Shark Bites

Ravens TE Mark Andrews was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a thigh issue. Tomorrow's practice report and final designation will tell us how worried we need to be about Andrews. Stay tuned.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. Insider Jason La Canfora confirms that Jackson is still expected to play against the Bengals this weekend, but it's clear that he won't be at 100%. It's probably reason enough to fade him in DFS -- but an active Jackson remains a strong season-long starter.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson didn't practice Wednesday, and the team lists him with a knee issue. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports, however, that the Ravens aren't concerned and that the move was for "precautionary reasons." We'll certainly watch his status leading up to Sunday's game against Cincinnati, but plan to have Jackson available for your fantasy football lineup.

Ravens DE Derek Wolfe is inactive for today's game at Washington with an elbow injury. That should push Jihad Ward into the starting lineup.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is active for tonight's game against the Ravens. He should be available for his usual role. As always, Watkins is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy play.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Ravens. He put in a full practice on Saturday, though, so he seems likely to play. Watkins remains tough to trust in fantasy lineups, and his presence also knocks WR Mecole Hardman out of consideration.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) returned to a limited practice on Friday. That gives him a shot to play against the Ravens on Monday night. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid confirmed that WR Sammy Watkins is in the concussion protocol and revealed that Watkins is also dealing with a neck injury. That obviously makes him iffy for Monday night's showdown with the Ravens. Watkins' absence would turn WR Mecole Hardman into a legit fantasy option.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins left in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Chargers after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit. He's presumably getting checked for a concussion. We'll pass along an update on Watkins when we get one.

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.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins has missed the past few days of practice with a groin injury. No word on the severity, but Watkins has obviously had trouble staying healthy throughout his career. We'll let you know when he's able to get back on the field.

Jaguars TE Josh Oliver broke his foot in Sunday's practice, HC Doug Marrone announced. Oliver will undergo surgery on Tuesday and figures to miss a big chunk of the season. He's off the redraft radar. Oliver's absence basically guarantees that Tyler Eifert will open the season as Jacksonville's lead TE. He's worth a look at the end of fantasy drafts.

Update: Oliver has been placed on IR and will miss the 2020 season.

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.

 
 
 

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