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Fantasy Forecast- Week Three

Tucker Has Been a Popular FA Pickup this Week.

From: Jonathan Scruggs

Welcome to week three of the NFL Regular Season. Before each game BGR will take a look at the various Ravens players poised to make a significant fantasy impact and provide analysis based on current trends and matchups.

New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens

September 23, 2012 8:20 pm Baltimore, MD

Weather Forecast: An Autumn Wind

Joe Flacco, QB

The problem with Joe is, and always will be, consistency. As a fantasy QB you just never know which Flacco you’re going to get on any given night. He may be the lights out, confident Flacco, or he may be the struggling, off tempo, sails his passes to every receiver Flacco. Unfortunately for Ravens homers everywhere he was the latter against Philly. Blame the game plan, blame the offensive line, blame Cameron, whatever you want, but Joe has to play better to be a viable option.

Joe plays well against the Patriots. It’s like he finds an extra gear when squaring off against the elite talent in the league. I like him as a solid start for the situational matchup only.

Prediction:  275 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT

Ray Rice, RB

You want to know how good Ray Rice is? He was absolutely forgotten in the game against Philadelphia (by the comically inept Cam Cameron) but he still managed to put up decent (if not impressive) fantasy stats.

If you have him, you know you’re starting him, and even though the Pats Defense is largely improved from last season, Ray still goes diesel every time he plays against them.

Prediction: 90 yds Rush, 30 yds Rec, 1 TD

Ed Dickson, TE / Dennis Pitta, TE

Trying to predict tight end production from the Ravens is like trying to predict the weather, it just isn’t very reliable. That said (for the last two weeks mind you) Pitta has emerged solidly atop the depth chart and has shown to be Flacco’s new favorite safety blanket.

Pitta is going to be the man from here forward. Dickson will still get his touches, but between the two, Dickson is a wait and see while Pitta is a borderline solid fantasy option.

Prediction: Dickson — 35 yds, 0 TD/Pitta — 55 yds, 1 TD

Anquan Boldin, WR

Boldin’s roll this season is sort of unknown. At first I expected him to be the safety valve for the offense when Joe had no one open downfield, but it seems more and more apparent, that Pitta is assuming that roll. Boldin is struggling to get separation and for fantasy purposes he’s a Flex option at best.

I wouldn’t start Q unless you’re thin at WR this week.

Prediction: 45 yrds, 0 TD

Torrey Smith, WR

Another quiet night from Torrey Smith.  His big play ability notwithstanding, the one thing fantasy owners won’t want to hear is feast or famine with the big wide out. Right now Torrey Smith is the Mark Reynolds of fantasy football. He’s either going to crush a homerun or he’s going to strike out looking. To be a fantasy option his receptions will have to be more consistent and that has yet to be seen with this Ravens offense.

The Ravens need Torrey on Sunday night and I think he gets targeted often.

Prediction: 65 yrds, 1 TD

Wide Receiver Bullpen, WR

Laquan Williams, Tandon Doss and Jacoby Jones round out the primary WR bullpen for the Ravens. Until you see what each brings to the table there is no legitimate reason to start any of them. Jacoby Jones is really the only consistent and viable fantasy option out of this group.

Prediction: 70 yrds, 0 TD

Justin Tucker, K

The boy can kick. No reason not to start him if you have him.

Prediction: 3 PAT, 2 FG (42/30 yds)

Defense

The massive gashing they took yardage wise notwithstanding, the Ravens defense continued to be money against the Eagles. True it had more to do with Vick being just awful than anything else, but doesn’t change the fact that they put up numbers.

Against the Pats is a different story. Sit them this week and try something else..


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