Let’s be honest, you read the title of this and said, “what the hell is this guy thinking?!” Then you became intrigued that someone actually wants Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco as their Fantasy Football starter and clicked on the link. By the end of this article, you’ll begin to think that I’m not nearly as crazy as you thought I was!
The optimism I have for Joe Flacco comes down to three factors:
- His “weapons” around him
- His draft position
- His floor is great based on the draft capital needed for him
The Offense Has Been Upgraded
The Ravens had a terrible offense last season. When their kicker Justin Tucker scores over 40% of the points for the team, you know there is a problem with the offense. While Flacco threw for almost 4,400 yards, he only had 20 passing touchdowns. You might think that means they scored more rushing touchdowns; they only had 10.
During the offseason, the Ravens invested in both running back and receiver by signing Danny Woodhead and Jeremy Maclin respectively.
Danny Woodhead has proven that he can have between 1,000-1,200 total yards and scored double digit touchdowns. If you compare what Woodhead’s floor is to Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon, the pair of running backs only had 300 more combined yards and scored one less touchdown. Add in the fact that Joe Flacco loves throwing a short pass to his running back, Danny Woodhead could be in line for a huge statistical year.
Everyone was surprised when Jeremy Maclin was cut by the Chiefs to save a couple of bucks. The Ravens wasted no time signing him to their team, and he immediately became someone I want to target in drafts. Maclin came from a quarterback that doesn’t throw the ball a lot to one that averages over 600 attempts a year. Flacco also lost two of his favorite targets this offseason that combined for 222 targets. I can see a lot of those targets heading Maclin’s way.
He’s Going Where in Drafts?!
In a 12-team league, he is being drafted at 14.11 as the 24th quarterback off the board. He is going behind rookie Deshaun Watson, who is the quarterback for a team that would prefer to the run the ball every play. Flacco is essentially free in all drafts right now, and I doubt that he goes any higher than the 13th round. You can literally punt on quarterback and draft your other skill positions before needing to take Joe Flacco.
His Weekly Numbers are Solid
Joe Flacco will score you 16 points a week as your starting quarterback. He averages 250 yards and 1.5 touchdowns a week. You may not think that’s an argument to draft him because Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck and Tom Brady are going to give you a better average point total every week, but the players you have to pass on to get those quarterbacks won’t make it worth it.
Based on the chart below, who would you rather have:
|Aaron Rodgers (2.09)||Leonard Fournette (2.07)
Dez Bryant (2.07)
Rob Gronkowski (2.09)
|Tom Brady (3.03)||Amari Cooper (2.11)
Isaiah Crowell (3.03)
Doug Baldwin (3.06)
|Drew Brees (4.04)||DeMaryius Thomas (4.01)
Keenan Allen (4.05)
Jordan Reed (4.09)
|Andrew Luck (5.06)||Martavis Bryant (5.03)
Julian Edelman (5.09)Ameer Abdullah (5.09)
You only need to start 1 quarterback, can start up to 3 at all other positions. If I took one of the quarterbacks above and waited to take the best available running back, wide receiver or tight end in the 14th round, my best options would be Giovani Bernard, Cole Beasley and Austin Hooper respectively.
Don’t Be Afraid to Take Flacco
Your league will probably laugh at you if you take Joe Flacco as your starter. Honestly, who cares what they think? When you’re stock piling running backs and wide receivers, discovering the next David Johnson or Odell Beckham, your league mates will have no choice but to praise you when you take home the championship!
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This article can also be found at Dominate Fantasy.