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Ravens fantasy outlook vs. the Panthers

Start Steve Smith. Just do it.

Maddie Meyer

Start 'em

WR Steve Smith: This is the easiest decision you'll make all week. If you have him, plug him in, whether it's at a receiver spot or in the flex. He's going against his former team, the Carolina Panthers, and he should be in for a big day. He wants this game more than any Ravens fan does, I guarantee it.

K Justin Tucker: Like the band R.E.M, which got this phrase from the wonderful Athens, Georgia restaurant Weaver D's, Tucker is automatic for the people.

Ravens D/ST: The Ravens' secondary has had its share of issues, yes. But Carolina probably won't be able to run the ball, forcing the Panthers into being one-dimensional on offene. This should allow the Ravens to keep things basic on defense while still keeping Carolina's points total low. This could be a good bye-week fill.

Sit 'em

WR Torrey Smith: It's time to play wait-and-see with the younger Smith. He hasn't been productive as a fantasy option just yet. If he has another down week then perhaps you package him in a trade with another player.

TE Owen Daniels: Though he stands to get more targets with Dennis Pitta out for the season, it's too early to rush him in to your lineup. Let's see how he's used first.

Use caution

RBs Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro: I created a new header for the running backs this week because it's way too uncertain how each one will be used. All three have shown glimpses of what they can do and remain as options in the rotation. There's a huge risk involved going with either of them this week. But it could also pay off in a big way if you choose the right one.


FB Kyle Juszczyk: This is of the deep, deep variety as the top three running backs could be considered solid sleepers before Juszczyk. And by no means am I advocating plugging him in this week. But say you are in a deep league that values points per reception. And say, on top of that, you are dealing with an early case of the bye week blues. And finally, say this league features 12-to-14 teams. Then you could decide to roll the dice on Juszczyk. As a deep flex guy, Juszczyk will be used as a receiving H-back. And it's my opinion that Juszczyk will actually see more of an increased roll in the passing game than Daniels will. We saw what the young fullback did during the preseason. That may be something on the horizon.