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 damaged receiving corps won't be. Veteran receiver Steve Smith (Achilles) and younger receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) rejoined the team in late August, making them slow to prepare for the season. It leaves Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace as potentially his top threats. Given the depth at the quarterback position in Fantasy, there's no good 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) completed 11 of 16 passes for 94 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions. Suiting up for the first time since he tore his ACL in November, the 31-year-old Flacco produced three points on two first-quarter drives, the second of which ended with an unsuccessful fourth-down attempt. He likely would have played deeper into the game, if not for the fact he piled up 16 pass attempts (and a sack) on just two series. Flacco did miss a couple of throws, but he didn't appear to be impacted by his surgically-repaired left knee, which jibes with reports from training camp. Flacco has been a full participant since the start of camp, with no setbacks reported at any point. On a less optimistic note, starting tight end Ben Watson is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles early in Saturday's game. The Ravens do have strong depth at the position, but Maxx Williams (undisclosed) and Dennis Pitta (finger) are also injured. Furthermore, wideouts Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) remain uncertain for the start of the season, despite returning to practice this past week.
Flacco (knee) expects to play about half of Saturday's preseason game against the Lions, the Ravens' official website reports. Flacco will take the field for the first time tearing his ACL in November, making what will presumably be his only appearance of the preseason. The Ravens have yet to determine if Breshad Perriman (knee) will play, but Steve Smith (Achilles) has already been ruled out. With both wide receivers recently activated from the PUP list, Flacco could have his full complement of weapons early in the season, if not necessarily by Week 1.
Flacco (knee) is expected to play in Saturday's preseason tilt with the Lions, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports. Flacco hasn't taken the field for a game since he tore his ACL last November but has been a full participant in practice the entire preseason. The Ravens have yet to comment on how much action their franchise quarterback will see on Saturday as Ryan Mallet, Josh Johnson, and Jerrod Johnson are all competing for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. Look for more updates on Flacco's play-time specifics for Saturday to come later in the week.
Although his knee still isn't 100 percent healthy, Flacco hasn't missed a snap in practice, ESPN.com reports. "My knee is not 100 percent, but it feels great," Flacco said. "I don't think about it when I'm out there. It's not perfect. I can feel it standing here right now a little bit. It's not totally normal. But, as far as going out there and operating on the field, running around and doing things, I don't pay attention to it." Eight months removed from reconstructive ACL surgery, Flacco plans to wear a brace all season but generally doesn't seem too worried about his knee. He said he still hasn't talked to head coach John Harbaugh about plans for Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, which would seem to suggest the veteran quarterback is unlikely to play. Flacco figures to play in Baltimore's third preseason game, if nothing else.
Flacco's (knee) status for Thursday's preseason opener was a subject coach John Harbaugh declined to comment on Monday, ESPN.com reports. Flacco has by all accounts enjoyed a strong training camp thus far, showing no ill-effects from his ACL and MCL tears last November, so potentially playing in Thursday's preseason opener really isn't a matter concerning his health. Rather, coach Harbaugh may prefer to take a cautious approach and sit Flacco for the first relatively meaningless exhibition contest. Even Flacco ultimately plays, he'll likely only take the field for a series or two, so backup Ryan Mallett should be prepared for an extended run in any case.
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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|