Baltimore Ravens vs Los Angeles Rams Matchup Preview 11/25/2019: Analysis, Depth Chart, Daily Fantasy
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The Ravens, who just beat the snot out of Houston, will travel across the country to face the Los Angeles Rams. An exciting matchup for the new juggernaut of the AFC facing the former NFC champions on Monday Night Football. The game will be held in Los Angeles at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The Ravens high flying offense will face the Rams new and improved defense with star corner back Jalen Ramsey and defensive tackle Aaron Donald as the focal points. Jackson and his run-heavy team will be looking to continue to shred their opponents week in and week out. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Baltimore Ravens vs Los Angeles Rams matchup page.
Los Angeles Rams Injury Report:
RB Malcolm Brown (Q), T Rob Havenstein (Q), P Johnny Hecker (Q), WR Josh Reynolds (Q), DB Darious Williams, WR Brandin Cooks (Q)
Baltimore Ravens Injury Report:
CB Brandon Carr (Q), CB Jimmy Smith (Q), T Ronny Stanley (Q), S Earl Thomas III (Q), G Marshall Yanda (Q), WR Chris Moore (Q), DT Michael Pierce (Q)
Los Angeles Rams Analysis:
The Rams have taken a step back this season after winning the NFC Championship and going to the Super Bowl last year. No longer the most feared offense in the NFL, a lot has to do with the quarterback play from the former #1 overall draft pick in 2016 NFL Draft Jared Goff. Goff has failed to complete more than 61% of his passes in the past 6 games and has failed to throw a touchdown in the past two games and has thrown 3 interceptions in that time. Goff needs to be better. Facing the Ravens in week 12 who have allowed the 6th most passing yards, 7th highest yards per completion, 17th highest yards per attempt, but have allowed the 3rd fewest passing touchdowns. The Ravens also have the 10th most interceptions in the NFL. An overall solid matchup for Goff. With a healthy Brandin Cooks returning to the offense and weapons like Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley at his disposal, this is as good of a week as any for Goff to get back on track.
Goff isn’t the only Rams player who hasn’t been the same since last year. Todd Gurley hasn’t been the same electrifying weapon we knew him as. He is on pace to miss the 1,000-yard mark for only the 2nd time in his career. Mostly due to the knee issue that caused a lot of concern in the offseason. Gurley saw his highest carry count in week 11 against the Chicago Bears. Carrying the ball times 25 times for 97 yards and a touchdown with 3 receptions for 39 yards. Malcolm Brown has also been seeing a piece of the pie this season, averaging just under 6 carries per game. Brown is to just take a little bit of the weight off of Gurley’s shoulders, or rather his knee. If this kind of usage for Todd Gurley continues, he could possibly salvage his season total yardage. Facing the Baltimore Ravens in week 12 who have allowed the 6th least rushing yards this season but have allowed a yards per carry of 4.1 yards and the 12th most rushing touchdowns this season. Gurley could still have himself a solid game if the large workload from week 11 continues.
Brandin Cooks is slated to make his return from injury after suffering concussion in week 8 that has kept him out since. Cooks however hasn’t been the same players either, on pace to have under 1,000 yards receiving for the first time since his rookie year. It seems like Cooper Kupp is the new #1 wide receiver in this Rams offense, more than doubling Cooks’ receptions this year. Kupp has had a breakout season this year, totaling 845 receiving yards with 5 touchdowns in 10 games so far. Robert Woods has been solid so far this season, just not fantasy wise. Totaling 566 yards, Woods is still in the conversation for having his second 1,000-yard season in a row. Almost all of the wide receiver touchdowns this season have been by Kupp with 5 and Brandin Cooks with only 1. The Ravens pass defense against wide receivers has been their weak spot, giving up 6th most passing yards, 7th highest yards per completion, and the 17th highest yards per attempt. The Ravens provide a promising matchup against for these wide receivers to perform and for Goff to bounce back.
