Coach: John Harbaugh
OC: Greg Roman
QBs: Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin, Trace McSorley
RBs: Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon, Justice Hill, De’Lance Turner, Tyler Ervin
FBs: Patrick Ricard, Christopher Ezeala
WRs: Willie Snead, Marquise Brown, Chris Moore, Miles Boykin, Jordan Lasley, Michael Floyd, Quincy Adeboyejo, Sean Modster, Antoine Wesley, Jaleel Scott, Seth Roberts, Joe Horn, Jaylen Smith
TEs: Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst, Nick Boyle, Cole Herdman, Matt Orzech, Charles Scarff
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 1, Pick 25 – WR – Marquise Brown – Oklahoma
Round 3, Pick 93 – WR – Miles Boykin – Notre Dame
Round 4, Pick 113 – RB – Justice Hill – Oklahoma State
Round 4, Pick 123 – OL – Ben Powers – Oklahoma
Round 6, Pick 197 – QB – Trace McSorley – Penn State
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
WR – Sean Modster – Boise State
WR – Antoine Wesley – Texas Tech
WR – Joe Horn – Missouri Western
WR – Jaylen Smith – Louisville
TE – Cole Herdman – Purdue
TE – Matt Orzech – Azusa Pacific
TE – Charles Scarff – Delaware
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
RB – Mark Ingram
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/18, Veterans 7/24
John Harbaugh is now entering his 12th year with the team. The biggest off-season change would be new OC Greg Roman, previously the OC in Buffalo and San Francisco before coming to Baltimore in 2017. He was a senior offensive assistant and tight ends coach in 2017 before becoming the assistant head coach and tight ends coach. We will now get a full off-season of scheming for the Lamar Jackson offense. Last year when Lamar took over, he was still running a Joe Flacco style offense, so this year we should see a significant improvement in terms of fit and scheme.
OC Greg Roman has had success with running style quarterbacks, most notably Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo and Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco. Many will write Lamar off as a passer, but I’m not so sure we should be quick to do so. He was thrown into the starting role mid-season and most likely ran the ball a lot more than he should have because he was still new to learning the offense. He reacted more with his legs, but did show some some nice ability to read his progressions and get the ball downfield. A full off-season of being the man should only help Lamar develop as a passer. He has the amazing rushing upside built into his fantasy floor and will flirt with QB1 numbers all season.
The Ravens will be one of the most run heavy teams in the league again this year. This is in large part due to Lamar Jackson. Baltimore was first in rushing attempts last year and second to only Seattle in rushing yards. The Ravens added free agent Mark Ingram to be their lead back on a three year deal. Ingram brings veteran leadership to this young group of backs that includes Gus Edwards, Kenneth Dixon, and rookie Justice Hill. Ingram will be the primary ball carrier on early downs and in the red zone. He has RB2 upside this year and could return value for us in the mid to late fourth round. The competition behind him will be one we definitely need to keep an eye on in camp. Third down back Javorious Allen is now on the Saints, so we’ll see if Kenneth Dixon can hold off third round pick Justice Hill out of Oklahoma State. Hill was the fastest running back at the combine this year and should have every opportunity to show what he can do. Gus Edwards should be the main replacement if anything to happens to Ingram. It wouldn’t surprise me to see all four of these backs have fantasy value this season, but my favorites would be Ingram and Justice Hill at ADP.
The Ravens let Michael Crabtree and John Brown walk in free agency and spent early draft picks on Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin. Marquise Brown is still recovering from a Lisfranc surgery in February and is on the NFI list to start camp. I’m not sure how much value he will have for us in his rookie season, but continue to monitor his practice reports. Miles Boykin should be ready to go and could get a jump start on Brown in terms of being useful for us in fantasy. Boykin is a big target and tested as well as DK Metcalf at the combine. Besides the rookies, the Ravens have Willie Snead, Chris Moore and Jordan Lasley. Snead led the team in receptions last year and should have a solid chance at doing so again. Chris Moore is also generating some positive buzz this summer and is likely to start. The Ravens brought in four UDFA WR’s, so we really have to wait and see before I get excited about drafting a Raven WR for redraft leagues this year. For now, I’m going to recommend drafting no Ravens WR until further notice.
Baltimore has one of the best young group of tight ends in the league, led by Mark Andrews. Hayden Hurst was drafted in the first round last year and Andrews was drafted in the third. Hurst was injured throughout his rookie season, allowing Andrews to get more playing time and finish as the TE17 in PPR leagues. Hurst is injured again as training camps begin so we’ll see Andrews as the clear starter to start the season. I’m drafting Mark Andrews in the late rounds of drafts as my TE2 with upside. Behind these top two, we have Nick Boyle and three UDFA’s. We’ll monitor the young rookies from a far in case Hurst misses any significant amount of time, but go ahead and target Andrews in the late stages of your draft.
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