Flacco is quietly doing a decent job from a fantasy perspective. He was solid in Week 10, passing for 185 yards and two TDs in the win over Baltimore. He's now thrown five TDs in his last three games. The task will be much more difficult this week, however, against a Giants' pass defense that gives up 177.1 yards a game. The Giants will look to pressure Flacco repeatedly and on the road against a stellar defense he isn't looking very good from a matchup perspective. He's done well of late, but he's far too risky to start this week.
Ray Rice got the start last week but it was McGahee who got the results. He rushed for 112 yards and a pair of scores and for the time being he looks to be the Ravens' No. 1 RB again. This is a very fluid situation, though, so I have about as much faith in McGahee as I have in the Lindsay Lohan-Samantha Robinson relationship. The Giants give up 87.7 rushing yards a game so McGahee is unlikely to do much this week. Keep him benched and look elsewhere for a RB2.
Rice started last week but fizzled and gave way to McGahee in the win over Houston. Look for McGahee to return to the starting lineup this week with Rice relegated to his usual third-down role again. He has some mild flex value in PPR leagues because he should be active as a receiver, but after last week he's very tough to trust -- especially against a strong defense. He's talented and he'll have a few more good games before the year is out. But this won't be one of them.
McClain is third on the totem pole again in the Ravens' backfield. He mustered only 19 yards rushing and one reception last week against Houston and is unlikely to fare well this week. The Ravens won't get much going on the ground and although McClain has a chance to score if Baltimore gets close, it's best not to gamble and start him in your flex spot. Play it safe and find someone with more upside because McClain has precious little of it this week.
How tough is this guy? Mason suffered a shoulder injury last week and played the entire second half with the injury. His status is in question for this week and it wouldn't be a surprise if he missed the game. But he's a quality veteran and the only receiver of note the Ravens have and he's played in 99 straight games so my guess is he toughs it out and plays. Given the injury and the tough matchup, however, it's best to lower your expectations if he does play. He's no better than a WR4 in PPR leagues this week.
I saw Clayton listed by some sites as a fantasy sleeper pick last week against the Texans and I couldn't help but chuckle. Sure, the matchup was great and sure he had a good game in Week 9. But Clayton has never been a consistent option, he's never scored in consecutive games and he's choked far more often than flourished when the matchup is right. He simply isn't someone any fantasy owner should be reaching for based on one good game. This week the matchup is not good and the Ravens will struggle offensively. Even if Mason sits, I wouldn't expect Clayton to do well. You can do better if you're gambling at the WR position.
Hey, we had a Todd Heap sighting last week. After spending most of the season being only slightly more productive than I've been for the Ravens, Heap went gonzo in Week 10, scoring twice in the win over Houston. Will that continue? Sure, and Hilary Duff is going to dump her boyfriend for me tomorrow too. Isn't make believe fun?
Stover is an average kicker stuck in a below-average offense. The Ravens will struggle to move the ball consistently and put up points this week, so what little upside Stover has is pretty much gone given the difficulty of this matchup. At best, he'll be decent. At worst, the Ravens could get shut out. Keep him benched.
The Ravens continue to shine defensively. They forced four turnovers last week, had two sacks and a safety in the win over Houston. On the road against the defending Super Bowl champs is another story but this defense is too good to sit against anyone. Eli Manning will make some careless decisions at times and you know the Ravens will apply plenty of heat. There are few defenses you can trust on a weekly basis in fantasy this year. The Ravens are one of them. Start them with confidence.
Manning had another effective, albeit unspectacular game, last week in the win over the Eagles. He passed for 191 yards and a pair of scores and he's now thrown five touchdowns in his last two games. On the flip side, he's been held under 200 yards passing in five straight games. At this point, Eli is pretty much a game manager who will be solid but will rarely put up the type of huge games that separate him from the elite fantasy QBs. The Ravens are extremely generous in the secondary, however, so Eli has a good chance to throw multiple-TDs again. Look for a typical Eli game of around 200 yards passing and a pair of scores this week.
Jacobs was a monster in Week 10, rushing for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win over Philadelphia. He has now rushed for 806 yards and nine TDs this season. Most importantly, he's staying healthy. He has a very tough matchup this week, however, so he's not looking as good as usual. The Ravens give up only 65.4 rushing yards a game. The Giants, though, are an elite running team so don't back off Jacobs just because the matchup doesn't look good on paper. He's a good bet to score again and he's talented enough to grind out 60-plus yards against them. Consider him a solid RB2 option this week.
Ward continues to have a very prominent role in the Giants' offense. He rushed for 53 yards last week and added three receptions. He isn't likely to get much on the ground, but his receiving skills will come in handy so he makes for a solid flex play in larger PPR leagues. He's worth a look in that role this week if you need him.
Is it just me or do the Giants seem to be moving on without Burress? He did score last week but that was his only reception of the game and he's now caught a mere seven passes in his last three games. He's gone from being a top-flight WR1 to someone who's only worth considering as a WR3. The good news this week is the matchup is sweet as the Ravens are vulnerable to big plays through the air. But given Burress' lack of involvement lately, he's far from trustworthy. The matchup gives him value, but if you have a more productive WR to utilize, the prudent move would be to go in that direction until Burress shows signs of getting more involved. Assuming he ever does.
Toomer had a good game by his standards last week, catching five passes for 53 yards. But before you rush out and view him as a worthy starter, consider that was only the third time all season he's caught more than four passes in a game. He's also been held under 65 yards receiving in every game but one. Toomer's days as a reliable fantasy option have come and gone. Keep him benched.
Smith was very quiet last week against the Eagles, catching only one pass for 12 yards. As the No. 3 WR in this offense, his fantasy value is low because he isn't utilized consistently. The Giants are also getting TE Kevin Boss more involved and that's taking away some of Smith's targets. He isn't worth starting in any league right now.
It's taken awhile but Boss is starting to come on and show signs of the player who emerged late last season in the Giants' run to the Super Bowl. He has scored in three straight games and posted season highs of six receptions and 69 yards last week. Eli Manning is showing more trust in him and the result is an increase in targets (13 the past three games) and productivity. He's a fine TE option again this week so keep riding him while he's hot.
Lawrence Tynes was active last week but was relegated to kickoff duty. Carney continued to handle the FG chores and had another big week with three FGs. This looks to be a low-scoring game and FGs could play a key role so look for Carney to get 2-3 FG opportunities again this week. He's been one of the top kickers in fantasy this week so keep starting him like you have been.
The Giants come in on a roll. They are 8-1 and rank third in the league in total defense while allowing 17.8 points per game. Joe Flacco is playing better of late but the Giants have been bringing the pressure at a high rate. The Ravens give up nearly two sacks a game so look for the Giants to reach that total and get a couple of more while forcing Flacco into some mistakes on the road. This is a strong matchup for the Giants so start them with confidence.