Fantasy Football 2014: Ravens at Saints 11/24/14 Week 12 Preview
Baltimore Ravens (6-4) at New Orleans Saints (4-6)
Monday, November 24, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
We’ve got a pretty intriguing game ahead of us in Week 12 when the Ravens take on the Saints on “Monday Night Football.” Baltimore (6-4) is coming off a bye in Week 11, while the New Orleans (4-6) dropped one at home when the Bengals came to visit.
Obviously, there will be quite a few notable fantasy players out there on Monday, so with that in mind let’s check out some of the key guys on both sides to see what we should be expecting on our rosters.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: The only thing you can count on when it comes to Flacco in fantasy is that he’s unpredictable. He had a meager day against Tennessee in his last outing, accounting for just one passing TD on 169 yards. It was a far cry from his five touchdowns and 306 yards against Tampa Bay.
Flacco is a middle-of-the-road backup guy in fantasy, and shouldn’t be relied on if you can help it. He’ll probably put up pedestrian numbers here.
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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has been un-Brees-like during several games this season, including his 255 yards and one touchdown against the Bengals. He’s thrown for just one touchdown in two of his last three games, but to be fair he’s also thrown for three touchdowns in two of his last four.
If Brees is on your roster, he’s your guy for better or worse. If nothing else, he’ll usually rack up a solid yardage total.
Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Forsett notched a nice effort in his last outing, logging 112 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. It was his best effort on the ground all year and erased the memory of his 38-rush-yard outing against the Steelers.
Forsett has been one of the best early-season pickups in fantasy, as he’s shouldered the load for most of the season. Keep riding with him here; if nothing else, he’ll get plenty of touches.
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Ingram racked up 97 yards of total offense against the Bengals, but it was still something of a disappointment after his 139 the week before. He’d been on a string of 100-yard rushing games that spanned three appearances, but just couldn’t get over the proverbial hump against Cincy.
Still, Ingram has provided some nice numbers for fantasy owners over the past month, and shouldn’t be overlooked as a key starter. At the very worst, he’s a nice flex play.
Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith started out this year on an absolute tear, but has fallen off the pace in recent weeks. Against the Titans he had just three grabs for 17 yards, giving him a high of 36 in his past three appearances.
Smith hasn’t seen the end zone since October 12, and with the Ravens spreading the ball around more there’s no telling when he’ll get back. His stock continues to fall each week, but he’s still worth a flex in certain formats.
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: As the first tight end taken in most fantasy drafts, Graham has the honor of anchoring many a fantasy lineup. He fell off the table last week against the Bengals, posting just three grabs for 29 yards.
It was an uncharacteristic performance from Graham, who for the most part has been pretty good when he’s been healthy. That said, he was a little banged up early on, so owners will want to monitor him in practice this week to make sure he looks good.
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