Kickoff: Sunday, November 27th, 1:00 PM ET
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Betting Odds: BAL -4.0, 43.5 total via PFF.com
Writer: Estevão Maximo (@estevao_maximo on Twitter)
Lamar Jackson (Start QB1)
Somebody bring back my QB1. Lamar Jackson hasn’t really delivered the monster weeks we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him, leaving those to Justin Fields in recent weeks, but Lamar is still the QB6 on the year, showing just how high the expectations are with him.
Lamar is a perennial rushing threat, logging at least nine carries in each of his last four games. He’s a set-and-forget option.
Gus Edwards (Start, flex) Kenyan Drake (Start, flex, if Edwards is out)
This Ravens backfield isn’t the most exciting unit you’ll find, but even with Lamar’s rushing volume capping everyone else, there is still some value to be had with either Edwards or Drake. The rumor is that Edwards could’ve played last week, and when he’s been out there, the coaching staff has shown a clear goal in feeding him the ball, even to a fault.
In case Edwards is out, you can slot Drake as a nice flex option. His utility will depend on who scores those rushing touchdowns, he or Lamar.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
DeMarcus Robinson (Start, flex), Devin Duvernay (Sit), Mark Andrews (Start TE1), Isaiah Likely (Sit)
With no Rashod Bateman, this wide receiver room is bound to ride the hot hand, and for a while early on that was Devin Duvernay. Right now it seems to be DeMarcus Robinson, but I wouldn’t trust him as much more than a flex start, even coming off a performance of over 100 yards.
Andrews is clearly the go-to-guy in this offense, and as much as we want to see Isaiah Likely season happening, it ain’t with Andrews out there. Overall, this Ravens offense isn’t very exciting, and probably needs some rejuvenation in order to maximize Lamar’s potential. Yes, I’m talking about an OC change.
Trevor Lawrence (Start, QB2)
It’s Week 12, and Lawrence already has one more passing touchdown on the year than he did in 2021. Now, through a masterclass in disfunction, the Jags certainly didn’t do him any favors, and the bar wasn’t even set in his rookie year, but Lawrence is taking steps forward, and has flashed on the year, with massive improvements throughout the board. His completion percentage is up to 65.2 from 59.6. His QBR is up to 51.0 from 33.5
Lawrence is the 13th ranked fantasy QB on the year, and has added a rushing element to his game in recent weeks, gaining 79 yards in his last two games. He is a fine QB2 play.
Travis Etienne (Start, RB1)
Did we live in a world in which James Robinson out-snapped Travis Etienne earlier this season? It’s hard to truly grasp how strange that looks right now.
Whether or not Etienne was fully ready at the beginning of the year, he certainly looks like a very explosive runner right now and has impressed purely in that sense, while not quite being the PPR producer we all envisioned.
The Chiefs halted a streak of three straight 100+ rush-yard games for the former first round pick, but a lot of that was the product of being down early and passing it a lot. Etienne has played his way into RB1 status for this second half.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Christian Kirk (Start, WR3), Marvin Jones (Sit), Jamal Agnew (Sit), Evan Engram (Start TE2)
Kirk is coming off his best game as a Jaguar, catching nine balls, including two scores for 105 yards, but the former Cardinal is more of a WR1 by default rather than an actual leading receiver, which makes it hard to rank him as more than a WR3.
Kirk certainly has made the most out of this opportunity, and gives you a solid floor, beyond him there is not a lot to look at in this Jacksonville receiver room. Evan Engram is an okay TE2 play, despite coming off two rough games.
Jones and the rest of the WR group are clear sits.