Buck Allen Fantasy Football News 2017

Ravens RB Terrance West (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday morning’s game against the Jaguars in London. He sat out on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday, suggesting that he’s on track to play. We’ll find out for sure around 8 am on Sunday. The injury — plus a timeshare with Buck Allen — makes West a risky Week 3 fantasy starter. Allen remains the better bet for touches and fantasy points.

Ravens RB Terrance West (calf) missed practice again on Thursday. He's looking extremely iffy for Sunday morning's game against the Jaguars in London. West's absence would leave Buck Allen as Baltimore's clear lead back, with Alex Collins stepping into the #2 spot on the depth chart.

Ravens RB Terrance West did not practice on Wednesday and was listed on the injury report with a calf. We don't have any other details on the injury, but he's clearly in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Jaguars in London. West's absence would leave Buck Allen as Baltimore's clear lead back and Alex Collins as the #2.

Ravens RB Terrance West has a "soft-tissue injury" and is considered "day-to-day," according to insider Jeff Zrebiec. We'll keep our eyes peeled for further updates. West played just 15 snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns, finishing with 45 yards on 10 touches. Buck Allen, meanwhile, compiled 101 yards on 19 touches. Regardless of West's health, Allen is looking like the best fantasy play in Baltimore's backfield right now.

The Ravens have placed RB Danny Woodhead (hamstring) on IR. HC John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Woodhead's hammy would cost him at least 4 weeks, but this move knocks him out for at least 8. (We're expecting him to be designated-to-return.") Woodhead isn't worth stashing outside of leagues with deep benches or an IR spot. Terrance West and Buck Allen will handle backfield duties while Woodhead is out.

Update: They also promoted RB Jeremy Langford from the practice squad.

Ravens RB Danny Woodhead is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with his hamstring injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That puts his return somewhere between Weeks 6 and 8. Baltimore's bye isn't until Week 10. We'd try to hang on to Woodhead -- at least in PPR leagues -- but it might be tough in shallow-bench leagues. Woodhead will also remain an injury risk when he returns as a 32-year-old RB with recurring hamstring trouble. Terrance West and Buck Allen will handle backfield duties for Baltimore while Woodhead is out.

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports that the Ravens "fear" RB Danny Woodhead will be "out for a significant amount of time" with the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Bengals. It's still unclear if this is the same hammy he hurt back in August. Regardless, fantasy owners need to be prepared to be without him for a while. His absence will leave Terrance West and Buck Allen as Baltimore's top 2 RBs. Allen actually out-carried West 21 to 19 vs. Cincinnati. Both guys saw 1 target. We could be looking at something close to a 50/50 split going forward. Allen is worth grabbing off the waiver wire in all leagues.

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes RB Buck Allen has proved "worthy of an offensive role" this summer. "Allen has been the Ravens’ most effective back throughout training camp and the preseason," Zrebiec adds. That latter part isn't exactly saying much. Allen has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry through 2 exhibitions, but that bests Terrance West's 1.9, while Danny Woodhead has carried just once for 2 yards. Allen has some pass-catching chops -- he caught 45 balls as a rookie -- but has posted 3.8 YPC in both of his first 2 seasons. Don't bet on him becoming a fantasy factor this year. We'll see if he sees enough action to dent West's or Woodhead's numbers.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh said how his team will divvy carries this week is "kind of unpredictable." RBs Terrance West, Kenneth Dixon and Buck Allen are all expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Redskins. "I expect to get all the guys as many carries as we can," Harbaugh added. It sounds like a hot-hand situation. West figures to get the 1st crack coming off last week's strong showing. And, for what it's worth, ESPN's Jamison Hensley believes Baltimore will "likely bring along Dixon slowly and increase his carries in the coming weeks." Allen isn't much of a factor on early downs. West is the only Ravens RB who should be in fantasy lineups this week. Consider him a risk/reward RB2 with an uncertain workload in a plus matchup.

The Ravens have released RB Justin Forsett, according to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Forsett, turning 31 in a couple of weeks, is simply out of gas. He averaged 3.2 yards per carry and 3.3 yards per catch in the season's first 3 games before being a healthy scratch last week. Baltimore will move forward with Terrance West, Buck Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon, who's expected to debut this Sunday.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Raiders. He's been completely ineffective this season and can be dropped from fantasy rosters. RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) is also inactive, while RB Buck Allen is set to make his 2016 debut. Allen figures to play on passing downs, but Terrance West will serve as Baltimore's lead back.

