Complete 2016 Projections

Position: ALL | QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST | K | FLEX
     
PROJECTED 2016 SEASON STATS
1. Justin Forsett, Bal RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics1516414.2231153083
2016 Projections198.6956.14.8430.6205.50.8143.7
2016 Outlook: After a breakout campaign in 2014 during which he finished eighth among RBs in fantasy points, the question was whether Forsett could sustain his success in 2015. He didn't. Forsett's yards per carry dropped from 5.4 to 4.2, his TDs fell from eight to two and he broke his arm in November, knocking him out for the rest of the season. He still tops the Ravens' depth chart, but the journeyman will turn 31 in October and must fend off Kenneth Dixon, Javorius Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro for snaps. Initially Forsett will flirt with RB2 numbers, but he's far from a lock to hold down lead-back duties all season.
2. Kenneth Dixon, Bal RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics----------------
2016 Projections82.7353.24.32.225.9222.40.974.1
2016 Outlook: Dixon is one of the most intriguing additions to the fantasy landscape. At Louisiana Tech last year, he ran for zero or negative yards on one-quarter of his carries, which hardly seems like the r'sum' of a future pro. But considering that Dixon averaged just 1.2 yards before contact and 3.6 yards after contact (tops among RBs who attended the draft combine), it's plausible that offensive line woes caused those negative runs. That's what the Ravens believed after drafting him in the fourth round; he will provide them with a receiving threat and a potential heir to Justin Forsett.
3. Steve Smith Sr.*, Bal WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics734667014.6300082
2016 Projections9658.2816.114.04.1000105.2
2016 Outlook: Smith turned back the clock early last season, posting 41 catches for 588 yards and three TDs in his first six games, which placed him 10th among WRs in fantasy points per game. But in his seventh game, he tore his Achilles, costing him the rest of the season. It also caused him to rethink his decision to retire: Smith will now try to return from that brutal injury at age 37, making him a risky pick. If he returns to full health and assumes an every-down role, he is talented enough to flirt with WR2 stats. The more likely scenario, though, is that he finishes his career playing in sub packages for Baltimore's suddenly deep offense.
4. Breshad Perriman*, Bal WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics0000.000000
2016 Projections71.540.7587.514.43.800080.7
2016 Outlook: Knee troubles cost Perriman his entire rookie season after the Ravens took him in the first round of the 2015 draft. Now he has a chance to make a major impact. Steve Smith Sr., Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken will challenge him for snaps, but Smith is 37 and coming off a torn Achilles, and Wallace struggled in Minnesota last year. Perriman's combo of size (6-2, 218 pounds) and elite speed gives him massive upside. The Ravens have added several offensive weapons, but Perriman has the highest fantasy ceiling on the team. Take a stab in the middle rounds and hope he comes close to reaching his vast potential.
5. Mike Wallace, Bal WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics723947312.1216054
2016 Projections7137.5491.213.13.52.113.20.170.7
2016 Outlook: Wallace was a major disappointment in his only season in Minnesota and now joins his third team in as many years. After finishing no worse than 28th among WRs in fantasy points during his first six seasons, Wallace finished tied for 74th in 2015 with career lows in receptions (39), yards (473) and TDs (two). Now in Baltimore, Wallace will benefit from strong-armed Joe Flacco, but playing time could limit his fantasy upside. Wallace will compete with Steve Smith Sr., Breshad Perriman and Kamar Aiken for reps in a tight-end-friendly offense. There's WR3 upside here, but Wallace will be a risky choice from week to week.
6. Justin Tucker, Bal KYEAR1-3940-4950+TOTXPPTS
2015 Statistics19/1910/114/1033/4029/29139
2016 Projections17.6/18.58.1/10.13.3/529/33.735.1/36.6132.1
2016 Outlook: Tucker has been one of fantasy's most consistent producers since he entered the NFL, finishing each of his four seasons among the top 11 kickers in fantasy points. He ranked ninth in 2015, a season in which the Ravens' offense was annihilated by injuries. Still, Tucker managed eight top-10 fantasy weeks (tied for second). He attempted a league-high 10 field goals from 50-plus yards but converted only four. Despite trailing only Blair Walsh and Greg Zuerlein in 50-plus-yard attempts since entering the league, Tucker has converted 87.8 percent of all FGs, which ranks 13th. He is as reliable as they come at the position.
