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Pros: Traded to Baltimore during the offseason, Boldin no longer has to play second fiddle to Larry Fitzgerald and immediately becomes the team's No. 1 option. The Baltimore offense is loosening the reins on strong-armed quarterback Joe Flacco more and more, which should allow Boldin to see plenty of targets in his new surroundings. Even with injury-shortened seasons, Boldin has had no less than 71 receptions since 2005 and just one season with less than 1,000 yards receiving in the same span. Chemistry should not be an issue, as he joined the team early in the year, giving him plenty of time to build a rapport with Flacco and learn the system.
Cons: Health concerns are always an issue with Boldin. He has made it a full 16 games just twice in his previous seven seasons. He is fearless over the middle, which often opens himself up to injury risk. The Ravens may be opening up their passing game, but they remain a run-first squad. Plus, we have to keep in mind Flacco is just a third-year quarterback, so inconsistencies will remain. Boldin found the end zone just four times last year. Outside of his 11 touchdown showing in 2008, he usually isn't a double-digit scorer.
Fantasy tip: Boldin is typically selected at the tail end of the third round in fantasy football drafts and makes a rock-solid No. 2 fantasy receiver that has borderline No. 1 potential. While a 100-catch season may be too much to ask for in Baltimore, he is going to provide steady points weekly.
About Ryan R. Bonini
Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.
His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA. Follow @RyanBonini
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