IDP Team Preview: Baltimore Ravens

(Numbers in parentheses denote 2009 positional finish in Default IDP Manor Scoring)

2009 Team Rankings: Total Defense – 3rd (300.5 YPG), Run Defense – 5th (93.2 YPG), Pass Defense – 8th (207.2 YPG), Scoring Defense – 3rd (16.3 PPG)

DEFENSIVE LINE: Despite missing 3 games in 2009 DE/OLB Terrell Suggs (DL14) extended his streak of consecutive Top 15 finishes in Default IDP Manor Scoring to seven seasons, and he remains an excellent DL1 option in all formats. Tackle Haloti Ngata (DL93) had a disappointing 2009 but remains an elite option in fantasy leagues that require a DT, and a mid-range DL4 in standard IDP leagues.

LINEBACKERS: IDP stalwart Ray Lewis (LB7) notched yet another Top 10 season in 2009 with 134 tackles, and while his age (35) limits his dynasty upside somewhat he remains far and away the best fantasy option at his position on the Ravens, hasn’t finished outside the Top 20 since 2005, and should provide IDP owners with solid LB2 value in 2010.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: There’s not much IDP-relevant talent in the Baltimore secondary, with only safety Dawan Landry (DB18) meriting consideration in fantasy drafts as a reserve DB after posting a 70 solo, 4 interception, Top 20 IDP season last year.

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