Ravens vs. Bengals: Fantasy football projections A.J. Green, Ray Rice and Joe Flacco

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

We break down the pertinent fantasy projections for the Week 17 matchup between the Cincinnati and Baltimore Ravens.

The Bengals are locked into their six spot for the playoffs and have nothing to play for on Sunday against their divisional rival. The Ravens could move up to the three spot, but there isn't much incentive for them. In order to help you set the optimal playoff lineup, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens will need to win and have the Broncos lose on Sunday in order to take the three seed, thus forcing a rematch with their divisional foe. Their backup running back Bernard Pierce has been very good in his limited work and he might see a time-share split of about 50-50 with Ray Rice. We'd be careful about starting any of these Ravens.

Cincinnati Bengals

Head coach Marvin Lewis said that he will play his starters, but forgive us for not buying into it completely. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is the most likely to see a lighter load. The Bengals don't have much behind The Law Firm, so an injury could prove to be devastating. A.J. Green and Andy Dalton are risky, but they're somewhat of starters.

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