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Ravens fantasy outlook vs. the Buccaneers

Here's this week's fantasy outlook for the Baltimore Ravens.

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Start 'em

RB Justin Forsett: He may get only 12-15 touches a game but he's by far the most effective of the three running backs. If the Ravens can get some offensive momentum early and get the backs more touches, Forsett could be in for a big game. The Buccaneers give up an average of 120.2 rushing yards per game, and according to Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, the Bucs give up the 10th most points to running backs. He's a flex play in standard formats and a RB2 in PPR leagues.

Ravens D/ST: The Ravens are fourth in the NFL in scoring defense and first in red zone defense. They may not be the dominant group of old but they're keeping opponents from scoring bunches of points, and that's the first key for fantasy success. The Ravens forced four turnovers a week ago and play a fairly young Bucs offense this week.

WR Steve Smith: The Bucs' pass defense has been atrocious, giving up 303.4 yards to receivers per game. This is the third-worst mark in the NFL, with only Jacksonville (for obvious reason) and Arizona (thanks to Peyton Manning last week) below them. Smith should rebound and have a solid game against a team he's familiar with.

K Justin Tucker: Goes without saying.

Sit 'em

WR Torrey Smith: This is a tough call because he has a favorable matchup against a Bucs team that's had trouble defending the pass. He was also targeted eight times last week. But until Smith proves he can post a big game here and there in this offense, you can't trust him in your lineup for the time being. The safe thing is to sit him. If you roll with him, you're looking at a boom or bust week for the fourth-year wideout.


RBs Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce: If the Ravens control time of possession and churn out some first downs, then either running back could wind up getting some points. It wouldn't be out of the question for one of these two backs to score a touchdown on Sunday. It's just too hard to predict who will get the call, so choose wisely if you decide to run with either of these players.

TE Owen Daniels: Also according to Yahoo!, the Bucs have given up the seventh-most points to tight ends this season. If you need to plug in someone due to a bye, Daniels could be your guy.

QB Joe Flacco: We've talked an awful lot about how poor the Bucs' pass defense has been. Flacco could very well go off for two or three touchdowns this week if everything goes as planned. Now, the Bucs have played better over the last couple of weeks, though they are still susceptible through the air. If the offensive line (ahem, James Hurst) can protect Flacco, he could be in for a big day.