Joe Flacco 8/10
Flacco’s season of ups and downs continued last week as he dropped a total dud at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The poor performance came after a pretty big fantasy day in the miraculous comeback against the San Diego Chargers.
Despite his numbers in the last two games, Flacco has played much better at home than on the road, so he has that going against him this Sunday.
However, the Redskins’ pass defense has been atrocious all season, as they rank second to last in the league. The Washington run defense is much better than the pass defense, and paired with Cam Cameron’s pass happy play calling, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Flacco air it out over 40 times on Sunday.
Considering this isn’t too far of a road game (roughly a 40-mile trip to D.C.) that could help to bridge the gap between Flacco’s road and home numbers.
When you consider how bad the Skins’ pass defense is and how the Ravens need this game to keep up with the rest of the AFC’s top teams, Flacco should have a solid fantasy day.
Prediction: 330 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Ray Rice 6/10
Rice has little time left to turn around a somewhat disappointing fantasy season. The Ravens’ once-feared rushing attack ranks a paltry 23rd in the league. Much of that blame can be placed on Cameron’s idiotic play calling, as he simply hasn’t given Rice the amount of touches he deserves.
The Redskins meanwhile own the league’s fourth-ranked run defense, which should be music to Cameron’s ears. Rice has only rushed for over 100 yards twice this season, with his season-high a pedestrian 102 yards coming all the way back in Week 5.
Thus, facing a stiff run defense and his own offensive coordinator, expect another average effort from an above average running back.
Prediction: 70 yards rushing, 30 yards receiving
Torrey Smith 9/10
Smith once again showed off his inconsistency last week, as he all but disappeared against the Steelers after his best game of the season the prior week against the Chargers.
However, Smith will face a brutal pass defense so he could have another monster day. Paired with the fact he had a horrible game last week, Smith usually follows bad games with good ones.
With the Redskins’ defense strong against the run, Smith should see plenty of targets. Despite Flacco being the worst quarterback in the league on passes of 11-plus yards down field, Smith should be able to reel in a couple of big plays, including a touchdown.
Prediction: 110 yards, touchdown
Anquan Boldin 7/10
Boldin was an animal last week against the Steelers as he usually rises to the occasion in physical match-ups.
This game doesn’t figure to be a physical battle in the passing game, so expect Boldin to not have quite as big of an impact.
However, with the Ravens propensity to chuck the ball relentlessly and the Reskins’ awful pass defense, Boldin should have another productive fantasy day.
Consider him a decent third receiver or flex, as the veteran should have ample opportunities in the Ravens’ pass happy offense.
Prediction: 70 yards
Dennis Pitta 7/10
Pitta, like the rest of the passing attack, has been inconsistent at best this season. He only registered one fantasy point last week against the Steelers, but again, this is a favorable match-up for all Ravens’ pass catchers.
Pitta should see at least 5-10 targets this week, with some red zone opportunities as well. Pitta is always a bit of a risky play, but this game bodes well for Pitta.
Prediction: 55 yards, touchdown
There was hope this unit could become relevant again, but last week’s subpar effort against Charlie Batch squashed that hope.
Throw in the fact this unit must take on Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris and the Redskins’ seventh-ranked offense, and the Ravens’ defense/special teams is an awful play this weekend.
With games remaining against potent offenses in the final three games, it is time to write the Ravens’ defense/special teams off for the season.
Prediction: 400 yards allowed, 31 points, 1 fumble recovery