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Fantasy Football Outlook: Turnover is a word that comes to mind when looking at the Ravens roster moves this off-season. While it was a great finish for Ray Lewis and Ed Reed in Baltimore, the defense struggled at times through the 2012 season and because of cap problems, GM Ozzie Newsome was left with no choice but to move on from valuable veterans on both sides of the football.

Still, Baltimore has done some positive things this off-season as they picked up Elvis Dumervil in free agency and drafted linebacker Arthur Brown and safety Matt Elam in the draft. Both rookies have a chance to start year one, and should be fixtures in Baltimore’s defensive plans for years to come.

With Dumervil on the team (coupled with Terrell Suggs over a year removed from his Achilles injury), I like Baltimore’s odds to increase their sack total to over 40 this year, but don’t look to this group as more than a matchup play option.

It will take some time for a group that lost seven starters from a year ago to learn and trust playing with one another as a group. Not to mention the leadership void that will be felt with Lewis and Reed both gone.

In the end, Baltmore is one of the better franchises in the NFL, and they still have terrific leadership from upper management on down to the coaching staff. They will make a run at the playoffs this year, but expect them to go through some ups and downs in 2013.

Sacks Int’s Fumbles Avg PA
2013 Projected Stats 42 14 15 22.7
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Welcome to the Ravens team defense fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of their player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

Sorry Ravens fans but you can’t talk about this defense without mentioning the Terrell Suggs injury. While Suggs says he will return later in the season, it’s likely he’s done for the year after tearing his Achilles tendon.

Before his injury, I was all set to rank this group as the top defense in fantasy, especially after they added Courtney Upshaw in the draft.

This is still one of the top three defenses to target on draft day, as they will continue to play well without their top pass rusher, but Upshaw will need to contribute, early on.

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

The Ravens needed help at corner and drafted talented youngster Jimmy Smith in the first round of the draft. While Smith should make an impact right away I would still like to see them add a veteran. Thankfully the Ravens are in the running for Nnamdi Asomugha as he is one of the few cover corners in football but will come at a big price.

If the team can land this corner, you could make a case for them to be the third best fantasy defense to select on draft day after the Steelers and Packers. At this time, I have the Ravens inside the top ten but I would like to see their sack totals move up to over 40 on the season. That can happen if they get Asomugha as their secondary will allow for more coverage sacks.
Sacks Int’s Fumbles Avg PA
2011 Projected Stats 37 20 17 17.4

2010 Preview

Ed Reed talked about retiring just after the team lost to the Colts in the playoffs. While Reed does have his share of injuries to overcome this offseason, a retirement would be shocking. Expect Reed to be back and the Ravens’ defense to be strong.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: The Ravens’ defense had to overcome the loss of defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and linebacker Bart Scott. It took this unit a little while to find its stride, but they got better as time went on.

By the time the playoffs came the Ravens defense dominated on the road against the Patriots. Look for this team to build on the momentum from the end of last year.

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2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: The 2010 offeseason has been very kind to the Ravens overall as they now have a strong receiving core and pickup key help for the defense.

The additions of defensive tackle Terrence Cody and linebacker Sergio Kindle in the draft will allow this unit to apply more pressure. Using Cody in a rotation should give this defense an opportunity to lead the league against the run as they allow Ray Lewis room to roam.

Look for this defense to improve on their sack and turnover numbers from 2009 as the offense should give them consistent leads going into the third and fourth quarter of games.

Assets

- Shutdown Run Defense

- Pass Rush / Playmakers

- Great Overall Team

Liabilities

- They Don’t Have Dominant Corners

More Fantasy Football Player Info About The Ravens Defense

Ravens Defense | D/ ST

Points 16 (3rd) | Pass 207 (8th) | Run 93 (5th) |

Sacks 32 | Int 22 | FF 15 | TD: D 3 | ST 1

Defensive Style: 3-4

 Bye Week Conflicts (WK 8): 

Giants, Eagles, Bears, Falcons, Browns

For more information about the Ravens defense feel free to checkout our cheatsheet and mock draft pages of the website. Throughout the summer, you can find valuable information about all players that we have ranked for different leagues and where players are being selected in our monthly mock drafts.

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