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Is Anquan Boldin worth a start this week?

When the Baltimore Ravens signed Anquan Boldin, I thought he would be an absolute monster. Unfortunately, he has done more of a disappearing act lately. This brings us to the question of the week: Is he still worth a starting WR2 or flex spot? I’m not certain he still is.

Baltimore has been a hodgepodge in the passing game. It seems that

Derrick Mason has been getting an awful lot of looks lately. It’s really difficult to tell if Boldin will repeat last week’s performance (one catch, two yards), or breakout like he did in Week 3 against Cleveland in Baltimore (eight catches, 142 yards, three touchdowns).

The question looms: Is he a forgotten man in the offense? The upside is there for sure.

Joe Flacco and Boldin did torch the Cleveland secondary the last time these teams played, a 24-17 Ravens win.

My gut feeling is that Cleveland will look at the film and game plan to double Boldin most of the game. They will force Baltimore to the ground game which they will be willing to accommodate since

Ray Rice has been killing it as of late. As hard as it is to bench him, I am thinking of starting Seattle’s Mike Williams.

The reasoning is pretty simple – I like how they force feed Williams the ball. Since Week 6, Williams has started seven games, averaging 11.57 targets per game.

Boldin

averaged 7.62 targets in the weeks following Week 7. Williams topped 13 targets four times with a high of 17. Boldin topped 13 targets just once. The Seattle offense struggled last week with Matt Hasselback at the helm, who managed a mere 71 yards. Although I like the upside of Williams this week, who has a much more attractive match up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I simply refuse to sit Boldin for a receiver who has scored only one touchdown.
 
Despite there being sufficient evidence that Williams is a safer play, it’s hard to sit a guy like Boldin who is a gamer. I have feasted during the good weeks, while feeling the famine in others. Last week, I benched him for Austin Collie. With Collie on the shelf, and Williams as my only viable alternative, I have to roll the dice on Boldin again.

I hate over thinking these playoff matchups.

I really need to surrender to the fact that I don’t call the plays and that the numbers support past weeks. This week I need “Q” to step up and be the No. 1 receiver on the Ravens roster.

At the end of the day, it comes down to knowing that some matchups aren’t going to look good on paper. This one doesn’t look good to me. I’m starting him anyway because he’s one guy that can take over a game. I still believe in him regardless of the numbers as of late. The wire is filled with some mediocrity at this point. I don’t consider Boldin to be a mediocre talent. Be bold this week and ride your horses despite the matchups.

Surrender

You don’t control anything from your recliner despite wearing your lucky drawers, foam fingers and player jerseys. May you have a truly excellent Christmas fantasy week this week. Thanks for the read folks!
 
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