Giants vs. Ravens: Fantasy football projections featuring Hakeem Nicks, Ray Rice, Victor Cruz

Patrick Smith

We break down the pertinent fantasy projections for the Week 16 matchup between the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens.

The Baltimore Ravens host the New York Giants in a key Week 16 matchup. Both teams are desperately trying to stop the bleeding and stay in the playoff chase. New York in particular needs a win after getting embarrassed by the Falcons and knocked out of the NFC East lead. Expect some fantasy fireworks here as we head into the championship week. In order to help you set the optimal playoff lineup, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.

New York Giants

Who knows what to expect with this team. Eli Manning is still struggling with interceptions and inaccuracy, which has torpedoed his receivers' production--Victor Cruz had a paltry 15 yards last week. Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are too talented to leave on your bench, but Eli's struggles makes it a bigger risk than it should.

Ahmad Bradshaw is listed as questionable and is expected to play, so David Wilson will probably get shuffled back to the bench. This situation is too muddled for fantasy owners to trust.

Baltimore Ravens

Perhaps firing your offensive coordinator in the middle of a playoff race wasn't such a great idea after all. The Ravens, and Joe Flacco in particular, did not looked prepared whatsoever against the Broncos. Even Ray Rice couldn't get anything going, held to 15 touches as the game was over at halftime.

Fantasy owners should have moved on from Flacco weeks ago. Rice is still worth starting (and Torrey Smith if he's cleared to play after suffering a concussion), but most of these players are big gambles.

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