The Rams have tight-end Tyler Higbee listed as the starting tight-end who has played less snaps than Gerald Everett, about 66 snaps less than Everett. Everett has been the better receiving option at the tight end position, seeing 30 more targets this season than Higbee. We have seen Everett get up to double-digit targets this season on multiple occasions whilst Higbee has failed to total more than 7 targets in a game. Everett is also the preferred red-zone target, besides Cooper Kupp, seeing 8 red-zone targets compared to Higbee’s 5 red-zone targets. The Ravens have been strong against opposing tight-ends this season, so it will be a tough matchup for this tight-end group this week.
Los Angeles Rams Depth Chart
Baltimore Ravens Analysis:
Lamar Jackson has set the world on fire with his performances this season. He and Russell Wilson are the NFL MVP favorites this year. Jackson has been nothing short of excellent in almost every game this season. Jackson started off this season being conservative about his rushing ability but in the past few weeks he has embraced it. Jackson could potentially break Michael Vick’s rushing record of 1,039 rushing yards, an incredible feat for only a second-year player. Jackson has also been proficient in the passing game as well, completing just over 66% of his passes, throwing the 6th most touchdown passes at 19, and just 5 interceptions. Achieving the 5th highest QBR in the NFL so far at 104.4. Jackson will face the Jalen Ramsey and the Rams secondary in week 12. One of his toughest matchups so far this season, Ramsey will put Jackson to the test.
The Ravens have been the most prolific running team in the NFL, leading the league in rushing yards. Nearly 500 rushing yards sit between the Ravens and the second-best rushing team in the NFL. The Ravens are also the most run-heavy team in the NFL. Spearheading that backfield is the former New Orleans Saints running-back Mark Ingram II. Ingram has rushing for 667 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns along the way, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Facing the Rams defense who has allowed 5th fewest rushing yards, 2nd lowest yards per carry at 3.3 yards, and the 22nd most rushing touchdowns at 7 total. Even against his strong of a run defense, we have seen Ingram perform well against other tough run defense like the New England Patriots where he totaled 115 yards on 15 carries. Backup running-back Gus Edwards has been splitting the snaps with Ingram, playing up to 40% of snaps regularly. Even with the relatively high snap count he receives, he has not seen double-digit carries since week 1 where he saw 17 in the blowout win over the Dolphins. The Rams are a strong defense to take on, and this Ravens offense will not back down.
Possibly one of the Ravens few weak spots on the team is the wide receiving core. With just one receiver over 300 yards this season. Marquise Brown and tight-end Mark Andrews have been the focal point of this offense. Andrews leads this team in receiving yards with 598 yards, Browns behind him at 477 yards. Brown is a dynamic deep threat that can break open games for this offense. The Ravens #2 receiver, Willie Snead IV, is far behind both of them at just 263 yards this season. Facing the Jalen Ramsey and the Rams defense will be one of their toughest matchups of the year. Ramsey’s lock-down ability as a corner back will prove troublesome for Brown this week. The Rams have allowed the 18th most passing yards, 11th lowest yards per completion, 6th lowest yards per attempt, and the 11th fewest passing touchdowns this season. The Ravens receiving core will be up against it this week with the Rams opposing them.
Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart
Brandin Cooks (DK: $5000 | FD: $6400)
After exiting his week 8 matchup against the Bengals where he suffered a concussion in the very beginning of the game, Cooks will be making his return to the Rams offense against the Ravens for Monday Night Football. Not the best matchup for any of the Rams wide receivers, but with the Ravens most likely shading towards Cooper Kupp, Cooks has the best shot to have a good game. A value this week, especially on DraftKings, Cooks is a budget friendly wide receiver who will get plenty of looks on Monday. The Ravens secondary is a beat-up group with 3 of their started appearing on the injury report this week. Cooks is hungry to play again after suffering his 5th known concussion of his career, he will be looking to make up for lost time against the Ravens.