Ravens fantasy football advice: Start/sit/sleepers

Torrey Smith is a must-start against a suspect Packers secondary this week. - Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Here's this week's fantasy football post for Ravens players.

Start 'em

RB Ray Rice: Well, look at that. Rice got plenty of touches against Miami and the Ravens won. OK, so it still wasn't that great of a performance. He only averaged 2.7 yards per carry and didn't look that explosive. But at the same time, Rice got 27 carries and an additional six receptions, indicating the Ravens want him heavily involved in the game-plan. More importantly, he received two goal line carries that went for touchdowns.

WR Torrey Smith: Smith is becoming an upper level WR1 in fantasy football. Last week, he caught six passes for 121 yards. The Packers have the 26th-ranked pass defense in the NFL. Smith should have a big day statistically.

K Justin Tucker: Tucker should get his chances as Baltimore figures to have scoring chances. Tucker had the two misses against Cleveland but has done well since.

Sit 'em

RB Bernard Pierce: Pierce hasn't had the year that was expected of him so far. On top of that, Green Bay boasts a top 10 rush defense. Rice figures to see the majority of the workload, meaning yards will be even tougher to come by for Pierce.

Ravens D/ST: Yes, the defense has played well this year. But this is Aaron Rodgers we're talking about. The last time the Ravens were asked to defend an elite quarterback he tossed seven touchdowns. I'm not saying that will happen again but you do have to be wary about these kind of things.

Sleepers

WRs Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown: It looks like both Jones and Brown will be back this week. If Jones is back, the offense opens up considerably, which could mean big things for Ray Rice owners. Brown figures to continue being involved in the game-plan with Jones back, and Jones has the ability to catch the deep ball at any time.

QB Joe Flacco: Flacco could be in for a big game. He performs his best at home and could get back Jones and Brown. With his receivers getting healthy, Flacco could be in for a 300-yard kind of day against a secondary that's given up some big plays.

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