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Fantasy Week 3: Ravens Sit/Start

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Sorry I missed a week, due to the Jewish Holiday's. Practically all the main offensive players would have been 'starts' anyways.


Crockett Gillmore

Crockett burst onto the scene last week, scoring 2 touchdowns against the Raiders. I can proudly lay claim to being in the small percentage of people who had him in the starting lineup, on a team I waited until the late rounds to draft a TE. As BB writer Wola Odeniran pointed out, he will be key to the Ravens in the passing game, and tight ends and fullbacks have had success against this Bengals defense so far this season. Projected production: 55 yds receiving,  1 touchdown.

Justin Forsett

The run game will be key for the Ravens on their quest to get their first win of the 2015 season. Forsett is still the main back, and although Taliaferro stole some touches last week and looked good, including a 7 yard touchdown, he is questionable with an injury and has not practiced all week. Projected production: 105 yds rushing, 35 yds receiving.

Steve Smith Sr.

The veteran wide receiver had much success against the Bengals defense last year, especially on the deep ball. While the Bengals don't have to account for Torrey Smith this year, I still see the crafty Smith having another good week at home against Cincinnati. Projected production: 110 yds, 1 touchdown receiving.

Justin Tucker

The stud kicker is a must start every week, especially with the Ravens difficulty running the ball int the red zone.Projected production: 2 FGs, 3 XP

Joe Flacco

The Ravens QB has been up and down so far, being stifled by a dominant Denver defense before having a field day against a vulnerable Oakland unit. This weeks match-up falls somewhere in the middle, but I anticipate a good game from Flacco in his home opener, as the Ravens will need to put up some points in this near must-win divisional game. Projected production: 285 yds passing,  3 touchdowns, 1 interception.


Baltimore Defense

Hard to project a good week for this unit following the clunker they just put up against the Oakland Raiders, a team these Bengals shut down in Oakland the week before. The loss of Suggs hurt, as they were unable to generate any pass rush. The Bengals offensive line and skill positions are also a step up from the Raiders. I expect a bounce back week for the Ravens defense, but I have them as borderline fantasy starters. Projected production: 1 sack, 1 int, 23 points allowed.

Breshad Perriman

The injured wide receiver is still planted firmly to the bench (if he is still rostered), as he is still not fully healthy. Projected production: 0 yards receiving

Deep league Sleeper

Lorenzo Taliaferro

In deeper leagues, Lorenzo Taliaferro is a player who should be rostered in every  league.  If healthy, he could be a viable candidate to be used in a flex, especially in deeper leagues as he will continue to steal touches, especially in the red zone. Projected production (if healthy): 55 yards, 1 touchdown.