The Baltimore Ravens have a whole lot to play for when they finish off their regular season on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up the AFC North, but the Ravens will be battling for a wild card spot, while the Bengals were eliminated a while ago.
It’s pretty simple for the Ravens to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs. With a victory, Baltimore is in. With a loss, the Ravens would need either the Cleveland Browns or Indianapolis to lose.
For the Bengals, they are 4-10-1 this season without their starting quarterback and running back, though they have won each of their last two games against the Steelers and Houston Texans.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 3
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Ravens: #9 Overall — #12 offense, #9 defense, #2 special teams
Bengals: #29 Overall — #28 offense, #27 defense, #9 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
J.K. Dobbins, RB, $6,700
J.K. Dobbins continues to be a solid fantasy contributor at the running back position. We haven’t seen a massive breakout game from him yet, but he is as consistent as it gets and scored in each of his last five games. Check the injury reports because he left Sunday’s game with a chest injury but if he’s good to go, he’s a solid option.
Ravens D/ST, $4,200
The Ravens defense/special teams unit is the highest priced option at the position, but I think there are better plays out there for a cheaper price. The Bengals will likely not come close to what they were able to do last weekend, scoring 37 points with 540 yards of offense, but they did score 27 against the Steelers the previous week. Baltimore should still have success against this Cincinnati offense, but the price is too high.
Samaje Perine, RB, $4,700
If you’re looking for a Hail Mary this weekend at running back, you could do worse than Samaje Perine. Joe Mixon will miss the season finale as expected, and Perine shined in his largest volume of the season against Houston. With 13 carries, he went for 95 yards and two touchdown and caught four passes for 41 yards. He is splitting time with Giovani Bernard, but Perine is cheaper and outperformed Bernard last week.
Tee Higgins, WR, $5,000
Tee Higgins went for 99 yards and a touchdown on six catches last weekend for his best performance since Nov. 15 against the Steelers. At this price, he may be worth a look as he has gotten eight or more targets in three of his last four games. In addition, Higgins is just 92 yards away from 1,000 receiving yards, which would be an impressive feat for him in his rookie year.