Flacco is sixth in the league in completions, ninth in TDs and 11th in yardage. He had a solid, but not spectacular day (20-for-25, 175 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT) leading the Ravens to a win against the previously unbeaten Broncos. Against the Bengals' 31st-ranked pass defense, he's a legit No. 1 fantasy QB.
Rice is the NFL leader in receiving yards by a RB with 349 and ninth in rushing yards with 525. He followed a monster game before the bye week against the Vikes (10 rec, 117 rec yards, 10 carries, 77 yards, 2 rush TDs) with another nice game (5 rec, 24 rec yards, 23 carries, 84 yards, 1 TD) against the Broncos' league best YPG defense. He's a No. 1 fantasy RB by any metric, top three in PPR leagues and a recommended start even against Cincy's fifth-ranked run D.
Mason had 4 catches for 40 yards and 1 TD against the Broncos and is just off the pace for his eighth 1000-yard season in 9 years (on pace for 962 yards). His 4 TDs on the year are good enough for eighth in the league. He's a solid low-end No. 2 fantasy option, flying under the radar against the Bengals.
Heap was held to 3 catches for 16 yards against Broncos, With 27 catches (11th among TEs) Heap's still on pace to have over 60 catches, which makes him a viable lower tier fantasy TE, especially as a bye week replacement in PPR leagues. You know what you're getting from him.
Hauschka had an excellent afternoon against the Broncos, going 3-for-3 including a 43-yarder. He is a pretty good kicker on a high-scoring team. Nevertheless, he doesn't rate in the high end of fantasy kickers with a surprisingly low 8-for-10 clip on the year.
Ranking 14th in the league in YPG and 12th in PPG, the Baltimore D finally looked like the dominating unit we've become used to over the years. Against a talented Denver team, they surrendered only 7 points and 200 totally yards while registering 2 sacks, forcing a fumble and scoring a special teams TD with Lardarius Webb's 95-yard kickoff return. They're a lower-level No. 1 fantasy unit against a dangerous and rested divisional foe.
The bright lights of HBO's ‘Hard Knocks' cameras seem to have been good for Palmer, who has been decent leading the surprising Bengals to a 5-2 start (15th in yards, 13th in completions, 7th in TDs). Before the bye, Palmer went off, completing 20-of-24 passes with 5 TDs and 0 INT in the Bengals 45-10 romp over the Bears. He is a low-end No. 1 choice, and a good flex option going forward, even entering a tough matchup against the Ravens.
Fourth in the league in rushing, Benson has been one of the most prominent fantasy surprises of the season. He went nuts against the Bears before the bye, amassing 189 yards and 1 TD on 37 carries. Despite his success thus far, he is just a high-end No. 2 option against Haloti Ngata and the fourth-ranked Ravens' run D.
Week in, week out, no one in the league talks more than Ochocinco. With 39 catches, 573 yards and 5 TDs thus far this season (all top 10 in the league), Ochocinco has backed up his talk and regained his lapsed rhythm with Palmer. He had 10 catches for 118 yards and 2 TDs against the Bears before the bye and 7 catches for 94 yards against the Ravens a month ago. He is a true No. 1 fantasy WR.
He had 2 catches for 37 yards including 1 TD against the Bears before the bye. He was held without a catch against the Ravens a month ago. He is not an advisable fantasy option at this point in his career under any circumstances, even though he's caught TDs the last two weeks. Don't fall into the trap.
The second-year WR out of Florida has 10 more catches than Coles and is on pace to have 59 receptions this year. That's not bad for a guy who came in as their No 3 WR. He's still a poor fantasy option. There are plenty of guys with immediate roto prospects like Caldwell on the waiver wire. Inadvisable start against the Ravens.
Though he got into the end zone against the Bears, Foschi cannot be recommended in good conscience against the Ravens. He seemed to have replaced Daniel Coats as the No. 1 TE, but now has 8 catches on the season to Coatsy's 12. Neither are viable fantasy plays.
Ranking sixth in PPG yet 21st in YPG, the Bengals' D has figured out a way to win this year. Their 31st-ranked pass defense has a tough task in defending Joe Flacco and they're a lower-tier starting option against a Baltimore offense that's really been playing well.