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Receiver Derrick Mason is Back with Ravens

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A few days ago Derrick Mason decided to comeback and play with the Baltimore Ravens again. This information comes as no surprise to some that truly believed Mason wouldn’t stay retired for this season.

Not only is Mason coming back to the team but he is already back in camp and practicing with the team today.

Derrick’s decision to come back is a very good thing for the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco, as the team will now have two quality receivers.

This veteran receiver is not only the teams No.1 wide out but he is also a very respected player on the team as well. Knowing this it is understandable that Mason’s teammates and coaching staff reached out to him many times in the last two weeks in hopes that he would un-retire.

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While Derrick was in retirement it was rumored as late as last Thursday that the Ravens might try and open up trade talks again with the Denver Broncos about receiver Brandon Marshall.

In the end I don’t believe that deal would not have went through at this point of the year, as most football teams don’t make big trades past June.

Will Mason be the top producing receiver in 2009?

While Derrick may be the No.1 target on paper I don’t believe he will post better stats then Mark Clayton this year.

Washington Redskins v Baltimore Ravens
Clayton is in his 4th season out of Oklahoma and is now ready to move into being the main producer for the passing game.

Unfortunately for both Mark Clayton and Derrick Mason it is being reported that second year quarterback Joe Flacco is struggling very badly in camp so far. If Flacco continues to have problems into the season, it will lead to the Ravens running the ball more often.

Running the ball is probably the smart thing for this team to do anyway as they are a team that likes to grind the clock down and control the football. Because they are a run first offense I can’t recommend taking Clayton or Mason any higher then the 9th round or so in most standard scoring fantasy football leagues.

Fantasy Football Information on Mason and Clayton

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While both of these receivers are nothing more then mid round picks at your fantasy football draft, they both can be serviceable players throughout the season.

If you do in fact end up drafting one of these players I would recommend benching them until Joe Flacco proves he is playing good football.

If anything having these receivers will make for a nice option on your bye weeks and they also play the Bengals and Browns for four games a year as well.

Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com

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