Is he as reliable as last season? No. But Lamar Jackson’s end of season schedule is pretty appealing. Facing the 25th ranked Browns defense against QBs, Jackson had his second best game of the season last time these two teams met way back in week 1. Even though Jackson’s passing reliability is questioned and low, his ability to make plays on the ground still warrants him a place in your starting lineup.
Mayfield is coming off of a great game where he has been immortalized for a slide into the endzone during a TD celebration for a teammate. This week, Mayfield gets a middle of the road defense against QBs, but he was pretty much shut down in their week 1 matchup. I wouldn’t try to over analyze his performance last week, leave it be, and adjust for this week. I don’t think Mayfield warrants a start against this defense.
This running back by committee is needlessly confusing. From what we have seen all season, JK Dobbins has done enough to warrant being the RB1, but Harbaugh won’t let Ingram get out of his way. This week, this committee gets the ninth ranked defense against RBs in fantasy so you have to give the edge to the pass catching Dobbins, coming off of a 13 point performance last week in PPR scoring.
The dynamic duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt take on the eighth best defense against RBs in fantasy, so Chubb may find it tough to get going on the ground. This does hurt Hunt’s value as well because Chubb has emerged as a dual threat RB, and he is being utilized more in the passing game. Hunt is a nice complement, but since Chubb has returned from injury, they haven’t has as much success in both being able to put forth solid fantasy performances.
Plays: Flex Dobbins, Deep Flex Edwards, Sit Ingram. Start Chubb, Flex Hunt
This section can basically be skipped for the Ravens because Jackson has proven he isn’t reliable in getting passes consistently to any one receiver. Marquise Brown and the fellow receivers draw the 26th ranked Browns defense against WRs, so theoretically they should be effective, but I would pause before rocketing them up your rankings as again, the person responsible for getting them the ball can’t be relied on to do so.
In a similar situation to the Ravens, the Browns have Jarvis Landry and then…others. The Browns have talent at the position, but I don’t think you can rely on any single one of them over another. I think Landry has the value and volume to send out there, and if you HAVE to rely on another Browns receiver, Rashard Higgins is coming off of a great game (21.5 PPR points), but he and Landry draw the 12th best defense against WRs.
Plays: Flex Brown, DEEP Flex Snead. Flex Landry, DEEP Flex Higgins
If we can skip the wide receiver section for the Ravens, we have to come to a halt here. Mark Andrews is one of the best tight ends in fantasy and his volume is one of the more consistent aspects of this offense. I think you can throw Andrews into your lineup with just about as much confidence as someone not named Kelce.
I liked the matchup that Austin Hooper had here, facing the 18th defense against TEs in fantasy, but he isn’t expected to play. Even if he does, he may be on a snap count so be wary. Harrison Bryant would be filling in and there have been flashes of solid moments for him, but I don’t think it is near enough to warrant a start.
Plays: Start Andrews, Be wary of Hooper if he ends up active
As always, good luck with your matchups this week (unless you’re playing me).