Flacco remains a middling starting QB. He's only topped 200 yards passing in a game twice and has been held without a TD pass in four games. The Browns have done well against the pass this season, giving up only 195 yards a game. So don't expect Flacco to go off on Sunday. He's a poor fantasy option. Again.
McGahee has resumed his workhorse role with the Ravens. He's received 42 rushing attempts the past two games and has scored in each one. The Browns give up 141.6 rushing yards a game so McGahee makes for a very good RB2 option this week. If you need him, don't hesitate to start him.
Rice is getting involved again. He's had 60 total yards or more in each of the past three games and has 12 receptions in that span. He's no threat to McGahee in terms of being the primary RB but in a PPR league his activity in the passing game gives him decent RB3 potential. He's worth a look in that role this week if you need to dig deep.
The McClain Train has slowed down considerably of late. He hasn't scored since Week 5 and has combined for only 47 rushing yards in his last three games. He's taking a backseat to McGahee and Rice so he's not a good starting option in any league at the present time.
Mason came up small last week against the Raiders, catching only one pass in Baltimore's win. Look for him to be much more productive this week against the Browns. He's caught at least four passes in every other game this season and is the only receiving option of note in what constitutes the Ravens' passing attack. He'll deliver his ususal brand of WR3 production this week.
Heap is a former star whose best days are clearly in the past. He's a non-factor in the passing game and even his blocking skills look to be in decline. Unless you're in a league which requires starting someone named Heap, there's no reason to consider starting him this week.
The Ravens continue to play very well defensively. They are giving up only 15.7 points per game and are tied for third in the league in total defense. Derek Anderson has been a train wreck at QB so far this season so at least two takeaways are very probable. Start the Ravens with confidence again this week.
Anderson continues to hold off Brady Quinn for the starting job but it seems to only be a matter of time before a change is made. He isn't playing well and won't have it easy against a Ravens' pass defense that gives up only 178.1 yards a game. He's a very shaky starting option against any defense, but even more so against this one.
Lewis has been very consistent of late. He's rushed for between 79 and 88 yards in each of the past four games, scoring in three of them. Few teams run on the Ravens, though, and Lewis managed only 56 yards against them in the first meeting. He's just a RB3 this week as he'll find the going very tough.
It's just not happening for Edwards. He's playing poorly; Anderson's playing poorly and the team is playing poorly. Edwards is a major talent but it's reaching the point where we may just have to accept the fact he's no better than a decent WR2 this season. Start him in that role but don't feel bad if you believe he's better off on your bench this week. He probably is.
Stallworth scored last week but hasn't done much since returning to health. The Browns' passing game isn't strong enough at the present time to generate a number of fantasy options so Stallworth is too risky to rely on as a starter. Keep him on your bench for depth, but look elsewhere for starting production this week.
Winslow returns to the lineup this week after missing last week's game due to a team suspension. It's safe to say his standing with the organization is on extremely shaky ground but when this guy is on the field he tends to deliver, so don't let his issues with the team impact your roster decisions this week. Winslow caught only two passes in the first game against Baltimore, but he's had big games against the Ravens in the past and something tells me he's going to be extra fired up this week.
Dawson has made 12 of 14 FGs so far this season as the Browns' offensive issues have impacted his production. He has a chance for 2-3 FGs this week as Cleveland will likely struggle to put TDs on the board, so his value is a little higher than normal.
The Browns showed some spunk last week against the Jags and they give up only 17.6 points per game. At home against a scuffling offense, this is a nice sleeper pick this week. Look for the Browns to get to Joe Flacco and force at least two takeaways. If you're looking for an upside play due to bye-week issues, the Browns are a good bet to do well this week.