The Week 7 matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets features two teams looking to rebound from losses. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
Rookie running back Kenneth Dixon will have to wait for his turn because teammate Terrance West just keeps on rolling. West ran all over the New York Giants in Week 6. He finished the contest with 23 carries for 87 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four out of six passes for an additional 36 yards. He obviously won’t get 27 touches every single week, but West certainly isn’t going to give up many opportunities to teammates right now. Only one team gives up more points to running backs than the New York Jets, and Arizona’s David Johnson scorched them for three touchdowns last week. West is going to be a busy man in Week 7 and should blow by his projections.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace will look to help him out down the field in the passing game. Wallace caught four passes for 97 yards against the Giants. Unfortunately he failed to find the end zone for the fourth straight week. The good news is that the Jets are as bad against wide receivers as they are against running backs. This game could shape up to be a lopsided affair even though the Ravens are on the road. Perhaps quarterback Joe Flacco connects with Wallace on a long-bomb touchdown pass in Week 7.
New York Jets
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick may indeed be a Harvard University graduate, but the decisions he’s making on the field of play are causing fans to think he needs to take Football 101. Over the last four weeks he’s thrown 10 interceptions compared to just two touchdown passes. That’s not good enough to win at any level of football, let alone the NFL. That’s why the team has decided to start backup Geno Smith against the Ravens. Smith completed four out of six passes for 31 yards and also tossed an interception while filling in for Fitzpatrick in Week 6. He hasn’t been a starter since 2014 and won’t be on a fantasy roster until he has a big game. It’ll be interesting to see how Smith’s play impacts the dynamics of the Jets’ offense.
One thing that won’t change regardless of who’s throwing the football is that wide receiver Brandon Marshall is the team’s ace of spades. Marshall only managed three catches for 70 yards against Arizona, but considering what a mess the Jets are, he’s still doing pretty well. Marshall has 27 catches for 433 receiving yards and two of the team’s five passing touchdowns. What he’s doing is incredible considering everybody in the NFL knows he’s really the only threat the team has. Marshall should continue to steadily produce no matter who is throwing the football.