Fantasy Football Quarterback to Own - Joe Flacco had to open the 2011 without two of his favorite targets in Todd Heap and Derrick Mason yet he still managed to put up a consistent stat line just about every week. Working with mostly young, inexperienced wide receivers (with the exception of Anquan Boldin) Joe Flacco put together a solid yet unspectacular season. He should see a slight up-tick in his numbers this year after having the entire off season to develop chemistry with his receiving corps which should prove beneficial for all. Joe Flacco may never be the #1 fantasy quarterback that you want starting every week, but he could provide some decent backup or bye week numbers if the match up is right.
Fantasy Football Running Back to Own - If Arian Foster is the #1 fantasy running back for 2012 then Ray Rice should be #1 - B. Make no mistake that this Baltimore offense will literally run through Rice. He is a very versatile back that can be a big factor in both the running and passing attack. If your preference is Rice over Foster at the #1 spot you should take him and not worry about the consequences. He has little competition for touches out of the backfield in Baltimore and should provide a banner year for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Football Wide Receiver to Own - Torrey Smith had an inconsistent rookie season with Baltimore in 2011, but showed bright flashes of potential even without a full off season to learn the offense. This year Torrey Smith will benefit greatly from a full off season with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offensive coordinators. I would look to add Torrey Smith as a #3 fantasy wide receiver with a very high upside if he can get things going early on in the season. Anquan Boldin will take away some of his targets every week, but his big play ability is second to none and that gives him a great chance to put up monster number any given week.
Fantasy Football Tight End to Own - Both Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta could be starting Tight Ends for any given team on Sunday. With that being said these two will be splitting duties every week and will in turn hurt their fantasy value. Unless there is an injury or a major change in chemistry between them and Flacco I would avoid both. They are best left for the waiver wire unless one of them goes down with an injury.
Fantasy Football Place Kicker to Own - Baltimore will be starting the 2012 season with Justin Tucker an un-drafted free agent out of Texas as the kicker. After many misses with Billy Cundiff last season, including a 32 yard filed goal that would have placed them in the Super Bowl, they have entrusted the rookie with the role of place kicker. He is in a good position to put up numbers as the Ravens will move the ball easily in 2012, but I would still look for other options until Tucker shows that he can consistently knock down big kicks every week.
Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams - Every season Baltimore shows up with a top notch defense and this year shouldn’t be any different. Sure the loss of Suggs is big, but this group works so well as a unit they should be able to keep the ship straight in his absence. They get to the quarterback, prevent touchdowns, and get takeaways. They should be everything you are looking for in a team defense. If you are looking for some IDP value Ray Lewis is always a contributor and brings it every week, while Haloti Ngata (Defensive Line) along with Bernard Pollard (Defensive Back) and Ladarius Webb (Defensive Back) should also provide some solid return for your investment.
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