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Ravens vs. Lions: Projecting Top Fantasy Performers in Monday Night Showdown

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions runs for a third quarter touchdown while playing the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2013

The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will visit the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football in a pivotal Week 15 matchup with massive postseason implications for both sides. 

But for the countless fantasy football owners relying on star players to step up and deliver for the sake of their playoff runs, Week 15's finale will carry even more weight. 

Here, I'll project Monday night's top fantasy performers. 

 

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 20: Wide receiver Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after catching a touchdown pass during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field on October 20, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bengals defeated t
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Lions superstar playmaker Calvin Johnson, better known as Megatron, struggled mightily in the wintry conditions at Philadelphia in Week 14. But the perfect conditions inside Ford Field on Monday night should allow the 6'5" stud to surpass 100 yards receiving for the eighth time in 2013.

Prior to Week 14's three-catch, 52-yard effort against the Eagles, Johnson had gone over 100 yards receiving in three consecutive games, with three touchdowns over that span as well.

As far as fantasy receivers go, only Cleveland's Josh Gordon has been more productive than Johnson this season, and only New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham has caught more touchdowns. 

Megatron will also benefit from a favorable matchup in Week 15. Over the past two weeks, only five teams have surrendered more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Baltimore Ravens, who have given up 350 yards and four touchdowns to opposing wideouts since Week 13. 

 

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

If there's one area where the Detroit defense has been extremely vulnerable this season, it's been defending the pass. The Lions rank 26th in the league in fewest passing yards allowed coming into Week 15's showdown, and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is sure to take advantage.

The reigning Super Bowl MVP has made his fair share of mistakes this season, but he's thrown a touchdown in each of Baltimore's past eight games and threw a season-high three in Week 14's win over the Vikings.

With wide receiver Marlon Brown coming on strong and tight end Dennis Pitta returning to the mix, Flacco becomes that much more dangerous as a passer and that much more valuable as a fantasy asset. 

Plus, with the Ravens ranking 30th in rushing yards, you can expect Flacco to drop back plenty on Monday night.

 

Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Kicker Justin Tucker #9 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after kicking a field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won, 22-20. (Photo by
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Ravens kicker Justin Tucker had a quiet day in the snow in Week 14, but he is poised to turn in another impressive performance under the roof at Ford Field on Monday night.

Week 14's dramatic win over Minnesota marked the first time this season season that the Ravens didn't attempt a single field goal. But even with a lackluster outing last week, only San Francisco's Phil Dawson has scored more fantasy points among kickers over the last four weeks than Tucker. 

Tucker has made 11 field goals and seven extra points over the past four weeks, including two field goals of 50 or more yards.

On top of that, only three NFL teams are allowing more fantasy points to opposing kickers than the Detroit Lions. Therefore, you can expect another productive outing from the second-year special teams star.

 

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