Fantasy Player Projections

 
Ravens
Browns Stadium
Sunday , Nov. 04 | 01:00 PM EST (CBS)
Browns
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJoe Flacco

Joe Flacco

246 pass yards, 2 pass TDs

Flacco is on the cusp of being an every-week starter in most fantasy leagues. The yards are there, but the touchdowns are not (he has just nine in seven games). Last time he faced Cleveland, Flacco threw for a score and rushed for another, so it's a favorable matchup.

RBRay Rice

Ray Rice

90 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 42 rec yards

Don't worry about workload, the touches will be there. The Ravens' coaching staff has admitted it needs to feed Rice in order to be successful, and Rice owners know that when he gets the ball good things happen.

RBBernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce

20 rush yards, 1 rec, 7 rec yards

Pierce will see a series or two against Cleveland -- the usual deal -- but even if Baltimore jumps out to a big lead there won't be enough action for Pierce to justify starting him in this game.

WRTorrey Smith

Torrey Smith

7 rec, 92 yards, rec TD

The numbers haven't necessarily been there for Smith in the past few games, but fantasy owners shouldn't be discouraged. In Baltimore's last game Smith caught four balls for 41 yards -- hardly earth-shattering, but good enough to lead the club. He was also targeted 13 times in that game, and bigger days are on the horizon.

WRAnquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

4 rec, 56 yards, rec TD

Fantasy owners may recall that when Baltimore hosted the Browns at the end of September, Boldin exploded for nine catches and 131 yards. The veteran receiver has been targeted an average of nine times over his last four games.

WRJacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones

2 rec, 29 yards

Jones was thrown to seven times in the first game against Cleveland, but caught just two balls for 17 yards -- not uncommon for the Ravens' No. 3 receiver.

TEDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

3 rec, 41 yards

Pitta is clearly ahead of Ed Dickson on the Ravens' depth chart, but that means little to fantasy owners who bought into Pitta's fast start. He has not caught a touchdown pass or cracked the 50-yard mark since Week 3.

KJustin Tucker

Justin Tucker

3 PATs, FG

Tucker has missed just one field goal this year and ranks among the top 12 in extra point attempts. This week, however, he faces a Cleveland defense that doesn't allow easy opportunities: The Browns have permitted just six field goal tries from within 39 yards.

DEFENSE

INT, Sack

Who would have ever imagined the Ravens' offense carrying the defense? Is the sky falling? Fantasy owners must understand this unit will not produce based on reputation alone -- at least not without Ray Lewis in the lineup.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBBrandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

215 pass yards, pass TD, INT

Poor weather may have been responsible for last week's 129-yard performance, but this week the culprit will be the Ravens' attacking defense. Weeden no longer leads the league in interceptions, but his 70.8 QB Rating ranks ahead of only Matt Cassel.

RBTrent Richardson

Trent Richardson

98 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 13 rec yards

So much for playing with pain. Richardson shredded the Chargers' defense last week, carrying 24 times without a hint of injury. The Ravens are without Ray Lewis and rank 30th against the run. Sounds like a recipe for more of the same.

RBMontario Hardesty

Montario Hardesty

14 rush yards

Hardesty's carries have been cut in half in each of the past two weeks. The Browns have no use for Hardesty when Trent Richardson is operating on a full tank. Neither do fantasy owners.

WRJosh Gordon

Josh Gordon

3 rec, 57 yards, rec TD

Gordon has been Cleveland's steadiest receiver as of late, and besides Trent Richardson he's the only Browns player worth putting in your fantasy lineup. Gordon doesn't see a ton of opportunities (just 41 targets this season), but as a receiver averaging 22.3 yards per reception, he only needs one or two deep balls to have a nice day.

WRGreg Little

Greg Little

4 rec, 55 yards

Little was targeted 10 times when Cleveland played Baltimore in Week 4 and caught four balls for 77 yards. It was one of his most productive games this season, and yet that stat-line probably isn't good enough to get fantasy owners to act this week.

TEJordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron

2 rec, 26 yards

The Browns' tight ends have been a non-factor for fantasy owners this season. Cameron hasn't caught more than two balls in any of the past five games, and Ben Watson hasn't been much better.

KPhil Dawson

Phil Dawson

2 PATs, FG

Dawson's last game against Baltimore provided encouraging results (10 points), but over the past four-plus seasons he has struggled to get onto the field. He has made just nine field goals in his last eight games against the Ravens, and has averaged 4.5 points per game over that stretch.

DEFENSE

2 Sacks

The Browns' defense doesn't look so good on paper -- it ranks in the bottom half of the league in yards and points allowed -- but the unit has shown improvement in recent weeks. Still, that's probably not good enough to warrant attention from fantasy owners.

 
 
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