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Fantasy Football Week 15: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for the Baltimore Ravens

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09: Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball after taking a hand off from quarterback Joe Flacco during the first half against the Washington Redskins  at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Jon ReidCorrespondent IIDecember 15, 2012

Fantasy football playoffs have arrived.

With matchups meaning so much more now that it's elimination time, it's imperative that you field your very best team.

For those who own one or more Baltimore Ravens, you've come to learn that decision is never an easy one, with players like Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith sometimes contributing in a big way and other times being invisible.

Here is a guide to starting and sitting the Baltimore Ravens for Week 15.

 

Joe Flacco

Now that Joe Flacco has a new offensive coordinator in Jim Caldwell, it's possible that he's allowed to flourish once again and won't be constrained by the predictably poor play-calling of Cam Cameron.

The fact that he'll be at home against the Denver Broncos also lends some validity to the thought that perhaps he could rebound this week.

Right now, though, it's still a very big risk and it's probably better just to bench Flacco for the time.

Now that fantasy playoffs have rolled around, you want a guaranteed 18-to-22 points from your quarterback. With Flacco's last week of 18 or more points coming against Oakland in Week 10 (though he's had two games that have come close since then), he's not your man.

 

Ray Rice

The one Raven that has been a must-start all season long is running back Ray Rice.

Only twice this season has Rice tallied less than 10 points in a fantasy week (and one of those weeks, he put up 9.4) all season, and this week should be no different.

With Cam Cameron being relieved of his duties and Jim Caldwell taking over the reins, one has to believe Ray Rice will see the ball even more, positioning him for a great week against the Broncos.

You must start him if you have him.

 

Anquan Boldin

Over the last two weeks, wideout Anquan Boldin has worked his way back to being a starter in all fantasy leagues.

Despite the Ravens losing both of their last two games, Boldin has been great, catching a combined three touchdown passes in those contests.

There's no longer a reason to bench the receiver this week against the Broncos.

He should fit into your WR-3 slot comfortably.

 

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith has been the biggest enigma when it comes to fantasy football this season for the Ravens.

Some weeks, he can go off for well over 10 points and, other weeks, he's picking up a paltry 21 yards and hurting fantasy owners everywhere.

At this point, if you've got a more consistent option—even if he's less explosive—it'd be wise to start him over Torrey Smith.

If Smith is your definitive WR-3, however, the best you can do is start him and hope that he has one of his big games against Denver.

 

Defense

This is one week where it should be fairly obvious to bench Baltimore's defense.

Even if Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs return to action (they're both practicing, per Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun), the Broncos are just too explosive.

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has accumulated nearly 1,200 yards this season. He and fellow receiver Eric Decker have combined for 16 TDs, while Peyton Manning has thrown for a total of 30.

Expecting to hold the Broncos to under 14 points just isn't realistic. Bench Baltimore's defense this week, it could get rough.

 

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