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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.

Count ESPN's Jamison Hensley as the latest passenger on the hype train for Ravens RB Terrance West. While acknowledging that West remains 3rd on the RB depth chart, Hensley called him "the No. 1 playmaker for the Baltimore offense so far this training camp." He's not the 1st to suggest that West -- a former 3rd-round pick who spent the offseason trimming down -- might have a shot to start. Of course, rookie Kenneth Dixon only just got on the training camp field after dealing with a knee sprain. And Justin Forsett and Buck Allen still sit atop the depth chart. This will continue to be arguably the most interesting offense to watch through camp and the preseason. West makes sense as a late-round flier for now.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley considers Justin Forsett the favorite to remain the team's "top back."  It's just 1 man's opinion, and veterans tend to get the benefit of the doubt this time of year.  Hensley also acknowledges that Forsett will need to hold off Buck Allen, Kenneth Dixon, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West and Trent Richardson.  In other words, Baltimore's backfield is wide open heading to training camp.  But we can't count out Forsett, who's lasting into the 9th or 10th round of recent MFL10s.

The Ravens added RB Kenneth Dixon in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Dixon was a do-it-all back for Louisiana Tech, racking up 5,452 total yards and 87 TDs over 4 seasons. He reached 1,000 rushing yards in 3 of those years while averaging a strong 5.6 yards per carry. Dixon is at his best in the passing game, though, where he tallied 63 catches, 849 yards (13.5 YPC) and 13 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He even spent some time in the slot at Louisiana Tech. It’s fair to question Dixon’s level of competition in the Conference USA, but he eased those concerns by testing as an above-average athlete for an NFL RB. The 5’10, 215-pounder ran a mediocre 4.58-second 40-yard dash but posted strong marks in the jumping and agility drills. It earned him a SPARQ score in the 64th percentile. Dixon joins a crowded but unsettled backfield in Baltimore alongside 30-year-old RB Justin Forsett and 2nd-year RB Buck Allen. Note that Ravens OC Marc Trestman loves getting his backs involved in the passing game.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh is not committing to Justin Forsett as his starting RB in 2016.  "We’re going to put the guy out there that is gaining the most yards," Harbaugh said at the Combine when asked if Forsett is still his starter.  The 30-year-old averaged just 4.2 yards per carry and 4.9 yards per catch last year before breaking his arm in Week 11.  He'll compete with Buck Allen and potentially a rookie or free-agent addition for snaps and touches this summer.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett expects to be ready for offseason workouts after breaking his arm on November 22.  “Everything is going well,” he said of his rehab. “I should be 100% in a couple of weeks.”  Forsett was sitting 15th among RBs in fantasy points when he went down in Week 11, but he averaged just 4.2 yards per carry and 4.9 yards per catch.  He should be back in Baltimore in 2016 at his reasonable $3.7 million cap hit, but Forsett figures to battle RB Buck Allen for snaps and touches.

Ravens RB Buck Allen lost a fumble late in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game that was returned the other way for a Chiefs TD.  It was Allen's 2nd fumble in as many weeks, and this one got him benched.  “You play the best players, and at running back, the best players don’t fumble,” HC John Harbaugh said. “Fumbling is what it is. You have to hold onto the football. He knows that.”  Terrance West and Terrence Magee handled backfield duties after Allen was sent to the pine.  Harbaugh hinted, though, that Allen would get back in the mix next week.  "In no way is Buck going to be banished, by any stretch,” he said. “He’s done a lot for us. He has a great future for us. But you have to hold onto the football."  Allen will remain the best bet in Baltimore's backfield in Week 16, but the ball-security problem adds risk.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett broke his arm in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams.  That'll knock him out for the rest of the season.  Rookie Buck Allen will step in as Baltimore's lead back and will be worth adding in all fantasy leagues this week.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett (ankle) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s tilt with the 49ers. He returned to a limited practice on Friday. "It's a work in progress,” he said afterward. “We’re heading in the right direction." Fantasy owners are in a tough spot with Ravens-49ers not kicking off until 4:25 pm ET. If you’re hoping to start Forsett, you need a late-game backup option. Rookie Buck Allen, who will serve as Baltimore’s lead back if Forsett sits, would work.

ESPN.com Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley says he wouldn't be surprised if RB Justin Forsett practices Friday and then plays against the Niners on Sunday. He says that Forsett hasn't been favoring his sprained right ankle this week and points out that Baltimore hasn't signed another experienced back despite Forsett's injury and Lorenzo Taliaferro hitting IR this week. We'll see what the Friday practice report says. If you own Forsett, though, you should certainly have an insurance option at the ready.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett (ankle) missed another practice on Thursday. If he’s not able to suit up vs. San Francisco, rookie Buck Allen would draw the start and likely handle 15+ touches. Fantasy owners of Forsett should begin prepping a backup plan.

The Ravens placed RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) on IR, ending his 2015 campaign.  We don't have any details on his injury.  Rookie Buck Allen is now locked in as Baltimore's #2 RB -- and this weekend's starter if RB Justin Forsett's sprained ankle keeps him out.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.  Don't expect him to get much, if any, work this week.  But HC John Harbaugh said Monday that Forsett has a chance to play against the 49ers on Sunday.  RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) was also sidelined on Wednesday.  If both guys miss this weekend's game, rookie Buck Allen would serve as Baltimore's lead back.

Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) is a surprise inactive for today's game against the Browns.  He was listed as probable on the injury report.  Rookie Buck Allen will serve as the #2 RB in what figures to be a run-heavy attack from Baltimore.

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