Jeremy Maclin is looking to revive his Fantasy value with Baltimore this year, after he was cut by Kansas City in a cost-cutting move in June. Maclin had a rough season in 2016 in his second year with the Chiefs after a solid campaign in 2015. Maclin was easily the No. 1 receiver in Kansas City in 2015 with 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns on 124 targets, but he regressed in 2016 with 44 catches for 536 yards and two touchdowns on 76 targets. He missed four games with a groin injury, and that injury might have impacted him all season. He's healthy now, and should step into the No. 1 role with the Ravens right away, ahead of Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman. Maclin is the likely replacement for Steve Smith, and this move is a huge boost for his Fantasy value. We recommend drafting Maclin with a mid-round pick as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver, and his value is higher in PPR. If you're ranking the Ravens receivers on Draft Day, the order should be Maclin, Wallace and Perriman.
Maclin caught his lone target for a five-yard gain in Thursday's preseason game in Miami. In addition to having a regular spot across from Mike Wallace in two-wide formations, Maclin mostly appeared to play the slot, as expected, when the Ravens had three receivers on the field. Any talk of Breshad Perriman (hamstring) pushing Maclin or Wallace for a top-two spot can be put to rest, as the 2015 first-round pick missed nearly all of training camp for a third straight year and may not play this preseason. Maclin and Wallace, in some order, are clear favorites to lead the team in targets, though Danny Woodhead might not be too far behind. The Ravens are optimistic Joe Flacco (back) will be ready for Week 1.
Maclin is expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports. Thursday marks Maclin's official Ravens debut after he sat out Week 1 of the preseason. Zrebiec reports that several of Baltimore's veterans and new additions, such as Danny Woodhead, will also be making their preseason debuts Thursday. Still, it's unlikely that Baltimore would risk having its first-teamers play more than a handful of series, and observers won't be able to see how Maclin's rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco is progressing as Flacco remains hampered by a back injury.
Maclin will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Redskins, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports. The Ravens will keep their top receivers off the field Thursday as Maclin, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman (hamstring) will all be on the sidelines. Maclin is not dealing with any injury, so this is likely just a precautionary move to keep a veteran out of harm's way in an exhibition. Look for Maclin to be on the field when the Ravens return to practice.
Maclin said he played through a torn groin last season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The severity of the groin injury helps explain Maclin's slow finish to last season, though he only averaged 4.3 catches for 54 yards per game even before suffering the injury in the first quarter of a Week 9 contest against Jacksonville. He sat out Weeks 10-13 and averaged only 3.2 catches for 38 yards in Kansas City's final five games (including playoffs). The poor finish, in combination with Tyreek Hill's emergence, led the cap-strapped Chiefs to release Maclin after just two seasons of a five-year contract. The Ravens jumped on the opportunity to reunite Maclin with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who previously worked with the 29-year-old wideout in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2012. Maclin should draw a steady diet of targets while manning the slot in three-wide formations, and he also figures to get plenty of snaps even when the team only has two receivers on the field. Maclin, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman all project for key roles, as the Ravens no longer have Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken and TE Dennis Pitta (hip) -- a trio that combined for 185 catches and 272 targets last season.
Maclin will work primarily out of the slot this season, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports. Maclin's crisp route running and diverse route tree will allow offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to be creative with Baltimore's new weapon in the passing game. Considering that both Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman are both at their best getting deep down the field and utilizing their speed, the addition of Maclin fills what could have been a major hole in Baltimore's passing attack. What's more, Dennis Pitta's release opens up even more underneath targets for the likes of Maclin, who could be something of a safety net when quarterback Joe Flacco is under duress. Hensley also notes that Maclin played under Mornhinweg while he was in Philadelphia earlier in his career, which is expected to lead to a smooth transition into the offense for the 29-year-old. Maclin's diverse skill set and route running capability add another dimension to what figures to be a new-look Ravens offense in 2017.
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|11||11/19||@Green Bay Packers||33||29.11|
|3 Year Avg||114||72||981||7||45||13.62||140|