Welcome to week eight of the NFL Regular Season. Before each game RavensGab will take a look at the various Ravens players poised to make a significant fantasy impact and provide analysis based on current trends and matchups.
Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens
October 30, 2011 1:05 pm Baltimore, MD
Weather Forecast: Cool, Clear Skies
Joe Flacco, QB (137 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
I’m not even going to talk about how bad Flacco’s numbers were last week. It wasn’t his fault for the most part, but his stats stink worse than a week old used diaper stuffed with rotting Indian food.
All you need to know about Flacco this week is that his numbers at home skyrocket and he’s playing one of the statistically worst pass rushing defense in the NFL. If he has another bad game, he’ll be run out of town by an angry mob, so go ahead and start him if you have him.
Prediction: 275 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT
Ray Rice, RB (28 yards Rush, 35 yards Rec, 0 TD)
Ray Rice fumbled early, struggled to get his footing, and then was inexplicably benched by John Harbaugh. Everything about the Jacksonville game was bizarre and the usage of Rice was no exception. Nothing to see here. Move on.
Arizona has the 8th ranked rushing defense in the NFL, but they’re still giving up 114 yards per game on average. I expect Rice to return to form and get some solid numbers
Prediction: 110 yds Rush, 60 yds Rec, 1 TD
Ed Dickson, TE (23 yards Rec, 0 TD)/ Dennis Pitta, TE (13 yards Rec, 0 TD)
See Flacco, Joe. A big part of the Baltimore struggles against Jacksonville came from the inability of the receivers to get open. Pitta and Dickson suffered as a result.
Arizona is weak in the defense, especially with their star linebacker injured and likely out for the game. This should allow the TE’s to expose the middle and be more effective
Prediction: Dickson — 45 yds, 1 TD/Pitta — 35 yds, 0 TD
Anquan Boldin, WR 40 yards Rec, 1 TD)
Anquan Boldin was the lone bright spot for the Ravens offense last week. Scoring the only touchdown of the game, he netted you 10 points in standard scoring leagues which isn’t bad considering how poorly everyone else played.
Once again, I was completely wrong about Boldin last week, so here’s to hoping I’m a little more correct this time around.
Prediction: 85 yrds, 0 TD
Lee Evans, WR (00 yds, 0 TD)
Lee Evans was benched for rest in the matchup against the Jaguars.
He’s had five weeks to heal his injured ankle. If he plays he could have a very good day against the Cardinals. That said, he’s still a very large question mark going forward.
Prediction: 60 yrds, 0 TD
Torrey Smith, WR (32 yds, 0 TD)
Torrey Smith put up 32 yards on three receptions (he was targeted five times), and had a mediocre fantasy day across the board. Unlike Boldin, he didn’t have a score, and he further hurt his team by struggling mightily to get separation.
As always, keep an eye on Lee Evans. If he plays bench Smith. If he doesn’t, well Smith might be worth a flyer.
Prediction: 60 yrds, 0 TD
Billy Cundiff, K (1 PAT, 0/1 FG, Lng 00 yds)
Cundiff had a slow day against the Jaguars. It wasn’t his fault, but he does need to learn how to convert the 50+ yarders. His leg is too strong to make excuses for misses.
More of the same out of Cundiff this weekend. A handful of PATs and one or two FG tries.
Prediction: 4 PAT, 2 FG (35/37 yds)
Defense (0 INT, 1/4 FF, 3 Sack, 0 TD)