game, at least not for fantasy. There should be plenty of targets to go around.

The Core

Joe Flacco (QB) - 4000 yards, 25 TDs, 15 INTs.

Flacco ended his 2015 season with an ACL tear. He is the quintessential better-in-real-life-than-fantasy player. He is a low-end streamer, even with all the pass attempts. Play the matchups with Flacco. He's an option in 2-QB leagues and DFS. That's really about it.

Justin Forsett (RB-Bal) is not a top-level fantasy football running back, but he is much better than his 122 average draft position (ADP).

Justin Forsett (RB) - 800 yards, 5TDs, 40 catches, 300 yards, 2 TDs.

Forsett was a third-round pick in 2015, now he's going 122 overall. He wasn't fantastic before he got hurt, but he wasn't terrible either. The hate has gone too far. Draft Forsett late and be pleasantly surprised.

Kamar Aiken (WR) - 80 catches, 1000 yards, 6 TDs.

Aiken is the No. 1 wide receiver in Baltimore. Steve Smith should be back soon, but he won't be the player we are used to seeing. Aiken is going to get peppered with targets. Aiken is going 124, which means no investment cost. Draft Aiken.

Ben Watson (TE) - 50 catches, 500 yards, 5 TDs.

Watson is a low end TE1 streamer. He will have some boom weeks, but he should be a match up guy. Watson shouldn't be drafted.

Kamar Aiken is the No. 1 wide receiver in Baltimore, which means he will outperform his fantasy football average draft position (ADP) in 2016.

Sleeper - Kamar Aiken (WR).

Aiken is going to be a flex option most weeks, and you get to draft him as a low-end bench player. It's an easy draft pick.

Bust - Kenneth Dixon (RB).

A lot of the industry has been on Dixon. Dixon is 4th in line in a crowded backfield. If you're drafting him as a late round flyer, okay. If you're drafting him expecting him to be starting sometime soon, I'm sorry but you'll be disappointed.

The Ravens outlook seems bleak, but they could surprise and be a middle-of-the-pack offense.


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