Thursday Night Football

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preview

When the Bengals and Ravens last met, Cincinnati stunned Baltimore on New Year’s Eve with an unlikely upset thanks to a 49-yard Andy Dalton-to-Tyler Boyd touchdown pass on 4th-and-12 in the final minute. The play knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs and put Buffalo in.

Baltimore got its revenge on the Bills last week with a 47–3 blowout that turned into an extra preseason game in the second half. Now the Ravens look to pay back the Bengals, who rallied to beat the Colts 34–23 thanks to 17 fourth-quarter points. Because the Browns and Steelers played to a tie in Week 1, the winner of this one will have at least a half-game edge on the rest of the AFC North.

Is that enough juice to keep this one from being a typically sloppy,  early-season Thursday night game? Probably not. But at least there’s no rain in the forecast, so the weather will be better than it was for many of the games in Week 1.

Baltimore at Cincinnati

Kickoff: Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8:20 p.m. ET

TV: NFL Network

Spread: Bengals -1

Three Things to Watch

1. Baltimore’s new weapons

The Ravens revamped their receiving corps in the offseason, adding Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead, and all three caught touchdowns from Joe Flacco in Week 1. That’s a good sign, but the game got out of hand so quickly that it’s hard to read much into it. Six different players caught at least three passes, and none totaled more than 49 yards. Will anyone emerge as a true go-to guy who can be trusted to make plays in a close game? Will the depth help Flacco  silence his critics who are eager to see Lamar Jackson take over? We’ll start to get answers this week.

2. Joe Mixon becoming a workhorse?

Mixon has always had the skill set to be an every-down back for the Bengals, but they have also had Giovani Bernard around to handle most of the third-down back duties. If the Week 1 win over Indianapolis is any indication, that’s changing. Bernard got just two touches (one carry and one catch), while Mixon carried 17 times and caught five passes on seven targets. Last season, Bernard got more than 30 percent of the carries between the two and was targeted 60 times in the passing game to Mixon’s 34. On a short week, it’s certainly possible Bernard spells Mixon a little more often, so don’t expect another 149 yards from scrimmage for Mixon. But if Mixon finds success again against a tough Baltimore defense, he could be set up for a big season.

3. Is Lamar Jackson the new “Slash?”

Jackson ended up playing quarterback for most of the second half because the Ravens had jumped out to a 40–0 lead, so his seven carries for 39 yards are not an indication of how the Ravens intend to use him. But he was on the field often in the first half, carrying the ball once for no gain and throwing an incomplete pass after taking a handoff from Flacco on another play. While it’s very unlikely that the Ravens would risk their potential quarterback of the future by giving him that many carries or throwing him passes regularly as the Steelers once did with Kordell Stewart, there’s no doubt that they are going to get him on the field to at least give defenses something else to worry about.

Final Analysis

Given the glorified preseason nature of the Ravens opener, it’s tough to put too much stock in it. While the new-look offense produced a couple long scoring drives, the final score is misleading as Baltimore also had drives of eight, minus-three, 14 and a single yard all result in points. That’s 20 points for 20 yards. It’s tough to lose a game like that. The Bengals will be a much tougher test, especially in their home opener.

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Complete AFC North Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Steelers, Browns, Ravens and Bengals this season…

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have all the right pieces to pile up points and breeze through the regular season on their way to another AFC North title. They’re a serious Super Bowl contender, too, but they’ll have to clear all the necessary hurdles to get there first.

Baltimore Ravens

The organization has declined to make big changes the past two years amid fan discontent, maintaining that the team was one or two plays short of making the playoffs. However, the Ravens are 40-40 in the regular season since winning Super Bowl XLVII. Their roster hasn’t been good enough to compete with the top teams in the AFC, and the latest version is again lacking in elite difference makers. If QB Joe Flacco stops the regression and rediscovers an ability to connect on big plays with a new-look receiving corps, this team will compete for a playoff berth. If he doesn’t, the Ravens will remain mired in mediocrity, the Lamar Jackson era at quarterback will start sooner and other changes will occur.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals didn’t make many changes after a disappointing season, underscoring a sense of confidence that they have the right coach and right players to get the team back to where it expects to be. If a few close games break their way, the Bengals could easily turn 7-9 into 9-7 and put themselves back in the mix as a Wild Card contender.

