Week 15 wraps up tonight on Monday Night Football with the Baltimore Ravens traveling to Detroit to take on the Lions. In a matchup that has the potential to produce some big fantasy numbers, your fantasy week could be decided with the right sits or starts.
Reggie Bush- Lions running back Reggie Bush has been electrifying all season. Bush has rushed for 854 on 180 attempts and three touchdowns in his 11 games this season. He is averaging an impressive 4.7 YPC and has also added 45 receptions for 448 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year. While the Ravens have a solid rush defense, fantasy owners should expect Bush’s dual threat ability to produce strong fantasy numbers on Monday Night Football.
Torrey Smith- Ravens third year receiver Torrey Smith is looking to eclipse the 1,000 yards receiving mark for the first time in his career. With 55 receptions for 963 yards so far on the season, Smith can likely accomplish this feat against the Lions in Week 15. With the offense faces a strong rush defense, fantasy owners should expect to see strong performances out of the Baltimore receivers who will be facing the league’s seventh worst pass defense.
Ray Rice- As one of the best multipurpose runningbacks in the NFL the past couple of years, Ray Rice has struggled to find his mojo this season. Through the first 12 games this season Rice has rushed for 549 yards on 185 attempts, averaging 3 yards per carry (YPC). The Ravens will be facing a daunting rush defense in Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Ezekiel Ansah, and Willie Young. Fantasy owners should expect the Ravens to rely much more on quarterback Joe Flacco’s big arm than on Ray Rice up the middle.
Nate Burleson- Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson has failed to live up to the potential he showed in the two games before he was injured. Since returning from his broken arm, Burleson has a meager nine receptions for 95 yards in three games. While the Ravens do not possess one of the premier pass defenses in the league, allowing an average of 231.7 yards per game, Burleson is a risky play in any fantasy matchup. Fantasy owners should keep Nate Burleson out of any starting role this late in the season.