NFL Playoffs Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Ravens vs Bills Divisional Round Game
By Max Staley
The Baltimore Ravens take on the Buffalo Bills in what's shaping up to be one of the most exciting matchups of the weekend. Buffalo is currently a 2.5-point home favorite in this one, per FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL Playoff odds.
If you're still looking to get your fantasy football fix, there are plenty of formats available to keep playing throughout the NFL Playoffs. Here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Ravens-Bills Divisional Round clash.
Lamar Jackson Fantasy
Start Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens: It feels like the Ravens will go as far as Lamar Jackson can carry them. And he's done an excellent job of doing just that in recent weeks. Over his final five regular-season appearances, the 2019 league MVP averaged 161.3 passing yards and 86.0 rushing yards per game with 15 total TDs to 3 INTs. He didn't look much different against the Tennessee Titans, throwing for 179 yards and rushing for 136 and a TD on 16 carries. This Bills' defense is nothing special, and it's fair to expect Jackson to shine in what could turn into a shootout.
Josh Allen Fantasy
Start Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen draws a really difficult matchup here, but he's been unstoppable lately. Over his final five regular season games, the Bills' signal-caller averaged 303.2 passing yards per game with 17 total TDs to 2 INTs in that time. He also shredded the Indianapolis Colts to the tune of 324 passing yards, 54 rushing yards and 3 total TDs to no turnovers in the Wild Card Round. It's not like he was doing that against weak defenses, either. Four of his six opponents in that run rank in the top-12 units by pass defense DVOA. For reference, Baltimore ranks No. 10, and Allen shredded the likes of Miami (No. 6), San Francisco (No. 7), Indianapolis (No. 8) and Denver (No. 12) in that time.
Marquise Brown Fantasy
Sit Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown is explosive as they come, but a matchup with Tre'Davious White does not bode well for him. White just erased a red-hot T.Y. Hilton on Saturday, holding him to 2 catches for 32 yards on 5 targets. Brown, who is coming off a 109-yard performance against a weak Tennessee secondary, is not likely to repeat that against ProFootballFocus' sixth-highest graded CB in coverage.
Devin Singletary Fantasy
Sit Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills: Devin Singletary could be looking at some increased opportunity thanks to the injury to Zack Moss, but it might not matter much against this Baltimore defense. The Ravens just shutdown Derrick Henry, holding him to 40 rushing yards on 18 carries. All due respect to Devin Singletary, but he is not Derrick Henry. Plus, Buffalo has proven it has no problem abandoning the run game if it needs to. In a Week 9 matchup with a stout Seattle Seahawks' run defense, the Bills attempted 38 passes (and Allen carried it 7 times) while the RBs combined for just 11 carries. Don't be surprised if Buffalo goes away from the run and puts the game entirely in Allen's hands, though Singletary could salvage some value as a pass-catcher.
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