Ravens fantasy advice: Start/sit/sleepers

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Here's a look at which Ravens to start and sit for Thursday's game against the Steelers.

Start 'em

WR Torrey Smith: Smith only had three catches for 61 yards in the first meeting this year, so you can count on the Ravens looking to get him more involved. He's won battles in the past with Ike Taylor, and he should be able to win some today.

K Justin Tucker: He's been money this year and the Ravens' have been a field goal happy team of late. The wind may not be a factor by kickoff, though that hasn't stopped Tucker the past two weeks.

Ravens D/ST: Even though Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers have been able to perform well of late, this game as a low-scoring affair written all over it.

Sit 'em

QB Joe Flacco: His stats prove why he shouldn't be a fantasy option. He also only threw for 215 yards the last time the two teams played. Pittsburgh's secondary has stepped up in recent weeks as well.

RB Bernard Pierce: One of the top backups to have entering the fantasy football season, Pierce shouldn't be on anyone's roster.

Sleepers

RB Ray Rice: I'm torn on Rice. The Steelers haven't been able to stop the run this year but did keep him in check with just 45 yards in the first meeting. But John Harbaugh and company generally do a good job adjusting to teams they've already played. Rice could be a sneaky play (which is still weird to think of him in that way).

WR Jacoby Jones: Jones blew up for 103 yards last week, tough the Jets' secondary has been a weak spot for that team all year. The Steelers will be tougher. But if Jones is back to 100 percent, then Flacco could find him deep once again.


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