Fantasy football projections, Week 16: Patriots vs. Ravens featuring Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Dennis Pitta

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We break down the Week 16 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.

The Week 16 matchup between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens is a rivalry that should see its share of big plays. We've got all the fantasy projections, courtesy of numberFire.

New England Patriots

Quarterback Tom Brady has thrown for no less than 344 yards in each of his last four starts. The Patriots are coming off of a loss last week, but they're still one of the top teams in the NFL. It seems that even with Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski sidelined, Brady will do whatever is necessary to keep the ball moving down the field. He'll be throwing a lot no matter which receivers are starting.

Injuries have allowed Julian Edelman and teammate Danny Amendola to see their fantasy stock rise. Neither player is regarded as a deep threat, but they can both catch their share of passes. Given that Sunday's game against the Ravens has playoff implications for both teams, both Edelman and Amendola should be busy.

Baltimore Ravens

If not for a huge 61-yard kick by Justin Tucker last week, this week's game against the Patriots could have been a meaningless one. Fortunately for the Ravens, they're still in the running for a playoff spot. That means Joe Flacco will have to find Torrey Smith early and often. If the Patriots put up a lot of points this week, he'll be the Ravens' only saving grace.

If Smith has trouble breaking loose in tight coverage, tight end Dennis Pitta will definitely be a factor against the Pats. He's one of the NFL's most dependable safety valves, and Flacco will need to look to him if the Ravens want to get first downs this Sunday. Fantasy owners should be starting Pitta, particularly in deep leagues.

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