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Monday, September 26, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: TORREY SMITH WR BALTIMORE RAVENS

The collective response when perusing the Baltimore Ravens scoring summary Sunday was "Who?" when one looked at the not one, not two , but THREE touchdowns scored by rookie receiver Torrey Smith in the team's demolition against the St. Louis Rams.  All in all Smith caught five passes for those three scores and 152 yards.  Those were the first catches that Smith has had through three games of his initial NFL campaign and no doubt many in the fantasy football community want to know more about him.  So lets get right to it with another edition of the Player Analyzer.

For starters, Torrey Smith was a second round draft pick of the team before this season out of Maryland where he made his reputation as a big play threat in the ACC.  Smith is blessed with tremendous speed so getting down the field to haul in long passes became his forte.  The Ravens used that talent to convince themselves to draft him as they desperately needed a deep threat opposite Anquan Boldin.  So after hardly playing the first two games of the season, and coming off a listless loss to the Titans, the Ravens decided to see what they had with Smith on Sunday and the results were huge.  Smith continually used his speed to get behind the Rams defense and made the big plays.  So its obvious that the Ravens will continue to try this alignment since it worked out so well on Sunday.

No doubt this was a tremendous game for Smith to announce his arrival to fantasy football but keep in mind he was going against a decimated Rams defense who are one of the worst in the league as far as their secondary is concerned.  Also Boldin will continue to be the main target of Joe Flacco when he is not looking at Ed Dickson or Ray Rice.  In other words there is a lot of competition for passes on a team that likes to run the ball more than pass.  The raw number of catches wont make him an asset in PPR leagues but those in standard formats could take a shot here and see where it leads to the rest of the season.  It could be just a big game using the element of surprise since D coordinators have no video on him.  Or it could be the start of a solid rookie season.  Just keep expectations in check and you wont get hurt.

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