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Jaguars vs. Ravens: Fantasy football preview, start 'em vs. sit 'em, FanDuel advice

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Dumpster fire.

My team sucks.


Gotta love fantasy football season! The injuries continue to pile up. What seems like players that weren't on our radar are thriving. The waiver wire is as thin as ever. What a great time to play fantasy!

But we love it. And no matter how terrible the season may have started off, you'll continue to play fantasy football because we're all a little sick in the head.

There is plenty of NFL season left, so let's jump into the game which potentially can be a fantasy explosion of points:

Ravens vs. Jaguars: What to look out for

This game has all the signs of becoming a shootout. The 2-0 Ravens initially appeared to have nothing of value on offense, with a decent run defense that is a bit shaky in the secondary. This is purely not the case on the offensive side of the ball.

Joe Flacco has embraced the dumpster fire that is his running back core, and has fully committed to speedster Mike Wallace and returning tight end Dennis Pitta.

The Ravens will look to start fast in the passing attack. The Jaguars secondary continue to figure out their communication, and Prince Amukamara and Tashaun Gibson are questionable to play.

Players to start: Mike Wallace, Dennis Pitta

Players to start if you're in a bind: Joe Flacco

Don't start: Justing Forsett, Steve Smith Jr.

Should we be worried about Allen Robinson?

No, not at all. Carry on as usual starting Robinson. This will be the game where the Bortles-to-Robinson connection will prove fruitful.

Robinson will most likely be covered by Jimmy Smith, who has looked sub-par at best in his first two games. Robinson was matched up by both Sam Shields in week 1 and Jason Verrett in week 2, both of which are above-average corners and much more talented than the Ravens' Smith.

Bortles is (not) bad

Bortles is not playing great when it comes to NFL standards, but he is producing on a fantasy level.

If the Jacksonville defense continues to give up big plays, Bortles will be forced to throw the ball, hence garbage time points. And when it comes to fantasy, garbage time points are more than ok.

Don't expect points from running backs

This game is the black hole of running backs. The Jaguars defensive line will hold strong against an aging Justin Forsett, and there is no one healthy to back him up.

Although Chris Ivory is returning, the offensive line of the Jaguars will stunt any chance of Ivory or T.J. Yeldon to have even a sub-par game. The offensive line is by far the worst part of the struggling Jaguars team and needs to be addressed immediately in order to have a balanced offense.

Players to start: Allen Robinson, Julius Thomas, Blake Bortles

Players to start if you're in a bind: Allen Hurns

Don't start: TJ Yeldon, Chris Ivory

Sneaky DFS Plays

With all of the current injuries on teams, there is a real opportunity to cash in on some GPPS with some contrarian lineup adds. Here are some sneaky, high upside plays that you won't have to pay up for in daily fantasy football:

Christine Michael vs. San Francisco: Michael has surprising played well in the continued rehab of Thomas Rawls, and he looks to continue against a struggling San Francisco team. Rawls is doubtful to play and Russel Wilson has a bad ankle. The Seahawks will want to establish the run early, providing a ton of volume for Michael.

Quincy Enunwa @ Kansas City: Enunwa has emerged as a viable slot receiver for the Jets offense, and with Brandon Marshall looking less and less probable for Sunday's game, Enunwa should see plenty of volume with a Chiefs defense that has not shown their true colors this season.

Dennis Pitta vs. Jacksonville: Originally it looked as if Pitta career was over after two really bad hip injuries, but he has not only returned, but has proven fantasy worthy in the last game. Pitta has a great player relationship with Joe Flacco, and should get some great man-to-man matchups on Jacksonville's linebacker core.

Chad Lio is founder of and you can find him on Twitter at @WaiverWarrior1.