March 22, 2017

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    CIN @ BAL

  • Week 2 - Sep 11

    PIT @ BAL

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    BAL @ CLE

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    CAR @ BAL

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    BAL @ IND

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    BAL @ TB

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    ATL @ BAL

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    BAL @ CIN

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    BAL @ PIT

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    TEN @ BAL

  • Week 11 - Nov 16


  • Week 12 - Nov 24

    BAL @ NO

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    SD @ BAL

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    BAL @ MIA

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    JAC @ BAL

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    BAL @ HOU

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CLE @ BAL

  • Week 2 - Sep 10

    CIN 13 @ BAL 44

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    NE 30 @ BAL 31

  • Week 4 - Sep 27

    CLE 16 @ BAL 23

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    BAL 9 @ KC 6

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    DAL @ BAL

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    BAL @ HOU

  • Week 8 - Oct 28


  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    BAL @ CLE

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    OAK @ BAL

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    BAL @ PIT

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    BAL @ SD

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    PIT @ BAL

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    PIT 7 @ BAL 35

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    GB 30 @ CAR 23

    14 receptions

    334 rec yards

    2 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    BAL 37 @ LAR 7

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    NYJ 17 @ BAL 34

  • Week 5 - Oct 09


  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    HOU 14 @ BAL 29

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    WAS 20 @ CAR 33

    39 receptions

    818 rec yards

    3 TDs

    6 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    ARI 27 @ BAL 30

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    BAL 23 @ PIT 20

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    BAL 17 @ SEA 22

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    CIN 24 @ BAL 31

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    BAL 24 @ CLE 10

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    IND 10 @ BAL 24

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    BAL 14 @ SD 34

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    TB 16 @ CAR 48

    79 receptions

    1394 rec yards

    7 TDs

    56 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    CAR 18 @ NYG 31

    5 receptions

    75 rec yards

    1 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    BAL 10 @ CIN 15

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    CLE 17 @ BAL 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    BAL 17 @ PIT 14

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    DEN 17 @ BAL 31

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    BAL 20 @ NE 23

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    BUF 34 @ BAL 37

  • Week 8 - Oct 31


  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    MIA 10 @ BAL 26

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    BAL 21 @ ATL 26

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    BAL 37 @ CAR 13

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    TB 10 @ BAL 17

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    PIT 13 @ BAL 10

  • Week 14 - Dec 13

    BAL 34 @ HOU 28

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    NO 24 @ BAL 30

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    BAL 20 @ CLE 10

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    CIN 7 @ BAL 13


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Steve Smith

Baltimore Ravens

2008 - 2011 Statistics

                           RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats           6       56      0           79        129       1394    7        187.0    11.7

2010 Stats           1        9       0           46         99        554     2         68.3      4.9

2009 Stats           5       22      0           65        129        982     7        142.4      9.5

2008 Stats           5       40      0           78        129       1421    6        182.1     13.0

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) For the first time in his career, Steve Smith has a good QB throwing him the ball

(+) Had the second-most yards-per-catch in his career with 17.6 YPC in 2011

(+) Steve Smith won the PYRO All-Stars contest for best athlete at WR (podcast)

(+) Played all 16 games last year, so he can still take a lickin’ (durable)

(+) Steve is the most competitive player in the league at any position

(+) He has that feisty Napoleon Complex that makes him play angry and dole out punishment to defenders

(+) Carolina tends to play catch-up football with their defense as bad as it is

(–) 33-years old is getting up there for a skill-position player

(–) Carolina is still looking for a solid WR2 to help ease the coverage on smith (Maybe LaFell?)

