Ravens vs. Panthers
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Here's how the Ravens players stack up on a fantasy scale from 0-5 against Carolina, with 0 being the low mark and 5 being the high.
Steve McNair, QB: As far as starting quarterbacks go on a fantasy front, few have been worse than McNair this year. He's tossed five interceptions in the last two weeks and has thrown for more than 200 yards just once all season. This week, McNair is facing a Carolina pass defense that is ranked 16th in the league, allowing just over 200 yards per game. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 349 yards against the Panthers in week four, but Carolina's been pretty good against other quarterbacks. McNair is not a good start right now. There are plenty of better options out there. Rating - 1 out of 5
Jamal Lewis, RB: Pretty soon I could be including Musa Smith and Mike Anderson's names on this weekly report. Lewis has rushed 30 times for 77 yards over the last two weeks and hasn't scored since week one. If he continues to struggle, Brian Billick will be forced to get Smith and Anderson more touches. The Panthers have not been great against the run this season, allowing 122 rushing yards per game. The Falcons ran for 252 yards vs. Carolina in week one, and Chester Taylor piled up 113 yards against the Panthers in week two. However, their defense has been much better in the last three weeks against Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Cleveland. Rating - 2 out of 5
Derrick Mason, WR: It's week six, and Mason is still looking for his first touchdown. The veteran wide receiver hasn't done much other than his big game against Cleveland in week three. It's tough to get excited about the fantasy prospects of any Ravens on offense right now. Rating - 2 out of 5
Todd Heap, TE: The Ravens tight end failed to reach the end zone for the first time in four weeks against the Broncos. He had his worst fantasy game of the season Monday night, catching three balls for 21 yards. Look for him to bounce back against Carolina's defense, which allowed Browns tight end Kellen Winslow to catch eight balls for 55 yards last week. Rating - 4 out of 5
Matt Stover, K: Baltimore's sputtering offensive is limiting the effectiveness of Stover. He's managed just one field goal over the last two weeks, but is still a top-10 fantasy kicker on the season, having connected on all 10 of his attempts. Rating - 3 out of 5
Ravens defense: The Panthers' offense has experienced problems of its own this season. Carolina is averaging 17.2 points per game, which ranks 23rd in the league. Quarterback Jake Delhomme has not been spectacular, but he hasn't been intercepted since week one. Carolina will be without rookie running back DeAngelo Williams, but the Ravens will have to contend with one of the league's biggest playmakers in wideout Steve Smith. Baltimore's 'D' is a must-start every week. Rating - 4 out of 5.