Fantasy Football Week 17: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for the Baltimore Ravens

Jon Reid@@JonReidCSMCorrespondent IIDecember 28, 2012

It's championship week throughout the fantasy football world, with Week 17 separating the fantasy champions from the best of the losers.

Week 17 is always a tougher week to play than most, with some teams resting some of their top players for the postseason.

Luckily for fantasy owners, most of the Baltimore Ravens fantasy contributors are set to play Sunday against Cincinnati.

Here is Week 17's start 'em, sit 'em for the boys in Black and Purple.

 

Joe Flacco

Baltimore's struggling quarterback came out in Week 16 with something to prove.

And boy did he ever succeed. Flacco dominated the New York Giants at M&T Bank Stadium (though they aren't one of the NFL's premier teams against the pass).

This is a new week, though. This week Flacco and the Ravens head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals, who are fighting for their playoff lives and are on an absolute tear, winning six of their last seven games.

Not to mention, Cincinnati's defense isn't anything to scoff at.

Knowing how Flacco has played this season on the road, it would be wise to sit him this week.

 

Ray Rice

Another week, another impressive fantasy performance from Ravens' running back Ray Rice.

A week after his worst fantasy outing of the year, Rice scored over 21.5 points in Week 16.

His ability to rack up points through the air, as well as on the ground makes him a must-start player every week.

Start Ray Rice this week, he may just be the player to clinch your league championship.

 

Anquan Boldin

Good news for Anquan Boldin fantasy owners: Boldin was back at practice this week and should be good to go come Sunday.

While Cincinnati hasn't given up many points to wide receivers this season, Boldin has been great over the past four weeks (except for a hiccup in Week 15).

Last game, Boldin compiled almost 10 points, despite leaving the game early.

He's not a must-start, but as a WR-3 option, he should suffice.

 

Torrey Smith

The enigma that is Torrey Smith struck again last week against the Giants.

After struggling for a few weeks prior to last Sunday's contest, Smith rallied and put up nearly 15 points in Week 16 for Baltimore Ravens.

Yet going up against a stingy pass defense with a QB who's shaky on the road doesn't inspire much confidence in fantasy owners for Week 17.

Thanks to his explosive speed, Smith is never a must-sit, although sitting him in Week 17 wouldn't necessarily be the wrong move.

 

Defense

In a game that doesn't mean a whole lot to Baltimore, but means so much to the Bengals, who knows how many points the Ravens will give up.

They certainly won't be playing guys like Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata all game, and one has to wonder if they'll be able to pick up any sacks or interceptions.

This week has all the makings of a mediocre week for the defense. If you have another strong defense available to you, start them.

Otherwise, start the Ravens defense, but don't expect them to help carry your team.

 

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