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Wow, this was a barnburner…21-0 Ravens, in the rain. I think it has rained every game the Ravens have played in…like a steady rain throwing off the whole vibe. However, the Ravens always seem fine and their opponents always seem ‘off’ – so, it’s not just ‘the rain’.
How Tennessee has won 3 games this season is beyond me. They look terrible every week, except their one week against the Eagles in Week 4. In three of their last 4 games, they haven’t scored a TD…all FGs vs. JAC, BUF, and an egg against the Ravens here. The schedule is coming to take the Titans away to football heaven…projecting them to lose eight of their next 10 to finish 5-11.
I can never figure Baltimore out. When I don’t like what I see, they win. When I reluctantly get on board they start losing. 4-2 now, but they could very easily lose their next three in a row: NO, at CAR, PIT. We are projecting a 9-7 finish with a lean towards 8-8. I just don’t believe in this team…when it’s not raining (which means they will win out and win the Super Bowl).
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- UDFA rookie RB Gus Edwards (10-42-0) joined the Ravens this week, after De’Lance Turner was put on I.R., and he got 10 carries his debut week…and some are wondering if there is a possible Edwards’ uprising here.
Five of his 10 carries were on the last two meaningless drives trying to mercifully end the game.
I mean, Alex Collins (19-54-2) is ‘the fumbler’ and has a precarious hold on the starting job…but Edwards is nothing special as an option. He saw a lot of work this preseason, but then when the need arose when Kenneth Dixon got hurt, the Ravens smartly promoted the better talent – De’Lance Turner. Edwards is here now, and if due to injury he’s jammed some carries he can work Ok-ish. He’s just not much of a talent and if the Ravens had a serious RB injury they’d make a move for an RB. They aren’t going to beat NE-KC-PIT in the playoffs with Gus Edwards as the lead RB.
Edwards is a big body that can work some short yardage situations and will be gone as soon as Dixon returns.
-- As expected, John Brown (2-28-0/3) has gone back into the hole he climbed out of earlier this season. 3.0 rec., 43.0 yards, 0.0 TDs the past two weeks.
While Brown fades, Snead-Crabtree are popping…
Michael Crabtree (6-93-1/9) is averaging 5.2 catches per game the past five weeks (.2 targets) and Willie Snead (7-60-0/10) is also at 5.2 catches per game the past five weeks.
I’m not excited about any of them, but Crabtree finds a way to numbers eventually. Snead is becoming a trusted option as well. Brown is just a random deep ball shot that hits sometimes.
-- For the second year in a row, the Titans run game is beyond an embarrassment. You got nothing with Lewis-Henry. There’s nothing there.
If I had to use one/own one, it would be Dion Lewis (5-9-0, 2-5-0/2)…but with no confidence.
42-26-0-34-9…rushing yards the last five weeks.
1-3-9-3-2…catches the last five weeks.
Teams would love for Marcus Mariota to throw, and don’t care if their sluggish run game tries to do work.
-- You want to know how bad the Titans offense is?
Their #1 WR, Corey Davis (1-24-0/4) got one catch this game…late in the 3rd quarter.
Taywan Taylor (1-13-0/2) matched him.
I want OUT of anything resembling a Tennessee Titan for fantasy (I was never in to begin with). Mike Vrabel is going to crash this bus head on into a brick wall.
-- Joe Flacco (25-37 for 238 yards, 1 TD/1 INT) had that 3 TD/0 INT game Week 1…and has posted just 1.2 TDs/0.8 INTs per game since.
The passing yards are up (298.0 per game) this year, but likely to fall to 250-range soon enough.
-- Hayden Hurst (0-0-0/1)…like the talent…hate this situation. He missed so much time and the Ravens have so many other TEs…not usable for FF 2018, most likely.
-- One more plug for Jayon Brown (7 tackles)…really looks good/solid as a starting linebacker for the Titans. Not sure he plays much when Wesley Woodyard returns, but maybe…
-- The Ravens have the ‘best’ defense in football now…now that the ever-smart football world has decided it hates Jacksonville’s defense based on recency bias.
Let me know how much you liked holding this defense after Brees-Cam-Ben the next three weeks heading into their BYE Week 10 (just assured three straight shutouts to shut me up).
Snap Counts of Interest…
32 = Dion Lewis
12 = Derrick Henry
35 = Alex Collins
28 = Jav Allen
14 = Gus Edwards
48 = Boyle
34 = Maxx Williams
20 = Andrews
18 = Hurst