Ravens D/ST: Stock up
The Ravens may have lost some key starters in Patrick Onwuasor and Michael Pierce in Free Agency this offseason, but they seemingly upgraded at both positions via Free Agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. Baltimore also retains Matt Judon to keep their sack production honest.
Where the Ravens really upgraded was in the pass rush, adding Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe to the equation. The two combined for 13.5 sacks in 2019 with their respective teams and both would’ve finished in Baltimore’s top-three sack producers. After recording just 37 sacks last year, which ranked 21st throughout the league, the unit looks primed to get back into that 40 sack range.
An improved pass rush should lead to more turnovers in the secondary. A modest 13 interceptions could get upwards of 15 with a full season of Marcus Peters in the mix (who tied for first on the team with three in 10 games with the team), as well as another year of Earl Thomas roaming the secondary.
Should these numbers improve, Baltimore could once again be a top-five defense in Fantasy Football in 2020 after finishing fourth in 2019. This will ring even more true if they can finish inside the top-five in PPG (gave up 17.6 in 2019, third-best in the league). The Ravens defense is definitely a top-tier unit that only got better this offseason.
Justin Tucker: Stock neutral
It’s hard to get better than what Justin Tucker did in 2019. Tucker finished third in PPG in 2019, averaging 9.6 PPG. Tucker nailed a career-high 57 PATs and made 28/29 field goal attempts, including 11 field goals of 40+ yards (12 attempts). While Tucker only attempted one field goal from 50+ yards (which he made), that had more to do with how electric the offense was.
Baltimore is retaining all of their offensive weapons from 2019 and added running back J.K. Dobbins and wide receivers Devin Duvernay and James Proche via the 2020 NFL Draft. The offense is likely to remain as potent as they were in 2019, meaning Tucker will have a lot of chances to hit PATs and short field goals. Expect Tucker to remain in the top-five range that he hovers around every year and stay the consistent option that he’s always been.