Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/14/12
Houston @ Baltimore Of all the games this weekend, this one seems to be the least intriguing and the least likely to produce a very competitive game.  If this game were happening in Houston, the Texans would have more of a chance with Baltimore’s uneven play on the road.  However, the Ravens have been very much a lights-out team when at home, and they’re about to flip the switch on the Texans’ best season in franchise history.

While TJ Yates hasn’t been all that great fantasy-wise, it does help that he now has Andre Johnson back, as it was obvious Johnson’s presence helped the young signal caller.  Yates looked Johnson’s way early and often, with Johnson receiving well over half the total yards in the passing game and gathering in the lone touchdown.  For that reason, AJ is still a good start, even though he’s going up against one of the most formidable defenses in the league this year.

For the Ravens, the time off certainly did them some good as it allowed them to rest starting WR Anquan Boldin, who should be ready to roll for this game.  While Boldin hasn’t always been the model of healthy consistency, he is the type of big strong receiver that can hurt the Texans with his physical play and precise route running.  What helps Boldin’s case each week is the fact that rookie Torrey Smith has been coming on, morphing from just a deep threat to a more complete receiver that is a danger to take it to the house on any given play.  Both of these receiving options do make Joe Flacco a possible play for fantasy purposes, but only if you’re not able to grab the four or five other QBs that have better all season long and have more favorable matchups.  Who is probably the top RB play this week is none other than Ray Rice, who has been dominate all season long.  He along with Arian Foster for the Texans are probably the strongest RB plays of the week, but the nod goes to Rice because well… he isn’t playing the Ravens defense at home.
 
Good Start: RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, RB Ray Rice, WR Torrey Smith
Middle of the Road:  QB Joe Flacco,WR Anquan Boldin, TE Ed Dickson
Bad Start:  QB TJ Yates, WR Kevin Walter, TE Owen Daniels, WR Lee Evans, TE Dennis Pitta
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