Ravens RB Buck Allen is a healthy scratch for today's opener against the Bills. He was expected to serve in a passing-down role but has evidently fallen out of favor. That work figures to now to to RB Justin Forsett, making him a much safer fantasy play. Forsett and Terrance West are the only 2 active RBs for the Ravens.

Ravens insider Jeff Zrebiec confirms that RB Justin Forsett will start today's opener against the Bills. But RB Terrance West will be in the game "early and often," per Zrebiec, and the Ravens will "stay with the hot hand." RB Buck Allen should also be involved, especially in passing situations. This is a situation to avoid if possible. But if you're dabbling in the Baltimore backfield, Forsett is your best bet.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) is out for Sunday’s opener against the Bills. The rookie didn’t practice at all and is likely another week or 2 away from a return. Justin Forsett, Terrance West and Buck Allen are all expected to be involved in Baltimore’s backfield this Sunday. It’s a situation to avoid if possible.

The Ravens have re-signed RB Justin Forsett, just 2 days after cutting him. It was a cost-saving move by the Ravens, who like their young RBs but still value Forsett's experience. Look for him, Terrance West and Buck Allen to all have a role in Sunday's opener against the Bills. It's a situation best avoided for now. We'll re-assess after Week 1.

Multiple reports have called RB Justin Forsett's return to Baltimore this week possible. Pro Football Talk reports, however, that "Forsett's return is likely." Why cut him if they want him back? The Ravens reportedly hope to re-sign the veteran at a lower salary. The depth chart on the team website still lists Forsett as the starter. There's, of course, no guarantee that he re-joins the team this week. But don't approach your draft in the meantime as though Forsett is completely out of the picture. He and the 3 remaining Baltimore backs remain worthwhile shots to take in the double-digit rounds of your draft; risky options any time before that.

ESPN's Adam Scheffer reports that the Ravens have cut RB Justin Forsett. It's a surprise move after the veteran operated like the #1 back in the 3rd preseason game. But it indicates that the team is happy with its younger options. Terrance West looks like the best early bet for fantasy value, as he worked ahead of Buck Allen in the 3rd exhibition. Kenneth Dixon still looks like the best all-around player remaining but will be limited early by an MCL injury. He'll be a good late-round stash in your fantasy football draft this week if you can afford the roster spot over the season's 1st month.

Update: ESPN's Jamison Hensley says, "No one should be surprised this week if the Ravens re-sign RB Justin Forsett." Guess we'll see.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been diagnosed with a torn MCL and is expected to miss 4 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The prognosis could have been worse, but it's still bad timing for a rookie who was building momentum. Dixon now figures to miss at least the first 3 games of the season. And it'll be longer than that before he has a shot to become a fantasy option. Dixon is only worth stashing in leagues with deep benches. Justin Forsett, Buck Allen and Terrance West all figure to have a role in Baltimore's Week 1 backfield.

 
 
 

Recent Analysis

Read All Analysis
DFS Podcast: Week 3 Yahoo 9-23-17

Playing on Yahoo! this week? Then you might be able to buy into some big passing games without paying for the passers.

19 hours ago Read More
IDP Podcast: Week 3 Preview 9-23-17

Did Ziggy Ansah and Chris Jones turn into IDP studs last week? And which LB NEEDs to be on rosters everywhere this week? Matt's latest IDP podcast answers those questions and more.

8:09am EDT 9/23/17 Read More
DFS Podcast: Week 3 DraftKings 9-22-17

Tight pricing on DK has us looking for savings at WR without sacrificing targets. But that doesn't necessarily mean we can't shop for name-brand guys ...

2:09pm EDT 9/22/17 Read More
DFS Podcast: Week 3 FanDuel 9-22-17

We've got some interesting Week 3 targets who struggled a bit through their 1st 2 games. But how many others are on them as well?

1:09pm EDT 9/22/17 Read More
Premium Content Week 3 FanDuel Advice

Now two weeks into the season, we finally have some 2017 numbers to analyze. Let’s navigate those and see who’s worth playing for Week 3 on FanDuel.

2:09pm EDT 9/21/17 Read More
Fantasy Football Podcast: Week 3 Preview 9-21-17

If you aren't dealing with TE injuries or messy backfield situations, then it might be time to play the lottery. For everyone else, here's what you need to do with your lineups this weekend ...

1:09pm EDT 9/21/17 Read More
Premium Content Week 3 Streaming Picks

QBs aren't scoring like they used to so far. Will this week's waiver treasure prove to be fool's gold or a true gem?

10:09am EDT 9/21/17 Read More

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Download on Google Play