Fantasy Football: Baltimore Ravens DEF/ST a must-play week one
The start of the 2019 regular season is around the corner, meaning that Fantasy Football advice will be coming. Our advice: start the Baltimore Ravens DEF/ST week one.
The Miami Dolphins made waves on Saturday August 31st when they traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans for a plethora of draft picks. The team is clearly embracing a rebuild philosophy, and the Baltimore Ravens defense should be licking their lips in anticipation. The same can be said for the Fantasy football owners of this defense.
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The offense took a major blow by losing their best offensive linemen and arguably their no.1 receiver. Their backfield has some talent in Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage, but it’ll be easy to key on them with no threats outside. DeVante Parker is entirely unproven, and underrated rookie free agent Preston Williams has the talent to be great… just not against Baltimore.
Meanwhile, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick gets the nod to start vs. the Ravens. As we all know, “Fitzmagic” will either light it up or play like the worst quarterback in the league. There’s simply no in between for the polarizing 36-year old vet. With no offensive line and few players to trust in the passing game, Baltimore will eat him alive.
Considering the Ravens pass rushers are young and unproven, it’ll be nice for them to get a chance to get their feet wet against subpar opposition. Matt Judon will feast, we know that much; the same is not entirely true for rookie Jaylon Ferguson and third-year men Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams. Here’s hoping they can put up big-time numbers.
Baltimore’s secondary will be anticipating some bad throws by Fitzpatrick and second-rate receivers. Earl Thomas will get right back to his ball-hawking ways, and Marlon Humphrey and co. will lockdown their assignments with ease. For a group as talented as they are, this matchup should be a walk in the park.
For Fantasy Football leagues using IDPs (Individual Defensive Players), both Judon and Thomas are guys to target. Patrick Onwuasor should be busy as well, and Tony Jefferson will play close to the LOS and crush some Dolphins players.
Overall, this contest is one that should have Fantasy Football players excited. If you stream defenses, pick up the Baltimore Ravens this week and expect turnovers a plenty of some gaudy sack numbers. Don’t be surprised when the team racks up five-or-more sacks and a couple turnovers.