Fantasy Football Week 14: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for the Baltimore Ravens

Jon ReidCorrespondent IIDecember 7, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 02:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Week 14 for the Baltimore Ravens brings about the battle of the beltway, as they'll head down to FedEx Field in Washington, DC to do battle with their regional rival Washington Redskins.

What does this mean for your fantasy team? Which Ravens should you be starting this week, and which should find themselves comfortably on your bench?


Joe Flacco

It's become quite apparent that Joe Flacco is as close to a must-sit player as the Ravens have.

Limited by his complete lack of pocket awareness, his inability to connect on deep passes and the predictable play-calling of Cam Cameron, Flacco hasn't been an elite quarterback on the field, or on the fantasy score sheet.

Until he shows flashes of his old self that can command a no-huddle drive and can show he can hit those 30-plus yard throws, there is absolutely no reason to start him.


Ray Rice

Fantasy owners of Ray Rice last week were probably as irate as Ravens fans with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

After starting the game by averaging 6.5 yards per carry on 12 touches, Ray Rice didn't receive a carry once in the final quarter of the football game.

As a result, the Ravens would go on to lose the game and Rice was deprived of racking up a few more fantasy points for his owners.

The bright side?

He still managed to post over 14 points in Week 13 against a dynamic Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

Rice is as much of a must-start as Joe Flacco is a must-sit.


Anquan Boldin

After having some major struggles in recent weeks, Anquan Boldin's first half of 13.5 points against the Steelers instantly made Week 13 one of his best fantasy weeks of the season.

Unfortunately, his second-half production amounted to a measly six yards.

Yet, thanks to his performance last week and the fact that the Redskins have allowed the second-most fantasy points this season to wide receivers, Boldin may be worth a start this week.

Especially in a WR-3 role.


Torrey Smith

While Torrey Smith's speed always makes him a threat downfield to put up 10-plus fantasy points on a single play, it also makes him very easy to game-plan for, since the Ravens seem to use him solely for deep throws.

His numbers reflect how unpredictable he can be.

Over the last four games, Smith has put up 18.7 points, 0.7 points, 14.4 points and 3.3 points.

That inconsistency makes it extremely hard to predict how he will fare any given week, but those big numbers also make it difficult to bench him.

This week? He's a must start.

Washington gives up points to wideouts and both of his low point totals above came against the No. 1 pass defense, not No. 31.



It never sounds right to say this, but it'd be a wise move to bench Baltimore's defense this week against Washington.

Having struggled all season, this defense is just not ready to handle one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL.

With Terrell Suggs now out, we can assume that Paul Kruger will return to having difficulties applying pressure on the QB. Even if the Ravens can get pressure on RG3, he is incredibly mobile and will be tough to sack.

The fact he's also thrown just four interceptions this season makes it unlikely that the Ravens defense will be racking up fantasy points.

Don't be too stubborn to bench Baltimore's defense this week, you could regret it.