Fantasy Football 2015: Ravens at Browns Week 12 Preview
Baltimore Ravens (3-7) at Cleveland Browns (2-8)
Monday, November 30, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Week 12 NFL schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got an AFC North matchup looming between the Ravens and the Browns. Baltimore (3-7) is coming off a costly win over the Rams, while Cleveland (2-8) is fresh after a bye in Week 11.
There will be a few notable fantasy football names out on the field for this one, so let’s visit with some of the key players to see what we might be expecting from our lineups.
Matt Schaub, QB, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are reeling after a couple of big injuries to their star players in Week 11. Flacco was injured late in the game, tearing his ACL and finishing him for the rest of the season.
This injury will be far-reaching, as there’s no guarantee Flacco will even be ready for Week 1 next year. Schaub will take over from here, and is not fantasy-relevant.
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Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns: Manziel will get the nod at QB for the rest of the year in Cleveland as the team assesses what he’s capable of. He’s coming off a great game against the Steelers, during which he logged 372 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy-wise, Manziel becomes a streaming starter in good-looking matchups. This is one such matchup, so he’s got some relevance as a lower-end play here.
Buck Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens: As if losing Flacco wasn’t enough, the Ravens also lost Forsett for the rest of the season due to a broken arm. Allen took over after the injury and played well. He’d finish with 22 rushes for 67 yards and five grabs for 48 more.
Allen will be a top waiver-wire add this week, but with Flacco gone it’s hard to expect a whole lot out of him. Still, he’s in the flex conversation moving forward and could do well statistically if given the chance.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns haven’t gotten much out of Crowell lately. He’s coming off a horrid line in the Pittsburgh game, rushing six times for minus-5 yards.
In the last game and a half, Crowell has posted minus-9 yards overall. He’s officially persona non grata in fantasy circles, and is not a recommended start in just about every format--unless you’re desperate.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens: With no Steve Smith, the Ravens have struggled to find receiving options to fill the void. Gillmore has done pretty well for a lower-end TE, however, and he had five catches for 101 yards in the Rams game.
Gillmore now has nine grabs for 143 yards and a touchdown in the past two weeks, scoring double-digit fantasy points in both. He may be able to provide a safety valve for Schaub as the team tries to get out of 2015.
Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns: Barnidge has come alive in recent games, and is coming off a nice six-grab, 65-yard effort in Pittsburgh, scoring his seventh touchdown of the year.
Barnidge showed some good chemistry with Manziel in their last game, so hopefully the pair can keep it going after a couple of weeks’ practice. He’s one of the few recommended plays for the Browns offense and could do well in this favorable matchup.
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