Kickoff: Sunday, October 18th at 1:o0 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Betting Odds: BAL -7.5, 46.5 total via Oddsshark
Lamar Jackson (Start, QB1)
Despite the four wins on the season, we need to briefly discuss the play of Lamar Jackson thus far; and for fantasy purposes, it isn’t too much of a concern. Jackson enters Week 6 coming off an underwhelming performance against the Bengals last week. Held to under 200 passing yards again – back to back weeks now – he still did throw for two touchdowns. He had one interception, but the flag here is that he *should* have had two more if it wasn’t for drops by members of the Bengals secondary. Perhaps his play can simply be connected to recent game-scripts, but in comparison to last season, you’d expect him to put up higher numbers. That said, this upcoming game against the Eagles is a great spot for him to truly turn up the gear a notch, both through the air and on the ground.
Mark Ingram II (Sit), J.K. Dobbins (Sit)
Having led the Ravens in carries against the Bengals with 11 – a season-high for any Baltimore running back – Mark Ingram II only posted 57 yards on the ground in a scoreless effort. Trending towards a FLEX-play at best, or even a sit candidate, I wouldn’t start him or J.K. Dobbins against the Eagles. The Ravens backfield is a true committee and one you don’t want to chance right now in your lineups.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Marquise Brown (Start, WR3 with WR2 upside), Willie Snead IV (Sit), Miles Boykin (Sit), Mark Andrews (Start, TE1)
Marquise Brown is coming off his best performance of the season, as he turned six receptions on 10 targets into 77 yards and a touchdown against Cincy. He’s the only viable, fantasy relevant wide receiver out of Baltimore. His potential this week likely hinders the status of Philly CB Darius Slay, who at the time of writing is still in the concussion protocol suffered last week against the Steelers.
Tight end Mark Andrews had a solid day against the Bengals, posting 56 yards and a touchdown, catching six of his nine targets; both season highs. He remains on the TE1 radar against the Eagles.
Carson Wentz (Start, QB2)
Interceptions have been plentiful for Carson Wentz this season – nine through five games – and that may continue as he gets set to face the Ravens this week. With injuries still a concern for the Philly receiving group, it’s tough to trust what Wentz can do weekly, though, in a bye-week pinch, he should put up a QB2 return this week against Baltimore.
Miles Sanders (Start, RB2)
Aside from a 74-yard run and score, Miles Sanders had a quiet afternoon last week against the Steelers. Ten carries totaling six yards is not ideal. The Baltimore defense is another tough task, though he may benefit from the pass-game more than on the ground, which makes him prime for an RB2 finish in PPR formats. Make note that the Ravens have allowed just one touchdown to running backs this season.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Greg Ward (Sit), Travis Fulgham (Start, FLEX), Zach Ertz (Start, TE2)
Locked into the slot, Greg Ward has been a healthy body for the Eagles receiving core this season. However, in recent weeks his target share has fluttered, and that could trend the same way with the eventual returns of DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. I suppose you could do worse than Ward this week, but if you can avoid him, I’d do so. Newbie Travis Fulgham is an interesting name this week. Do you ride the hot hand? He’s scored in back to back games, and saw 13 targets last week, turning that into 10 receptions. I’d be willing to FLEX him over Ward, for what it’s worth.
It’s hard to consider benching Zach Ertz, but he’s been unproductive this season, to say the least. Having only found the end zone once (Week 1), his target share has been in the single-digits in all but one game (Week 3 with 10). The Ravens are no easy task either, but they have given up the 14th most fantasy points to his position this season. Could this be the week we see Ertz show out? I would anticipate for a TE2 finish until he shows consistent production.