Cleveland Browns

The roster is better, even without future hall of famer Joe Thomas. GM John Dorsey needed to add experience, even if he didn’t add a bunch of blue-chip players. This will still be one of the league’s youngest teams, but it has improved at quarterback, wide receiver and in the secondary — all critical areas in a passing league. The Browns believe they have more offensive playmakers than they’ve had in years and will be able to run the ball once the new linemen and RB Nick Chubb develop some chemistry. The quarterback question still lingers — and likely will continue to with Baker Mayfield looming as the eventual starter.

The Browns probably aren’t a playoff team, and they might not even escape the AFC North basement. But they’ll win some games and hope to position themselves as a playoff team for 2019. Whether or not head coach Hue Jackson is still around then remains to be seen.

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft

AFC North

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and its time for teams to make critical acquisition for the next season and future.  FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. You will be able to look at the improvements each AFC North could make during the draft. Now let’s check out what the AFC North needs for the future in this NFL Fantasy Football Draft.

Cincinnati Bengals

The main thing for the Bengals this campaign would be to solidify their Defense. An upper-echelon safety would really solve a lot of defensive issues. While their Center Russell Bodine is being pushed around far up front a bit too often, they will most likely not ignore that position. With A.J. Green as their main wide receiver, it seems like not all his wide receiving teammates will be retained due to free agency. Free agency and and the age could potentially lead the Bengals to a few linebackers and some strength in defensive tackling with one of their draft picks.

Top 3 round picks: 24th and 55th, 87th selections.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens need some serious help in their defensive backfield with threats such as Antonio Brown and A.J. Green in their division. Terrell Suggs’ injury will definitely make them go on the hunt for a pass rusher. We’re waiting to see what Breshad Perriman is capable but a good form from their QB Joe Flacco won’t hurt.

Top 3 round picks: 6th and 36th, 70th selections.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers cannot stop the pass and there hasn’t really been many turnovers in the CB position. This year however, you might see some new blood added and not just for depth purposes, but as potential long-term starters. To go along with some new corner backs, the Steelers might be on the lookout for Will Allen’s eventual replacement if they find a safety talented enough. The absence of Ben Roethlisberger for four games in 2015 highlighted the need for the Steelers to find a capable, young backup to groom and it might be time to find a left guard to challenge Ramon Fosterfor the starting role.

Top 3 round picks: 25th and 58th, 89th selections.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland have learned their lesson when they took a swing at a franchise QB 2 years ago. They must keep trying to find that guy but with good due diligence. They will need to get some solid defensive addition that could help them stop the run. The departures of Travis Benjamin and Alex Mackand as well as Mitchell Schwartz will create need for their immediate . They must keep trying to find that guy. How do the Browns do a better job of stopping the run? Well, new talent might be nice. The departures of WR Travis Benjamin, C Alex Mackand OT Mitchell Schwartz have created a more immediate need at their positions.

Top 3 round picks: 8th and 32nd, 65th selections.

 

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NFL Free Agent Tracker

When the NFL Free Agency period begins at 4pm (est), these signings can become official. Until then, they are just agreements with no ink on paper due to league tampering laws.

Here we bring you the latest league news in our NFL Free Agent Tracker.

Latest

Olivier Vernon has signed a record breaking 5-year $85 million deal with the New York Giants($52.2M guaranteed). They have now signed Vernon, Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison, and Janoris Jenkins to improve their defense.

Bears sign T Bobby Massie to a 3-year contract. He comes from the Arizona Cardinals.

RT Mitchell Schwartz is leaving the Browns for the Chiefs.

Matt Forte will be dawning green next season, as he signs with the New York Jets to fill their need at RB.

