Bank of America Stadium | Sunday, November 21 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Ravens 30, Panthers 6
200 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 10 rush yardsIt took until late for Flacco to find his stride last week, but once he did he impressed. He isn?t flawless, but the Ravens? offense is humming nicely with him at the helm, and the returns (10 TD?s in his last four games) have been nice for owners.
2 rec, 30 rec yards, 80 rush yardsRice saw just 12 carries last week, largely thanks to a 13-0 deficit that the Ravens were forced to work themselves out of through the passing game. That should not be the case against a bad Carolina squad. Rice could have big day.
30 rush yardsThe Ravens were forced to emphasize the pass game last week, so McGahee?s normally low returns were even lower. Carolina struggles against the run, and don?t have the offense to take a big lead. If you have to play McGahee, this is a good week.
4 rec, 90 yards, 1 TDBoldin?s touchdown last week was his sixth of the season and third in three games. His value in the red zone is undeniable, but keep in mind that Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and T.J. Houshmandzadeh have seen an increase in targets recently.
3 rec, 40 yardsMason has decent value as long as he continues to find the end zone as he has done in two straight games. Otherwise, he doesn?t see enough targets downfield to really be considered a weekly starter in anything but deep PPR leagues.
3 rec, 40 yardsHeap has scored a touchdown in three of the Ravens? last four games. Then again, it took him until Week 6 to find the end zone at first. Point being: touchdowns are tough to predict. With bye weeks over, you should have a more consistent starter in place.
3 PATs, 3 FGsCundiff didn't attempt a field goal last week, the first time this season he was held without a try. Besides one blemish, he has been a perfectly suitable fantasy kicker, going 14-for-17 on field goals so far.
5 sacks, 2 INT, 3 FumblesBaltimore has always been with synonymous with great defense. With another rookie starting for Carolina in Tony Pike, it should be a points bonanza.
100 pass yards, 2 INTThe rookie gets the start in place of injured Jimmy Clausen. He's getting thrown to the wolves right away against the Ravens.
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 50 rush yardsGoodson carried the load for Carolina, rushing 23 times for 100 yards last week. If DeAngelo Williams (foot) and Jonathan Stewart (concussion) are out again, Goodson should start. Otherwise, he will be relegated to third-down duty.
30 rush yardsWilliams has been held out of action the past two weeks with a foot injury. He is expected to return this week against the Ravens, but be sure to double-check his status. If he can't go, Jonathan Stewart or Mike Goodson would carry the load.
3 rec, 35 yardsSmith can't be considered a sure-starter in any format, especially with a rookie quarterback at the helm. Smith hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 2, and has a tough defensive matchup this week against the Ravens.
3 rec, 35 yardsOutside of a Week 7 explosion, Gettis hasn't recorded more than 42 yards receiving in any game this season. Carolina ranks dead last in the league in total defense, and has a rookie quarterback at the helm. Stay away from Gettis.
2 rec, 20 yardsKing has just 11 catches for 83 yards and no touchdowns this season. He is not much more of a blocking tight end, and should not be owned in any format.
2 FGsKasay ranks in the bottom half of starting kickers with just 15 field-goal attempts on the season. Carolina's offense is too anemic to recommend starting Kasay in any week.
1 sack, 1 FumbleThe Ravens' offense has found its stride in recent weeks, averaging over 375 yards of total offense per game over their past five outings. The Panthers rank 26th in the league in total defense. Look elsewhere for team defense this week.