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Inner Harbor Blues

As a fantasy owner you can probably rattle off the really bad passing teams in the NFL. There's one team that throws for fewer yards per game than the Dolphins, has more interceptions than the Falcons and has more passing touchdowns than the Raiders. The surprising thing about this team is that they were expected to provide several fantasy options at receiver.  In hindsight, I don't know WHY that was expected.  I'm referring to the Baltimore Ravens.   Let's review the fantasy wreckage so far:

Todd Heap, TE - Heap was expected to bounce back in a big way and was widely considered a Top Ten, if not Top 5, fantasy tight end. He has 23 catches for 239 yards and a touchdown, making him the #22 tight end in the SBNation Writers League.  Bust.

Mark Clayton, WR - Everybody clear the way for Mark Freaking Clayton!  After 939 yards and 5 TDs in 2006, this was going to be the year that Clayton established himself.  He's established himself as a big bust with 29 catches for 272 yards and no scores.  That ties him for 74th among WRs in fantasy points in the SBNation league.  It's too bad you didn't have a mouthful of pizza when you were drafting and everybody thought you'd said "Crayton"

Demetrius Williams, WR - Williams picked up some hype late in the draft season as potential breakout, a "next Devery Henderson" type.  Forget it, Williams has done other words he's outperformed Clayton with 20 catches for 290 yards.  He only has four catches in the last four games though.

Quinn Sypniewski, TE - This guy was absolutely unknown during drafts, but I've seen him started as a bye week fill-in. 23 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown so far this season, but only one catch last week.

The one bright spot for the Ravens has been Derrick Mason, though his totals (66 catches for 590 yards and a 2 touchdowns) are far more impressive in PPR leagues. He's 2nd in the league in receptions, but only 21st in receiving yards. It's doubtful that anybody drafted Mason in your league anyway, so the owner who figured out Clayton was a bust quickest is likely the one who has Mason.

Overall the Ravens pass offense has been bad for fantasy owners this season.  It's worth another post to delve into why we thought that the combination of an older McNair and Kyle Boller would lead to fantasy production for anybody.