Ravens vs. Bengals

Sunday, 1 p.m.


Here's how the Ravens players stack up on a fantasy scale from 0-5 against Cincinnati, with 0 being the low mark and 5 being the high:

Steve McNair, QB: The Ravens quarterback put up solid fantasy numbers for the first time all season against the Saints. McNair threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score. McNair's passing numbers could have been even better, but the Ravens didn't need to throw the ball with their big lead (he had a season-low 23 attempts). This week, he'll face a pass defense that ranks 17th in the NFL, giving up more than 210 yards per game. McNair has thrown for more than 200 yards just once all season so it's difficult to recommend starting him. However, at least the potential is there after last week's performance. Rating - 2 out of 5

Jamal Lewis, RB: He's looked much better in the Ravens' last two games. Against the Saints, Lewis had 31 carries for 109 yards, both season-highs. The Bengals are giving up 129 rushing yards per game, which puts them at 25th in the league. However, Cincinnati has been better the last two weeks. Warrick Dunn managed just 57 yards on 20 carries last week, and DeShaun Foster put up 59 yards on 14 carries the week before. I can't back Lewis as anything more than a third running back. He's fine to start when your other players have byes, but I can't see him putting up many more 100-yard games. Rating - 3 out of 5

Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton, WRs: Mason had his best game in a month vs. the Saints, catching six balls for 67 yards. Still, he hasn't scored all year and has eclipsed 50 yards receiving just twice. Meanwhile, Clayton had his least productive fantasy game of the year against New Orleans, managing just one catch for 17 yards. Needless to say, neither is a good fantasy option. Rating - 2 out of 5

Todd Heap, TE: First of all, phenomenal job on the halloween costume. I feel like people will still be dressing up as Napoleon Dynamite 50 years from now. Anyway, no tight end has found the end zone more than Heap, who has five touchdowns on the year. He seems poised to break his career-high of seven TDs set last year. Rating - 4 out of 5

Matt Stover, K: The story remains the same for the veteran kicker. Stover can be counted on to make the most of his chances, but he's only attempted one field goal in the last four weeks. Kickers can be the difference in close fantasy matchups. I'd suggest picking someone else up if you're still starting Stover. Rating -2 out of 5

Ravens defense: They carried me to a victory in one league last week, causing five turnovers and scoring a pair of touchdowns against the Saints. The Ravens remain as good a fantasy option as any and are a must-start every week. Rating - 4 out of 5