Mohammed Sanu is off to Atlanta…to at least visit. Rumour is he will sign a 5-year $35M deal with the Falcons. They also locked up Matt Schaub to backup Matt Ryan.

Houston was just involved in a trio of moves, gaining two and losing one. The biggest of all..former Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler signs a 4-year deal worth $72 million.

Former Texan gaurd Brandon Brooks will head to Philly on 5-year $40M deal.

Another RB off the market, Lamar Miller will wear a Texans jersey next season, and the next 3 after that. Miller signs a 4-year deal worth $26M with Houston ($14M guaranteed at signing)

DL Damon “Snacks” Harrison will be playing in the same stadium next year but switching jerseys. The former Jet will be joining the NY Giants.

The Buccaneers will be retaining their star RB as Doug Martin will be staying in Tampa Bay on a 5 year contract worth $35.75M. Slightly more than Chris Ivory’s with the Jaguars.

The Falcons have finally landed one of their many targets as Alex Mack will be joining his former OC Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta on a 5-year deal worth $9.5M annually. The first two years are said to be fully guaranteed for the 30 year old 3x Pro-Bowl center.

WR Marvin Jones will do his best to replace Calvin Johnson’s production as the former Bengal will be signing with the Detroit Lions.

Antonio Gates has re-upped in San Diego on a 2-year deal. This should bring the legendary TE to his last playing days with the only team he’s ever played for. This probably means Ladarius Green is as good as gone.

Former 49er Alex Boone will be leaving San Francisco for the Vikings. The guard was heavily pursued by the Dolphins.

Travis Benjamin is going to be wearing a Chargers jersey next season, as the speedy former Browns breakout WR will sign in San Diego. Last year he tied for the league lead with 4 TD catches over 30+yards.

Janoris Jenkins is now the 7th highest paid CB in the league, and second only in guaranteed money to Darrelle Revis. He will be signing a 5 year pact with the New York Giants worth $62.5M ($29M/guaranteed).

Bengals hard-hitting safety George Iloka will be remaining in Cincy. It looks like a 5-year deal worth $30M. Word is he passed up more money elsewhere to remain in Cincinnati.

Chris Ivory landed in Jacksonville. Word is it’s a 5-year $32.5 million deal.

Another pass-rusher off the market. Bruce Irvin is heading to Oakland to join and the Raiders.

Ben Jones, the versatile interior lineman has signed with the Titans. A smart addition given the DeMarco Murray acquisition.

JPP will stay in New York on a 1-year deal.

Charles Johnson re-ups in Carolina.

Ben Watson to the Ravens on a 2-year contract.

Malik Jackson broke the bank by signing with the Jaguars. Huge money for a DL. 6 years, $90 million.

Mario Williams started the day off by making headlines when he signed in Miami on a two-year deal for $17 Million (up to $20M). The Dolphins are preparing to lose star rusher Olivier Vernon.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL AFC NORTH REVIEW

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Fantasy Football AFC North Review

The AFC North saw Cincinnati and Pittsburgh enter the playoffs, this past year. Baltimore and especially Cleveland sunk in the bottom of the standing, with both team having to deal with more than football trouble.

  • Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)

It was more of the same for the Cincinnati Bengals. Making it through to the Wild Card round of the playoffs for the fifth straight year, but falling short a first playoff win in over 25 years. Even though they took the top spot in the AFC East, they’ve lost to their divisional rivals, Pittsburgh Steelers, in the first playoff game. Since taking over the team in 2003, Marvin Lewis racked up a 0-7 record in the post-season. He has the most playoffs losses among coaches that have never won a single post-season game. We can help but to feel for the guy.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

It was a battle for “Big Ben”, throughout the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback dealt with a sprained MCL early in the season, resulting him missing four games. The result was not too bad though, as the combo of Michael Vick and Landry Jones were 2-2. Antonio Brown proved once again why he is the best wide receiver in the league, collecting a total of 1,834 rushing yards and 10 TD’s against the best defensive oppositions.

