Boldin disappointing even before injury 

December, 22, 2011
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin will not be available for the final two regular-season games because he's having surgery to replace torn cartilage in his knee. Fantasy owners everywhere cry to the wind, "Oh, woe is me! Who can I count on now in the championship round?" Well, I know it's the holiday season and all, and we want to be positive leading up to Christmas, but anyone thinking of using Boldin this weekend should have been looking elsewhere in the first place.

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Mitch Stringer/US PresswireAnquan Boldin is 30th among WRs in fantasy scoring this season.
In other words, although not to be harsh, the Ravens did fantasy owners a favor. I don't know how many Boldin owners were going to use him Saturday against the Cleveland Browns, but it was a bad idea. Now you know you shouldn't use him. He's out. Done. Finished. Of course, in looking at Boldin's past month (or two) of statistics, it was a bit tough to tell when he was done and finished. Boldin last produced double-digit fantasy points in Week 8, and this week's opponent, the Browns, rank as the second-toughest for fantasy wide receivers to accrue points against.

Boldin, who is owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard leagues and generally is in the 20-30 range for wide receivers in terms of the staff rankings and in activation percentage, was living off name value. And he's not alone. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is no prize, either, and shouldn't be near fantasy lineups this week. Same with wide receiver Torrey Smith, who has stepped up the past fortnight, and Boldin fill-in Lee Evans, once upon a time fantasy-relevant from his Buffalo Bills days. You can't even count on the Ravens' kicker this week! Billy Cundiff, fifth in ownership among the kickers in ESPN leagues, is out with a calf injury and will be replaced by Shayne Graham! Hey, if you've got Cundiff active, and I'm guessing many of you do, now you know. Change him out.