Pramit: I agree that the Ravens D is worthless in fantasy (I replaced them with the Colts D on my team), but of the 49 points scored against them, you could attribute at least 23 points directly or almost directly to the Ravens O. ... I think the D has done admirably under the circumstances. At this point do you think I should keep the Colts and drop the Ravens from my team or wait a couple of weeks and see what happens with the Ravens?
Agreed, the offense has done it's part to put the defense in bad situations. But it's the lack of sacks and turnovers that really has me concerned. That's not how the Ravens play defense.
That said, don't drop them. No way. The Ravens will get thier act together during the bye week, and they'll be a top-5 fantasy defense again. In the meantime, the Colts are the perfect 'backup' because they have a great matchup against Cleveland in Week 3, followed by games against Tennessee and San Francisco. So while you're waiting for the Ravens to come around, the Colts are a great option. They're playing over their heads right now, but enjoy it while it lasts.
Do you think Chester Taylor is a worthy pickup?
I wish I could recommend Taylor, because I love the guy's ability. You look at what he did last season filling in for Jamal Lewis, and what he did in the preseason, and it's obvious he could be an every-down back for somebody in the league. If the Ravens ever figured out how to use him, a) he'd be a great fantasy player, and b) they'd be a better team. But unfortunately, Taylor doesn't touch the ball enough right now to make a difference (12 touches, 7 carries), either for your fantasy team or for the Ravens. I'll be interested to see if the Ravens get Taylor more involved against the Jets next weekend. If they do, maybe then you could think about picking him up.
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