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AFC Team-by-Team Backfield Breakdowns


Whether you’re loading up on RBs early in your draft, going Zero RB or deploying a more balanced strategy, deciphering all 32 backfields is key to winning your fantasy league. Committee attacks have made those true 3-down workhorses more rare (and valuable). But they’ve also deepened the pool of viable fantasy RBs.

So let’s dive into the AFC backfields and determine how the touches and fantasy points will be divvied. The “top fantasy target” for each team below is the best value at ADP, not necessarily the highest-ranked player in that backfield.

Don't forget to check out the NFC Backfield Breakdowns.

Baltimore Ravens

Top fantasy target: Gus Edwards

Others in the mix: J.K. Dobbins and Justice Hill

The Ravens have finished top 3 in rushing attempts, yards, yards per carry and TDs in 2 straight seasons. QB Lamar Jackson obviously has a lot to do with that. But Baltimore has also ranked top 7 in total RB rushing yards and TDs in both of those years.

That production has been divvied between 2, and sometimes, 3 RBs. In 2019, Mark Ingram carried 202 times with Gus Edwards at 133. Last year, it was Edwards with 144 totes, J.K. Dobbins with 134 and Ingram with 72.

Ingram’s departure should turn this back into a 2-man committee this season. He was actually phased out over the final 11 games of last year. In those contests, Dobbins averaged 11.6 carries per game to Edwards’ 9.5.

Look for a similar split this season. Dobbins was awesome as a rookie, averaging 6.0 yards per carry and ranking 11th among 47 RBs in Pro Football Focus’ rushing grades. But Edwards averaged 5.0 yards per carry and ranked 4th -- ahead of Dobbins -- in PFF rushing grade. Edwards got a 2-year, $10 million extension in June and isn’t going away as a significant piece of this rushing attack.

Also hurting Dobbins’ chances of paying off his 3rd-round price tag is the fact that Ravens RBs have not been very involved in the passing game with Lamar Jackson under center. The group TOTALED 51 targets in 2019 and 50 last year. For perspective, 18 RBs topped 50 targets by themselves last year.

Dobbins needs to slip into Round 4 of PPR drafts before you should consider him. He’s fine in the 3rd round of non-PPR drafts. But Edwards -- with a 10th-round ADP -- is the better value in this backfield.

Justice Hill might mix in for a few passing-down snaps here and there but would need a Dobbins or Edwards injury to sniff fantasy value.