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Hoping to gain some insight on which Ravens RB makes for the stronger fantasy starter? Bad news. "There's no exact science there," OC Greg Roman told ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "It'll be different every week. We like to keep people guessing." That makes sense for Baltimore's offense. But it's not so good for those of us trying to decide whether to play J.K. Dobbins or Mark Ingram in our fantasy football lineups. Dobbins edged Ingram by 2 snaps in the opener and ran 8 more pass routes (15-7). Ingram edged Dobbins in carries, though, 10-7. And each got opportunities inside the 10-yard line. (Dobbins scored on both of his; Ingram didn't on his lone carry in that range.) Neither garnered a target. We'll see how this situation develops, but Ingram-Dobbins looks like a coin-flip for Week 2 fantasy lineups.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh said RB J.K. Dobbins will have a "significant" role this season. We'll need to wait for Week 1 to see exactly what that means, but we've been expecting the rookie to be a fantasy factor all offseason. Dobbins remains a recommended target in the 6th or 7th round of fantasy drafts.

Ravens WR Miles Boykin caught just 13 balls as a rookie last year. But WRs coach David Culley likes the growth he's seen from Boykin this offseason. "Basically, I’m starting to see right now ... that he’s starting show his 6-4, 225, because he’s comfortable in our system," Culley said. "He knows what we’re doing right now. He’s playing much faster and he’s playing stronger." Boykin is in line to be in Baltimore's starting lineup opposite WR Marquise Brown this season. He'll likely be 3rd in line for targets (behind Brown and TE Mark Andrews) in a run-heavy offense, so weekly consistency might be tough to come by. But we like him as a late-round flier in best-ball drafts.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was back on the practice field on Monday, as expected. He missed a couple of days with a groin injury, but it shouldn't be an issue going forward, barring a setback. We didn't move Jackson in the QB rankings.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson missed the past 2 days of practice while dealing with a groin injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. HC John Harbaugh would call it only a "soft-tissue" injury, and the team reportedly expects Jackson to return to the field Monday. So this doesn't look like a reason to alter your draft-day outlook for Jackson. It will certainly be a situation worth monitoring, though.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley says Ravens rookie RB J.K. Dobbins will "be the primary backup in 2020 to Mark Ingram." Backup is probably the wrong word for this description, but we certainly won't be surprised if Dobbins opens his debut season running behind Ingram. The veteran didn't miss a game last season until Baltimore's meaningless finale, while averaging 5.0 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per catch for the year. We do, however, project the rookie to outscore Ingram -- who will turn 31 in December -- in fantasy for the season.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh sees more deep passes as the next evolution in QB Lamar Jackson's game. "Those corners are going to be one-on-one and those safeties are going to be one-on-one against receivers, especially on some downfield throws, and we got to make them pay for it. We absolutely have to make them pay," Harbaugh said. "The ability to make them pay for tilting their defense toward stopping our run game with a really, really efficient passing game. I do believe that's the next step of this offense. I really do believe Lamar is going to take the next step." Jackson was already efficient on deep balls last year, posting the league's 6th highest passer rating on throws 20+ yards downfield, according to Pro Football Focus. But he ranked just 19th with 55 pass attempts of 20+ yards. It sounds like Harbaugh wants that number to rise in 2020. Baltimore certainly has the right guys at WR to make that happen. Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin and Devin Duvernay all boast plus speed.

According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, Ravens GM Eric DeCosta had this to say of rookie RB J.K. Dobbins: "We think he's a three-down back. He's been extremely durable. He's an outstanding fit for what we like to do." That doesn't come as a surprise after the team drafted Dobbins in Round 2 and talked about being surprised that he lasted so long. But it's certainly reassuring for the rookie's fantasy outlook -- especially for dynasty leagues.

The Ravens added SMU WR James Proche in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more productive receiver over the past 2 seasons. Proche hauled in 93 balls for 1,199 yards and 12 TDs as a junior in 2018 and then racked up 111 catches, 1,225 yards and 15 scores last year. He tied LSU’s Justin Jefferson for most catches in the country, ranked 13th in receiving yards and finished 4th in receiving TDs. Proche has experience playing both outside and in the slot. And he has some of the most reliable hands in this WR class, dropping only 9 of 312 catchable targets (2.9%) for his career. The knocks against Proche: He faced lower-level competition in the American Conference, is on the small side at 5’11, 201 pounds and is already 23 years old.

The Ravens picked Ohio State LB Malik Harrison in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. Harrison lands in a LB corps with 2 ILB openings, and thus faces immediate starting opportunity. The question will be whether he can earn 3-down duty. Harrison brings good speed and enjoyed a solidly productive career at Ohio State.

