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The Ravens have reached agreement with S Earl Thomas on a 4-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million in guarantees, according to multiple reports. Thomas' time in Seattle ended poorly, of course, but he developed into 1 of the league's top safeties before that. For IDP purposes, Thomas has primarily been nothing special. He steps into a role in which Eric Weddle finished outside the top 80 fantasy DBs last season, but Weddle cracked the top 17 each of the previous 2 campaigns. Thomas will likely sit in DB3 range when our 2019 IDP rankings come out. He'll turn 30 in May.

The Ravens have signed RB Mark Ingram to a 3-year, $15 million deal. Ingram is 29 now but has remained effective. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry last year and ranked 15th among 66 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating, which measures a RB's effectiveness beyond the blocking he receives. Ingram's new supporting cast obviously isn't as good as it was in New Orleans, but his fantasy stock gets a significant boost with this move. After averaging just 11.5 carries per game last year, Ingram could see 15+ per game in Baltimore's run-heavy attack. Gus Edwards averaged 16.3 over the final 8 contests last year.

7:12pm EST 12/22/18

Ravens OLB Matt Judon is active for tonight’s game against the Chargers. He came in questionable but finished the week with a full practice and looks OK for normal IDP usage

Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle) is active for today's upside matchup with the Buccaneers. He's OK for normal IDP usage. Jefferson put in limited practices Thursday and Friday after missing the past 2 games.

Ravens RB Ty Montgomery is a surprise inactive for today's game against the Bucs. That leaves the backfield to Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon and Buck Allen. Dixon's volume has been on the rise, and he's in play as a RB3 or flex this weekend.

Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. He put in limited practices Thursday and Friday, his 1st workouts since suffering the injury in Week 12. We'll check Jefferson's status Sunday morning, ahead of the upside matchup.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that QB Lamar Jackson will start this weekend's game against the Bucs. QB Joe Flacco (hip) has been cleared and will be the backup. Flacco's presence still adds risk to Jackson's Week 15 fantasy profile, though. Baltimore might install a package of plays for Flacco (like they did for Jackson earlier this season). And it makes it easier for the Ravens to pull Jackson if he struggles. Consider the rookie more of a high-upside QB2 than a QB1 for Week 15.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson headed back to the locker room to get checked for a concussion in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Atlanta. We'll update his status when we learn more. QB Robert Griffin is in for Baltimore.

Update: Jackson has been cleared to return.

11:12am EST 12/2/18

Ravens RB Gus Edwards (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. He put in a full practice on Friday, so the ankle shouldn’t be a concern. With 40 carries over the past 2 weeks, Edwards is a rock-solid RB2.

The Ravens expect RB Gus Edwards to play through his ankle injury today against the Falcons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Edwards began the week sidelined but finished with a full Friday practice and should be good to go.

The Ravens have ruled S Tony Jefferson out for Sunday's game against the Falcons with an ankle injury.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Falcons. He didn't practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday and a full-go on Friday. So he should be fine for Sunday's game. We'll get his official status by noon ET. RB Alex Collins (foot) is also listed as questionable after going through the same practice routine as Edwards. We'll see if he's active on Sunday, but Collins isn't a fantasy option if Edwards plays.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. Ditto for RB Alex Collins (foot). Edwards is on track to again serve as Baltimore's lead ball-carrier in Atlanta this weekend.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. We didn't see him get nicked up last week, so this might just be a rest day for a guy who's carried 40 times over the past 2 games. Check back tomorrow for another update.

The Ravens plan to start QB Lamar Jackson for Sunday’s game at Atlanta, per Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. The news isn’t surprising, as Joe Flacco hasn’t gained medical clearance from his hip injury. Jackson’s run hot and cold as a passer but owns a whopping 190 rushing yards through 2 starts. He’ll carry top-15 potential into the road matchup.

Ravens S Tony Jefferson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals with a thigh injury. After sitting out Wednesday's practice, Jefferson returned for a limited Thursday workout and then returned to full participation Friday. We'd bet on him playing but will confirm his status Sunday morning.

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been designated as 1 of the team's return-from-IR players and has been cleared to practice. He's been sidelined since hurting his knee in the season opener. It's unclear how close Dixon is to being game ready. But when he gets back out there, he'll be returning to a backfield with Alex Collins, Buck Allen and Ty Montgomery. Dixon isn't worth a fantasy roster spot right now.

Ravens RB Ty Montgomery is a healthy scratch after arriving via trade earlier this week. That keeps RB Buck Allen in the change-of-pace, pass-catching role.

Ravens S Tony Jefferson (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He sat out the week's 1st 2 practices before returning to a limited Friday workout. We'll check Jefferson's status Sunday morning.

The Packers have traded RB Ty Montgomery to the Ravens for a 2020 7th-round pick -- or, basically, a bag of balls. Montgomery, of course, just cost Green Bay a chance to come back and beat the Rams by fumbling on a kickoff return. He hasn't been a big part of the offense this year, averaging just 3.7 carries and 3.3 targets per game. His departure certainly doesn't hurt RB Aaron Jones' rest-of-season outlook, though. In Baltimore, Montgomery figures to step into a similar change-of-pace, pass-catching role. He'll steal a handful of looks from Alex Collins and Buck Allen but is unlikely to emerge as a fantasy asset.

 
 
 

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