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Fantasy football advice, Week 3: who to start for Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Dan Ciarrocchi reviews who needs to be in your fantasy lineup or on the bench for this AFC matchup

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens

Start ‘em

Fantasy owners are seeing some clarity in a Ravens depth chart that was difficult to decipher at the onset of the season, most notably at the tight end position. But now, Dennis Pitta is the Ravens’ leader in targets and has reestablished himself as a TE1 going forward, health permitting. He makes for a fabulous lineup option for owners waiting on Rob Gronkowski, or those spurned by Gary Barnidge thus far.

Start ‘em?

The Jaguars’ defense is yet to provide any evidence of its improvement from 2015, allowing six touchdown passes in its first two games. With no semblance of a running game, Joe Flacco has been called upon to air it out, logging 78 attempts so far this season. That trend could very well continue under Marc Trestman, and Flacco makes for a fine streaming option for owners who subscribe to that strategy.

Mike Wallace is the leader in fantasy points among Ravens pass catchers, but third in targets. It’s his big-play ability that makes him a viable option, although he will continue to do battle with Steve Smith and Pitta for targets. Wallace is an upside flex play in standard leagues, but takes a slight hit in PPR formats.

Sit ‘em

Smith remains a focal point in the passing game, but his upside remains limited amid what is still a crowded receiving group. Justin Forsett out-snapped Terrance West 41-21 in Week 2, but neither have done enough to warrant heavy usage in an offense that spreads the ball around.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Start ‘em

Lining up across from Jimmy Smith is not an ideal matchup for an underperforming Allen Robinson, but his talent is more than worthy to capitalize. He remains a firm WR1 despite uncharacteristically low fantasy outputs to start the season. Allen Hurns deserves flex consideration if safety Eric Weddle makes things difficult for tight end Julius Thomas. Hurns could be in line to draw more looks as a result.

Start ‘em?

Blake Bortles has the volume and the ability to capitalize with it, but has sputtered out of the gate. His matchup against a revamped Ravens defense won’t make anything easier on him, so fantasy owners have to be prepared for a downside. Thomas is in a similar boat with his aforementioned difficult matchup. He is a low-end TE1.

Sit ‘em

With Chris Ivory set to make his Jaguars debut, he and woefully inefficient T.J. Yeldon would be better off on fantasy benches across the board.