Pro Football Focus ranks the Ravens offensive line, receivers, and running backs among the rest of the NFL. Washington adds Team Valor. Which AFC North coach is on the hot seat? Is Forsett still viable in fantasy football?
Where do the Ravens rank among offensive lines? PFF ranks them 13th. That’s pretty high if you consider the uncertainty along the left side of the line. Analyst Nathan Jahnke says that uncertainty moved the Ravens down the list, noting that the true potential of this unit is an unknown.
I’m a little surprised they’re listed this high. After a stellar 2014 campaign, the unit’s leader Justin Forsett didn’t have a good 2015 even when healthy. Buck Allen was serviceable in his absence, but didn’t play well enough to take a job away from anyone. As analyst Mike Renner points out, the Ravens would be #1 on this list if you were looking for quantity over quality.
Again, PFF ranks a Ravens unit much higher than I thought they would. Earlier this month, they rated Steve Smith’s contract and Kamar Aiken’s contract as the two best wide receiver contracts in the league. It’s safe to say that PFF is a little higher on this unit than most of the national media.
D.C. has joined the Arena Football League, and their team name is Valor, according to CSN Mid-Atlantic. Another team in Washington, the WNBA franchise, is named the Washington Mystics. Now, they just need a minor league hockey team (or some other sport) in D.C. and name it the Washington Instinct… (If you don’t get it…it’s not important. If the curiosity is killing you, then here, and I’m sorry.)
This is an interesting question; there is no obvious answers. Harbaugh’s tenure in Baltimore has been among the league’s best. The Steelers have won one Super Bowl and lost another in Tomlin’s time. The Bengals have made the playoffs each of the past five seasons. And Hue Jackson should get a year under his belt before his seat gets warm.
So who do you choose? Jeremy Fowler (the Steelers reporter) picked Marvin Lewis, as did Pat McManamon (Browns reporter). Jamison Hensley (Ravens reporter) picked Robert Griffin III, which makes sense considering the lack of fire under the coaches’ butts. But Coley Harvey (Bengals reporter) went with John Harbaugh…Interesting. Dumb. But interesting…
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Anyway, since it relates to the Ravens starting running back, we’ll just go with it. The backfield is a mystery in Baltimore. Justin Forsett might be the starter right now, but either Buck Allen or rookie Kenneth Dixon could overtake his spot at some point this season. If you look at Forsett’s NEP compared to the rest of the Ravens backfield (mainly Buck Allen) last season, Forsett is the clear best option for now. Coming off the board at 32nd among running backs, that’s a great fantasy value. Read Jim Sannes’ post for a full look.
In baseball news…
Andrew Stetka of Eutaw Street Report thinks a lot of things about the rest of the season. He lays them all out in this post. Will the Orioles make a major deal? Will Ubaldo Jimenez be released? Will two of the O’s superstars regress? You’ll have to read and find out what Andrew thinks.