Fantasy Player Projections

 
Browns
M&T Bank Stadium
Thursday , Sep. 27 | 08:20 PM EST (NFL)
Ravens
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBrandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

177 pass yards, pass TD, 2 INTs

Weeden is still throwing too many interceptions (he's tied for the NFL lead with six), but he has picked up his game the past two weeks, helping his completion percentage jump by more than 20 points from Week 1. Thursday is his introduction to ballhawk Ed Reed and the Baltimore defense. Oh well, progress can take a break for a week.

RBTrent Richardson

Trent Richardson

49 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 34 rec yards

The Ravens have given up a lot more rushing yards and touchdowns (five) than fantasy owners are accustomed to seeing, but they still only allow 3.3 yards per carry. Richardson won't find easy yards here.

WRMohamed Massaquoi

Mohamed Massaquoi

2 rec, 30 yards

Massaquoi has been the only Browns receiver worthy of fantasy consideration thus far. This week he may not even be that. His hamstring makes him a question mark for a Browns team trying to prepare for a short week.

WRJosh Gordon

Josh Gordon

2 rec, 28 yards

The preseason hype surrounding Gordon has withered away in September; even fantasy owners forget it takes time for wide receivers to develop in the NFL, especially prospects as rusty as Gordon.

WRGreg Little

Greg Little

2 rec, 21 yards

Forget about producing for fantasy owners: The talk is Little may not see the field if he doesn't put an end to all of the dropped passes.

TEJordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron

3 rec, 41 yards, rec TD

Ben Watson saw a team-high eight targets in Week 3, but Cameron was the better fantasy weapon. Cleveland has talked about increasing his role in the offense and now fantasy owners are starting to see it.

KPhil Dawson

Phil Dawson

2 PATs, FG

The trouble with Dawson is weeks like last Sunday, when he had no field goal attempts and only two points. Owners never know what to expect from the Browns kicker.

DEFENSE

2 Sacks

If there is a bright spot on the Browns defense, it's been the pass rush, which has produced nine sacks. Beyond that, this is a sorry unit that's still waiting for Joe Haden to return to a troubled secondary.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJoe Flacco

Joe Flacco

241 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

This year fantasy owners have witnessed a new Flacco, who ranks second in passing yards and boasts a QB Rating of 101.1. This week Flacco should school a Browns secondary that has allowed 269.0 passing yards per game and eight touchdowns –- tied for second-most in the league.

RBRay Rice

Ray Rice

81 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 23 rec yards

Ravens fans (and Rice owners) called for more touches for Rice after Week 2, and coach John Harbaugh obliged, riding Rice for 150 yards on 25 touches against the Pats. Rice could do just as much damage this week with far less effort.

RBBernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce

22 rush yards, 2 rec, 9 rec yards

The Ravens seem determined to save Ray Rice's legs for the postseason. Pierce got five touches in a close game last week and could see more if Baltimore puts this game out of reach early.

WRTorrey Smith

Torrey Smith

5 rec, 81 yards, rec TD

There wasn't a soul watching Sunday night who wasn't touched by Smith's tribute to his brother. Aside from that story, Smith has long been growing into a stud fantasy receiver, and is clearly the best big-play weapon at Joe Flacco's disposal.

WRAnquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

3 rec, 41 yards

Boldin has been held to less than 75 yards receiving in nine consecutive games. After leading the team in targets last year, he ranks fourth at present. It's not looking good for the almost 32-year-old receiver.

WRJacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones

2 rec, 28 yards

Jones has flashed some big-play potential in his first year with Baltimore (21.9 yards per catch), but there are not enough balls to make him a viable fantasy prospect.

TEDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

5 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Pitta has seen no fewer than seven targets in any game this year, and he ranks second only to Jimmy Graham among tight ends in the category. It's not a matter of matchups; Joe Flacco has shown a commitment to throw to Pitta, so fantasy owners must trust that.

KJustin Tucker

Justin Tucker

4 PATs, FG

Tucker owns the second-most extra points in the league and has earned a reputation for being one of the league's clutch kickers. There'll be no need for game-winning theatrics in this one, though.

DEFENSE

2 INTs, 3 Sacks, TD

Hmm, Ed Reed roaming the secondary, staring down a rookie quarterback (Brandon Weeden) who has no choice but to throw the ball early and often. Sounds like Shark Week.

 
 
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