Week 3 fantasy football preview with projections: Browns at Ravens

Eric Mangini is thisclose to bagging groceries. That news should make fantasy owners happy.

Oh, and the Browns play the Ravens this week in Baltimore. That’s another step closer to “paper or plastic?”

Our projection model is not perfect. There are many improvements that could be made but we had relatively good accuracy with it this season despite the flaws. Translation: Use these at your own discretion but they should be pretty darn good.

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Projections have the Ravens squeaking by in this one 17-14.

Matchups

One of the most surprising things about this matchup is the Browns defense, which has been far from awful this season. They’ve given up piles of yards on the ground but haven’t allowed a TD run. They’ve also held opponents to under 200 yards passing, with three interceptions and four sacks in two games.

Joe Flacco and the Ravens have struggled to light up the sky as expected and it might not be easy for them to get back on track against the Browns.

Similarly, the Ravens defense has made stuffed meatballs out of their opposition.

Projections

Quarterbacks

Joe Flacco, BAL: 18-33, 203 yards, TD, INT, 10 rush yards

Seneca Wallace, CLE: 16-31, 174, INT, 5 rush yards

Running backs

Ray Rice, BAL: 100 yards, TD, 3 catches, 25 receiving yards

Jerome Harrison, CLE: 50 yards, 2 catches, 15 receiving yards

Peyton Hillis, CLE: 45 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards

Willis McGahee, BAL: 5 yards

LeRon McClain, BAL: 5 yards, 1 catch, 5 yards

Wide receivers

Anquan Boldin, BAL: 5-65, TD

Derrick Mason, BAL: 3-45

Josh Cribbs, CLE: 3-45, 5 rush yards

Mohammed Massaquoi, CLE: 4-50

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, BAL: 2-15

Chansi Stuckey, CLE: 1-5

Tight ends

Ben Watson, CLE: 3-45

Todd Heap, BAL: 4-45

Ed Dickson, BAL: 1-5

Kickers

Phil Dawson, CLE: 2 FG, 2 XP

Billy Cundiff, BAL: FG, 2 XP

Defenses

Browns: 2 sacks, INT

Ravens: Sack, INT

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