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Ravens fantasy football advice: Start/sit/sleepers

The Bears' run defense has been vulnerable all year. Could this be Ray Rice's breakout week?

Torrey Smith has become the Ravens' lone must-start on a weekly basis.
Torrey Smith has become the Ravens' lone must-start on a weekly basis.
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Start 'em

WR Torrey Smith: Smith has been the most consistent on offense all season. Teams have put yardage on the Bears all season. Smith should be able to have a good game.

K Justin Tucker: The Ravens offense should be able to move the ball better than last week's slug-fest against Cincinnati. But the offense hasn't proven it can put points up in bunches. It could wind up being a perfect play for Tucker, who's been perfect outside of the two misses he had against Cleveland.

Sit 'em

QB Joe Flacco: It's just too risky to go with Flacco, even if you're in a bye week crunch. There should be other viable options out there that have more potential to put up fantasy points.

RB Bernard Pierce: I still think Rice is the go-to guy this week, though the Ravens have indicated they will ride the hot hand. For those calling for Pierce to replace Rice, it's not like he's out-performing the starter in his limited carries.


WR Marlon Brown: He'll remain a sleeper for the rest of the season because he hasn't played poorly enough to deserve a must-sit and he hasn't been consistent enough to deserve a must-start. If the Ravens struggle running the ball early, they'll likely abandon it. That could open up more passing opportunities for Brown to get the ball.

Ravens D/ST: I put the defense here because not many teams have been able to slow the Bears down on the scoreboard. That said, the Ravens are beginning to play at a high level on the defensive side of the ball and could be a sneaky play for some surprise points this week.

RB Ray Rice: I never would have thought Rice could wind up on a fantasy sleeper list. But here he is, for what it's worth. Rice will at least begin the game as the go-to ball carrier against a below average run defense. Be wary about starting him as anything more than a flex play, though this could be a breakout week.