Campbell continues to play poorly. He threw for 232 yards and zero TDs last week against the Cowboys and has only two touchdown passes in his past four games. The Ravens will give up plays in the secondary but Campbell lacks the ability presently to make them pay. He's a poor starting option on the road against this a good defense.
All of the recent talk about Portis being hurt may finally have some legitimacy. He rushed for only 22 yards last week against Dallas and had to leave the game with a neck injury. He's expected to play this week but it's a brutal matchup against a Baltimore run defense that allows only 78.3 rushing yards a game. Portis is a warrior and he's extremely tough to bench against any defense given his talent. But the combination of an injury and being on the road against an elite run defense should have you at least exploring other options this week if possible.
Betts could see more work than usual this week with Portis banged up. But he's not a fantasy option against this defense. He hasn't rushed for more than seven yards in any game the past three weeks though he did score in Week 12. He only has value if Portis can't start. Otherwise, keep him benched.
With Campbell struggling, Moss' fantasy impact has been severely hindered. He's caught at least four passes in each of the past three games but he's only topped 55 yards once. He has a chance to make a big play against a Baltimore secondary that will surrender some, but he's just a WR3 with upside this week.
Randle El continues to offer nothing of substance for fantasy owners. He has only seven receptions in his past three games and hasn't topped 60 yards receiving since Week Six. There's no reason to start him in any fantasy league at this point.
Cooley continues to deliver for owners in PPR leagues. He caught six passes last week and has 18 receptions in his past three games. He's the one weapon in the passing game fantasy owners can trust in Washington right now and even on the road against an active defense he'll get his receptions as usual.
With the Redskins' offense sputtering, Suisham is a poor fantasy option. He's made only three FGs the past three games and he's looking bad this week as the Redskins will struggle to score points against Baltimore's tough defense. Keep him benched.
The Redskins rank sixth in the league in total defense and give up only 18.5 points per game, but they continue to be a poor fantasy option given their lack of sacks and takeaways. Joe Flacco is playing better and better each week and the Ravens can run the ball on just about any defense. This will be a low-scoring game so the Redskins could help you there, but their lack of upside makes them a poor play this week as usual.
Flacco is maturing into a big-time NFL quarterback. He had another big game in Week 13, passing for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He's thrown two TDs in four of his past five games but it won't be easy this week against a Washington defense that allows 192.2 passing yards a game. Given how good Flacco is playing and with the game at home, don't be surprised if he outperforms the matchup and has another good fantasy game. He's risky due to the stingy Redskins' pass defense so don't expect much upside. Play it safe and find another QB this week if you can.
The three-headed monster remains in place in the Baltimore backfield. McClain got the start again last week and rushed for 86 yards in the win over the Bengals. At this point, he appears to be the safest bet but Willis McGahee could pop up at any time. Also, the Redskins are tough to run on, giving up only 90.8 rushing yards per game. Consider McClain a RB3 this week due to the matchup and the merrygoround that still exists here.
Rice is back in the mix in the Ravens' backfield. He rushed for 41 yards and caught three passes last week. He has 11 receptions in the past three games so he has mild RB3 value in larger PPR leagues. He should only be started in PPR formats this week given his fluid role in the backfield and the tough matchup.
McGahee is currently the odd man out in the Baltimore backfield. He didn't get a carry last week and has only 16 rushing attempts the past three games. The Ravens insist McGahee is still a valuable part of their offense so he could re-emerge at any time. But after 0 carries last week and facing a good run defense this week, there's no way he should be started in any fantasy league.
Mason had a strong game last week, catching six passes for 91 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Bengals. He hasn't topped 100 yards receiving since Week 9 and this is not a good matchup but he remains the No. 1 target in the passing game and Flacco will look for him often. He has WR3 value this week – especially in PPR leagues.
Clayton had the game of his life last week. He caught five passes for 164 yards and a touchdown (a 70 yarder) and threw a TD to Derrick Mason. Not too shabby. But that was against the Bengals. The Redskins pose a much tougher test so don't go chasing last week's production. Clayton has big-play ability and Flacco could find him once or twice downfield, but the matchup isn't in his favor nor is Clayton's established history of inconsistency. Consider him a WR4 with mild WR3 upside this week.
Heap had one of his best games of the season last week, catching four passes for 39 yards and a TD. He hasn't done much this year but he's emerging a little lately with nine receptions in his last three games. That's not enough production to rely on as a starter, though, so look elsewhere at TE this week.
Stover had another solid game last week, scoring 10 points for the second game in a row. This looks like a low-scoring affair and that doesn't bode well for Stover's upside. He isn't worth considering this week.
The Ravens continue to deliver for fantasy owners. They rank second in the league in total defense and give up 15.8 points per game. They scored another defensive TD last week and have a great matchup against a struggling Jason Campbell in Week 14. The sacks and turnovers will be there in full force so start the Ravens with extreme confidence this week.