Fantasy Football Week 16: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for the Baltimore Ravens

Jon ReidCorrespondent IIDecember 22, 2012

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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Well, as the NFL regular season comes to a close, so too does the fantasy football season.

With leagues down to their semifinal matchups (or for some leagues, their final matchup), every decision a fantasy owner makes is crucial.

With that in mind, here's the weekly edition of whether to start or sit all of your Baltimore Ravens fantasy contributors.


QB Joe Flacco

The Ravens are reeling right now, and it's not just the injuries plaguing their defense costing them football games.

The offensive production has been anemic, and Joe Flacco has had trouble doing much of anything in recent weeks.

Last week at home against the Denver Broncos, Flacco had another sub-15-point week.

His consistently poor performance merits a permanent spot on the bench. He's clearly no longer a true No. 1 fantasy QB option.


RB Ray Rice

This week is no different than any other for fantasy owners.

Ray Rice is a must-start at RB.

Despite the fact that the New York Giants haven't given up many points to running backs this season, and the fact that Rice is coming off his worst week of the season, he's still one of the top fantasy players in the league.

Starting Ray Rice this week is a no-brainer. 


WR Torrey Smith

Week by week, Ravens wideout Torrey Smith has become more and more of a bench kind of WR than a WR-3.

His big weeks are more sporadic and spaced out, and with a QB who is having some major issues, he's seeing fewer accurate deep balls thrown to him.

For reasons not entirely under his control, Torrey Smith is probably a better bet on the bench this week. Especially if you have a fourth viable WR available to you.


WR Anquan Boldin

After having two consecutive weeks with over 14 points, catching three TDs between those two games, Anquan Boldin didn't put up a single point last week against Denver.

Just when it looked as though he was about to bounce back and finish out the season strong, he disappeared.

He is, however, still a legitimate starter this week for a few reasons.

First, Torrey Smith has been limited in practice thanks to a minor concussion suffered in last week's game with the Broncos. This means Boldin should be targeted a lot more this week, whether Smith plays or not.

The second reason is because the Giants have given up the fifth-most points to receivers in fantasy football this season.

Right now it's probably wise to give Boldin a start ahead of tomorrow's contest.



Baltimore's injury-plagued defense that has struggled to contain just about everybody this season won't have it any easier this week against the New York Giants.

With Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Ahmad Bradshaw all expected to play this Sunday, and the Giants fighting for their playoff lives, it could be a long game for the Ravens' defense.

If they can get to the QB and pick up a few sacks, and perhaps pick off Eli, it may be worth it to start the defense this week.

Your best bet, however, is to try and comb the waiver wire for a defense that has a favorable matchup and plug them in for Week 16.