31-Year-Old Quarterback – Baltimore Ravens
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Even before he tore his ACL in Week 11, 2015 wasn't shaping up to be a particularly good season for Flacco. While he was on pace for over 4,400 passing yards, which would have been a career high, his ...
Joe Flacco Contract Information:
Signed a three-year contract extension with the Ravens in March of 2016.
Flacco (knee) suggested he is more focused on his arm strength than his surgically-repaired left knee, ESPN reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The extension will keep Flacco in purple and black through the 2021 season, and potentially the end of his career. The Delaware product remains in recovery from a torn ACL, and has nine months from the surgery date (Dec. 8) to be ready for Week 1 of the 2016 campaign. When healthy, Flacco remains a middling fantasy quarterback, with two of the team's expected top receiving options in Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) returning from major injuries as well. The Ravens may also supplement their receiving options in the NFL Draft, but a lot of question marks surround the team's passing game heading into 2016.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Flacco bounced back from a disappointing 2013 to post career highs in touchdowns and yards and complete at least 60 percent of his passes for the first time since 2010 as the Ravens set franchise records for points and yards. Perhaps most important, Flacco rolled back his interceptions by 10 after throwing 22 the previous season. Flacco's YPA has never impressed, though it rebounded to its 2012 level last season. Perhaps that might change this year with the hiring of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, who said he plans to keep former OC Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme but with a passing game that will look downfield more often. The next question is whether Flacco will have downfield weapons to target. Torrey Smith left in free agency, and 36-year-old Steve Smith Sr. could have a reduced role to stay fresh late into the season. Tight end Owen Daniels followed Kubiak to Denver, and Dennis Pitta is attempting to return from major hip surgery for the second straight season. The Ravens used their first-round draft pick on the 6-2, 212-pound Breshad Perriman, who ran a 4.27 40 at his pro day, later adding second-round pick Maxx Williams, the top tight end in the draft. Third-year receiver Marlon Brown, who had seven touchdowns as a rookie but none last year, also figures to see a bigger role. The development of those three will be key to Flacco's season.
Flacco's follow-up to 2012's Super Bowl-winning campaign was a major disappointment, as his YPA dropped from 7.2 to 6.4 and he threw as many interceptions (22) as he did in 2011 and 2012 combined. He'll likely bounce back nicely in 2014, however, reestablishing himself as a middle-tier QB2 in leagues with 12 or more teams. After missing 12 games in 2013 due to a dislocated hip, Dennis Pitta should be in line for 16 games this year, which should help Flacco's efficiency considerably. In addition to Pitta, the Ravens added weapons in free agency, signing wideout Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels. The addition of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is also good news, as Kubiak managed to coax three seasons of at least 4,000 yards and 22 touchdowns out of Matt Schaub in Houston.
The Ravens signal-caller lit it up in the playoffs with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions, including 285 passing yards per game and a remarkable 117.2 passer rating, amazingly leading one of the league's moderately talented squads to a Super Bowl victory. We need to be careful not to let Flacco's postseason surge affect how we view him as a fantasy option, however. Remember this is a player who, through five seasons in the NFL, has never thrown more than 25 touchdowns in a year. He has a career completion rate of 60.5 percent, and it's been below that mark in each of the last two seasons. Flacco also has a career-high YPA of just 7.4 (in 2010), meaning he simply isn't an elite player. You know what you'll get with Flacco – he's thrown no fewer than 10 but no more than 12 interceptions in every season of his career. Outside of a miraculous increase in both passing attempts and efficiency, Flacco isn't likely to take a major leap. The 28-year old quarterback, now without Anquan Boldin on the outside, is firmly established as a medium floor/low ceiling player, the kind one might want to target in deeper two-QB leagues where reliability has significant value.
