Week Fourteen Analysis: There's always at least one wide receiver that makes this list solely because he's playing Washington, this week it's Torrey Smith. The Redskins have allowed the fifth-most passing plays of 20 or more yards and the most passing plays of 50 or more yards in the NFL. Smith just happens to lead the Ravens in both of those categories, including the fact that he's the only Ravens' wideout to have any catches of 50 yards this season, he has two. Smith has been alternating between great games and clunkers for the last month, so considering that he was held to only 33 yards last week against the Steelers could indicate that he's ready to have a big game.
Week Eleven Analysis: There's a classic line in the movie Dumb and Dumber that goes something like this, "Just when I thought you couldn't do anything dumber, you go and do something like this…. and completely redeem yourself." The same could be said about Torrey Smith and the entire Ravens' passing game. Smith has only topped 46 yards once in his last five games, but somehow has scored four touchdowns over that span. I like him to do more of the same this week against the Steelers. Smith will likely draw a matchup with Ike Taylor on Sunday. Taylor has allowed five touchdown passes to opponents this year, the most in the league according to Pro Football Focus.
Week Ten Analysis: Torrey Smith has now been held under 47 yards in each of the last four games. This is likely a combination of Joe Flacco playing mediocre football plus matchups against great cornerbacks from Dallas, Houston and Cleveland in the last three weeks. While he has been held to low catch and yardage totals over the last month, he did score in two of the last three games. This week he takes on an Oakland defense that specializes in allowing wide receivers to score. The Raiders have yielded a touchdown to a wide receiver in six straight weeks, including one to both Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams last week.
Week Seven Analysis: No player may exemplify the phrase "boom or bust" more than Torrey Smith. In 24 career games Smith has had six games of more than 80 yards and in five of those games he scored a touchdown, including two such games this season. On the other hand, Smith has been held to three or fewer receptions and 57 or fewer yards in four of six games this year. Smith travels to Houston this week, the site of an Aaron Rodgers demolition project last Sunday night. The Texans allowed Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb each to have spectacular fantasy performances last week, but prior to that they had allowed only one wideout to top 100 yards and only two other wide receivers had scored.
Week Five Analysis: Torrey Smith has been a force in the last two weeks, racking up 12 catches, 224 yards and three touchdowns in two prime-time matchups. He may be finally realizing his full potential, but faces a tough test against some great secondaries in each of the next three weeks. This week he matches up against the Chiefs, who are allowing an average of only 93 yards to wide receivers over the last three weeks. Most of this success could be due to Brandon Flowers returning from an early season foot injury and Stanford Routt not allowing a touchdown to a wide receiver over his first four games in a Chiefs uniform.
Week Four Analysis: Torrey Smith played an incredible game last week, racking up six catches, 127 yards and two scores. But it's not just the playing with a heavy heart that made this happen, Smith has this ability to put up huge numbers. In Smith's three largest yardage performances in his career, he has accounted for six touchdowns. This week he draws the still Joe Haden-less Browns on Thursday night. In the two weeks that Haden has been suspended the Browns have allowed five different wide receivers to score a touchdown. It's almost a lock that Smith scores this week.
Week One Analysis: Torrey Smith appeared on most sleeper lists during this year's fantasy draft season and for good measure. Joe Flacco has looked like he's taken a step in the right direction during the preseason and the offense as a whole looks to be as good as any Ravens' team in the last decade. His first game outburst of 152 yards and three touchdowns lead most to believe he can be the cross between Torry Holt and Steve Smith. However, not all was rosy last season with Smith, until much later, November, when he faced the Cincinnati Bengals, who happen to be his opponent this week. That game yielded Smith's highest yardage output of the season when he connected for 165 yards on six catches and a score. The Bengals were the worst pass defense in their division, but still very good, as they were the eighth ranked pass yardage defense in the NFL last season.