The Ravens added Texas WR Devin Duvernay in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Duvernay is coming off a huge 2019 campaign, ranking 3rd in the nation with 106 catches and 5th with 1,386 yards. He accounted for 35% of Texas’ receptions, 37% of the receiving yards and 28% of the TDs. His 2.99 yards per route run ranked 9th among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects. The 5’11, 200-pounder ran a 4.39-second 40 time and tested as a 68th percentile athlete at the Combine. The concern with Duvernay is that he totaled just 70 receptions across his first 3 years on campus, failing to break out until he was a 22-year-old senior. And his 2019 production was largely manufactured, with 42 of his 106 catches coming on screens, according to Pro Football Focus. Still, Duvernay has reliable hands, dangerous speed and is a tackle-breaker after the catch. He played 97% of his snaps from the slot last year and projects to the same position as a pro. Duvernay joins Hollywood Brown and Miles Boykin to give Baltimore some serious speed at WR.

The Ravens added Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dobbins burst onto the scene in Columbus, setting the school’s freshman record with 1,403 rushing yards on 194 carries — good for a gaudy 7.2 yards per attempt. He sunk to 4.6 yards per carry on 230 totes as a sophomore but rebounded in a big way this past season: 301 carries, 2,003 yards and 21 TDs. Dobbins was a workhorse, toting it 20+ times in 8 of 14 games and topping 30 carries 3 times. The 5’10, 209-pounder is downhill, no-nonsense runner, finishing top 12 among draft-eligible backs in both yards after contact and missed tackles forced, per Pro Football Focus. Dobbins is also capable in the passing game, tallying 22+ catches in all 3 seasons at Ohio State and averaging 9.1 yards per catch for his career. He joins a crowded backfield in Baltimore alongside Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. We’ll see how the situation sorts out this season. But Dobbins projects as the lead back in the long term. Ingram turned 30 this past December.

The Ravens selected LSU LB Patrick Queen with the 28th pick of the NFL Draft. Queen started just 16 games over his 3 seasons with the Tigers and didn't even open 2019 as a starter. He looked impressive after stepping in for suspended LB Michael Divinity, though, and then delivered a 90th-percentile speed score for the position. Queen goes to a Baltimore defense in desperate need of ILBs and should start right away. That makes up for the lack of college production in projecting him to the NFL. He'll land high in our rookie-draft IDP rankings and figures to be a redraft factor in 2020.

The Jaguars on Saturday traded DE Calais Campbell to the Ravens for a 5th-round pick. It's obviously a salary-cap move by Jacksonville, but one bound to negatively impact the pass rush. Campbell spent the past 3 seasons with the Jaguars and helped the team finish 2 of those among the league's top 7 in sacks. Campbell posted the 2 largest sack totals of his career (14.5 and 10.5) in 2017 and 2018 before falling back to 6.5 last season. But his 25 QB hits in 2019 marked the 2nd most of his career, behind only the 30 of his first Jacksonville campaign. Campbell heads into his age-34 season this fall but should help a Baltimore pass rush that ranked just 21st in sacks and 27th in Pro Football Focus pass-rushing grade in 2019.

The Ravens have used the franchise tag on OLB Matt Judon. Designating him at OLB will mean a lower tag salary than if the Ravens tagged him as a DE, which could be an issue. Judon has delivered 8, 7 and 9.5 sacks the past 3 seasons and played a career-high 80.9% of the defensive snaps last season. He'll turn 28 in mid-August.

Ravens WR Marquise Brown had offseason surgery to remove the screw from his left foot, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brown had surgery on that foot in January 2019 to repair a Lisfranc injury, so this procedure was likely planned. He's expected to be limited in Baltimore's offseason program but be ready for the start of training camp, per Rapoport. We'll keep an eye on Brown's rehab. Durability remains a concern for the diminutive speedster.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh doesn't believe WR Marquise Brown was at full strength throughout the 2019 season. "Marquise was really not 100 percent most of the year and that was pretty obvious, right?," Harbaugh said. Brown missed most of the offseason recovering from January surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury and dealt with hip, ankle and thigh injuries during the season. He flashed his upside with outings of 4-147-2 in the opener and 7-126 in the playoff loss to the Titans -- but Brown was held under 50 yards in 11 of 15 games. Hopefully a healthy offseason will lead to more consistency in 2020.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Titans. He was limited in practice all week, and ESPN's Jamison Hensley notes that Andrews "won't be at full strength" tonight. So there's added risk here -- but Andrews still boasts plenty of upside vs. Tennessee's 27th-ranked TE defense.

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Ravens RB Mark Ingram (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Titans. He only got in 1 limited practice this week after experiencing tightness in that calf. He's a risk/reward fantasy play in this one. Ingram's status adds upside to RB Gus Edwards.

Ravens RB Mark Ingram (calf) is expected to play against the Titans on Saturday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ingram got in just 1 limited practice this week but "did not appear to favor his injured calf" in the portion of Thursday's workout open to the media, per ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Still at risk of being limited and/or aggravating that injury, Ingram is a risky fantasy play this weekend.

 
 
 

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