Ravens vs. Chiefs

Sunday, 1 p.m.


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

Steve McNair, QB: He didn't play as well as his numbers indicated last week against the Bengals. McNair threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, but he was unable to get the Ravens into the end zone until time was running out in the fourth quarter. Kansas City's pass defense ranks 15th in the league, allowing 207 yards per game. Last week, Cleveland's Derek Anderson threw for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Chiefs. He also ran for 44 yards. The teams Kansas City has played over the last month (Cleveland, Denver, Oakland, Miami) haven't had good passing attacks. McNair is a solid play this week. Expect similar numbers to those he put up against the Bengals. Rating - 3 out of 5

Jamal Lewis, RB: He failed to get into the end zone for the first time in three weeks against the Bengals as he ran for 61 yards on 17 carries. The Chiefs run defense ranks 14th in the league, allowing just over 112 yards per game. Last week, the Browns ran for 150 yards vs. K.C., but the Chiefs allowed just 38 rushing yards to the Broncos the week before on Thanksgiving. Look for 60 to 70 yards rushing from Lewis. Rating - 2 out of 5

Mark Clayton, WR: He's caught just six balls for 60 yards over the last two weeks. Against the Bengals, Clayton had four catches for 29 yards. Look for him to get back on track this week against a struggling Kansas City secondary. He's a nice sleeper option for Week 14. Meanwhile, Derrick Mason had his best fantasy game of the season last week, catching seven balls for 90 yards and a touchdown. I'd rate him a notch below Clayton at this point even though they've put up similar numbers this season. Rating - 3 out of 5

Todd Heap, TE: He had one of his worst fantasy games of the season last week, catching four balls for 29 yards. Cleveland's Kellen Winslow managed just one catch for 26 yards last week against the Chiefs. Still, Heap remains a must-start every week. Rating - 4 out of 5

Matt Stover, K: He missed his only attempt last week because of what appeared to be a bad snap. Stover is the 10th-ranked fantasy kicker this season, having hit 19 of 21 field goal attempts. Rating - 3 out of 5

Ravens defense: Baltimore struggled to put pressure on Carson Palmer last week, managing just two sacks and no turnovers. Still, the Ravens only allowed 13 points to one of the league's best offenses. Kansas City quarterback Trent Green threw for 297 yards and four touchdowns last week. Meanwhile, running back Larry Johnson is the second-leading rusher in the NFL with 1,312 yards. The Ravens are the second-ranked fantasy defense and are a must-start every week. Rating - 4 out of 5

Browns at Steelers

You should know that... Hines Ward is out for Pittsburgh, which hurts Ben Roethlisberger's value against Cleveland's defense. In one league, I had to decide between Roethlisberger and Eli Manning this week. I went with Manning, hoping he can build on his performance last week against the Cowboys. What would you have done?

The pick: Pittsburgh (-7.5)