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Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming matchups and ranking each position, as well as flex positions.
Week 11 Notes
- As it stands, it’s looking less and less likely that Joe Flacco will be playing this week, as he’s dealing with a pretty serious hip injury that’s put him on crutches. Now, I’ve ranked Lamar Jackson assuming he’s the starter, but that’s far from a guarantee. Both Jackson and Robert Griffin III are reportedly preparing to start this week. Personally, I think the Ravens would toss Jackson out there to see what he can do, and if they do, he’s an interesting dart throw given his absurd athleticism against a garbage Bengals defense. While Jackson’s throwing still needs work, his running should (hopefully) mitigate some of the risk. Even so, he’s nothing more than a QB2 if he starts, albeit one with a lot of upside.
- Generally speaking, when I have a running back going up against the best run defense in football, I’ll downgrade them. But, the last time Joe Mixon went against the Ravens, he had 21 carries for 84 yards, still a pretty solid day, all things considered. As a result, I think Mixon is still an RB1 this week, albeit a lower one than he would usually be.
- I like Alex Collins‘ chance of a good game this week, especially if Lamar Jackson plays. Running quarterbacks are usually good for running backs, and I could see the Ravens relying more on the run if they’ve got either Jackson or RGIII in at quarterback. And given that the Bengals have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year, I think Collins could be a solid RB2.
- Chris Carson is reportedly ready to go for Thursday night’s matchup, so feel free to start him as a low-end RB2/high-end RB3. It’s worth paying attention to Rashaad Penny‘s workload, given his 12-carry, 108-yard, one touchdown performance last week, but there’s no reason to think he’ll have more value than Carson. I do like Penny over Mike Davis however, but I don’t feel overly strongly about that.
- I kinda like Javorius Allen as a deep-league flex play this week, however I am curious how Ty Montgomery will factor into the Ravens’ run game, as I expect he’d eat into Allen’s workload more than Alex Collins’. That being said, for now, I think Allen is the guy in passing-down situations, and given how terrible the Bengals defense is, I could see this being a high-scoring game, which means good opportunity for Allen to get a touchdown.
- It looks like Sammy Watkins will be back this week. If that’s the case, he’ll likely be matched up against Troy Hill, which should prove to be a decent matchup for him, making him a decent WR2 option.
- While the Ravens secondary is very good, Tyler Boyd should have a pretty decent matchup this week playing out of the slot against Tavon Young, meaning he’s still startable this week, especially with A.J. Green almost certainly out again.
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