October 10, 2022, 2:09 pm
Bengals 17, Ravens 19 (Bengals covered +3.5, U 47.5)
Pregame: The Ravens come into this contest with an injury-concern in their wide receiver room as Rashod Bateman has been ruled out with his foot injury. However, LT Ronnie Stanley could finally be making his way back from a long-term ankle injury but we’ll probably have to wait until Sunday for official word on his status. On the Bengals side of things, the offensive line has finally come together after some really horrendous play over the first two weeks of the season. Tee Higgins has a questionable tag going into the weekend, but his head coach made it seem like he was on the probable side of that tag with his comments about limiting the receiver so he’d be good to go over the weekend.
But be assured, after a horrendous TNF contest that featured zero touchdowns from two struggling offenses in nearly 70 minutes of action, we’ll get a much better contest between two very exciting teams with two of the top young quarterbacks in the league.
Postgame: While it held true that this Sunday nighter was a much more entertaining contest than the first primetime game of the week, it still underwhelmed from an offensive perspective with just three total touchdowns combined. The major injury of note that will continue to have an impact on the fantasy landscape was Tee Higgins leaving the game midway due to the ankle injury that had him questionable coming into the day. While he’s been productive in games that he’s been able to finish, the third-year WR is having trouble staying on the field.
Pregame: After being outside of the top-12 over the first two weeks of the season when the offensive line looked like they couldn’t protect anyone, Joe Burrow has been given more protection in the pocket and that has allowed him to enter the QB1 tier over Weeks 3 (QB5) and 4 (QB10). The Ravens secondary has shown to be quite vulnerable over the first four weeks of the season and Burrow has the passing threats to be a locked in QB1 option this week. Start him with confidence and he should get an additional vote of confidence if Higgins is able to play through his nagging injury.
Postgame: If I had to guess pregame which QB would find their way into the end zone on the ground, I definitely would have gone with Lamar Jackson. However, it was Burrow who was able to get into the top-12 on the week thanks to a late rushing score in which he got some big help from TE Mitchell Wilcox who pushed him in at the goal line. That rushing score allowed Burrow to have a solid fantasy day even though he only threw for 217 yards. He’ll definitely get a slight downgrade in future weeks if Higgins is unable to play, but he still remains a solid option at the position regardless as the Bengals take on a Saints defense that is no longer elite in Week 6. And of course like a lot of Ravens wins over the years, Justin Tucker won the game with a game-winning field goal. We don’t talk about kickers in these recaps but Tucker needs to be shouted as as the best kicker in football.
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