  • Baltimore Ravens (5-11)

With so much expectation coming from countless predictors, with even some speculating a Super Bowl appearance, it was nothing more than a disappointment for the Baltimore Ravens. It’s been a season riddled with injuries for John Harbaughs team. No less than 22 of their players were placed under the injured reserve list. QB Joe Flacco, RB Justin Forsett and OLB Terrell Suggs were among those who left sometime during the season, due to injury, and never came back. It was the first time in eight years, under the coaching of Harbaugh that the Ravens suffered a losing season.

  • Cleveland Browns (3-13)

The Johnny Manziel experiment proved to be a complete failure. The one who was supposed to reinvigorate Cleveland with new life wasn’t able to keep his personal life in check and did little on the gridiron to warrant himself a franchise tag. The Browns finished tied with the Tennessee Titans for worst in the NFL. The team took no time to fire head coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer after the end of the season.

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NFL Week 16 Review

Washington Shows up when it Counts

The Redskins won a “must-win” game against the Eagles on Saturday night locking up their playoff position. Kirk Cousins continues on his hot streak. He threw for 365 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns totaling 32.2 fantasy points. He connected with the weekend leading tight end, Jordan Reed 9 times for 129 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns for 36.9 fantasy points.

Big upsets around the League

This week saw losses from the top teams all over the league. These teams are already locks in the playoffs though so who knows if they were playing at the full level. The first loss was the Patriots overtime loss against the Jets. Brady played the whole game and produced very poor numbers: 231 passing yards, 1 passing touchdowns, and an interception for only 14.8 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick for the Jets provided some good fantasy value with 3 passing touchdowns (2 to Marshall and 1 to Decker), with 296 passing yards for 26.9 fantasy points.

The next big upset was the Falcons taking down the undefeated Panthers. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones got back in sync with Ryan totaling 306 passing yards and a touchdown (19.2 fantasy points) while Julio had 178 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches (35.8 fantasy points). Cam Newton threw for only 142 passing yards, no touchdowns.

Lastly, the Seahawks, who have been red hot over the past 4 weeks, fail to generate much offense against the Rams. Doug Baldwin, who totals 10 receiving touchdowns over the previous 4 weeks scored only 1 this weekend for 1 of 2 passing touchdowns by Wilson.

Johnny Football plays Running Back

Manziel put up the worst game of the weekend as far as passing stats but he helped save a little fantasy value by running the ball. While passing only 136 yards and 1 interception, he ran for 108 rushing yards on 11 attempts. This brought his total score to 17 fantasy points.

Megatron gets some attention

Calvin Johnson put up a decent game this week after catching only 1 pass in each of the previous 2 weeks. He caught 6 passes for 77 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. This made 19.7 fantasy points. Far from the 3 touchdown game he put up on Thanksgiving, but an improvement.

Brees and Bortles Shootout

The Jaguars and Saints had a high scoring shootout game, which is no surprise with those aggressive quarterbacks and weak secondaries. Although injured, Brees threw for 412 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns in the win, totaling 31.5 fantasy points. One was a long 71 yard touchdown pass to Cooks, giving him a 5 catch, 123 yard, 1 touchdown game (26.3 fantasy points)

Bortles was less effective throwing 2 interceptions, but with 368 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, he stayed close to Brees with 32 fantasy points.

Steelers finally stopped

Big Ben and Antonio Brown seemed unstoppable after putting up big numbers against the Broncos defense last weekend. They were finally stopped this weekend however by the likes of Baltimore. Roethlisberger only there for 215 yards and 2 interceptions, a measly 10.6 fantasy points. Brown had a touchdown get called back and ended the day with 7 receptions for 61 receiving yards and 13.1 fantasy points.

Cardinals and Vikings prove contenders

The Cardinals had a big 38 to 8 win over the Packers. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals prove to be serious contenders, especially with the other big teams showing poor results. There was no huge individual fantasy value in this game, only team contentions.

