Ravens: 5 sleepers to watch against the Browns in week 5

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Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken (11) catches a touchdown pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell (31) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Ravens won the game, 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Kamar Aiken

As I’ve already stated, Aiken is the second most targeted player on the team, and he’s the “other” starting wide receiver opposite Steve Smith.  Now the former undrafted free agent gets thrust into the number one role for the first time in his 3rd season.

Truthfully, Aiken has been highly inconsistent after he showed a good deal of promise late last season and into the playoffs.  After grabbing only 1 of 3 targets in week one against the Broncos for -1 yards, he blew up for 5 receptions on 7 targets for 89 yards against the Raiders the next week.

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He then failed to grab his only target against the Bengals in week three, and again grabbed 5 of 7 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers last week.  So far, Aiken’s stat lines have been about as big a roller coaster ride as you can imagine.

This week Aiken gets the biggest opportunity of his life against an under performing Browns’ pass defense that was formidable last season.  Top corner Joe Haden has been hurt and inconsistent, which bodes well for his prospects this week.

It would take a leap of faith, however, to start Aiken as a WR2 in fantasy, as there is the possibility that the Ravens go run heavy or that he becomes the first victim of Hadens’ resurgence.  But he’s almost a lock for at least 7-9 targets, which is more than you can say for a lot of guys right now.

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