Joe Flacco won't be a popular Fantasy choice in 2016. He's coming off of the most frustrating season of his career -- the Ravens were injury riddled and Flacco had a hard time connecting for big numbers until he himself went down with a torn ACL in late November. He's on track for the start of the season but his diminished receiving corps, including top targets Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman and Crockett Gillmore, might not be as ready. Given the depth at the quarterback position in Fantasy, there's little reason to trust Flacco outside of two-quarterback leagues, where he's worth taking past the halfway point in your draft. If you start only one passer, Flacco should be left on waivers.
Flacco (knee) is not on the PUP list for the start of training camp, the Ravens' official site reports. True to his word, Flacco is available for the start of training camp, despite suffering a torn ACL only eight months ago. The health of his receiving corps seems to be the bigger issue, with both Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) unavailable for the start of camp and uncertain for the beginning of the season.
Flacco (knee) plans to participate in practice when the Ravens begin training camp July 28th, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports. Flacco has stated numerous times that he intends on being in action when training camp starts, reassuring fantasy owners of his progress since suffering a torn ACL last November. The quarterback is already able to sprint and make cuts, so taking the field with his teammates later this month would represent the next step in his return. At this point, it seems highly likely that Flacco will be ready to roll once Week 1 kicks off, but it should still be worthwhile to monitor his involvement and performance level throughout the preseason.
Flacco (knee) suggested he is more focused on his arm strength than his surgically-repaired left knee, ESPN reports. Flacco seems to be making a quick recovery from Dec. 8 surgery to repair a torn ACL, as he's widely expected to be ready July 27 for the start of training camp, despite being a spectator for on-field activities throughout the offseason program. Though already able to sprint and make cuts, he's thrown far fewer passes than he typically would have at this point in the year, which could be cause to limit his reps during training camp. Flacco's arm strength has never been questioned and should quickly come back to him, but he did admit that there's some chance he'll feel hesitant when he has to face a live pass rush for the first time. While he's clearly on track for Week 1, his progress will be worth monitoring throughout camp and the preseason.
Flacco (knee) announced Thursday that he expects to ready for the start of training camp, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports. Flacco's Week 1 availability appears to be a lock at this point given the fact he plans to be ready for day one of training camp this summer. Despite ending the 2015 season prematurely with a torn ACL, it sounds like potential fantasy owners shouldn't have to be worried much longer when it comes Flacco's health, barring any setbacks. In additional good news for the Ravens' aerial attack, wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) is expected to return to the practice field prior to the start of regular season, supplying Flacco with a valuable target.
Flacco (torn ACL) recently began running and throwing short passes, ESPN reports. Flacco also said he's been able to put weight on his left knee, even doing squats in the weight room. He hopes to be ready for the start of training camp, and while that may be a bit optimistic, the rapid progress bodes well for his Week 1 availability. With Steve Smith (Achilles), Breshad Perriman (knee) and Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) also recovering from major injuries, the entire Baltimore passing game will require close monitoring in the coming months. The team did sign a pair of veteran reinforcements in the form of Mike Wallace and Ben Watson.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||@New York Giants||31||24.56|
|7||10/23||@New York Jets||11||18.75|
|14||12/13||@New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|3 Year Avg||61.5||3563||20||15||75||2||268|