Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the WR position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
Steve Smith to the Ravens will have more real football value than it will have fantasy value. It was apparent that the Ravens sorely missed the veteran impact of Anquan Boldin last year and while Torrey Smith stepped up to the plate to lead the Ravens offense, it wasn't fair to ask him to do it all. Enter Smith, whose energy and spirit fit perfectly on a team looking to return to the playoffs. Could Smith have one more big year in him? Quite possibly, but don't overpay to find out, let him drop and draft him at a discount.
I am looking for guests - fans actually - for my upcoming team reports.
Tuesday night February 1st, we will be talking about the Cardinals, Falcons and Ravens.
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Unless the Ravens are able to successfully revisit expensive trade scenarios for Pro Bowl wide receivers like the Denver Broncos' imposing, trouble-prone Brandon Marshall and the Arizona Cardinals' disgruntled veteran Anquan Boldin. The Ravens are ...
There's no sense of urgency from the Ravens to replace Mason immediately. The team could look to add a free agent (such as Marvin Harrison) or explore a trade (for someone like the Denver Broncos' Brandon Marshall or Arizona Cardinals' Anquan ...
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2009 Draft Central
Average Draft Position (ADP) Tracker
Round 3, Pick 5
Positives Smith has posted top 5 fantasy WR numbers in 3 of the past 4 years. Smith led all WRs in yards per target last season, and posted over 1400 yards in just 14 games. This is a guy who could finish as the #1 receiver in fantasy. Negatives Carolina is the best running team in the league, which tends to limit Smith's scoring ability through the air. Smith's running mates at WR are getting long in the tooth and may no longer be able to protect him from constant double teams. Because Smith is more of a deep threat than most #1 WRs, his catch totals don't rival players like Fitzgerald or Johnson. Draft Strategy The decision to draft a runner in the second really paid off here, as drafters in front of me opted for QBs instead of WRs and left me an elite player at the position. (Contributed by: Agenda42)
Round 2, Pick 9
Positives Smith can be one of the top fantasy scorers over the course of a week, and even over the course of a season. The explosive WR is a key element in the Panthers offense and that should continue to be the case in 2009. Negatives Though the now 30 year old veteran seems to have put last year's troubles behind him (suspended by the team for two games to start 2008), he's already found himself hurt this preseason. Originally described as being out for 'a couple of weeks', he's been participating in drills, but never a good sign for a veteran to be injured early on in camp. Draft Strategy The fantasy landscape is changing, while it was once necessary to grab RBs in the first two (or more) rounds, it is imperative that fantasy owners now get top WRs. Having selected a RB at the top of round one, I need to make sure I get a top WR in the bottom of round two and Smith fits the bill. (Contributed by: doug_coutts)