- Height / Weight
- 6'6" / 245 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- January 16, 1985 (33)
- 11th Season
- 2008 / Rd. 1 / Pk. 18 (BAL)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is 100 percent healthy for the first time in three seasons, and it showed in Week 1. Against Buffalo in the season opener, Flacco looked more decisive, mobile and accurate than he has in a long time. He picked the Bills defense apart as he completed 25 of his 34 passes (73.5 completion percentage) for 234 yards and three scores. His performance in the opener is very good news for the Ravens, as he has not been very good lately. Over the last three seasons (2015-17), Flacco ranked No. 33 among NFL quarterbacks as he threw 52 touchdowns and 40 interceptions, although he did complete over 64 percent of his passes during this period. Part of Flacco's problem was health-related; he tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee, causing him to miss the last six games in 2015. The Delaware product missed all of spring practice in 2016 while recovering from the injury. Last season he was forced to sit out all of training camp and the preseason with a back injury. With an improved receiving corps and given the fact that Cincinnati's secondary is exploitable, Flacco should be in play for fantasy owners as a QB2 for Week 2.
The Baltimore Ravens plan is to have quarterback Robert Griffin III as the No. 2 behind Joe Flacco to enter the regular season. That means that rookie Lamar Jackson will get to sit and learn as the No. 3 QB. Jackson flashed his playmaking ability in the preseason and in training camp, but he still has work to do before he's a realistic option to replace Flacco for the long term. Jackson is a fine dynasty/keeper target, but he should be left alone in single-year formats.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did extra workouts with his receivers a few times last week for the first time since 2011. Flacco must feel the heat after the team traded up in the first round to take his eventual successor in Lamar Jackson. He posted just 3,141 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last year and has been a weak fantasy option for years. An upgraded receiving group shouldn't make Flacco any more attractive than he's been recently, and he could be benched eventually if he doesn't improve.