The Baltimore Ravens will be trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they return home to take on the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday night at M&T Bank Stadium. The game is airing on FOX and streaming on Amazon Prime, with kickoff scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.
The Ravens (6-5) are coming off of a hard-fought 19-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, where they were without a ton of key playmakers on offense due to COVID-19, including star quarterback Lamar Jackson. Starting in place of Jackson was Robert Griffin III, who had a couple of rough turnovers early in the game, but made plays with his legs on the ground. Griffin led the Ravens in rushing with 68 yards, while running back Gus Edwards had one of Baltimore’s two touchdowns. Second-year wide receiver Marquise Brown had the other touchdown, which happened late in the fourth quarter.
With all that being said, the Ravens will have Jackson and running backs Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins on Tuesday as they try to snap their late-season three-game losing streak.
As for the Cowboys (3-8), they were absolutely dominated on both sides of the ball by the Washington Football Team last week. Dallas lost 41-16, gave up 136 yards of total offense to Antonio Gibson, and had two turnovers. Then not to mention, running back Ezekiel Elliott was held to 32 yards on 10 carries, after a 100-yard performance the previous week.
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8
Time: 8:05 p.m. ET
Channel: FOX, NFL Network, Amazon
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Cowboys: 28th overall — 26th offense, 24th defense, 10th special teams
Ravens: 8th overall — 24th offense, 7th defense, 2nd special teams
DraftKings Sportsbook odds
Cowboys: +8.5, +320
Ravens: -8.5, -385
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, $10,200
If the Cowboys want to have any chance of winning the NFC East, it starts and ends with Ezekiel Elliott. After a 103-yard performance against the Vikings in Week 11, Elliott was brought back down to earth on Thanksgiving. This season, the former first-round pick has not been a top-tier RB1 fantasy play, with only one double-digit performance in Dallas’ last six games. That being said, I do not see Elliott getting his groove back against a sound and physical Ravens’ defense, which is only allowing 14 fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
Amari Cooper, WR, $9,600
In the Cowboys’ last three games, Cooper has re-emerged as the top wide receiver option. He had 17 receptions (21 targets) for 260 yards and a touchdown. When it comes to fantasy football, Cooper has scored 7.5, 8.1, and 17.2 fantasy points, over that period of time. He’ll be looking to build upon last week’s 17.2 point performance versus a Ravens’ squad that is only allowing 18.4 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.
Lamar Jackson, QB, $11,600
Assuming that Jackson is healthy and cleared to play, he vaults back into the top-10 QB plays for Week 13 in a must-win game for the Ravens. The dynamic quarterback has not had the impressive season that he did in 2019, but still has found a way to score at least 15 points seven times season. On Tuesday night, Jackson will be going up a Cowboys’ defense that is susceptible to giving up big plays through the air. This season, Dallas is allowing 22.7 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
J.K. Dobbins, RB, $8,600
The easy choice would be to go with a wide receiver because of how susceptible the Cowboys’ pass defense is this season. But if he’s ready to go, rookie J.K. Dobbins could give Dallas’ defense fits. In his last three games, the second-round pick has 113 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown, which is solid. However, in fantasy, Dobbins has had two games in the last four, where he’s scored at least 10 points. He can possibly continue this feat versus a Dallas defense that has given up 12 touchdowns to running backs, which is good for 28th in the NFL.