(–) Not a big TD guy. In 2005, he had 12, but 2006 = 8, '07 = 7, '08 = 6, '09 = 7, '10 = 2, '11 = 7

(–) Never used in the red zone as he's a paltry 5'9"

(–) Just got paid $37.75 million over four years which will likely be the final contract-signing of his career

(–) Five 100-yard games in the first half of the season, yet only one 100-yard game the second half

(–) He has been an all first-half guy the last two years. He starts hot, then takes a dip

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2009 Review

steve smith is a badass

Steve Smith had a nice run among the top echelon of receivers for awhile, but it was cut short this past year after finishing 18th in the league with just 142.1 fantasy points (basic scoring system).  Not only was it his lowest fantasy output over the past five seasons, but it was also the lowest amount of receptions (65) and fewest yards (982) he’d put up over that time period as well.  What’s even more alarming about the drop-off is that he ended up sitting on the bottom rung of the NFLs Steve Smith totem pole!  However, the good news in all this is that none of it had anything to do with Smith as a football player.  The Panthers lack of even a decent WR2 left Smitty double-teamed for most of the year, while his QB for the first 11 games, Jake Delhomme, was about as useless as a one-armed trapeze artist with an itchy ass.  Another bit of good news was that as soon as backup QB Matt Moore was inserted into the lineup, Smitty went right back to his dominating self by averaging just under 14 fantasy points a game.

steve smith - 2009 stats

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

Stevie may be on the undesirable side of 30 at this point (he turned 31 in May), but that doesn’t mean he’s poised for a downfall anytime soon… well, at least not this year.  He doesn’t look to have lost a step in his “old age”, and after the down season he just had, you can bet he’s motivated as hell to show his critics where they can shove their cynicism.  Smith’s always had a bit of an edge to him and takes these sorts of things personally, so you can bet your ass he’ll let QB Matt Moore know just how bad he wants the ball this year.  He won’t climb back into the top-5 WRs like he was in the past, but despite his offseason flag-football mishap, expect him to end up as one of the better fantasy WR2s in 2010 with an upside of cracking the top-10.

~ Jake Delhomme is in Cleveland, which is far enough away from Carolina not to affect Smith’s numbers anymore

~ Steve and his new QB, Matt Moore, look to really be in sync

~ DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart will still force defenses to clog the middle, thus opening up the field for Smith

~ Will the Panthers continued lack of a solid WR2 affect Smitty the same way it has in the past?

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Stevie does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here:  Panthers Player Tweets



Follow Pyro® on Twitter @pyroman1ac

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Featured Pieces

Steve Smith likes to get into fights with his teammates:

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Back in May of '07, Stevie signed himself a six-year deal worth $43.85 million, with $9.3 million of it handed over as a signing bonus.  $6 million more was shelled out as a roster bonus in the second year (already collected) and another $2 million more in the third (also already collected).  The rest is as follows:

2010 - $5.75 million

2011 - $7 million

2012 - $7.75 million

2013 - Free Agent

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It’s looking like rookie Brandon LaFell should be the handcuff to Smith this year

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

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Injury Report


Smith tends to miss a game or two a year, but mostly due to his temper. He broke his arm playing football with friends this summer, but should be fine. I'll draft him like a green light, but feel the need to make him yellow here

89% Sure He Will Retire, Says Stevie Fists

Pyro's take: If that is indeed true, and this is his last game, talk about narrative street. I will be tossing him into a GPP line-up. Can't you just see them getting him the ball for a big day so he can ride off into the sunset?

Fantasy Goo: As it is, Steve has the most all-purpose yards of any active player and is 7th on the all-time list with 19,146.

12/31/16, 05:16 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Senior Announces Retirement

Pyro's take: Week 17 is 89% chance of being 89's last game in pro football, expect a going away party.

Fantasy Goo: Play your Steve Smith in DFS as the Ravens should target him heavily.

12/28/16, 03:37 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Senior A Full Go Tonight

Pyro's take: Steve Smith Senior was taken off the Ravens official injury report on Tuesday, and he's mad. Why is he mad? Because he's Steve Smith. He should have a big game against a Browns D that's ranked 24th against WRs.

11/10/16, 12:49 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: www.rotoworld.com

Smith Out in Week 7

Pyro's take: Without Smith, Wallace should get a boost.

