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The Baltimore Ravens had a magical run in 2019 until they met up with the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs. Can Lamar Jackson get them over the hump?

By Craig Forrestal 

The Baltimore Ravens had a magical run in 2019 until they met up with the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs. The Ravens have experienced a little bit of roster turnover but nothing that should make you count out the Baltimore Ravens. They added to the defense but will need to replace future Hall of Fame OL Marshal Yanda.

Schedule 

  • Week 1: Browns 
  • Week 2: at Texans
  • Week 3: Chiefs
  • Week 4: at Washington 
  • Week 5: Bengals
  • Week 6: at Eagles
  • Week 7: Steelers
  • Week 8: Bye
  • Week 9: at Colts
  • Week 10: at Patriots
  • Week 11: Titans
  • Week 12: at Steelers
  • Week 13: Cowboys 
  • Week 14: at Browns
  • Week 15: Jaguars 
  • Week 16: Giants
  • Week 17: at Bengals

Players To Know:

  • Lamar Jackson-QB: Everyone will want to draft Jackson. He can put up high-end RB numbers on any given day, but he still has tremendous passing value in a high-powered offense- he posted 36 passing TDs in 2019. Don’t expect Lamar Jackson to re-write the Fantasy record books again but expect him to be a top-end option. People will reach and overpay for him in drafts because of the running ability.
  • Mark Ingram Jr-RB: He shouldered the load last season as the workhorse RB. Ingram was a nice fantasy play last season as he was the main man in a run first offense, but this year he is 30 and they have additional talent in the backfield. Ingram is worthy of a roster spot but expect his workload to get lighter.
  • JK Dobbins- RB: Rookie RB from Ohio State and looks like the heir apparent to Ingram and should factor into the offense early on. Dobbins posted 3 consecutive 1000 rushing yard seasons as a Buckeye. Dobbins may not leapfrog Ingram this year but Dobbins will get the touches and work to be relevant.
  • Hollywood Brown-WR: Brown made some off-season noise when he was spotted working out with this cousin, Antonio Brown, and Lamar Jackson in South Florida. Brown was solid as a rookie finishing as a Top-50 WR option which is impressive considering Baltimore threw the ball 439 times. His schedule Week 15-17 is ideal. 
  • Mark Andrews-TE: Andrews was the leading receiver for the Ravens last season and this season it will be interesting to see if they continue to expand Andrews and his role as a pass catcher or if they will continue to focus on the run game. Either way, Andrews will get his as a result of Hayden Hurst leaving in free agency which frees up more TE targets and given the relationship he has shown with Lamar Jackson. You can pencil in Andrews as a weekly Top 5 or 6 TE. 

Defensive Outlook:

The defense will come back this season as one of the stronger options; even though the last time we saw this defense Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans ran all over the Ravens. Justin Madubuike could be a rookie to keep an eye on. Madubuike was an early entrant after 3 seasons at Texas A&M and posted a tremendous forty yard dash time. Madubuike adds an element of athleticism to the DL that didn’t exist prior. The addition of Marcus Peters paid huge dividends last season and now the Baltimore Ravens will add a pair of accomplished veterans in Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe. Baltimore should flirt with being a Top 5 defense.

Potential Breakout Player:

  • Miles Boykin-WR: He is 6ft4/220 and runs in the 4.4s. He was on the field some as a rookie but he was not much of a factor. With targets up for grabs and the Ravens are still searching for a true game-changer at WR. This is his 2nd year with the team and I expect his game to take a major leap forward. He offers tremendous upside and could be a big target for Jackson to throw 50/50 balls downfield.

Rookie To Know:

  • JK Dobbins-RB

Deep Rookie Sleepers:

  • Devin Duvernay-WR
  • James Proche-WR
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