Which Ravens RB is Trustworthy?

Fantasy Which Ravens RB is Trustworthy?

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BUY / SELL / STEAL FOR WEEK 6

(Based on PPR format)

Emptying out the notebook                

Jay Ajayi (knee) was placed on IR.

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will not play again this week.

O.J. Howard (MCL) will miss another week or two.

— Another hit to the 49ers backfield as Matt Breida (ankle) could miss a few weeks.

— As a reminder, Jameis Winston has been named the starter in Tampa Bay.

Greg Olsen could return this week. He has not played since Week 1.

— The Jaguars signed Jamaal Charles but hold off on making him a priority pick-up.

— Waiver wire pick-ups: Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement, Alfred Morris, Marquez Vloades-Scantling, and Cameron Brate.

— Check the injury report on these players: Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, Dalvin Cook, Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.

— The international games start this week with Seattle and Oakland playing in London. This will be a 1 pm start time here on the east coast.

— Detroit and New Orleans have byes.

— Philadelphia at Giants starts off the week on Thursday.

— San Francisco at Green Bay closes us out Monday.

Ravens Fantasy Outlook

Willie Snead: Quietly Snead has scored double digit points in four of five games. More impressively he has five or more catches in three of the last four games. He is a nice flex play.

John Brown: The Titans defense have allowed eight passing plays of 20 or more yards this season. Smokey benefits the most as the downfield threat. Additionally, Malcom Butler has been one of the worst corners in the league this year.

— Buck Allen: Titans defense have allowed opposing RBs 80 or more yards from scrimmage in each of the past three games. With Allen getting more and more work, I like him more than Alex Collins.

Buy

QB: Andrew Luck: This is all about the volume at which Luck is throwing. Over the last two games, with no T.Y. Hilton and no run game, Luck has thrown the ball 121 times. The good part, he has put up 35 and 24 points in those games. T.Y. is out this week and they still have no run game.

Other names: Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton, Russell Wilson, Philip Rivers, Kirk Cousins, Cam Newton, DeShaun Watson, Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers

RB: Ezekiel Elliott: The Jags defense has allowed 101 ypg this season. Zeke has become Dallas’ number one passing and receiving option. Don’t be scared off by the Jags D.

T.J. Yeldon: Yeldon is no fluke as the starter averaging 24 points a game over the past two weeks. He gets the above mentioned Cowboys, who just let Alfred Blue have a solid game last week.

Other names: Saquon Barkley, Joe Mixon, Melvin Gordon, Carlos Hyde, Jordan Howard, David Johnson, Nyheim Hines, Christian McCaffrey, Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, James White, Sony Michel, Aaron Jones

WR: Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas: Lumping these two together because the Rams secondary has taken a step back without Aqib Talib. Two weeks ago, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen both went over 100 yards and last week Tyler Lockett went for 98. Both of them have a chance at over 100 yards.

Other names: Odell Beckham, Jr., Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Keenan Allen, Jarvis Landry, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, DeAndre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, Tyreek Hill, Julian Edelman

TE: Cameron Brate: Remember, Howard is out and Winston is back. In 2016 before O.J. Howard, Brate and Winston hooked up for eight TD. Last year with Howard, they hooked up for six. Brate gets at least one this week and 50+ yards.

Other names: Zach Ertz, Eric Ebron, Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, George Kittle

Def: Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago, Minnesota, Houston, Jacksonville, Green Bay

Sell

QB: Mitchell Trubisky: Everyone is high on Trubisky after his big six-TD game two weeks ago. And it makes sense. Until you realize the Dolphins have only allowed multiple passing TDs once this season. And that was to Tom Brady.

Other names: Eli Manning, Baker Mayfield, Derek Carr, Ryan Tannehill, Blake Bortles, Dak Prescott

RB: Tevin Coleman: Between Devonta Freeman coming back and the emergence of Ito Smith, there is just not much upside to Coleman. Pecking order: Freeman, Smith, then Coleman.

Other names: Mike Davis, Royce Freeman, LeSean McCoy, Derrick Henry, Dion Lewis

WR: Kenny Stills: Stills has struggled since his big Week 1 game ,scoring single digits in three of the last four games.

Other names: Nelson Agholor, Jordy Nelson, Larry Fitzgerald, Doug Baldwin, Jamison Crowder, Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Corey Davis, Chris Hogan

TE: Eric Ebron: He had an amazing game last week, but the Jets defense have been tough against TEs this year. The most yards they have allowed to a TE this year is 36.

Other names: Vance McDonald, Jared Cook, David Njoku, Ricky Seals-Jones

Def: Jets, Denver, New England

Steals

QB: Case Keenum: See the above note on the Broncos wide receivers. Keenum is in line for a big game against the Rams, who have allowed an average of 310 yards through the air since Talib’s injury.

RB: Wendell Smallwood: With Ajayi out, who gets the ball, Smallwood or Clement? I go with Smallwood who is not only capable of big plays in the run game but is a threat in the passing game.

WR: Mohamed Sanu: All the attention goes to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, but Sanu has but up back to back 17-point games. This week he faces a bad Bucs secondary.

TE: Niles Paul: Paul saw nine targets last week and hauled in seven. I like where this trending.

Def: Miami

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