The Vikings won a blowout of their own winning 49 to 17 against the Giants. Minnesota was very effective running the ball with Peterson rushing 104 yards with a touchdown and McKinnon rushing 89 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Some Premium Receivers Deliver

Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 115 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. 31.5 fantasy points.

Deandre Hopkins caught 7 passes for 117 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. 24.7 fantasy points.

Julio Jones caught 7 passes for 178 receiving yards and a touchdown. 35.8 fantasy points.

Allen Robinson caught 6 passes for 151 receiving yards and a touchdown. 30 fantasy points.

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NFL Week 16 Stacks to look out for

Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson

In terms of how he generates fantasy value, Bortles focuses on Quality over Quantity. By this I mean, he tends to only throw passes of 10 yards or more, and often far more. Looking at Jacksonville’s last game against the Falcons, he threw at least one 20+ yard pass to each of 5 different receivers. Robinson had a rare off game, only catching 3 passes for 57 yards, but he remains Bortles favorite target down the field. Jacksonville is facing the Saints, who although their pass defense has improved as of late, they still rank 3rd on the list of passing yards allowed with 278 passing yards per game.

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown

If the Broncos can’t stop this dynamic duo, its hard to imagine anyone will be able to. Even against arguably the strongest defense in the NFL, Roethlisberger was able to total 380 passing yards, with Brown catching 16 passes for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading the charts in week 15. Baltimore ranks 12th on the list of most passing yards allowed with 248 passing yards per game, compared to Denver who only allowed 188 passing yards per game (leading the NFL) going into week 15 where they were dominated by the Steelers.

Jimmy Clausen and Kamar Aiken

However, as strong as the Steelers’ offense is, they still are not a dominant team due to the weakness on the defensive side. They rank second in most passing yards allowed with 279 per game and if you are looking for a lower ownership, high risk stack, the Clausen and Aiken may be the stack for you. If you overlook the 2 interceptions Clausen threw last weekend, he put up some quality numbers (281 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns) against a strong Chiefs defense. Aiken had 8 receptions for 73 receiving yards and a touchdown last week as well.

Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson

I probably don’t need to tell you how weak the Eagles secondary is and how disadvantaged they are to the long ball. Kirk Cousins should have a big game against the Eagles, my only debate here was which receiver to stack him with. Looking at the season as a whole, Jordan Reed is his favorite target but the Eagles’ weakness lies more in the secondary, which is where DeSean Jackson seems to dominate. Against the Bills last week he racked up 153 receiving yards on only 6 catches, averaging 25.5 yards per catch.

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Baltimore Ravens versus Cleveland Browns Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-30-2015

The AFC North division will be showcased on Monday Night Football as the Cleveland Browns will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens. DFS GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 30th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league fantasy rosters.

These two division rivals had their first meeting back on October 11th and it was the Cleveland Browns earning the 33-30 victory on the road in overtime. It was a strong offensive performance by the Browns who produced 505 yards of offense. The run game only produced 83 yards on 25 carries so the Cleveland damage was done through the air. Veteran Josh McCown completed 36 of his 51 throws in the game for 457 yards with two touchdowns. With Johnny Manziel being demoted to the third string it will be Josh McCown getting the start on Monday night football in this game. Baltimore has success on the ground in defeat as they ran for 181 yards. Problem is Justin Forsett is out for the season now due to injury and he piled up 121 rushing yards and a touchdown in that meeting with Cleveland on October 11th. Joe Flacco threw for 210 yards and a touchdown but bad news for the Ravens last week as Flacco was lost to the season to a knee injury in their win against the St Louis Rams.

It has been a bad season for the Ravens. They enter Monday Night Football with a record of 3-7 and are 1-4 on the road. The team got off to a 0-3 start and was 1-6 after seven weeks of the season. Ravens have had a difficult time defending the pass this year as they surrender 257 yards through the air per game ranking 24th in the NFL. Opponents score 25 points per game on the Baltimore defense which ranks 23 in the league.