Fantasy Goo: While we know Wallace is a boom or bust play, I think Aiken could be the sneaky play here. HE faces Buster Skrine, the opposing slot corner. This defense is top 5 for INTS and facing a team that leads the league in INTs and has a terrible turnover differential. That spells lots of opportunity for Flacco, and against Skrine, I think Aiken will draw Flacco's eye.

10/23/16, 10:59 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: twitter.com

WR DFS Plays for Week 6

Pyro's take: Both guys are severely under prices, including the rock-bottom, minimum $3000 for Aiken.

Fantasy Goo: Aiken will get a larger role without Steve Smith in the line-up. Austin is also so low priced and has 54 looks so far. Opportunity is what you want and he is getting it in spades through the air and on the ground.

10/16/16, 11:33 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Steve Smith Not Practicing Since Injuring His Ankle In Week Five

Pyro's take: Steve Smith Sr. was not present during the Ravens practice on Wednesday morning CSN Mid Atlantic’s Ravens' Insider Clifton Brown reported. Smith Sr. injured his ankle in the first quarter of Baltimore’s Week 5 loss to the Redskins and did not return to the game.

Fantasy Goo: Prior to the injury, Steve Smith Sr. was returning solid WR2/3 production over the first four weeks of the 2016 season. Through four games, Smith Sr. had racked up 24 catches for 281 yards and a touchdown on a team high 37 targets. With the severity of the ankle injury still a little unknown it is something Smith Sr. owners in season-long leagues will want keep on eye on over the next few days.

10/12/16, 02:39 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: mobile.twitter.com

Flacco Versus the Raiders: 2015 His Best Game

Pyro's take: Flacco has a good history with the raiders. Last year, he threw for 384 yards, 2 tDs, 1 INT. That was the most passing yards of his 2015 season.

Fantasy Goo: Flacco is a great stream this week as he is readily available, I also like Steve Smith in DFS. Last year, Smith was responsible for 150 of Flacco's 384

10/02/16, 10:21 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Harbaugh likes Smith's Fire

Pyro's take: “I saw a lot of competitive fire,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said about Smith. “He was critical for us. He made some huge chunk plays for us when we needed him the most. I haven’t had any concerns about Steve, really, at all, all year. I’m sure glad he’s on our side, and I’m looking forward to how he plays this week.”

Fantasy Goo: Smith got 11 targets last week and turned that into eight catches for 87 yards. He should fair even better this week as he faces a Raiders defense that allows a league leading 344 passing yards per game. Receivers are scoring 32.5 fantasy points per game against Oakland, which is the most in the league. Smith is going to get a lot of targets once again, but he should be able to do big time damage this week.

09/30/16, 05:11 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.baltimoreravens.com

Steve Smith Expected To Return By Week One


Pyro's take: BaltimoreRavens.com writer Ryan Mink reports that Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh stated that WR Steve Smith is expected back for the season opener against the Buffalo Bills on September 11. Smith missed the final nine games of the 2015 season after tearing his Achilles on a non-contact play against the San Diego Chargers.

Fantasy Goo: This is great news for the Ravens. When healthy, Smith is arguably the best player on the Ravens’ offense. Smith has some durability concerns coming off of a serious injury, but with an ADP at 108, he provides great value. If healthy for the entire season, Smith has the talent and the drive to finish the year as a WR1.

08/10/16, 09:18 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.baltimoreravens.com

Smith to Sit out PreSeason


Pyro's take: Steve Smith is 37 years old and tore his Achilles November 1st, 2015 with no clear timetable of return. Smith has a lot of hits on his body with 961 catches and wants to hit 1000 before retirement.

Fantasy Goo: Smith is one of the few WRs to outperform above the age of 30 over the past 3 years. It is so significant, placing his regression is difficult to do. An Achilles typically slows down speed guys. Smith is 37 years and his body shouldn't recover faster than younger guys but sports rehab has returned players earlier and earlier every year.

