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Raiders at Ravens

Sunday, 1 p.m.

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I liked Dave's idea so much last week that I think I'm going to steal it. In case you missed it, he rated Ravens fantasy options before the Tampa Bay game on a scale from 0-5, with 0 being the low mark and 5 being the high mark. Here goes:

Steve McNair, QB: McNair played great in the Ravens' opener, but his fantasy numbers were modest--181 yards and a touchdown. He's a pretty solid option against the Raiders though. Philip Rivers only had to throw the ball 11 times against Oakland last week, but when he had to make plays, he was able to, posting 108 yards and a touchdown. Look for McNair to pass for over 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns in this one. Rating - 3 out of 5

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Jamal Lewis, RB: I liked how the Ravens got him involved early last week against the Buccaneers. In a week that was short on impressive running back performances, Lewis ran for 78 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers put up 194 yards rushing against Oakland in week one, behind a 131-yard performance from the NFL's best running back in LaDainian Tomlinson. Look for Lewis to eclipse the 100-yard mark. Rating - 4 out of 5

Derrick Mason, WR: He managed four catches for 50 yards in week one and should improve on those numbers this week. Like I said earlier, Oakland's pass defense wasn't tested in week one, but let's be honest, that secondary isn't scaring anybody. Let's say seven catches for 90 yards and a touch for Mason. Rating - 3 out of 5

Todd Heap, TE: Like Mason, his numbers weren't spectacular last week--five catches for 46 yards. Antonio Gates, the consensus top fantasy tight end, managed only two catches for 26 yards against the Raiders in week one, but he did get in the end zone. Again, that was more a result of the Chargers play calling than the Raiders defense. Heap could definitely find the end zone this week and should rack up at least 60 yards. There won't be many more favorable matchups than this one for Heap the rest of the season. Rating - 4 out of 5

Matt Stover, K: He hit a 20-yarder and a 42-yarder in week one. I have no doubt Stover is a solid option when given the opportunity, but I'm not sure how much the Ravens will have to settle for field goals in this one. I expect the game to be over by the start of the fourth quarter. Rating - 3 out of 5

Ravens defense: And finally, the only Ravens fantasy option I actually have on one of my teams. They were tremendous for me last week with three interceptions, three sacks, a touchdown and a shutout. And now they get to face Aaron Brooks and an offensive line that gave up nine sacks in week one? Too easy. Rating - 5 out of 5

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