The Ravens scored a huge win here as the Steelers lose their first game without Ben Roethlisberger. It was a hard hitting defensive game as always as Joe Flacco led a late fourth quarter TD drive.
Joe Flacco: 24/37 for 256 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Flacco seems to have righted the ship after his 5 INT meltdown against the Bengals but he is still not lighting the world on fire. Flacco may not return the QB 1 numbers we all expected this season but don’t cut him yet if you are invested.
Ray Rice: 8 carries for 20 yards along with 1 catch for 9 yards. Rice was limited here due to the poor field conditions causing worry he would reinjure his troublesome knee. Rice still has not scored a TD and fantasy football owners are growing very impatient. I will look further into him later this week.
Willis McGahee: 14 carries for 39 yards with 2 catches for 2 yards. As always McGahee took the goal line carries and did what he usually does and that is score. Nothing to get too excited about here as McGahee is just a name now.
Derrick Mason: 6 catches for 80 yards. Mason still wants to show he has tread left on the tires and he will still have these games once in a while. The fact of the matter is that he longer warrants fantasy football consideration as a starting option.
Anquan Boldin: 7 catches for 68 yards. Boldin is great and is a top option every week. Nothing more to say here other than hope for health.
Todd Heap: 3 catches for 35 yards. Heap continues to hover in the 3-4 catch range and that should be where he stays going forward. There are too many other options for Flacco to concentrate on. Heap is only an injury or bye week option.
Charlie Batch: 12/21 for 141 yards with 0 TD and 1 INT. You cant get too hard on Batch as he is just keeping the seat warm for Big Idiot…I mean Big Ben. After today you wont hear from him again this season.
Rashard Mendenhall: 25 carries for 79 yards with 2 TD’s along with 2 catches for 9 yards. Mendenhall is one of the rare second-year running backs who are making good on their potential unlike Beanie Wells or Knowshon Moreno. Mendenhall is the perfect power runner for this team and he will get even better now that Roesthlisberger will be back to take pressure off and ease congestion on opposing defensive lines.
Hines Ward: 2 catches for 14 yards. All fantasy football owners in PPR leagues should do themselves a favor and make a low ball trade offer to the Hines Ward owner in your league. Ward has not two terrible games in a row due to the QB play but he will once again be a great PPR option when Ben gets back. Trust me whatever you give up….which wont be much….will be worth it.
Mike Wallace: 2 catches for 24 yards. I hate guys like Wallace since I am a PPR guy as he is too all of nothing. Even in TD leagues he is too inconsistent.
Heath Miller: 2 catches for 32 yards. Heath Miller is another player who is counting down the days until Roesthlisberger returns. Still he is nothing but a bye week or injury option.