On the hateability scale Joe Flacco is up there.
Consistency and Joe do not mix. At home the Delaware alum is a top ten fantasy quarterback — his gaudy numbers include a 100.7 passer rating, 8.7 yards per attempt, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the road he’s been terrible, averaging just 5.9 yards per attempt to go with a 75.3 rating.
Simply put, Flacco owners have been jerked around by the self proclaimed best quarterback in football. Flacco’s prospects going forward have become murkier with the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. On the surface this is a good thing. For years Cameron’s play calling has made Norv Turner and Chan Gailey look like offensive sages.
Jim Caldwell takes over for the departing Cameron. In every article written about Caldwell his time with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis is stressed. Forgive me for shitting on JC’s resume but I think it’s safe to assume Pey-pey was on his way to stardom with or without Caldwell’s tutelage. As the folks at Rotoworld point out, how much impact could did he really have when Manning was killing teams in the no huddle.
What he can do with Flacco in the last three games of the season will be key for both fantasy owners and the Ravens front office, who have a decision to make in the off-season regarding Flacco’s long term future with the club.
They need to see he’s still improving. They need to see him make better decisions at the line of scrimmage. They need to see him move the chains more consistently on third down. They need to know he has enough pocket awareness to protect the football a lot better than he did against the Steelers and the Redskins.
It won’t be easy. The Ravens face the Broncos and Giants at home before traveling to Cincinnati to end the season. Caldwell plans to ride the no huddle in Baltimore, opting for a quicker tempo and more snaps. This means more opportunities for the Baltimore offence. Opportunities equal fantasy points.
However, the Broncos defence is a horrible matchup for a new coordinator/QB tandem. If you have other options this week it would be wise to use them instead of relying on Flacco — even in spite of his sterling numbers at home. His performance on Sunday will go a long way in determining his fantasy viability against the Giants.
And now the links part of the links post…
- Bad news for Stevie Johnson owners. Richard Sherman’s appeal for his four-game PED suspension has been delayed, meaning he will be active when the Seahawks and Bills face off in Toronto. [Yahoo]
- Braylon Edwards heads back to New York — no other team put in a claim for him. Mark Sanchez says this is an ‘awesome’ development. [PFT]
- Adrian Peterson says Eric Dickerson should be nervous. [Dan Patrick Show]
- Pierre Garcon says the Redskins must prepare for the worst. Yes, Kirk Cousins, he’s referring to you. [Washington Times]
- Rashard Mendenhall believes he’s still in the Steelers’ plans. [NFL.com]