2014 Record: 10-6, AFC Wild Card, 3-2 in last five
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1st: 9th in DVOA* overall offense (6th pass, 18th rush) | 8th in DVOA* overall defense (15th pass, 5th run)
2nd: Not particularly effective at stopping any wide receiver type, except RBs (ninth-best, 7.1 pass attempts per game, 30.7 yards per game), according to Football Outsiders’ defense vs. receiver types chart.
3rd: Key loss: WR Torrey Smith | Key addition: WR Breshad Perriman
4th: For the above loss/add listing I’ve been trying to stick to fantasy-relevant skill position players and stay away from rookies, but I made an exception to the last part for the Ravens. The addition of Perriman and loss of Smith fit too well together for a team that was sixth-best passing last season. The team also added TE Maxx Williams through the draft, which could give Joe Flacco another weapon. You could argue that the departure of beast DL Haloti Ngata was a bigger loss to the team overall, it should damage their fifth-ranked run defense. Although he may have had a stroke that affected his memory.
*Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, a Football Outsiders’ advanced NFL metric, measures a team’s performance on a per-play basis. The metric attempts to limit variance and provides a more realistic measurement of how good a team is regardless of matchup or situation, making it a strong indicator of future success. Read more about DVOA.