Fantasy Football Thursday Night Start 'Em or Sit 'Em: Ravens vs. Browns

Eric StashinSenior Writer ISeptember 27, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Must Start Options
Quarterback - Joe Flacco (Bal)
Running Back - Ray Rce (Bal), Trent Richardson (Cle)
Wide Receiver - Torrey Smith (Bal)
Tight End - Dennis Pitta (Bal)

Options to Discuss:
Quarterback – Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns

While he posted a good game in Week 2, his other two starts have seen him total 355 yards, one TD and six INT. Taking on a very good Baltimore defense, is there any reason to consider him? Even in two quarterback formats, you should have a better alternative available to you.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Wide Receiver – Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens' new up tempo offense has been impressive, but a lot of the opportunities have gone to Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta. With Ray Rice also in the mix, just how many opportunities are there going to be for Boldin?

He hasn’t had more than four receptions or 63 yards in a game and has a total of six catches for 55 yards over the past two games. Sure, the potential is always there for a big day (he did have a TD in Week 1), but this early in the week why take the risk? Maybe in the deepest of formats, but I probably wouldn’t look to roll the dice given the other options on Baltimore.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Wide Receiver – Greg Little – Cleveland Browns

Many entered the year thinking Little could be the perfect third receiver for their fantasy squad. However, the results have not yet been there. He went without a catch in the first game and managed just two receptions for 17 yards last week.

Sure, he produced in Week 2 (five catches for 53 yards and a TD), but if he hadn’t scored even that would’ve been a bust. Drops have once again been an issue. According to Mary Kay Cabot (via Twitter):

“Shurmur on Little: ‘When he goes out in the game, got to catch ball. Can’t play a guy that’s going to drop footballs.’”

That’s really all we should need to know. He is way too risky to trust right now.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Wide Receiver – Mohamed Massaquoi – Cleveland Browns

With nine catches for 145 yards, he may be the Browns' best receiver right now. Doesn’t that really tell you all you need to know? Of course he also is battling a hamstring injury and may not play.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Other Browns Receivers – Josh Gordon/Joshua Cribbs

Someone has to step up and make plays, right? Unfortunately this is a completely unpredictable situation and it is impossible to trust anyone right now.

Tight End – Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns

With all the issues to the wide receivers, Cameron is the name to watch. He registered five receptions for 45 yards in Week 3 after picking up nothing in the first two games.

The upside here is high, especially with all of the problems the team has on the outside. While he is a big risk for Week 4, he could quickly become a hot name on the waiver wire. Monitor his production this week.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em, but he is worth watching

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 4 rankings: