PREVIEW: Baltimore Ravens open season at home against the Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens

M & T Bank Stadium Baltimore, Maryland

September 9, 2018

Buffalo Bills injury report

Questionable LB Justin Stanford

Out WR Ray-Ray McCloud

Baltimore Ravens injury report

Questionable CB Maurice Canaday

Questionable LB Kenny Young

Out TE Hayden Hurst

Suspended- CB Jimmy Smith (first of four games)

These two teams last met in 2016 with the Ravens winning 13-7 at home in Baltimore at M & T Bank Stadium. In that game, both offenses struggled as former Ravens QB Tyrod Taylor threw for just 111 yards. Joe Flacco completed 22 of 33 for 258 yards and just one TD but the Ravens couldn’t run the football all the while settled for two Justin Tucker field goals in that game.

The Baltimore Ravens will be welcoming back a future Hall of Fame wide receiver Anquan Bolden to be the “legend of the game” and the honorary captain on the field Sunday. Anquan Bolden was a huge part of the Super Bowl winning team where Joe Flacco would later me named Super Bowl MVP.

Weather Alert for Sundays game:  67 ° , cloudy with a 70% chance of rain.

Fantasy Football impact and Analysis by Perched on MSB’s Matt Bachota

Quarterback position- In Sunday’s game for the Ravens and the Bills neither QB Joe Flacco or Nathan Peterman should be a major factor. The high percentage of rain turns this into a defense first, and rushing attack game. Look elsewhere in your DFS lineups for the QB of your team lineup.

Running back position- Alex Collins for the Ravens along with Lesean McCoy are the starting running backs for the Ravens and the Bills. Alex Collins is one of my plays of the week. This game should be a plus matchup as almost everyone has this as a locked down win for the Baltimore Ravens. You can also take a look at running back Kenneth Dixon who will help out in rotation to help spell Collins at times. Again with the weather being a factor watch for this game to turn into mostly a rushing game, or quick short passes still including the running back.

Pass catchers- The Ravens defense will need to key on Kelvin Benjamin, and Charles Clay as the top wide out and tight end of the Bills. Second year Receiver Zay Jones along with Andre Holmes will be the second wide receiver out of the slot, but in cases of fantasy football he will be forgotten for good reason. For the Ravens they have many options this season. The number one receiver will be Michael Crabtree, the complimentary receivers are Willie Snead and John Brown. Crabtree and Brown are the plays here if you must start a Ravens receiver this week. Again with the rain we are only advocating for Alex Collins and LeSean McCoy and potentially Crabtree in your fantasy and DFS lineups. 

Defensive play of the week for fantasy football- Nathan Peterman a five interception first half in his first ever game lead to Tyrod Taylor going back on the field last season. So lets take that fact, Peterman will now start his second career regular season game, and oh yeah the rain….START THE RAVENS DEFENSE!

Will kicker points matter? Justin Tucker and Stephen Haushka are pretty close to automatic in their respective careers. Play with caution with the weather alerts of rain in the area. If you can make other arraigngements that would be the best options for the week.

Buffalo Bills next matchup: Sunday September 16 home to the Chargers

Baltimore Ravens next matchup: Thursday Night Football September 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals

 

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