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Fantasy Football: Look for Terrance West on Week 5 waiver wire

Fantasy Football: Look for Terrance West on Week 5 waiver wire

Four weeks of the NFL Fantasy Football season are in the books. That's enough time for a realistc assesment from owners on their specific team needs. Even if that inventory reveals all good, note that's never a thing in this game. Always cover your bases when it comes to checking that Waiver Wire.

Rainy days come when you least expect it and it's always wise to plan for those bye weeks. That's something those with Allen Robinson (Jaguars), Travis Kelce (Chiefs), Drew Brees (Saints) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks) must deal with in Week 5.


— Because Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are on a bye or Carson Palmer is freaking you out

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia vs. Detroit: The 2016 QB rookie class is doing work and the kid from North Dakota State is the primed for Valadictorian status after three games. Five touchdowns, zero interceptions. That works. So does facing a Lions defense that has allowed 12 touchdown passes. Assuming his bye week didn't slow any momentum, Wentz isn't just a replacement option this week, but a legitimate back-end QB1.

Others: Joe Flacco (Baltimore vs. Washington), Brian Hoyer (Chicago at Indianapolis), Trevor Siemian (Denver vs. Atlanta)


— Because you can't stand how the Raiders are using Latavius Murray and you're wisely concerned Thomas Rawls won't get his job back from Christine Michael

1. Terrence West, Baltimore vs. Washington: I'm not really sure that possession is nine tenths of the law, but in the case of the Ravens backfield, maybe. West received the start last week and rushed for 113 yards on 21 carries (5.4) with one touchdown. Now Justin Forsett is gone. While Kenneth Dixon, another free agent option, is expected in the mix going forward, it's hard imagining the rookie getting much work Sunday. Speaking of Sunday, the Redskins cannot stop the run, period. West looks like a top 20 RB option in Week 5.

2. James White, New England at Cleveland: Wendell Smallwood and Kenneth Dixon rank above White for those not in need of immediate help. That said, Tom Brady is back and White's usage as the pass catching back should soar.

Others for Week 5 (but more for stashing): Wendell Smallwood (Philadelphia vs. Detroit), Kenneth Dixon (Baltimore vs. Washington), Bilal Powell (NY Jets at Pittsburgh), Orleans Darkwa (NY Giants at Green Bay), Paul Perkins (NY Giants at Green Bay), Dion Lewis (New England at Cleveland)


— Because no Doug Baldwin, Allen Robinson or Jeremy Maclin and you're not loving Golden Tate much anymore

1. Quincy Enunwa, NY Jets at Pittsburgh: Because Eric Decker's shoulder injury will likely keep him out for Week 5 and IR remains an option. Enunwa is involved already and his usage should climb.

2. Steve Smith, Baltimore vs. Washington: Because playing angry is back and owners are wise to use Smith's aggression for their own good for as long as it lasts.

3. Robert Woods, Buffalo vs. Los Angeles: Because he's emerged as Buffalo's top receiver with Sammy Watkins out (13 for 150 over last two games).

4. Chris Hogan, New England at Cleveland: Because Tom Brady has plenty to prove and Hogan looks like the best WR option not named Julian Edelman.

5. Brice Butler, Dallas vs. Cincinnati: Because Terrance Williams is overrated and the 6-foot-3 Butler went 5-41-1 on nine targets in Week 4 with Dez Bryant out.

Others: Cole Beasley (Dallas vs. Cincinnati, PPR), Jamison Crowder (Washington at Batimore), Kenny Stills (Miami vs. Tennessee)


— Because Travis Kelce, Coby Fleener and Julius Thomas are on byes and somebody already has Zach Ertz and Kyle Rudolph

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay at Carolina: Tempted to go with San Diego's Hunter Henry seeing as Antonio Gates could miss more time. For Week 5, Henry sans Gates is the better call, but the steady Brate is now the clear No. 1 option with the Bucs. Five receptions and at least 46 yards in back-to-back games. Make your move based on your specific need.

Others: Zach Miller (Chicago at Indianapolis), Jesse James (Pittsburgh vs. NY Jets)


— Because you stream this position

Likely available in Week 5: Los Angeles (vs. Buffalo), Philadelpha (at Detroit), Buffalo (at Los Angeles)

MORE FANTASY FOOTBALL: Ravens release running back Justin Forsett again

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Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

We've known the Ravens' 2018 preseason and regular season opponents for some time now, but the NFL finally released their full schedule with exact dates and times.

As they do every year, the Ravens will be seeing the Bengals, Steelers and Browns twice. 

For the ninth consecutive year, Week 16 and 17 will be divisional games with playoff implications.

The Ravens will also be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio, bringing an extra preseason game to their schedule.

In the regular season, the birds will be flocking south to take on the Panthers, Falcons and Titans. They haven't seen the Panthers or Falcons since 2014 - both ending in wins - and came up just short against the Titans in their 23-20 loss last season.

The Ravens will only have to travel to the west coast once when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who they last saw in 2015 and earned a 29-26 win.

Not including AFC North rivals, the last time the Ravens saw their remaining five home opponents they came away with wins. Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Prime-time games, which the Ravens have two of, will kick off at earlier times than in the past. Monday Night Football will now start at 8:15 p.m. while Thursday and Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thursday, 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sunday 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Saturday 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sunday 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.


Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2, vs. Chicago Bears (Canton, OH), 8:00pm (NBC).

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Mon. 8/20,  at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN).

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins*

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 at Washington Redskins

* - Game date and time not yet determined


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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report


As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

With 10 days until the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to visit the Ravens this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick as he has proven to have success in the air and on the ground. 

While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. His NFL draft profile compares him to Michael Vick. 


The Ravens are in search of Joe Flacco's successor, but spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when there are other glaring needs is up in the air. However, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of drafting a quarterback in the first-round.

At their pre-draft press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta kept reiterating we could be surprised by who they pick at No. 16, if they do at all. 

While Jackson's numbers are impressive, he continues to be considered a late first-round pick as his build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts are concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed.

While fans are hoping for an offensive weapon, having Jackson learn under Flacco for a year (and maybe RGIII?) could rev up some excitement.