Fantasy Football 2015: Ravens at Steelers Week 4 Preview
Baltimore Ravens (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
Thursday, October 1, 2015; 8:25 PM ET
TV: CBS, NFL Network
We’ve got a great matchup coming our way in the Week 4 edition of “Thursday Night Football.” The Ravens (0-3) are coming off yet another loss to the Bengals, while the Steelers (2-1) edged out the Rams in Week 3 but lost their starting QB to an injury. That said, every time these two teams meet you can pretty much throw the records out the window, and it's always must-see football.
There will be plenty of notable fantasy football names on the field for this one. Let’s check out a few of the key players so we can figure out what to expect from our rosters this week.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Flacco’s team dropped another game in Week 3, but he came away with a decent fantasy line. He’d finish with 362 yards on 32-of-49 passing for two scores and a pick.
Flacco is more of a lower-end fantasy start among quarterbacks, but can put up the yardage if so inclined. He’ll need more support from the run game to be successful here, however, which is something he probably won’t get.
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Michael Vick, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Many a Steelers fan was dismayed at Ben Roethlisberger’s injury during the Rams game. He hurt his knee in the second half and had to be carted off the field. We’ll get some better info this week as far as his recovery time.
With the quick turnaround, you can pretty much bet that Micael Vick will be starting for the Steelers Thursday. He’s not much of a fantasy option unless you’re in a deep league, but could come away with decent numbers.
Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens’ run game was pretty abysmal in Week 3. Forsett led the charge with a paltry 13 yards on 10 attempts, but did catch four balls for 16 more--not that it helps much.
Forsett’s stats this year have played him into low-end flex territory at best in fantasy terms. That’s where he’ll stay this Thursday; more of an emergency start.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: The much-anticipated return of Bell came in Week 3, and he immediately paid off for patient fantasy owners with 62 yards on the ground and another 70 through the air. He also had a rush touchdown of one yard.
Looks like Bell hasn’t missed a beat and will be an even more crucial aspect of the Steelers attack this week. He’s an automatic start, obviously.
Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: No matter how crummy the Ravens are, you can usually count on Smith to put up some nice fantasy stats. He kept it going in Week 3 with 13 grabs for a whopping 186 yards and two scores. No other player had more than three receptions or 44 yards.
It’s obvious that Smith is Flacco’s favorite target, and he’s near must-start territory no matter the opposition.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown had a nice Week 3, even though he didn’t get into the end zone. He put up 11 grabs for 108 yards, a stat line that looks even better in PPR fantasy formats.
You’re obviously not going to sit Brown under any circumstances, so even with a quarterback change he’s a no-duh start. We’ll see if he has any chemistry with Vick.
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