The Buffalo Bills are set to host the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the playoffs on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET. Both teams have mobile quarterbacks who are fresh off their first career playoff wins and this could be one of the more exciting Divisional games we see this weekend.
Lamar Jackson finally topped the Tennessee Titans after dropping two straight games to them in the first round and exploded for 136 rushing yards and a score while throwing for an additional 179. The Ravens’ passing attack is far from dynamic but it doesn’t have to be with an athlete like Jackson under center.
Josh Allen lit the Indianapolis Colts up with his arm and leg last weekend but throwing for two scores and rushing for one as well. His receiving corps is back at 100 percent but an injury to Zack Moss has weakened the backfield. Can the Bills keep their hot streak going against another strong defense?
Date: Saturday, January 16
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Ravens: #7 Overall — #11 offense, #9 defense, #2 special teams
Bills: #4 Overall — #5 offense, #12 defense, #4 special teams
Ravens: +2.5, +123
Bills: -2.5, -141
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, $7,600
Jackson tallied 28.76 DKFP in his first playoff and will have to use all of his skills to keep up with the scoring of the Bills. Allen’s mobility and an arsenal of receivers will put points up on the board and the Ravens need explosive plays of their own. Jackson makes Baltimore’s offense go and has rushed for at least 80 yards in four of his last five games. His throwing stats are just a bonus.
Marquise Brown, Wide Receiver, $5,200
Hollywood is on a roll and has reached double-digits in every game since Week 6. The second-year wideout has found his footing and has found the end zone seven times since Week 8. J.K. Dobbins ($6,000) only tallied nine carries in the first round and might not be a true feature back moving forward. I think riding the hot hand and going with Brown for less could be the safer move here.
Josh Allen, Quarterback, $7,400
Allen finished the regular season as the NFL’s highest-scoring fantasy player and picked up where he left off in the first round by throwing for 324 yards and two scores and rushing for a score against the Indianapolis Colts. Baltimore has a sturdy defense but Allen has eclipsed 30 DKFP against three of the top five fantasy D/ST’s in the NFL. It’s hard to argue with numbers like those.
Stefon Diggs, Wide Receiver, $7,300
The NFL’s receiving yards leader has tallied at least 128 yards in four of his last five games. While Baltimore’s secondary is elite it won’t be able to key in on him while worrying about Allen, Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, and John Brown. There are too many other quality wideouts that the Ravens have to pay attention to, so I expect Diggs to get make a couple of big plays like usual.