FBG says: Tough matchup. Le'Veon Bell will return to the lineup Thursday after an illness cost him Week 14. Still, he won't be coming back to much fanfare. The Jets ran fine in last week's win over the Dolphins, with Bilal Powell churning out 74 tough yards before leaving with an injury and will miss this week. But their $35-million man has been a disappointment this year, as he has just 589 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns through 12 games. Bell has produced a paltry 3.2 yards per carry, and he's only topped 3.5 in 4 of those matchups. Even the run-soft Dolphins (66 yards), Bengals (32), and Jaguars (23) have been able to keep him from having any real impact on the game. Working with less burst than usual, and behind one of the league's shakiest front lines, Bell simply doesn't project to much of note for fantasy purposes. He's still a flex play due to his volume and receiving prowess, but doesn't look likely to generate much on the ground against the Ravens' reborn defense.
With their ball-dominant offense and tendency to lead games, the Ravens don't generally face much rushing volume. That's kept their opponents' raw numbers under control, though there are indeed holes here to exploit. They're allowing just the league's sixth-most yards per game, but also the 10th-most per rush. Over the past 2 weeks, they've been shredded by Raheem Mostert (19 for 146 and a touchdown) and Devin Singletary (17 for 89) while being kept in neutral game flow. The Ravens boast a pair of dominators up front in Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams, who consistently control the trenches. But the rest of this unit has spent the year in full transition, replacing institutions like C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, and Eric Weddle. Josh Bynes has been a true run-stopping find at inside linebacker, but there still enough lapses on the second level for dedicated run games to find success. The question for Week 15 is whether the flailing Jets can keep the game interesting enough to take advantage.