Lamar Jackson took the NFL and fantasy football community by storm last season. Jackson was electrifying in the open field and defenses couldn’t stop him. The Ravens won the division but got beat by the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs. Can the Ravens repeat as division champs and make it to the Super Bowl?
Lets take a look at some key fantasy players that could help you potentially win a fantasy championship and what I view them as during the season.
QB: Lamar Jackson (high end QB1)
Lamar was the QB1 in fantasy last season scoring 417.18 points (using ESPN’s default scoring), which would be the 5th best fantasy football season of all-time. Can he repeat his success though? His TD% was 9.0 which is bound to regress, but only scoring 7 rushing TDs while he had 1,200 rushing yards will offset that. I look for Lamar to throw slightly under 30 TDs, but to rush for 10-12 and finish just behind Patrick Mahomes in fantasy points for this season.
RB: Mark Ingram (RB2), JK Dobbins (RB3 w/RB2 upside), Gus Edwards (handcuff/waiver wire), Justice Hill (handcuff/waiver wire)
Ravens drafted JK Dobbins in the NFL draft and he will most likely take over the lead role in 2021. But for this season, Mark Ingram will handles a good amount of the carries. Ingram’s 15 TDs will regress and he will lose some carries to Dobbins. Ingram can be viewed as a RB 2/3. Dobbins should be involved this season, but how much? If something happens to Ingram, Dobbins will handle a big workload but for now, expect Dobbins to get about 5-8 touches a game and maybe 1-2 targets. Gus Edwards and Justice Hill will most likely be non-factors this season unless injuries happen to Ingram and Dobbins.
WR: Marquise Brown (high end WR3), Willie Snead (low end WR4), Miles Boykin (late round sleeper), Devin Duvernay (late round sleeper)
Marquise Brown had a few blow up performances last season (5-147-2, 5-42-2, 8-86) and he played last season injured. I don’t expect a huge target share for Brown but he will be the #2 option behind Mark Andrews. If Brown can stay healthy, he has top 25 upside in this offense. Snead had 5 TDs last year but didn’t receive many targets, he doesn’t have much fantasy relevance. Boykin and Duvernay are interesting targets. Duvernay is a very speedy player and Ravens drafted him in this year’s draft. He should play the slot and that’s where Lamar loves throwing too. He has sneaky upside in the later rounds. Boykin had 22 targets and caught 3 TDs but he should be more productive if the Ravens decide to pass more.
TE: Mark Andrews (high end TE1) , Nick Boyle (handcuff/waiver wire)
Mark Andrews was not an every down player and some fantasy players worried about that before the season. He alleviated all of those concerns when he went off for 64 receptions, 852 yards and 10 TDs. He was used as a deep threat for Jackson who routinely hit him. He finished 5th in fantasy points for tight ends and I think he could improve on that finish since Hayden Hurst was traded to the Falcons. If you want to lock down an elite tight end in the earlier rounds, Andrews is your guy. Nick Boyle only had 2 TDs last year since his role was reduce to blocking. Hurst is now gone, so that leaves a few more targets but he is nothing more than a waiver wire pickup if something happens to Mark Andrews.
Connor Rigg – Dynasty/Redraft writer
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