Although Flacco claims to believe he’s the best quarterback in the NFL, he more likely has maxed out as an average starter for the Ravens. He completed just 57.6 percent of his passes in 2011, with his average per attempt dropping from 7.4 in 2010 to 6.7. His 20 passing touchdowns were his lowest total since he threw 14 in his 2008 rookie year, and his quarterback rating (80.9) was barely better than the career-low 80.3 he posted in 2008. It’s true that Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are an average duo at receiver, but an above average quarterback would find a way to make it work. Flacco will need to, in fact, because the only receivers the Ravens added in the offseason were sixth-round pick Tommy Streeter and Texans exile Jacoby Jones. Considering he was significantly better the two years prior to 2011, in any case, Flacco should improve in 2012.
He’s limited by the run-heavy nature of his offense, but Flacco has been an efficient producer in his three-year career and has improved slightly with each season of experience he gains. Heading into his fourth season, the Ravens hope he’ll take the next step – from good to great. While Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason (if he re-signs) are aging, they remain generally effective possession targets, and second-round pick Torrey Smith provides Flacco with a big-play threat he's never had. With three solid wideout targets, a deep group of tight ends and Ray Rice serving both as an efficient runner and standout backfield target, the conditions should be favorable for Flacco in 2011.
The expectations are lofty this year for Flacco now that Anquan Boldin is in tow. But can Derrick Mason hang on for one more year at age 36? Behind Mason there are question marks such as Mark Clayton and Donte Stallworth. The tight end position is going to be average at best. Boldin has starred as a No. 1 guy and is at the peak of his powers so you have to assume that Flacco has a top-10 weapon. If Mason doesn’t suffer a major decline, Flacco’s environment is good. But that Mason decline can happen at any moment, as could an injury — the risk of which increases with age. Flacco is a target in the last starting QB/first backup strategy.
There’s a lot of hype with Flacco because he won last year as a rookie, which is quite an accomplishment but worthless for fantasy owners as “QB wins” are not a scoring category. Alas, he had a sub-7.0 YPA overall, and even on first downs. He was 21st in red-zone opportunities and 24th in red-zone points. Sure, he’ll be given a longer leash now as a sophomore, but it’s a long way up even to being average for Flacco from a fantasy standpoint. The arm strength is real. He made a couple of incredible throws last year, including one 30-yard out pattern against the Dolphins in the playoffs. But the arm strength wasn’t there in ways that can be qualitatively measured – just a 79.1 QB rating on FAS (11-to-20-yard throws), slightly below average. His poor throw percentage of 15.7 was very high. And his yards per completion were just slightly above average – 11.6 to the average rate of 11.4. Given the construction of the Ravens team and the reliance on their defense and offset running game (when they often deploy three tackles so defenses can’t identify their gap responsibility), it’s hard to see Flacco making the leap up to the 20-TD threshold, the bare minimum for fantasy starter consideration.
The Ravens QB position has been a disaster since even their Super Bowl days. It hasn't been for lack of trying. They invested heavily in Kyle Boller, tried to move up in the draft to take Byron Leftwich and then cast their lot with Steve McNair. That's three strikes and you’re out for Brian Billick, who actually had a reputation for being a QB-maker when he was with the Vikings. There are no QB makers, only good QBs. And those are impossible to identify until NFL bullets are flying for real. The Ravens reached for Joe Flacco after at least trading down for once in the draft. He was a second-round talent, say the draftniks. But they don't know who the good QBs are going to be, either. The Flacco projection is pure guesswork. He has no big-game experience playing at Delaware. He is 6-6, which is useful in seeing over linemen. While he has a big arm, he isn’t athletic and played in a weak conference that didn’t even have NCAA-caliber speed on defense. Now he's going to see NFL speed. That's like going from the slow batting cages into the big leagues. Cam Cameron's offense will look to emphasize the run. Boller will have a short leash even if he's playing well. He wasn't awful last year, though, and might be a short-term solution if the matchup that week is right. But he and Flacco are both waiver wire fantasy guys at best.