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Flacco completed 16-of-23 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.

The Baltimore offensive line and running game struggled, but Flacco eventually found success by throwing to Torrey and Steve Smith. Even with Ray Rice suspended for two games, and Bernard Pierce possibly dealing with a concussion, Flacco has a much improved supporting cast from last season. While Owen Daniels (leg) has been a disappointment in training camp, Steve Smith has been better than expected, and Dennis Pitta is back at full health. Just as important as the additions at the skill positions, the Ravens overhauled an offensive line that was perhaps the NFL's worst last season. While all the pieces are in place for Flacco to have a bounce-back campaign, it's hard for fantasy owners to get too excited about a veteran quarterback who has never thrown for 4,000 yards or more than 25 touchdowns in a season. Even if he surpasses expectations, Flacco will likely be no more than a high-end backup in most leagues, given the excellent depth at quarterback.

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Flacco completed 4-of-5 passes for 52 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the 49ers, leading the Baltimore offense to a touchdown on his only drive of the game.

Flacco looked good in his brief bit of action, but he was facing a Niner defense largely comprised of backups. More importantly, the Ravens are completely healthy on offense, following a 2013 season that saw Flacco surrounded by some dreadful players. While it's unclear how much impact offseason acquisitions Steve Smith and Owen Daniels will have at this point in their respective careers, Flacco will surely benefit from having a healthy Dennis Pitta, and the offensive line projects to be much improved from last season.

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Ravens OC Gary Kubiak is expected to utilized bootlegs and moving pockets in order to keep Joe Flacco off the turf this season.

Flacco was sacked 48 times last season, so it makes sense Kubiak would make protecting his franchise quarterback a priority. In addition to keeping Flacco on the move, Kubiak will rely on a quick-hitting offense and an on-paper improved offensive line to keep Flacco upright this season. Even if it works, Flacco upside is limited to a low-end QB2 in fantasy.

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New OC Gary Kubiak is installing more quick-hitting passes.

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Ravens LT Eugene Monroe anticipates new OC Gary Kubiak utilizing a run-based offense in 2014.

Kubiak's Houston offenses were at their best with a run foundation, and taking deep shots off play action. "Last year, we were lining up in a lot of one-back stuff, a lot of empty stuff, tossing the ball out there, coming out throwing on first down," Monroe said. "I don't think that's the history with Gary. I think he wants to run the ball a little bit." It's bad news for Joe Flacco's pass-attempt stats, but should improve his efficiency. Flacco has the necessary arm strength to be one of the NFL's top deep-ball throwers. Torrey Smith is one of the NFL's top deep threats.

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Joe Flacco confirmed he won't need any knee surgery this offseason.

Flacco had a scare in Week 15 when his knee got hit by the helmet of Lions LB DeAndre Levy. He didn't miss a game, but did wear a brace and appeared to be limited. Still, it's not a concern going forward for a guy that has started 109 consecutive games (including playoffs). "I'm not going to have to get anything done," Flacco said. "It was just my MCL and it will heal on its own."

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Joe Flacco completed 30-of-50 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Ravens' 34-17, Week 17 loss to the Bengals.

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Joe Flacco (knee) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Flacco said Tuesday he's still dealing with soreness in his knee, but isn't expected to miss any practice time. It's good news after he looked severely limited in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Flacco will be all systems go for a must-win game against Cincinnati in Week 17.

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Speaking Tuesday, Joe Flacco claimed his knee "feels a lot better."

Flacco also claimed his knee felt "really good" in Sunday's loss, where he had major trouble planting his injured left leg. Flacco plans to again wear a bulky brace for Week 17. "I just want to make sure I can be as safe as I can so nothing crazy happens. Not ideal, but not that big of an issue." Playing at what appears to be well less than 100 percent, it's possible Flacco could require a clean-up procedure in the offseason. Flacco has never missed a game in his six-year career.

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Speaking Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh conceded Joe Flacco (knee) "definitely isn't 100 percent," and is dealing with swelling.

Flacco was severely limited in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, struggling to plant on his injured left leg, failing to drive throws as a consequence. It resulted in a pick and two missed deep connections with Torrey Smith. Flacco will be in for a long afternoon in this week's must-win game in Cincinnati.