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Philadelphia vs Baltimore
The Eagles have been so decimated by injuries - and held back by shaky quarterback play - that no part of this attack figures much into the fantasy landscape. There are few obvious upside plays, if any, and a profoundly low floor against a top-level defense. For his part, Carson Wentz has been subpar for most of the season. Judging his play in a vacuum, he’s regressed sharply in his fifth campaign, posting a career-worst 5.8 yards per attempt. He’s completed under 60% of his throws, with 7 interceptions and 4 touchdowns. But it’s only fair to note the sheer lack of playmakers he’s left with: last week’s snap dominators at wideout were John Hightower, Travis Fulgham, and Greg Ward. This Sunday, though, the Eagles’ concerns begin up front, where the blitz-happy Ravens project to pose all sorts of problems. Already down their two best pass-blockers, this line may also find itself without right tackle Lane Johnson, who left Week 5 with an ankle injury that’s nagged him all season. Jack Driscoll has graded poorly in his place, making for a fully exploitable spot that could affect Wentz throughout the day. There’s just very little to like in this matchup, and no real reason to expect the unexpected.
The Ravens pass defense isn’t quite as dominant as in 2019, with Earl Thomas alongside all of these talented pieces. But it’s still a dynamic unit capable of shutting down virtually anyone. Aside from Patrick Mahomes II doing Patrick Mahomes II things in Week 3, much of the production they’ve given up has come in catch-up mode. In a neutral script, opposing passers struggle to find opportunities while sifting through the league’s best trio of cornerbacks. Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey lead the way; both are capable of blanket coverage and big splash plays on the ball, and both have enjoyed All-Pro caliber starts. Peters draws more press, but Humphrey is generally the tougher matchup. He moves inside and out and excels all over the field; by the numbers, he’s shut down opposing wideouts on the level of the league’s best and biggest names. It’s hard to find an Eagles wideout - especially among this slimmed-down crew - who projects to success against either of them. It will be even harder if the Ravens pass rush, which awoke last week against Joe Burrow and the Bengals (15 hits and 7 sacks), hits home against the Eagles’ beaten-up front line. Overall, there may not be a starker mismatch on the Week 6 docket than this one.
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