It is another bad season for the Cleveland Browns. The club is a disappointing 2-8 and is 1-3 on their home turf. Even with this poor record the Las Vegas oddsmakers have still listed the team as a -3 ½ point favorite for this game. The Browns have struggled on both sides of the football. They are 27th in total offense by gaining 335 yards per game. They run poorly for just 75 yards per game which is 31st and second to last in the NFL which contributes to 18.6 points per game average ranking 28th in the league. The Brown defense has digressed from previous seasons. They are 30th in both total and scoring defense by surrendering 407 yards and 27.7 points per game. Cleveland allows 27.7 points per game which is 30th and third to last in the NFL.  With games held in Cleveland in late November the weather could be a big factor for fantasy football draft managers. There is rain in the forecast after midnight but the temperatures will be OK at 44 degrees.

Cleveland Browns QB:

Josh McCown

McCown appears to be the best option at quarterback as the present time for the Browns. On the year he is completing 65% of his throws for 1897 yards with 11 touchdowns and four picks. The one thing Cleveland does is pass the football as they are 11th in the NFL in passing offense.

Cleveland Browns RB:

Isaiah Crowell

The Browns run terribly. Crowell has the most carries for the team in 2015 with 107 for 328 yards and a touchdown. He rushes for just 3.1 yards a carry.

Cleveland Browns WR:

Travis Benjamin

The four year veteran has caught 48 passes for 736 yards with four touchdowns. He averages 15.3 yards a catch.

Baltimore Ravens QB:

Matt Schaub

The veteran takes over for an ailing Joe Flacco. Schaub has seen no action in 2015. Last year with the Raiders he lost his starting job in preseason and was a backup to Derek Carr and passed for only 57 yards.

Baltimore Ravens RB:

Javorius Allen

Rookie Javorius Allen takes over for an injured Justin Forsett. He rushes against the worst team against the run on Monday.

Baltimore Ravens WR:

Kamar Allen

With Steve Smith Sr. injured Allen is the leader of the activated wide outs with 37 catches for 456 yards and three touchdowns.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Josh McCown (Browns)

RB: Javorius Allen (Ravens)

WR: Travis Benjamin (Browns)

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Fantasy Football Best Picks – Week 4

It’s time for week 4 of one week fantasy football. The New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans will enter their bye week. So for those who expected to pick Rob Gronkowski to fill their tight end position will need to find a new plan. Here are your fantasy football hot picks of the week:

QB Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

Season: 771 Pass Yds, 10 TDs, 74 Rush Yds

He currently leads quarterbacks in all major fantasy football categories. Rodgers is just that good. He has scored 5 touchdown last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s the amount he had for the first two game of the season. He’s just too good to pass on.

RB Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys

Season: 82 Rush Yds, 1 TD, 40 Rec Yds, 3 Rec

McFadden had 35 yards and a touchdown last week. It was his best rushing game yet.

RB Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins

Season: 105 Rush Yds, 77 Rec Yds, 9 Rec

Miller has been dealing with an ankle injury last week, but he still played a nice game against Buffalo. A solid game against the Jets could be what the doctor ordered.

WR Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers

Season: 245 Rec Yds, 4 TDs, 12 Rush Yds, 20 Rec

He has been solid for the start of the season. He scored 3 touchdown last week. San Francisco will not see what hit them.

WR Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys

Season: 144 Rec Yds, 1 TD, 9 Rec

After a hard week where he was held without a catch, Williams will have to regroup and lead the receiving core in New Orleans. Somebody needs to step up in the absence of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

WR Stevie Johnson – San Diego Chargers

Season: 173 Rec Yds, 2 TDs, 14 Rec

Johnson caught three passes for 46 yards last week. A matchup against Cleveland’s defense is just what he needs to boost up his fantasy value.

WR Andre Johnson – Indianapolis Colts

Season: 51 Rec Yds, 7 Rec

It has been reported by the Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton this week that the team needs to scheme Andre Johnson more targets. It’s a perfect time to showcase his skills against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

TE Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks

Season: 145 Rec Yds, 2 TDs, 14 Rec

Graham finally came back into form last week, nabbing 83 yards and 1 touchdown in 9 receptions. The Seahawks will face the Detroit Lions, who has one of the worst defense in the league.

