Russell led the Raiders to an overtime win over the New York Jets last week as he completed 17-of-30 passes for 213 yards and a TD. He still was inaccurate on many of his long throws, but he again stayed away from throwing an interception and managed the game better. He has no value in fantasy football at this point and he definitely isn't a worthy play this week against the vaunted Ravens' defense.
Fargas was a workhorse last week against the Jets, carrying the ball a season-high 28 times for 74 yards as the Raiders tried to ground out a win. He averaged just 2.7 yards per carry and will struggle to even reach that level this week against a Ravens defense that ranks No. 1 against the run and has allowed just one rushing TD all season. Fargas will be a workhorse again, but expect minimal results.
Over the last three games, McFadden has averaged less than 10 touches per game, making him a risky play at this point. He was limited to 39 yards rushing on eight carries last week, although he did have three receptions for 50 yards. He's capable of the big play at anytime, but against the No. 1-ranked rushing defense it will be tough to get free for any big players this week.
After almost being benched, Walker had his best game of the season last week against the Jets, catching five passes for 75 yards. That will keep him in the starting lineup for another week, but don't expect similar production against a tough Ravens' defense that also ranks fourth against the pass.
The rookie got his first start of his career last week and finished with two catches for 10 yards. That's only a slight improvement from Ronald Curry and certainly nothing to get excited about. Keep Schilens on your league's waiver wire for now.
Miller had four catches for 57 yards last week against the Jets and had a big catch to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime. He's not spectacular, but in Point-Per-Reception leagues he's been steady at around 8 points per game.
The Ravens went with a no-huddle offense at times last week against Miami, and it sure helped the play of Flacco, who completed 17-of-23 passes for 232 yards and a TD. It was his best game of the season as he found a good rhythm and finished with a QB Rating of 120.2. The Raiders rank 22nd against the pass, but starting Flacco this week seems just too risky as the Ravens will try to pound the ball on the ground.
McGahee had his best game of the season last week in the win over Miami, rushing for 105 yards and a TD on 19 carries, while adding 47 yards on two receptions. He reportedly played in a lot of pain as his knee is still bothering him and he also fumbled after gaining 35 yards on a screen pass. But he faces a good matchup this week at home as the Raiders rank 24th vs. the run and have already allowed nine rushing TDs. Start McGahee if he's healthy enough to play this week.
McClain was limited to just six carries last week as the Ravens featured McGahee against the Dolphins. McClain hasn't scored a TD since Week 5, but he should find paydirt this week against a weak Raiders' defense that ranks 24th vs. the run.
Mason found the end zone for the first time this season last week as he caught an 11-yard scoring pass in the second quarter of the 27-13 win over Miami. He finished with six catches for 87 yards and now has 25 receptions over the last four games. He's a solid WR3 or Flex play in Point-Per-Reception leagues and he will produce again this week, even though the Ravens will run much more than they pass this week.
Heap had three catches for 29 yards last week vs. Miami and still doesn't have a touchdown reception this year. He's not the same player he was before last year's injuries and in this offense he's not going to be a fantasy factor. Move on.
The Ravens rank No. 1 against the run and No. 4 against the pass and should eat this first-year starting QB up for lunch. They already have 8 INTs this season, two of them for touchdowns, and will add to that total this week.