2019 Fantasy Football Team Previews: Ravens will ride run game
Key additions and departures, numbers to know and which players to target in Fantasy Football from the 2019 Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens turn to Lamar Jackson full-time in 2019, which is a more exciting proposition for fans than Fantasy players. Jackson didn't throw more than 25 times in any of his seven regular season starts, severely limiting the upside of the passing-game weapons, though his 17 rush attempts per game were topped by just three of the league's running backs.
Record: 10-6 (7th in NFL)
PPG: 24.3 (13)
YPG: 375 (9)
Pass YPG: 222.4 (22)
Rush YPG: 152.6 (2)
Pass attempts per game: 34.8 (16)
Rush attempts per game: 34.2 (1)
2018 Fantasy finishes
QB: Lamar Jackson -- QB29; Joe Flacco* -- QB31
RB: Alex Collins* -- RB45; Javorius Allen* -- RB53; Gus Edwards -- RB56; Kenneth Dixon -- RB78
WR: John Brown* -- WR45; Willie Snead -- WR52; Michael Crabtree* -- WR53
TE: Mark Andrews - TE17
*No longer with team
Number to know: 82
John Brown, Willie Snead and Michael Crabtree combined for 82 targets from Lamar Jackson in 2018. No other receiver had more than 10. Those targets will have to skyrocket for any receiver to be Fantasy relevant in this offense.
"I think you'll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game. That's not what this offense is about." - Owner Steve Bisciotti
Head Coach: John Harbaugh (12th year)
Offensive Coordinator: Greg Roman (1st year - previously Assistant Head Coach/TE, BAL)
1. (25) Marquise Brown, WR
3. (85) Jaylon Ferguson, DE
3. (93) Miles Boykin, WR
4. (113) Justice Hill, RB
4. (123) Ben Powers, G
4. (127) Iman Marshall, CB
5. (160) Daylon Mack, DT
6. (197) Trace McSorley, QB
Rankings and Projections
|Heath Cummings' projected offensive stats|
|3,386 YD, 19 TD, 9 INT; 159 ATT, 748 YD, 6 TD|
|212 ATT, 1,040 YD, 7 TD; 32 TAR, 22 REC, 166 YD, 1 TD|
|106 ATT, 509 YD, 3 TD; 23 TAR, 16 REC, 96 YD|
|92 TAR, 53 REC, 743 YD, 5 TD|
|87 TAR, 50 REC, 706 YD, 4 TD|
|73 TAR, 45 REC, 531 YD, 2 TD|
|64 TAR, 45 REC, 583 YD, 3 TD|
Are we sure Marquise Brown is the top receiver?
"Brown may have been drafted first, but Boykin is nearly as fast and six inches taller. And while Brown should line up all over the field and get more short-area looks, Boykin will man the outside and almost never get double-teams because of Brown and the constant Ravens' rushing threat. Brown will get drafted first in Fantasy, but Boykin's appeal as a final-round sleeper shouldn't be overlooked." -- Dave Richard
One sleeper, one breakout and one bust
Sleeper: Justice Hill
Hill is the fastest back in the Ravens backfield and could earn third-down work early in the year. He collected 3,843 yards from scrimmage and 31 touchdowns in three seasons at Oklahoma State and caught 31 passes in his sophomore season. This offense will use multiple backs, and there's big handcuff appeal due to Mark Ingram's age.
Breakout: Lamar Jackson
Jackson probably isn't going to run as much in 2019, but I expect he'll throw more and will be more successful in the air. With a full offseason of starter's reps and a serious influx of talent in the receiving corps, Jackson has a legitimate shot at 3,500 passing yards and 20 touchdowns through the air. Add in another 700 yards and six scores on the ground, and you have a top-10 quarterback in any format.
Bust: Mark Ingram
Ingram and Jackson are the only two Ravens with an ADP in the top 150 in early drafts. And Jackson is my breakout pick, so Ingram is the only real bust candidate on this team. But he's in a very good spot on a run-heavy team with a mobile quarterback to free him up. Unless his age catches up to him, I don't believe the Ravens have a bust this year.
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