Ravens RB Terrance West (thigh) is active for this morning's game against the Jaguars. Between the injury and the tough matchup, he's a risky Week 3 fantasy play without much upside. Buck Allen remains the best bet in Baltimore's backfield.
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.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh confirmed on Wednesday that QB Joe Flacco (back) is "ready to roll" for Week 1. He resumed throwing in late August and returned to practice this past weekend. Flacco isn't a recommended Week 1 fantasy play on the road against the Bengals. But his availability is good news for Baltimore's skill-position guys.
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 RB Kenneth Dixon will miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing surgery today to repair his torn meniscus, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The meniscus needed to be completely repaired, rather than the trimming procedure that would have sidelined him 6-8 weeks. Dixon's rehab is now expected to take 4-5 months. He should be a full-go for the start of the 2018 campaign, but he's now had 3 knee injuries in just a little more than a year in the NFL. Terrance West is the big winner here -- essentially locked in as the lead ball-carrier on an offense that should run more this year with Greg Roman on staff. He's not an exciting talent but should at least be a volume-based RB3 or flex. RB Danny Woodhead should also pick some up extra carries while dominating passing-down work.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon will undergo knee surgery today, according to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. The team believes Dixon has a torn meniscus but will know more after the operation. Zrebiec notes that meniscus tears usually sideline guys for 6-8 weeks -- but that can vary based on the severity. Dixon, of course, is suspended for the first 4 games of the season, so it's possible that this injury doesn't cost him any additional time. But he'll likely miss all of training camp and the preseason, costing him valuable reps to earn playing time. It's also worth noting that Dixon suffered a pair of knee injuries last summer, so durability is certainly becoming a concern. There's still a chance that he emerges as Baltimore's lead RB at some point this season, but Dixon can't be drafted as more than a late-round flier at this point. Terrance West will serve as the primary ball-carrier early on. Danny Woodhead will handle the majority of the pass-catching work.
According to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, "team officials have said repeatedly they are content with [Terrance] West as the lead guy." The Ravens signed Danny Woodhead early in free agency but otherwise added nothing to the backfield. West returns on just his 1-year restricted free-agent tender after trailing Kenneth Dixon in carries 3 of the final 4 games last year. But the 2 split the work even then, and Dixon will miss the 1st 4 games of 2017 because of a PED suspension. That presents opportunity for West, at the least. Of course, he failed to hold the top job with the same opportunity last year. We'd bet on a committee approach here, with Woodhead and Dixon carrying significantly more fantasy upside than West -- especially in PPR formats.
ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports that RB Kenneth Dixon has been suspended 4 games for violating the league's PED policy. Consider that the 2nd blow today against a fantasy outlook that seemed quite intriguing just yesterday. Dixon returned from a summer knee injury to show flashes as a rookie while sharing the backfield with RB Terrance West and then hit the offseason looking like the best bet to lead the way in 2017. But the suspension arrives with the free-agent addition of RB Danny Woodhead. Dixon now looks like a fantasy reserve worth a shot somewhere in the double-digit rounds of your draft. There remains plenty of upside if he finds opportunity, at least.
The Ravens have added Greg Roman to their coaching staff, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. No word yet on Roman's official title, but he'll certainly have a say in the offense. He's spent the past 6 seasons as an OC -- the first 4 in San Francisco and the last 2 in Buffalo. All 6 of those offenses finished among the top 9 in rushing attempts and top 8 in rushing yards. Roman's arrival is good news for RBs Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West.
Less than a week after Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon seemed to break through in a loss to New England, Baltimore reminded us that its backfield remains devoid of clarity. RB Terrance West led the team in carries (13) and rushing yards (77), and the team in receptions (4, for 45 yards, on 4 targets). Dixon, meanwhile, carried just 9 times (for 36 yards) and failed to catch his lone pass target. Both players remain in play for a Week 16 trip to Pittsburgh, but the workload muddle keeps either from being a clear fantasy favorite.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon is expected to see more carries against the Cowboys today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. RB Terrance West remains the starter, per Rapoport, but we could see something close to a 50/50 split in rush attempts. And Dixon should continue to dominate passing-down work. The rookie is the preferred fantasy play, especially in PPR leagues.
Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Ravens. The defense remains strong up front, with Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson capable of playing multiple positions. But Wilkerson's absence combines with an injury-depleted ILB corps to potentially harm a normally strong run defense.
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