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How Do the Ravens Look at the Key Positions in Fantasy Football in 2018?

The 2018 season ought to be an interesting one for the Baltimore Ravens after missing the playoffs in 2017 with a massive last game letdown against the Cincinnati Bengals that would have clinched them a playoff spot.

The team is trying to reload the roster on the fly, making sure they don’t fall too far back in the AFC, and more so the AFC North against the likes of the Champion Steelers, Bengals and Browns.

Today we take a look at what the Ravens will look like Fantasy Football wise for those that want to use a promo from fanduel and get ready for the 2018 campaign.

Quarterback:

Joe Flacco – Still the guy under center until Lamar Jackson pushed him out, this is a critical season for Flacco, who in 2017 was the 24th-overall fantasy quarterback. There is no doubt his time as a top NFL starter is probably over at this point, but he did put up about 17 points a game last season as a fantasy starter, so he might be good to store away on your bench come draft day.

Running Back:

Alex Collins – Last season Collins turned some heads, but also drove fantasy owners crazy as there was times the team would simply not go to him as much as many times as owners wanted, leaving them shaking their heads. He wrapped up the season as the 16th-best running back in fantasy football, giving owners hope that he will be able to keep up the good work and have an even bigger 2018 season now that he’s clearly the #1 starter at the RB spot.

Wide Receiver:

Michael Crabtree – One of the newest Ravens, this one is a tough one to figure out, and it is going to take a number of preseason games to see what type of impact he’s going to have on the offense this season. Crabtree had Amari Cooper with him in Oakland, so he was basically the second option, where that won’t be the case in B-More. He has the fifth-most touchdown receptions over the past three seasons with 25 scores. He will be the number one guy for the Ravens, and if he can have some early success with Flacco and the offense as a whole can get going, he’s probably a good guy to have as maybe the number three wide out on your roster. Look for Crabtree to have some ups and downs for his new team in 2018.

Video: Watch Ray Lewis’ Hall of Fame Speech as He Joins the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

It was quite a night Saturday in Canton, Ohio as Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis took center stage, joining the class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Check out his speech from the evening’s night full of stories and memories of the greats around the NFL.

Preview: What to Expect From the Ravens QB Spot in Tonight’s Hall of Fame Game

Tonight it all begins again, as the Hall of Fame Game takes place in Canton, Ohio – with the Ravens taking the field against the Chicago Bears.

Here’s Peter King of NBC to break down the game and talk about what to expect from the quarterbacks from each team.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson Ready to Show His Growth in Preseason Debut Thursday

Lamar Jackson will make his preseason debut Thursday, when the Ravens play the Bears in the Hall of Fame game and he wants to show how far he has grown as a quarterback, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.

“I’m a quarterback. That’s the first thing I want to show off,” Jackson said. “Just show the growth, from college to my new chapter of life.”

Before being a first-round pick this year, Jackson made it clear that he wouldn’t entertain a position switch. He told teams that he would only play quarterback and not participate in wide receiver drills leading up to the draft.

Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in 2016 with 3,543 passing yards and 30 touchdowns to go with 1,571 rushing yards and 21 more touchdowns. This past season, he threw for 3,660 yards with 27 touchdowns to go with 1,601 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.

With the Ravens, Jackson has been inconsistent, hitting some deep passes while struggling at times on his accuracy. During training camp, the Ravens have used Jackson in two-quarterback plays with Joe Flacco, lining him up at different position at times.

An Early Guess At Who the Ravens 2018 MVP Will Be

The Ravens have a season starting in less than 100 days, and with a long training camp and season upcoming, there’s plenty of chatter as to what player might shine better than the rest as the teams Most Valuable Player.

An article out on NFL.com talks about just what player they think will be the MVP for not only the Ravens, but for each team around the National Football League for 2018.

The Ravens MVP – author Dan Hanzus is going with kicker Justin Tucker, a very good player that he sees having a big year in Baltimore this upcoming season.

Here’s what Hanzus has to say about Tucker this season:

Ideally, my list doesn’t start with a freaking place-kicker, but sometimes alphabetical order trolls you like that. That said, I’ll pound the table for Tucker’s greatness anywhere on this list. This is a guy coming off two of the greatest seasons a kicker’s ever had. Shame it’s been wasted on a pair of middling Ravens teams, but we can see the brilliance tucked amidst mediocrity. Some Tucker facts: He’s missed just four field-goal tries in the last two seasons. He went 10-for-10 from beyond 50 yards in 2016, a season in which his only miss came on a block. He’s never missed an extra-point try in 205 attempts. He’s a game-changing talent at the game’s most underappreciated position. Justin Tucker will win multiple games for the Ravens in 2018.

What do you think of this pick? Do you agree? Leave a comment if you disagree with what player you think will be the Ravens 2018 MVP.

Ravens to Lose Final Two OTA Practices for an Infraction of League Rules

Training camp has yet to get going in the NFL, but the Ravens are already in a heap of trouble, as the team is losing it’s final two OTA practices this week due to an infraction of the league’s rules.

Also as stated in the tweet below, coach John Harbaugh and owner Steve Bisciotti are facing fines.

Ravens Restructure Most of Safety Tony Jefferson’s Base Salary Into a Signing Bonus

The Ravens converted $5M of safety Tony Jefferson’s $6M base salary into a signing bonus, creating $3.33M in cap space for 2018.

They took $5 million of his $6 million and converted it to a signing bonus in a move that cleared $3.33 million in cap space for the year to come.

Jefferson’s salary for 2018 was already fully guaranteed, so the move simply moves up the time he gets his money. He’s signed for two more years with non-guaranteed base salaries of $8 and $7 million.

The NFLPA’s most recent update on the salary cap has the Ravens with just over $8.7 million in space for 2018.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh Impressed with the Accuracy of New QB Lamar Jackson

Ravens head coach praised the accuracy of his future franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson Saturday according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com.

“The thing that I was really impressed with is I thought he was accurate,” Harbaugh told reporters. “You read the reports and stuff like that but he’s a naturally talented thrower. He’s got natural arm talent. And that’s something that I think people were questioning. So to see him out here throwing the ball naturally and very accurately I thought was a big plus.”

That is quite a change from the anonymous NFL offensive coordinator who was quoted before the draft as saying this about Jackson: “He will not be able to play [quarterback] in this league — mark my words. When he throws, he hopes.” Clearly, the Ravens did not share that opinion when they traded back into the first round a week ago Thursday to make the former Heisman Trophy winner the No.32 pick in the draft. And there were pundits who suggested that that unnamed OC’s comments were tinged with more than a hint of racism. While throwing in practice is a far cry from throwing against real defenses, the Ravens thus far seem very pleased with their choice. The real question is how quickly Jackson can progress to claim the job from the Ravens’ current franchise QB Joe Flacco.