Smith should be owned in every league and drafted in middle rounds of redraft with high upside.

06/16/16, 09:45 AM CDT by The Archer
Source: www.baltimoresun.com

Steve Smith Sr. added to injury report. Tweaked his knee in practice. He practiced on limited basis.


Pyro's take: According to Jeff Zrebiec via Twitter "Steve Smith Sr. added to injury report. Tweaked his knee in practice. He practiced on limited basis."

Nothing else is really known at this point, but a tweak doesnt sound like he will be out for Sunday's game. Check for up dated status on Friday and Sunday.

10/29/15, 10:44 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Steve Smith Sr. caught 5-of-9 targets for 78 yards


Pyro's take: Steve Smith is still producing and hasnt seem to fallen off as he did last season. He caught five passes for 78-yards, but it would have been better if he was able to convert more of his targets, as he nearly missed on half.

10/27/15, 02:28 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Steve Smith has microfractures in back


Pyro's take: According to Ed Werder via twitter "Source says #Ravens WR Steve Smith has four micro-fractures in his back. No surgery, day to day. Pain tolerance will be factor in return"

Smith doesn't need surgery, but will miss at least one week. Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown will start until Smith returns.

10/03/15, 10:56 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Stevie Fists finally breaks out for Baltimore

Wide receiver Steve Smith made six catches for 80 yards and a highlight reel touchdown late in the first half, when he hauled in a 24-yard pass from quarterback Joe Flacco while sliding through the end zone.

“You come here in free agency and everybody has a question,” Smith said after the game. “‘Will he be able to play? What kind of plays can he make?’ … That kind of just shows that I can still play and what kind of play that I’m going to have.

“That’s what I want to do, show what I bring to the table,” Smith said.

Smith, who was a frequent target of Flacco’s during training camp, had been quiet during the first two games of the preseason. Smith made one catch for nine yards in the starters’ only drive against San Francisco, and made one catch for eight yards in Dallas.

“Last week, I really didn’t play well,” Smith said. “I didn’t line up well, and my assignments were off. Today was a great opportunity to show that I can be an asset, instead of the liability I was last week.”

Pyro's take: The Ravens are in dire need of a receiver with a lot of fight in him, and they have that in Smith. You are not going to get the top end fantasy production of his past, but his ADP of 51st amongst receivers means that you don't have to reach for him. Smith is going to be that steady veteran who can be a good bye week replacement when you need just decent production.

08/26/14, 09:53 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: articles.baltimoresun.com

Smith signs with the Ravens

The Ravens have now agreed to terms on a three-year, $11 million contract with the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver that includes a $3.5 million signing bonus, according to NFL sources.

"I love the coach [Harbaugh], and I like the offensive scheme," Smith said during a conference call where he also cited the proximity to his family in Charlotte, N.C. "It just had a familiarity in some regards, but then also had a fresh new perspective. Everything seemed to gel, and coach Harbaugh was excellent. We talked about a lot of things and the one thing that they said that was consistent was: 'We want you to be yourself.' That was good, that was very encouraging, I enjoyed that."

Pyro's take: It is official, Steve Smith is now a member of the Ravens. He immediately becomes the teams second receiver opposite Torrey Smith, and will be playing with a chip on his shoulder this season.

Personally I would have preferred for Stevie fists to end up in a better offense, but he should see plenty of targets as he takes over the Anquan Boldin role. Flacco should find a quick familiarity with Smith, as he becomes his trusted possession receiver. Smith is not going to be a #1 fantasy receiver, but he should see improvement over his stats last season.

03/14/14, 09:57 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.baltimoresun.com

Steve Smith is done in Carolina

The agent for wide receiver Steve Smith says the five-time Pro Bowl selection has played his final snap for the Carolina Panthers.

Smith's longtime representative Derrick Fox told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Smith "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that. I just don't know when that transaction is going to take place."

Fox said the Panthers have been trying to trade Smith, but expects he will ultimately be released.

