Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Baltimore Ravens vs New England Patriots
Sunday night's games are a bit of a different beast in fantasy than primetime games on Thursday and Monday. On Thursday, you need to make lineup decisions on a short week, and on Monday's you're usually left without many options as only two teams are left to play. "Sunday Night Football" falls somewhere between the two.
With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Sunday's matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.
Who Do I Start Week 9 Fantasy Football
Start Phillip Dorsett and Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots: With Josh Gordon now off the team, there is plenty of opportunity for the Pats' other wideouts. Phillip Dorsett has flashed fantasy potential this year even when serving as the No. 3 WR, scoring double-digit PPR fantasy points in four of six full games, and that upside gets even better sans Gordon. Mohamed Sanu was on the field for 54 percent of the offensive snaps in his first game in New England, notching five targets, and his workload should only continue to expand as he gets comfortable in the offense.
Start Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens: As good as New England's defense is, the Patriots are much more beatable on the ground than through the air. They aren't bad against the run, ranking eighth in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA rankings, compared to second in pass defense DVOA. They just gave up 131 yards on 20 carries to Nick Chubb in Week 8 though, and Mark Ingram should get plenty of chances to get things going, averaging 14.7 carries per game over the last three.
Sit Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown has already made a huge splash as a rookie, racking up 326 yards and three TDs on 21 receptions in his first five games. He's missed the last two with an ankle injury though, and now he returns to action in a brutal matchup. Returning from a leg injury is a concern for a speedster like Brown, and to make things worse, the Patriots have given up the league's fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.
Sit Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots: The Pats have blown out most of their opponents in 2019, but they're just three-point road favorites over the Ravens tonight on FanDuel Sportsbook. That could suggest a less run-heavy game flow, since they may not be looking to grind out the clock as early as we're used to seeing. Sony Michel's fantasy value comes entirely on the ground, averaging 17.5 carries but only 0.8 receptions per game in 2019, and an increase in passing attempts could keep him off the field in favor of James White and even Rex Burkhead.
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