Fantasy Player Projections
Gillette Stadium | Sunday, October 04 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Patriots 23, Ravens 20
Pos. Player Projection
QB Joe Flacco
265 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INTFlacco has blossomed into a fantasy darling in his sophomore season, thanks in part to favorable matchups against the Chiefs in Week 1 and the Browns in Week 3. Whether Flacco can deliver the goods against a seasoned opponent like New England remains to be seen..
RB Ray Rice
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TDThe platoon with McGahee compromises his fantasy value slightly, but he's still a solid RB2 capable of blowing open for a monster game on any given Sunday.
RB Willis McGahee
45 rush yardsMcGahee is leading the NFL with five touchdowns. That scoring spree should come to a halt against the Patriots, but keep him stashed for favorable matchups down the road.
WR Derrick Mason
5 rec, 85 yardsMason, who hauled in a 72-yard touchdown pass from Flacco on Sunday, is making Baltimore fans grateful for his decision to come out of retirement. Expect a couple more catches, another big play and, possibly, a score.
WR Mark Clayton
4 rec, 45 yardsClayton is a lower-end option despite being the WR2 on such a prolific offense.
WR Kelley Washington
6 rec, 60 yardsA decent option most weeks (especially in PPR leagues) but probably not worth a start against the stingy New England defense.
TE Todd Heap
4 rec, 45 yards, 1 TDMany fantasy pundits thought Heap was past his prime as an elite tight end. So much for that line of thought.
K Steven Hauschka
2 PATs, 2 FGsDon't be fooled by Hauschka's prolific outputs: The Ravens' offense is not as high-octane as it's appeared opposite the likes of Kansas City and Cleveland. Start him if he's your guy, but don't be afraid to window-shop for other options for the long term.
2 sacksThey're no longer the Baltimore defense that could win you fantasy games by itself, but it's still a very strong run-stuffing unit seemingly overdue for a defensive score.
Pos. Player Projection
QB Tom Brady
245 pass yards, 1 pass TDThe Patriots emphasized the running game in Sunday's victory over the Falcons, but not so much as to compromise Brady's passing numbers. He's a must-start for Week 4.
RB Fred Taylor
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 90 rush yards, 1 rush TDThe Ravens can bottle up an opponent's running game as effectively as any team in the league. If you've got another viable option, stash Taylor on your bench.
RB Kevin Faulk
3 rec, 15 rec yards, 25 rush yardsNot worth it against Baltimore, except in PPR leagues where Faulk could pile up points on dump passes for short gains.
RB Laurence Maroney
30 rush yardsDon't even think about it.
WR Randy Moss
8 rec, 110 yards, 1 TDMoss came through with a breakout performance Sunday, coming on strong in the second half to help the Patriots pluck the Falcons. He'll have a considerably more difficult time against the Raverns.
WR Wes Welker
4 rec, 55 yardsSidelined for the past two weeks, Welker could return to action Sunday against Baltimore. If not, look for Julian Edelman to fill in.
WR Joey Galloway
4 rec, 35 yardsA 37-year-old possession receiver who doesn't do much possession. No thanks.
TE Benjamin Watson
2 rec, 25 yardsHope you sold high on Watson after that Week 1 eruption.
K Stephen Gostkowski
2 PATs, 3 FGsAlways a solid play.
2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FumbleNew England's defense has been one of the fantasy season's most conspicuous underperformers in the early going. That won't last for long.