D Baltimore Ravens

Season: 28 Pts/G, 3 Int, 1 IntTD, 7 Sack

It’s crazy to pick Baltimore Ravens against one of the best offense in the league. Ben Roethlisberger will not play for Pittsburgh due to injury, and Martavis Bryant is still suspended. Baltimore were expected to succeed this year. Potentially losing their 4th straight game since the start of the season should provide enough motivation to play hard.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

QB Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

RB Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys

RB Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins

WR Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers

WR Terrance Williams – Dallas Cowboys

WR Stevie Johnson – San Diego Chargers

WR Andre Johnson – Indianapolis Colts

TE Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks

D Baltimore Ravens

 

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Baltimore Ravens versus Pittsburgh Steelers

Thursday Night Real Money League Fantasy Football Picks 10-1-2015

Thursday Night Football in week four features an attractive matchup as the Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting the Baltimore Ravens. Fantasy Football draft GM’s can tune to CBS TV on October 1st at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the performance of their roster picks.

These two teams met three times a season ago. They split their two regular season games with each team winning at home. In the AFC Wildcard the Ravens went into Pittsburgh as an underdog and came away with a 30-17 victory. The Steelers outgained the Ravens by around 90 yards but Baltimore held the Steelers to just 1 of 3 inside the red zone and the Ravens had a +2 turnover margin. Baltimore also sacked Big Ben five times in that playoff win.

The Ravens are a desperate team entering Thursday Night Football. The team is 0-3 with road losses at Denver and Oakland then they lose their home opener to Cincinnati last week by the score of 28-24. A glaring weakness by this Ravens team has been their inability to defend the pass. The club ranks 29th and fourth last in the NFL as they give up 291 yards passing per game. Opponents pile up 28 points a game on the Ravens thus far in this young season. On the offensive side of the football the Ravens are trying to get their run game going. They rush for just 72 yards a game ranking 27th in the NFL.

Pittsburgh is off to a 2-1 start to the season. After their opening night loss to New England the Steelers picked up wins at home to San Francisco and last week went on the road and defeated the St Louis Rams 12-6. Bad news for Pittsburgh in their win against the Rams as they lose starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for 4-6 weeks as he has a sprained ligament on his knee. The Steelers sit third best in the league in passing offense putting up 298 yards per game through the air. Big Ben had just finished his most successful regular season in 2014 as a pro. Michael Vick will get the start at the quarterback position to replace an injured Roethlisberger. Landry Jones will back up Vick.

Baltimore Ravens QB:

Joe Flacco

The veteran quarterback is completing 65% of his throws for 863 yards with four touchdowns and four picks. He threw for 362 yards in the loss to the Bengals with two touchdowns and a pick.

Baltimore Ravens RB:

Justin Forsett

Forsett rushed for 1266 yards last year and 5.4 yards per carry average. In 2015 the Ravens lead running back has rushed for 124 yards in three games and is only averaging 3.2 yards per carry. He had 235 rushing attempts in 2014. It the most by 117 carries, in any year of his 8 year career.

Baltimore Ravens WR:

Steve Smith Sr.

The veteran wide out will retire at the end of the season. Smith leads the Ravens with targets with 40. The next targeted player is a running back in Justin Forsett who has been targeted 18 times this year. Steve Smith has 25 catches for 349 yards with two touchdowns and seven catches for greater than 20 yards.

Kamar Aiken

The third year receiver has six catches for 88 yards. He had no catches in the loss to the Bengals.

Pittsburgh Steelers QB:

Michael Vick

In relief of Roethlisberger last week Vick hit on 5 of 6 throws for 38 yards. It got ugly for Vick in his past two stops at the Jets and Eagles. He has been very inaccurate and was a turnover machine the past five seasons.

Pittsburgh Steelers RB:

DeAngelo Williams:

Williams leads the Steelers in carries with 42 rushes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. With Le’Veon Bell back he had just one carry last week.

