Fantasy Player Projections
Metrodome | Sunday, October 18 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Vikings 21, Ravens 20
Pos. Player Projection
QB Joe Flacco
280 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INTFlacco feasted on weak defenses early in the season before struggling more recently. Minnesota should offer the sophomore signal-caller a stiff challenge, but don't hesitate to give him the start.
RB Ray Rice
6 rec, 50 rec yards, 55 rush yards, 1 rush TDHe's logged 100 total yards in three of the past five games -- and should make it four of six against the Vikes. Start him.
RB Willis McGahee
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 30 rush yardsMcGahee got just two touches against the Bengals and wasn't too happy about it. He's a clear-cut No. 2 in Baltimore and shouldn't be anywhere near your fantasy lineup until those circumstances change.
WR Derrick Mason
5 rec, 60 yardsMason couldn't even make it on to the stat sheet in the loss to Cincinnati, going without a single reception after back-to-back games with touchdowns. Don't expect another whitewash against the Vikes.
WR Mark Clayton
4 rec, 55 yardsClayton has done little of note from a fantasy standpoint since Week 1 against the Chiefs. Not an advisable start.
WR Kelley Washington
3 rec, 35 yardsWashington's stats have been dropping since Week 2. Rock bottom came with last week's one-catch outing against the Bengals. Stash him.
TE Todd Heap
6 rec, 70 yards, 1 TDHeap's season-high seven receptions was the lone fantasy bright spot for the Ravens last week. He's still an elite tight end worthy of a start in all formats.
K Steven Hauschka
2 PATs, 2 FGsIf you take a hard look at your waiver wire, chances are you can find someone with more value than Hauschka.
2 sacks, 1 INTThe Ravens' 26th-ranked pass defense is surrendering 238.0 yards per game through the air. They could be a risky play against the high-octane Vikings, so consider the situation with care.
Pos. Player Projection
QB Brett Favre
220 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INTBaltimore's pass defense no longer strikes fear into the heart of opposing quarterbacks and Favre should capitalize against the suprisingly vulnerable unit.
RB Adrian Peterson
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 90 rush yards, 2 rush TDDon't even think about benching Peterson, the consensus No. 1 fantasy pick who's living up to every ounce of preseason promise.
WR Bernard Berrian
5 rec, 70 yardsThe wideout caught just three balls for 39 yards in Minnesota's rout of St. Louis, as the Vikings all but abandoned the pass once the outcome was beyond doubt. Look for Berrian to bounce back against the Ravens.
WR Percy Harvin
4 rec, 60 yards, 1 TDHarvin has underwhelmed somewhat since scoring touchdowns in his first two NFL games -- but he's not worth benching unless you've got a really attractive alternative.
WR Sidney Rice
4 rec, 45 yardsRice is making a habit of poaching touchdowns, so he's a smart play as a No. 3 receiver or in the flex slot.
TE Visanthe Shiancoe
4 rec, 30 yards Shiancoe's fantasy totals have risen over the past three weeks, speaking to the tight end's blossoming rapport with Favre. Worth a play.
K Ryan Longwell
2 PATs, 1 FGLongwell has been a consistent boot on a prolific offense. He's a must-start in all formats.
2 sacks, 1 INTInterceptions, forced fumbles, touchdowns on defense and special teams: The Vikings have done it all so far ... and should continue to do so.