He said the Panthers have not asked Smith to restructure his current contract which calls for him to make $7 million under this year's salary cap.

Smith took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, writing "God has a plan... sometimes it just hurts (to) find out what it is."

"I will always be a Carolina panther No contract can ever change that CLT is my home and will always be my home... I love you #panthernation."

Smith also wrote: "But I still have a lil bit of football left in me.... #agent89 Out."

Pyro's take: Steve Smith has been the face of the Panthers franchise since his breakout season of 2003, and has played for no other team in his 13-year career.

Smith was held in check this season, as he was held to 64 catches for 745 yards and only four touchdowns. It is still surprising that the Panthers are going to let him go, considering they have nobody else on the roster that is worth a damn. So Stevie fists will find a new home, and most likely be the second or third receiver on the team that he goes to. Smith will still have value in 2014 if he finds the right home.

03/12/14, 04:20 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.usnews.com

Steve Smith to take a back seat?

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera were noncommittal about the future of wide receiver Steve Smith, the franchise’s all-time receiving leader who will be 35 by the start of next season.

“Steve’s had a great career. He really has,” Gettleman said Thursday. “None of us are here forever. But that’s not to say – he’s part of the evaluation process. That’s just the way it is.”

Rivera was only slightly more definitive Friday when asked about Smith’s place in the Panthers’ plans.

“Steve is part of what we’re doing in going forward,” Rivera said. “How big of an impact he’s going to have for us, that’s to be determined as we start going through this draft process and through the free agency. So we’ll see.”

Pyro's take: If the Panthers want to take the next step in their progression, then Steve Smith cannot be their number one receiver. Stevie fists saw a major drop in production last season, with only 745 receiving yards.

The Panthers need to address the fact that Greg Olsen was their leading receiving last year, and it is clear that through either the draft or free agency they plan to address this issue.

Cam Newton must be thrilled to hear of the prospects of having some real options in the passing game. If the Panthers do add help, it will also only further help Cam Newton's fantasy outlook for 2014.

02/24/14, 10:11 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.charlotteobserver.com

Steve Smith is now at 57%

In an article I read yesterday, Steve Smith said his knee was at 71%, and felt good about being in the lineup this weekend. Well, after Thursday's practice it seems that number went down from 71 percent to 57 percent. A set-back happened.

Pyro's take: Old man Smith may not be able to play in Sunday's playoff matchup vs. the Niners, which obviously hurts the offense for the Panthers. But you know what hurts an offense more, is an over the hill player (he's the oldest starting wideout in the game today) trying to tough it out and play, only to be a non-factor because he was too banged up to perform.

If something miraculous doesn't happen soon, it's gonna be a rough road for the Panthers, cause Cam Newton is going to have to do it all by himself with his legs, and you can't run on this Niners defense with RBs.

01/09/14, 02:52 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: twitter.com

Carolina's Steve Smith has bruised ribs

Panthers beat writer Steve Reed claims that wide receiver Steve Smith only suffered bruised ribs in the contest against the Falcons on Sunday and shouldn't miss any time due to the injury.

Pyro's take: Stevie was having a nice little game before the injury catching all four balls thrown his way with two of them going for touchdowns. Smith is having a sub-par year by his standards but is still worth playing on your fantasy football team each week.

11/16/09, 03:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: reederstake.freedomblogging.com

The Real Steve Smith really pissed

“It's bittersweet,” WR Steve Smith said Sunday. “We get the win, but I have a limited role. So, obviously, I see this game as showing I'm no longer an asset to this team.”
“I haven't had a chance to visit with Steve, but I think the fact that they double him every play is an asset,” coach John Fox said.

Pyro's take: Smith has had a disappointing year thus far, but it's not just because he's being double-teamed all the time. Jake Delhomme is among the bottom 5 QBs in the league, and it's starting to show in spades. As long as Jake is under center, Smith's fantasy football value is more as a low-end WR2 or WR3 instead of his normal WR1.

10/20/09, 10:15 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.heraldonline.com