It is, officially, the Kamar Aiken show in Baltimore.
The Ravens wide receiver has been slowly but surely rising the route-running ranks this season and, now, with Steve Smith Sr. out for the rest of the season, Aiken has stepped into the leading wideout role for the team. Y’know what that means? Aiken should also step into a leading wideout role for your fantasy team.
Check out what Aiken is capable of (in slow-motion!) here:
Go forth and get Aiken off your league’s fantasy unclaimed player list, we’ll wait.
You got him? Ok. Here’s why you should play him.
Aiken finished with 73 yards on 14 targets in Week 10 and while he didn’t haul in a touchdown, that’s a good spot to be for a flex player or a second/third wide receiver. Overall, this season, Aiken has played in nine games, hauled in 32 passes and racked up two touchdowns. He’s also averaging 12.7 yards per catch.
Here’s another good reason: Joe Flacco doesn’t have anyone else to throw to.
Try and name another Baltimore wide receiver. Congratulations if you can. That’s pretty impressive because there aren’t really that many left – at least that many left who are still healthy.
Crockett Gilmore, who is actually a tight end, has been another one of Flacco’s most consistent targets, but he’s been battling injury issues of his own. In other words, Aiken is the Ravens best wideout option.
After all, this is still an offense led by Joe Flacco and Joe Flacco is a very good quarterback. If he can get a few seconds to drop back, Flacco will find someone to throw to and, odds are pretty good, it’ll be Aiken.