Despite some poor play of late, Flacco remains the Ravens starting QB. He was terrible last week against the Colts, throwing for 241 yards but tossing three INTs as well. The Dolphins have a weak pass defense, giving up 239 yards a game, but this offense isn't built for big-time passing production. So don't chase after Flacco if you need a bye-week filler this week.
McGahee failed to make it through last week's game with an injury and his status for this week is in question. The Dolphins are tough to run on, allowing only 89 yards a game. Plus, he's in a timeshare so this isn't a great matchup for him. Watch his status this week but view him as just a flex option if he's able to play.
McClain choked on a prime matchup last week against the Colts, rushing for minus-2 yards as the Ravens fell behind early and had to abandon the running game. Miami's defense has been strong again the run so this isn't the week to bank on McClain going off. But his power gives him a good chance to score so he's a decent flex option in larger leagues if you need to reach this week.
With McGahee hurt, Rice got back into the offense, rushing six times for 23 yards and catching seven passes for 64 yards. If McGahee's able to play, Rice's fantasy value will evaporate. But if McGahee is unable to go, Rice is worth a look as a RB3 in PPR leagues. Check McGahee's status during the week and adjust your lineup accordingly.
Mason remains the top option in what constitutes the Ravens passing game. He caught six passes for 70 yards last week against the Colts, including a 54-yard reception. He's a solid WR3 in PPR leagues so keep starting him in those formats.
When your QB attempts 38 passes and you catch only one pass, it's clear you're not involved in the passing game. That's the deal with Heap this season. He's become worthless from a fantasy perspective.
The Ravens were lit up last week by Peyton Manning and the Colts. They're still first in the league against the run and unlike the Colts, the Dolphins lack explosive talent in the passing game. Don't fear the matchup this week. The Ravens will get back on track defensively.
Pennington is quietly having a fine fantasy season. He has topped 225 yards passing in each of the past three games and he's thrown three TDs in his last two. The Ravens will bring plenty of pressure but if Pennington get some time he could make a play or two against them. This isn't the week to expect big things from him, however, so find another option if you can.
Life is good for Brown owners these days. He had another strong game in Week 6, finishing with 93 total yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Texans. He's averaged 96 rushing yards in his last three games but he'll go nowhere against the Ravens elite run defense. He'll be active in the passing game, however, so if you need a solid RB2 in PPR formats he'll come through for you this week.
Williams had a solid game last week against Houston, rushing for 46 yards and a touchdown. He'll struggle mightily against the Ravens, though, so this is a good week to bench Ricky and find another flex option.
The sure-handed Camarillo has emerged as Pennington's top option in the passing game. He caught four passes for 49 yards last week and has become a fixture for 4-5 receptions a week in the Dolphins lineup. He lacks the big-play ability to exploit the Ravens issues in the secondary, however, so his upside is limited this week. He's best used as a WR3 in PPR formats.
Ginn's rise to fantasy consideration was squelched in a big way last week as he caught only one pass against Houston. That reinforces the point that he's too inconsistent at the present time to trust as a fantasy starter. This isn't the week to hope he surprises with a big game.
Fasano was quiet last week, catching only one pass. Pennington seems to be looking more for his WRs of late so Fasano is just a so-so TE2 option in larger leagues. Look elsewhere for a starter this week if you can.
The Dolphins have been scoring more of late but all of their points last week came on TDs so Carpenter managed just four points. This has the makings of a low-scoring affair so Carpenter is a poor fantasy option this week. He's not recommended.
The Dolphins were gashed by Matt Schaub and the Texans last week. They did force two turnovers but had only one sack and gave up the game-winning TD late in the game. They'll have an easier test against the struggling Flacco so if you're looking for a defense with some mild upside, the Dolphins are worth a look this week.