With six turnovers in Week 1, it is safe to say the Ravens' offense gave away a victory against the Bengals Monday night. Expect a much better performance this week.
Kyle Boller, QB: Has Kyle Boller turned the corner? Could he actually still become a starting quarterback again in the NFL? Those are questions I thought were put to rest after Boller was labeled a bust but now I'm not entirely sure. Maybe Boller looks better now simply because of how poorly Steve McNair performed in Week 1?
As far as fantasy goes, Boller is actually in a pretty good situation this week, if he in fact gets the start and McNair sits out. The New England Patriots dissected the New York Jets' secondary last week and Boller could be good for one or two touchdowns in what is predicted to be a blowout.
Steve McNair, QB: It's uncertain whether McNair start -- he's listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision. He is dealing with a groin injury and did some throwing Thursday and Friday while Boller ran the first-string offense in practice. If he does play, my guess is that he serves as janitor and makes the safe throws.
Willis McGahee, RB: If Boller is at QB, McGahee might be in line for a pretty good game. With McNair at the helm, opposing defense are crowding the line of scrimmage and begging McNair to beat them deep. Boller has a much stronger arm, which opposing defense will have to respect. That means McGahee might have more space to work with in the box.
Mark Clayton, WR: The former Oklahoma stud is still battling an injury (listed as 'toe' on injury report) and his value is limited until he's back at full speed. He's questionable for this week and had limited work in practice on Friday. Keep him on your bench.
Demetrius Williams, WR: Williams will likely take most of Mark Clayton's reps this week and he's already a waiver-wire guy that many fantasy owners are eyeing. Last week, Williams had three receptions for 55 yards and had he caught a touchdown, he'd be on rosters everywhere. Until Clayton is healthy, Williams has some fantasy value and could flash his downfield speed with Boller filling in.
Todd Heap, TE: I think Heap bounces back after a shaky opening game. He did catch a touchdown, which was wrongly called back, then dropped another sure one. Boller and McNair both feel comfortable throwing to him.
Baltimore Defense: The Ravens' defense was in excellent shape on Monday night and should look even better this week. Typically, the Ravens haven't fared so well against Carson Palmer but this week they get a freebie when second-year quarterback Kellen Clemens likely gets his first career start. With Thomas Jones struggling, the Jets will be one heck of a one-dimensional offense. Factor in that their offensive line is struggling and the Jets are in an awful situation and might not score until mop-up time this week.