Pitta boosts Flacco's Fantasy value, but not enough to make him a starter. Flacco still has more turnovers (19) than touchdowns (18), and he hasn't thrown for 300 yards since Week 6.
The Lions rank in the middle of the pack defending quarterbacks, giving up 18.3 Fantasy points per game. In seven career games against NFC North opponents, Flacco has averaged 248 passing yards with 14 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He hasn't faced the Lions since 2009.
As is the case nearly every week, play Flacco only as a QB2.
Flacco had a pretty rough first half, completing just 9 of 22 passes for 82 yards and one interception, which came on the opening drive as he badly underthrew Bernard Pierce as a heavy snow was coming down. Flacco did have a 1-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson in the first quarter, but it was one of his few first-half highlights. Flacco also had a 22-yard scramble down to the 3-yard line a few plays before Dickson's touchdown catch.
The second half didn't get off to a much better start for Flacco, who threw an interception late in the third quarter and led no scoring drives in the third quarter. Flacco had another interception midway through the fourth quarter, but this one wasn't his fault as Jacoby Jones allowed a catchable pass to sail threw his hands. The deflection was picked off by Marcus Sherels.
Luckily for Baltimore, Flacco stepped up when his team needed him the most. He led a nine-play, 64-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter, which ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta on 4th-and-goal. The lead would change hands five times in the final 2:05, starting with Pitta's touchdown, but the final lead change came when Flacco hit Marlon Brown in the back of the end zone with the game-winning, 9-yard touchdown with 4 seconds left.
The three touchdowns were a season-high for Flacco. The three interceptions were his second-highest total this season. The Ravens are back in action Week 15 at Detroit.
Fantasy owners haven't gotten many chances to start
Quarterbacks are averaging 24.8 Fantasy points per week against Minnesota, which is the highest average. Only three times in 12 games have quarterbacks failed to throw for multiple touchdowns against Minnesota. Quarterbacks have racked up 25 passing touchdowns to just eight interceptions, while averaging 300.4 passing yards per game.
Flacco's biggest issue this season has been the lack of reliable targets in the passing game outside of Torrey Smith. Help could be on the way Week 14 in the form of Dennis Pitta, who might make his season debut after recovering from a preseason hip injury. However, you have to figure he will be on a snap count in his debut, so can he really make a huge difference for Flacco?
If you have a playoff matchup Week 14, you have probably made it this far without relying on Flacco and probably have a better option to use at quarterback. Though, if you have a player like Russell Wilson (@SF), Ben Roethlisberger (vs. MIA), Philip Rivers (vs. NYG) or Colin Kaepernick (vs. SEA) with a tough matchup Week 14, then you might look toward a sleeper like Flacco. Still, if you are in that situation, you might consider Josh McCown (vs. DAL) or Alex Smith (@WAS), if they are available on waivers.
Flacco completed 24 of 35 passes for 251 yards in the game, and managed to avoid an interception for the first time in five games. He tossed one touchdown, a 7-yarder to Torrey Smith on the first drive of the game, shortly after an apparent score by the duo was overturned via replay.
Flacco had six touchdowns and six interceptions in his previous for games, but was able to get back on track Thursday. He is now at 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on the season, heading into Week 14 against the Vikings.
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