Thursday Night Starts & Sits
BALTIMORE RAVENS at ATLANTA FALCONSSTART
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Flacco is our eighth-ranked quarterback this week and will be taking on an Atlanta defense that is giving up an average of 18.5 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (14th most in NFL).
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: In four home contests this season, Ryan is averaging 258.0 passing yards per game with eight touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Rice is our 12th-ranked running back this week and will be taking on an Atlanta defense that is giving up an average of 14.2 fantasy points per week to opposing running backs (fifth fewest in NFL). The matchup isn’t ideal, but Rice is a must-start every week.
Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Yes, Baltimore is allowing just 14.8 fantasy points per week to opposing running backs (seventh best in NFL) in 2010, but Turner is averaging 19.4 rushing attempts per game (tenth in NFL). You can’t leave that kind of opportunity on the bench.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Boldin could be in line for a big night Thursday as he takes on an Atlanta defense that is giving up an average of 27.3 fantasy points per week to opposing wide receivers (fifth most in NFL).
Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Mason is only recommended as a WR3 for owners in deeper fantasy leagues.
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Be careful here. White is nursing a knee injury and missed some practice time this week. The good news is that he is expected to start, which means owners should take a chance and get him in the lineup.
Todd Heap, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Atlanta has done a nice job limiting opposing tight ends this season (6.0 fantasy pts/we, 10th fewest in NFL), which makes Heap a decent option for owners in deeper fantasy leagues.
Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons: The Ravens have been very good defending opposing tight ends this season (4.5 fantasy points per game, third fewest in NFL), but Gonzo currently ranks tenth in scoring among fantasy tight ends. Unless you have one of the nine guys ranked ahead of him, get Gonzo in the lineup.
Baltimore D/ST: This unit has been a disappointment so far in 2010, but with Ed Reed back in the lineup, the Ravens are forcing more turnovers. Consider the Baltimore D/ST a decent play for owners in deeper leagues.
Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons: Bryant is currently ranked fifth in scoring among fantasy kickers. A home game indoors on Thursday night is an added bonus.
Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens: The Falcons have done a nice job against the run this season and McGahee is averaging only 7.1 rushing attempts per week.
Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons: If Michael Turner is an iffy start, Snelling is without question a must sit.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Baltimore Ravens: This is a good matchup for Houshmandzadeh, but he’s only hauled in 11 receptions so far this season. No sense in taking a chance that he’ll step it up Thursday night.
Michael Jenkins & Harry Douglas, WRs, Atlanta Falcons: Neither player has shown enough consistency this season to warrant a starting roster spot in Week 10.
Atlanta, D/ST: Opposing defenses are scoring just 6.3 fantasy points per week against the Ravens this season (fifth fewest in NFL).
Billy Cundiff, K, Baltimore Ravens: Opposing kickers are averaging just 5.3 fantasy points per game against the Falcons (second fewest in NFL).