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Ravens Week 6 fantasy flash

Steve McNair, QB: With McNair's status up in the air, as he is listed as a game-time decision because of a stiff back, he isn't a good fantasy option as a starter -- even if you are desperate. Regardless of whether McNair or Kyle Boller took all the snaps with the first-string offense on Thursday and Friday, they will probably be handing the ball off a lot to running back Willis McGahee.

Kyle Boller, QB: At this point, for this week alone, Boller has more fantasy value than McNair, in my opinion. McNair just doesn't look right at this point and injuries are hampering his accuracy. Boller, on the other hand, is healthy and has a stronger arm. He's in a better position to take advantage of the weapons around him.

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Willis McGahee, RB: McGahee should be licking his chops against the 28th-ranked rush defense. He'll likely get his first rushing touchdown of the season this year, particularly with the ambiguous situation at quarterback. McGahee has rushed for at least 77 yards in each of his starts and ranks third in the NFL in rushing, so he remains a must-start every week.

Derrick Mason, WR: If you are in a point-per-reception league, Mason is one of the most valuable receivers. He is averaging about 74 yards receiving on a weekly basis and his 44 receptions lead the league. Touchdowns are always a stretch but he is seeing the ball a lot.

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Mark Clayton, WR: Clayton has been a huge disappointment this season and you can blame injuries and an unhealthy McNair. Another factor is the fact that the Ravens are not looking downfield a lot, something Clayton himself has mentioned. Right now, Clayton should stay on your bench.

Todd Heap, TE: Heap, like Clayton, has been a disappointment this season. His problems, like Clayton's, are a microcosm of the Ravens' offensive struggles, particularly in the red zone. He only has one touchdown this season and only one catch in the red zone, which was the aforementioned touchdown grab. For health purposes, he did fully practice on Friday and is listed as probable.

Ravens Defense: The Ravens' defense has had a fall from grace. They are still strong overall (fourth in NFL) and in opposing third-down conversion percentage (third in NFL), but they aren't pressuring the quarterback like we are used to seeing. They have tallied only nine sacks (19th in NFL). Terrell Suggs is struggling and combined with Bart Scott, the tandem only has one sack. Last year, they combined for 19. Fewer sacks means fewer turnovers. The Ravens have only four interceptions this season -- none by any of their cornerbacks. They are still a must-start but are clearly not worth the sixth-round pick that most owners had to spend to get them.

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