Fantasy Football 2013: Steelers at Ravens Week 13 Preview
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6)
Thursday, November 28, 8:30 PM (ET)
Kicking off Week 13 in the NFL, we have a trio of games taking place on Thanksgiving. The primetime matchup will feature a significant rivalry game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. It should be a good one. The Steelers (5-6) have new life after a big win over the Browns in Week 12. The Ravens (5-6) got a victory as well, taking care of the Jets in a defense-heavy outing.
There will be plenty of notable fantasy contributors on both sides of the ball in this one, so let’s take a look at some of the major names who will be impacting our lineups in
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Roethlisberger played a pretty good game against the Browns. He managed 217 yards on 22-of-34 passing for a couple of touchdowns and no interceptions in the victory. After a sketchy start, Big Ben now has six touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games. He makes a nice fill-in option for those owners with hurt quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers) or lowered expectations (Case Keenum).
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Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Not too many people start Flacco from week to week in fantasy; he’s more of a high-level backup. He had a “blah” game in week 12, with 273 yards, one touchdown and one interception. It was a significantly better performance than his previous two weeks, when he totaled three touchdowns, four interceptions and 302 yards combined. We’d envision Flacco with a ceiling of 250 yards and a couple scores if he’s playing well, so he’ll do if you’re desperate but isn’t anything to get excited about.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell wasn’t able to get into the end zone against the Browns, but he still came away with a pretty good fantasy line. He rushed 23 times for 80 yards, then added a pair of receptions for 18 more. Bell continues to be a pretty reliable contributor in both the running and passing games, but he’s only got one touchdown in the last four weeks. That said, he’s still a pretty decent fantasy start, and we wouldn’t hesitate to put him into the lineup.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: After a breakout game against the Bears, Rice came crashing back to earth against the Jets. He managed just 30 yards on 16 carries and had one reception for minus-3 yards. Although it’s not completely unexpected (since the Jets are tops in the league against the run), it’s still a downer for fantasy owners. Worse still, he ceded 11 carries to Bernard Pierce, who really didn’t fare too much better. Rice is still start-worthy this week, but we can’t imagine you’re too happy about it.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: We’ll admit: we were sure Brown would be shut down by Cleveland uber-cornerback Joe Haden, but he ended up coming away with some nice numbers. Brown posted 92 yards and a touchdown on six receptions, but also lost eight on a run. He’s been on quite a roll recently, with double-digit fantasy points in his last four games. Brown’s a definite start in any fantasy league this week, and should stay that way for the rest of the year.
Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Jacoby Jones was the big winner in the receiving game for the Ravens in Week 12 (103 yards, TD), so Smith took a backseat there. He did manage 74 yards on a pair of catches, however, with most of the damage being done on a 60-yarder. Smith started out hot this season, but has since cooled off when it comes to yardage. He’ll likely need to get into the end zone to make a significant impact on your fantasy roster, but is a no-duh start regardless.
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