Fantasy Football Week 13: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for the Baltimore Ravens
As the NFL season rolls around, the end of the fantasy football regular season is nearing.
Whether you have solidified your spot as a playoff contender, are fighting for one of your league's final playoff spots, or have already been eliminated and are looking to play spoiler against one of your opponents, Week 13 is as big as any.
For those who have a Baltimore Raven or two on their roster, setting your fantasy lineup can be rather tricky.
With more than a few players being so up and down this season, it can be confusing when it comes to starting or sitting your Ravens players.
Here's the start 'em or sit 'em for Baltimore's key fantasy players this week.
This season has been a tale of two Joe Flaccos.
We have seen Joe flourish at home and flounder on the road.
Last week, Joe showed everyone that he can, in fact, be successful on the road if he's allowed to take shots and run a more aggressive offense.
That is why he's been so successful at home, he has more control over the play-calling, especially when the team is running the no-huddle offense.
While the Ravens are at home this week and should expect a win, starting Joe Flacco against the No. 1 pass defense probably isn't the best of ideas.
Unless Joe is your only available QB, I would sit him against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Thanks to last week's lengthy overtime tilt in San Diego, Ray Rice was able to rack up 97 rushing yards and over 16 fantasy points against the Chargers.
Though the Ravens' running game has seemingly stalled of late (thanks in large part to sluggish play by the offensive line), Ray Rice has continued to find a way to tally fantasy points.
Rice is always a must-start. At home? Rice has only posted less than 20 points in two of the Ravens five games.
Just like Joe Flacco, Boldin seems to struggle away from home when it comes to fantasy points (the connection there being obvious).
With Boldin having reached 10 points just once in the last 10 weeks, he's quickly becoming a borderline must-sit.
Home or away, Boldin just hasn't been picking up many yards and only has one touchdown this season. With players like Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon (among others) emerging as viable wide receiver options, there just aren't many leagues where starting Boldin makes sense anymore.
Torrey Smith seems to have found his stride.
In three of his last four weeks he's reached double digits in fantasy points, averaging nearly 11 points over that span.
The one worrisome part of those numbers?
The one week where he didn't reach 10 points, he put up a measly seven receiving yards, and it was against this Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
While it may be tempting to sit Smith for that reason, it is highly unlikely that the Steelers are able to hold him to that number again.
Starting Smith this week is definitely worth the risk.
Usually I don't include the Ravens kicker on this list, because most people only have one kicker and don't really need start 'em, sit 'em advice in that category.
This week, however, is a good week to start Justin Tucker.
If he's still without a team in your league, or if you happen to have him on the bench, get him into your starting lineup this week.
Start or sit Torrey Smith this week?
With the Ravens at home, there is no reason to believe that the offense will be completely stymied, but it may be tough to put up TDs on a consistent basis.
Enter Justin Tucker.
With the rookie's range and excellent numbers so far this season, it is feasible that he could end up attempting four or five field goals this weekend.
Starting the Ravens defense is always a given.
Especially now that they've re-discovered their pass rush.
Last week, they picked up six sacks in San Diego.
The week before in Pittsburgh, they recovered two fumbles, had one interception and added three sacks.
With Pittsburgh running backs having some serious problems holding onto the ball of late, there could be another fumble or two to be had this week.
If Charlie Batch is starting again, interceptions and sacks are also more likely.
Then there's the matter of Jacoby Jones always being a threat to return a kickoff or punt for a TD.
Ravens defense and special teams are a must-start this week.
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