Fantasy Player Projections

 
Patriots
M&T Bank Stadium
Sunday , Sep. 23 | 08:20 PM EST (NBC)
Ravens
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTom Brady

Tom Brady

243 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Ray Lewis likes to say "respect is earned." Brady is still trying to earn Baltimore's respect. In his last three outings against the Ravens he has thrown seven interceptions and completed just 59 percent of his passes.

RBStevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

46 rush yards, 2 rec, 24 rec yards

Ridley is making a case to become Bill Belichick's full-time back -- no small task. He could regress this week, however, against an unforgiving Baltimore defense that held New England to 3.1 yards per carry when the teams met in January.

RBDanny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead

21 rush yards, 2 rec, 13 rec yards

With Shane Vereen still hobbled by a foot injury, the Patriots will likely continue to use Woodhead to spell Stevan Ridley. Last week that didn't amount to much (2.3 yards per carry). We can't imagine Woodhead will have better success against Baltimore.

WRWes Welker

Wes Welker

5 rec, 51 yards, rec TD

Welker has been consistent against Baltimore in each of the past three meetings, with a handful of catches and 50 or so yards. That sounds about right for this week.

WRJulian Edelman

Julian Edelman

3 rec, 39 yards

Edelman is having a nice season so far, but there is very little room in this offense for a No. 3 receiver to shine, especially this week against the Ravens.

WRBrandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

3 rec, 31 yards

The Ravens didn't allow a touchdown to a New England receiver in their AFC title game meeting earlier this year, and they've only allowed one passing score through two games this season. Bad news for Lloyd, who's still looking for his first touchdown grab of the year.

TERob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

5 rec, 68 yards, rec TD

Gronkowski cannot be expected to pickup Aaron Hernandez's production in the offense; if anything, the loss of Hernandez will benefit the team's receivers. That said, Gronk is still one of the best options fantasy owners have from which to choose.

KStephen Gostkowski

Stephen Gostkowski

2 PATs, FG

Gostkowski gave New England almost all of its points against Arizona last week, but now must rebound after missing the only kick fans will remember.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Patriots hit Joe Flacco seven times (three sacks) and forced one interception in the last meeting. Bill Belichick will need similar success for his team to stay in this game.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJoe Flacco

Joe Flacco

239 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Other than at the end of the Ravens' loss to Philadelphi, Flacco has looked improved this season. The Patriots will try to frustrate him by sending pressure, but Flacco has enough weapons (and enough poise) to hold his ground.

RBRay Rice

Ray Rice

62 rush yards, 3 rec, 27 rec yards

The Patriots have allowed 2.6 yards per carry in two games, second best in the league. And while the Patriots have yet to face a back as good as Rice, he didn't exactly produce when the teams met in January, managing 3.2 yards per carry.

WRTorrey Smith

Torrey Smith

4 rec, 91 yards, rec TD

Joe Flacco throws deep to Smith at least a couple times a game, and although the two haven't exactly clicked yet (four completions), it's only a matter of time. Smith had 82 yards and a touchdown in the AFC title game loss to New England last year.

WRAnquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

3 rec, 32 yards

Boldin is slowly being phased out in Baltimore. He collected just seven yards last week, and no longer is Joe Flacco's preferred target. In a game that could be measured in inches, Boldin's contribution will still seem small.

WRJacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones

2 rec, 30 yards

Jones is emerging as a nice No. 3 target for the Ravens, but he is not ready to be a weekly producer for fantasy owners. He's still not worthy of a roster spot.

TEDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

4 rec, 54 yards, rec TD

Pitta has been the smash-hit tight end of this young season. He is Joe Flacco’s favorite weapon (15 targets last Sunday) and will frustrate a Patriots defense that helped Todd Heap become Arizona’s leading receiver last week.

KJustin Tucker

Justin Tucker

2 PATs, 2 FGs

Tucker is money. He has made all of his attempts, with five of his six tries coming from beyond 40 yards. He also handles pressure well, which could be key in this expected preview of playoff football.

DEFENSE

INT, 2 Sacks

The Ravens defense hasn't exactly looked like itself so far this September, but fantasy owners can expect that to change in this marquee contest. As usual, count on a turnover or two and zero tolerance near the line of scrimmage.

 
 
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