Injuries to key players on the Raven’s roster have caused the masses to drop every Baltimore defender, as well as, the team defense. Stop right there, I say. Yes, losing Ray Lewis (torn triceps) and Lardarius Webb (knee injury) may seem like the end of the world for one of the NFL’s top defensive units, but there may actually be a silver lining. 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Terrell Suggs is creeping ever so close to returning to the field and IDP-ers who stashed him on their injured reserve are pre-gaming for a 2nd half party.
Tell me something I don’t know Robert! Well here it is; The Ravens are one of the deepest teams in the NFL at line backer. Ray Lewis will obviously be missed but those taking notice have seen Jameel McClain fill in at middle linebacker with 16 tackles over the past 2 weeks. Jameel has seen his share of action as an NFL linebacker, but has never been relied on to the degree we are about to witness. With that move, youngster Dannell Ellerbe will get his first taste as an every down playmaker. Ray Lewis himself has voiced his admiration for the 25 year old from Georgia. Both players should be added immediately to fantasy rosters, as they will be leaned on by the Ravens to make sure the defense doesn’t skip a beat.
Losing Lardarius Webb is a bit less of an issue for the Ravens. Jimmy Smith is a 24-year-old athlete who the Ravens drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft. They had no intentions on wasting a 1st round pick, but the coaching staff didn’t expect to be leaning on him so early in his career either. In his first real action of his career, Smith did a great job, totaling 7 tackles and a defensed pass. He has great size for a corner back (6’2” 205lbs), and will start every game for the rest of the season. If your league starts a cornerback and you are in need, run to your waivers and add Jimmy Smith. This team will not skip a beat, and the youngsters should be stars by the end of the year. If you’re an owner of any of these injured players, go out and grab the next man in line. The time is now for the 2nd wave of Baltimore studs.
Robert comes from an extensive background in fantasy football. He has competed in competitive leagues for over 10 years, which he has won on numerous occasions. He should bring a fresh perspective to a side of fantasy football looked over by the bulk of fantasy informers. Individual defensive players are possibly the most important element to having a well-rounded fantasy football team, as most people look to the big names to carry their team. Robert comes from a back ground in sports, where he played D3 college basketball at Millsaps College. As an intense competitor he wants to share his knowledge to help you compete in this years fantasy football season.