Ravens fantasy football advice: Sit/start/sleepers

Is Bernard Pierce worth a fantasy start this week, even if Ray Rice returns? - Larry French

Here's this week's fantasy football advice involving Ravens players.

Start 'em

Ravens D/ST: If you had the Ravens' defense/special teams (and punt return touchdowns count), you probably won your league's game last week. If you played against them, like I did, you probably lost. Expect more of the same this week against a Bills team that has gotten worse each week offensively.

WR Torrey Smith: Smith has yet to score a touchdown but has been a frequent target for Joe Flacco. He's fared well against Joe Haden and Johnathan Joseph in back-to-back weeks, indicating he's a must-start against most teams at this point.

K Justin Tucker: The Ravens offense should move the ball a little easier than it's been able to in the previous two weeks. Tucker should get plenty of opportunities this week.

RBs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce: Rice, assuming he's good to go as reports indicate, is a must-start against the NFL's 30th ranked defense. Pierce is a must-start if Rice suffers a setback and is also a solid flex play if Rice is OK to play. Baltimore will stay patient with the running game as it should find more success this week.

Sit 'em

TE Dallas Clark: Clark's an underneath option that will get catches in bunches if plays aren't open on the outside. The plays should be there this week, making Clark's presence more of an afterthought.

Sleepers

QB Joe Flacco: Flacco could wind up with a two or three touchdown performance, especially if Stephon Gilmore and Jairus Byrd are out again. The Bills' defense is banged up and susceptible to both phases on offense. Flacco could wind up with a big week statistically.

WR Marlon Brown: Smith will get his looks but this could be another big week for Brown after slumping to just six yards a week ago. There should be more opportunities for Baltimore's fill-in No. 2 receiver this week.

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