1. The New York Giants defense (22 fantasy points)- The Giant defense could have their best fantasy week of the season against the Baltimore Ravens, who ranks 18in total offense. They’ve rushed for an average of 99 yards per game and, with the release of Justin Forsett along with having a questionable offensive line, Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul should wreak havoc in the trenches and lead the Giants to victory. So far, the pair has only combined for one sack in five games, but this is by far the meekest front five they’ve gone up against this season. Both players have shown tremendous tenacity and stamina this season, and they’re efforts are due to be rewarded on Sunday. The Giants can also be successful by getting the Ravens to settle for field goals, something they’ve done well this year. New York has forced the most field goals of any team in the league this season, 17 in total and 15 of which were made. If they can keep Joe Flacco from beating them through the air and instead force Justin Tucker to do so, they’ll keep Eli Manning and the Giant offense within striking distance the entire game if not in a position where they have the lead.
2. Joe Flacco (78.98 fantasy points)- The strong-armed veteran quarterback has thrown for five touchdowns and 1,282 yards this season, and has the Ravens ranked ninth in total offense, including 274.5 passing yards per game. In his only other previous games against New York in 2008 and 2012, Flacco has three touchdowns through the air to two interceptions and 473 passing yards on a solid 65.22 completion percentage. Although he will be facing a completely different defense, both in terms of personnel and scheme, compare this air attack to a depleted Giants secondary who ranks 19 in passing yards allowed per game (261.6) and you get the feeling that Flacco can and will tear this secondary apart.
3. The Baltimore defense (38 fantasy points)- I never thought it would happen this season, but the Giants offense is really struggling to put points on the board at times. Odell Beckham Jr. has underperformed to say the least with just one touchdown reception, and Eli Manning has done little with his talented receiving core, throwing for only five touchdowns to his four interceptions. Baltimore’s fifth-ranked defense won’t make it any easier for the Giants, allowing 190 passing yards per game and only 76 rushing yards per game. Linebacker Zachary Orr has been a force with a combined 38 tackles this season, and will undoubtedly be an impact player against a mediocre New York offensive line and a rushing attack without the services of Rashad Jennings and Shane Veeren. I think that Baltimore’s defense gets beat by either Sterling Shepard or Odell Beckham Jr. once, but control the trenches and the Giant offensive otherwise