Gone is the Ravens’ pass defense of old, and what remains is an exploitable secondary paired with a questionable pass rush on the edges. As a result, Sammy Watkins and former Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor have a plus-matchup at hand even with the Bills’ run-first philosophy. Taylor proved to be matchup-proof in games he started in 2015, and should be considered a high-floor and high-ceiling option due to his dual-threat ability. The Ravens do have a capable run defense, but LeSean McCoy can safely be started due to his monopolization of the backfield.
Charles Clay draws a difficult matchup with Eric Weddle policing the seams of the field, and may not see the volume necessary to distinguish himself from a barren field of fantasy tight ends. Robert Woods also doesn’t deserve a second look and presents a difficult case for him to even be owned in standard fantasy leagues.
Note the question mark after the “start’em” in this section, because every skill position in this offense should be approached with a question. There is a lot of depth in this offense, but seemingly no one has distinguished themselves from the rest. Kamar Aiken is a capable receiver who may lead the team in targets, but with Joe Flacco having so many mouths to feed, that may not be enough to give Aiken anything other than a flex designation. Justin Forsett also figures to have a prominent role, but could easily be subbed out at any point for Terrance West or Buck Allen.
Until clarity emerges from what could be pegged as an entire offense-by-committee, the Ravens skill players should remain stashed.