7. Javorius Allen, Bal RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics1375143.8145353287
2016 Projections86.9351.74.02.717.2134.60.566.2
2016 Outlook: A 2015 fourth-round pick, Buck played sparingly early last year but was the biggest benefactor when Justin Forsett went down for the season with an injury. During the final seven weeks, his 3.5 yards per carry was ugly, but a position-high 37 receptions was enough to rank sixth among RBs in fantasy points. Allen appears best served as a backup, but he'll have an opportunity to compete with the 30-year-old Forsett and rookie Kenneth Dixon in Baltimore's underrated offense. Since he is facing so much competition, Allen is nothing more than a late-round lottery ticket.
8. Kamar Aiken, Bal WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics1277594412.65000116
2016 Projections83.549.5613.112.43.700083.2
2016 Outlook: Aiken hardly looked like a relevant fantasy player heading into last season, but he ended up tied for 21st in the league with 126 targets. That total included 84 after Week 9, which ranked fourth among WRs. Aiken finished the season with 75 receptions for 944 yards and five TDs and posted five top-30 fantasy weeks after Week 9, taking advantage of injuries to much of Baltimore's receiving corps. But he'll struggle to match that production now that the Ravens are flush with WR depth. Most likely, he will compete for snaps as Baltimore's No. 3 or No. 4 WR.
9. Joe Flacco, Bal QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics266/4132791141213233155
2016 Projections363.7/6054110.425.415.827.947.81.2239.7
2016 Outlook: Flacco is a solid NFL QB, but his play has yet to translate into high-end statistical production. His best fantasy season came all the way back in 2010, and even then he ranked only 10th among QBs. Flacco has never placed higher than 11th in passing yards or 10th in passing TDs, and last season was more of the same before he suffered a season-ending torn ACL and MCL in Week 11. He was a top-10 fantasy QB in just 40 percent of his outings (tied for 16th in the NFL), and his 10.5 yards per completion was second worst in the league. If you're looking for reasons for optimism, Flacco's targets should be better--and healthier--with Benjamin Watson and Mike Wallace joining Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams. More likely, though, Flacco is headed for another low-ceiling QB2 campaign.
10. Benjamin Watson, Bal TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics1097482511.16000108
2016 Projections46.729.4317.210.82.500045.9
2016 Outlook: Seemingly by default, Watson turned out to be New Orleans' replacement for Jimmy Graham last season. The veteran started slowly but ended up among the top eight TEs in targets, receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and fantasy points. His situation is dramatically different in Baltimore, where he is part of a deep TE group and will no longer benefit from Drew Brees. But Maxx Williams is inexperienced, Crockett Gillmore and Dennis Pitta have battled inju.ries and Nick Boyle is suspended, so Watson might be able to claim the primary role early. Even so, that leaves him as little more than a low-ceiling TE2.
11. Maxx Williams, Bal TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics47322688.4100029
2016 Projections52.634.4318.89.32.600046.7
2016 Outlook: Williams looked like a breakout candidate this year until the Ravens added Benjamin Watson during the offseason. Granted, Watson is 35 and won't see nearly the targets that he got in New Orleans last year, but he will limit Williams' playing time. Williams was the first TE picked in the 2015 draft and played just over 40 percent of Baltimore's offensive snaps as a rookie. He caught 32 balls for 268 yards and a TD, and considering he is just 22, his future remains bright. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear he will play enough to recognize that potential in 2016.
12. Ravens D/ST D/STYEARSCKINTFRTDPAYAPTS
2015 Statistics37684401539885
2016 Projections44.610.78.92.8394.35502.4103.6
2016 Outlook: Long an elite unit, the Baltimore D/ST ranked just 19th last season in fantasy points, its worst finish in the past 10 years. The Ravens managed only four top-10 fantasy weeks, which was more than just six other teams. The offseason signing of safety Eric Weddle helps, but Baltimore did little else to improve a defense that finished last in the league in interceptions (six) and 28th in forced fumbles (eight). There is some talent here, but it's hard to expect high-end production from a unit led by the aging Weddle (31), Terrell Suggs (33), Elvis Dumervil (32) and Lardarius Webb (30).
13. Josh Johnson, Bal QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics0/00000000
2016 Projections0/00000000
14. Jimmy Clausen, Bal QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics72/125739241136031
2016 Projections--/----------------
15. Dennis Pitta, Bal TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2015 Statistics0000.000000
2016 Projections0000.000000