The Baltimore Ravens will host the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5 as both teams look for their second straight win. The Ravens cruised to two easy victories to open the season before coming to a screeching halt in a 34-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Monday. They returned to winning ways on Sunday by routing Washington, 33-17. Lamar Jackson, who threw for less than 100 yards against the Chiefs, had three touchdowns and more than 240 total yards, including a career-long 50-yard touchdown run.
The former MVP be matched up with Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick who is coming off his first career win. The rookie threw for over 300 yards for the third straight week, as the Bengals outlasted the Jacksonville Jaguars, 33-25. Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 11
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
DOUBTFUL: CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring), WR John Ross (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Joe Mixon (shin)
DOUBTFUL: G Tyre Phillips (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (thigh), TE Nick Boyle (thigh), WR Marquise Brown (knee), QB Lamar Jackson (knee, illness), S Anthony Levine (abdomen), DT Justin Madubuike (knee), WR Chris Moore (thigh, finger), CB Marcus Peters (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (knee), T Ronnie Stanley (shoulder, hip), DT Broderick Washington (illness), DE Derek Wolfe (not injury related, elbow)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
After three frustrating weeks with a lot of touches but poor production, Mixon broke out in a big way against Jacksonville, totaling 181 yards and three touchdowns. He’s now fourth in the league in rushing. We’ll find out this week if that outburst was a one-off or a sign of things to come. The Ravens have one of the best run defenses in the league.
Tyler Boyd, WR, $6,200
A.J. Green is still around, but Boyd is the Bengals’ No. 1 receiver. His 28 catches are twice as many as Green even though they have roughly the same number of targets. Boyd has only found the end zone once, but is consistent when it comes to yardage, racking up 70 or more receiving yards three times this season. The Ravens’ defense is stingy, but this could be a matchup where Cincy falls behind early and has to throw a lot.
Lamar Jackson, QN, $7,900
Jackson had a bounce back game against Washington and historically hasn’t had many issues against the Bengals. The last time Jackson faced Cincy, he had four touchdowns and a perfect passer rating. Overall, he’s 3-1 against them. The Bengals aren’t quite the doormat they were last year, but look for Jackson to keep it rolling at home.
Mark Andrews, TE, $6,200
Four of seven of Jackson’s passing touchdowns have landed in the hands of Andrews, who’s a true boom-or-bust candidate. He’s had two games with 50+ yards and two touchdowns, as well as two games with less than 30 yards and no touchdowns. Are you willing to roll the dice?