Joe Flacco Could Reach New Fantasy Stratosphere In 2012

August 17, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during their preseason game against the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Joe Flacco could make a big leap in his fifth year with a more open passing attack in Baltimore. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Baltimore Ravens seem set to finally take the training wheels off QB Joe Flacco. After years of a conservative, run-first offense centered around RB Ray Rice, the team brought in Jim Caldwell as the new QB coach and switched to a no-huddle offense. The results have been impressive in preseason, and Rice has a glowing review: "In pecking order, this is Joe's offense, then everybody else. And he's proven that this preseason with how he's played, his tempo, how vocal he is, and the quiet Joe phase I think is pretty much over."

Fantasy Impact: For possibly the first time in Baltimore's history, the offense could be a stronger unit than the defense. If the new-look passing attack sticks, Flacco could finally vault himself to the top tier of fantasy QBs - he certainly has the weapons in Rice and rising deep threat Torrey Smith.

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