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Taking a Look at the Ravens from a Fantasy Standpoint


Positional battles

Quarterbacks Kyle Boller, Joe Flacco and Troy Smith are set to battle for the starting quarterback job.

With the retirement of offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, offensive linemen Jared Gaither and Adam Terry should compete for the job, with Gaither the favorite.

Newly acquired cornerback Fabian Washington could compete with cornerback Samari Rolle a year after Rolle missed 10 games with epilepsy.

Fading fast

Place kicker Matt Stover has seen his scoring decrease in four of the last five seasons. Last season he scored 107 points, which was his lowest total since 2002, but did make 84.4 percent of his field goals. At 40, his NFL career may be winding down.

Coming on strong

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been a major contributor for the Ravens in his first two seasons. He saw his tackles jump from 31 (13 solo) to 63 (44 solo) in his second season while his sack total went from one as a rookie to three in his second year.

On the rebound

Tight end Todd Heap had a tough time staying healthy last season. He only played in six games because of a hamstring injury and collected 239 yards and one touchdown. When healthy, Heap is an important part of the offense, especially this season with the inexperience at quarterback.

Injury prone

Despite his production, linebacker Ray Lewis has missed games each of the past four seasons because of various injuries and has not played 16 games since 2003. Last season he had 120 tackles, which is impressive, but his age (33) may make him vulnerable to more injuries in the future.

Offensive/defensive scheme changes
With the addition of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to the coaching staff, the Ravens will likely open things up offensively. Cameron has been a successful coordinator in the past, so he should be able to generate more offense for a team that only averaged 17.2 points per game last season.

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