Le’Veon Bell:

Back from his suspension in week three Bell had 19 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown against the Rams last week. In a quick turnaround we may see more of Williams here as he his fresh with just one carry last week.

Pittsburgh Steelers WR:

Antonio Brown

He has been targeted 35 times more than any on Pittsburgh this year. Brown has 29 catches for 436 yards with two touchdowns.

Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks

QB: Joe Flacco (Ravens)

RB: Justin Forsett (Ravens)

WR: Antonio Browns (Steelers), Steve Smith Sr. (Ravens)

TE: Heath Miller (Steelers)

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 9-23-2015

Cincinnati Bengals versus Baltimore Ravens One Day League Fantasy Preview

Two AFC North rivals meet on Sunday as the Baltimore Ravens will face the Cincinnati Bengals. Fantasy draft GM’s can check out this game on September 27th on CBS TV at 1PM Eastern Time from Baltimore to follow the results of their roster picks.

When these divisional rivals went head to head in 2014 it was Cincinnati wining both games in one possession games in each of them. The game in Baltimore saw the Bengals gain 380 yards with 301 yards coming from their passing game in a 23-16 victory.

Cincinnati is 2-0 on the year with wins coming against the Raiders on the road in week one and last week the team beat the San Diego Chargers 24-19. Early in the year the Bengals are already number four in the league in rush offense as they tally 151 yards on the ground per game. Defensively Cincinnati give up 300 yards a game to their opponents ranking sixth best and allow 16 points a contest which is fourth best in the NFL.

It has been a disappointing start for the Baltimore Ravens as they are 0-2 to begin the year losing to AFC West opponents. It was a very bad offensive showing in week one in a 19-13 road defeat at Denver and last week the defense was bad in a 37-33 defeat at the Oakland Raiders. Both losses came on the road so the Ravens will have their home opener on Sunday. Defensively the Ravens rank in the lower half in the league in both passing and scoring defense early in the campaign.

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

Andy Dalton

The Bengals veteran signal caller is completing 68% of his throws for 483 yards with five touchdowns and no picks. There is also some concern backing Dalton in big games with his potential of meltdowns dating back to even his college playing career at TCU. He threw for 214 yards against the Chargers last week with three touchdowns. The run has been working helping out Dalton in the passing game.

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

Giovani Bernard

Two running backs have shared the football this year with almost equal amount of carries after two weeks. Giovanni Bernard has rushed 28 times for 186 yards. He is averaging 6.6 yards a carry.

Jeremy Hill

The second year man has run for 102 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns. Hill has a high of only 11 yards this year and is running for just 3.5 yards a carry. In the passing game Hill has one catch this year for two yards and has lost an alarming two fumbles.

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

A.J. Green

The talented wide out for the Bengals has caught eight passes for 108 yards with a touchdown. His touchdown catch came last week against the Chargers.

Cincinnati Bengals TE:

Tyler Eifert has been the favorite target of Andy Dalton thus far. The third year pro has 13 catches for 153 yards with three touchdowns. Eifert has a touchdown catch in all two games.

Baltimore Ravens QB:

Joe Flacco

The veteran quarterback has hit on 65% of his throws for 501 yards with two touchdowns and three picks. After a bad game at Denver in week one Flacco improved his performance against the Raiders last week throwing for 384 yards with two touchdowns hitting on 32 of 45 passes.

Baltimore Ravens RB:

Justin Forsett

Forsett has rushed 29 times for 111 yards with 3.8 yards a carry average and no rushing touchdowns. He averaged 4 ½ yards a carry at Oakland last week with fifteen carries which was an improvement from week one.

Baltimore Ravens WR:

Steve Smith Jr:

The veteran wide receiver is by far the leading target for Joe Flacco this year. Smith has caught 12 balls for 163 yards with four catches over 20 yards.

Baltimore Ravens TE:

Crockett Gillmore a second year tight end from Colorado St has seven catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He had two touchdown grabs at the Raiders last week.

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