Ravens fantasy advice: Start/sit/sleepers

Justin Tucker made fantasy owners happy this past Monday. - Jason Miller

It's Fantasy Championship Week, so here are some Ravens options to consider.

Start 'em

WR Torrey Smith: In three career games against the Patriots, Smith has performed well. In the 2011 AFC Championship game, Smith had 82 yards and a touchdown. In the 2012 regular season game, Smith finished with 127 yards and two touchdowns. In the 2012 AFC Championship, he had 69 yards. Look for Smith to once again be a focal point on offense.

TE Dennis Pitta: Against New England, Pitta has caught a touchdown in each of his last three games against the Patriots. He's a solid option at the position going into this game.

K Justin Tucker: Is there a more reliable kicker you'd want to start in a championship than Tucker? If you're fortunate to have him on your roster, you just might win your championship as a result.

Sit 'em

RB Bernard Pierce: Pierce did have a good run a week ago, but he's done a lot of dancing in the backfield as a second-year player. He's not in the flex discussion.


QB Joe Flacco: Even though he has an MCL sprain in his knee, Flacco could be a viable quarterback option if you need him (note: if you're in your championship, you probably have someone else at quarterback). Flacco could wind up with a three-touchdown kind of game, given his recent history against the Patriots.

RB Ray Rice: The last time the Ravens faced a poor rushing defense, Rice ran for 131 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. The Patriots rank 31st against the run at 132.5 yards per game. Rice could merit a flex play this week.

Ravens D/ST: You never know with the Patriots. Even with the injuries, they could wind up having an explosive game. Then again, there's no Rob Gronkowski, and guys like Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompson aren't 100 percent. That said, the Ravens have defended the Patriots' offense well in the past, including last year's AFC Championship game. This could go either way.

WRs Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown: Smith figures to draw Aqib Talib for most of Sunday's game, leaving Baltimore's other top receivers with more favorable matchups. Jones had a great game last week and Brown has been a red zone threat all year. Both could be sneaky flex plays if needed.

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