John Harbaugh returns for his thirteenth season because the Ravens head coach. He has a 129-74 document with 9 playoff berths and one Tremendous Bowl title. The Ravens went 35-13 over the past three seasons, with Lamar Jackson making 37 begins. Harbaugh has one shedding season in his profession (5-11 in 2015).
Final yr Baltimore dropped to nineteenth in offensive yards (2nd in 2019) whereas scoring 468 factors (seventh – 531 in 2019). Earlier than Jackson took over, the Ravens went 20 seasons and not using a high ten offense.
Greg Roman returns for his third yr because the offensive coordinator after spending the final two seasons because the Ravens’ offensive assistant and assistant head coach. He led the offenses of San Francisco and Buffalo over six seasons from 2011 to 2016. His power is working the ball based mostly on two high finishes in dashing yards for the Payments in 2015 and 2016 whereas rating extremely in his final three seasons with the 49ers (4th, third, and 4th). Baltimore led in dashing in 2019 (3,296 yards) and 2020 (3,071 yards). Roman has by no means completed larger than twenty third in passing yards (thirty second in 2020 – 2,919) whereas delivering about league common passing touchdowns in most years earlier than his success over the previous two seasons (36 and 27 touchdowns).
During the last two years, Baltimore’s protection ranked within the high 10 in yards. They allowed 303 factors (seventh), 282 factors (third) in 2019, and 287 factors (2nd) in 2018.
The Ravens introduced again Don Martindale for a fourth yr after spending the earlier 5 seasons because the linebackers coach. Martindale has 16 years of professional teaching expertise highlighted by his 2010 season when he had his first shot at being a defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. The Ravens ranked within the high 12 in defensive yards allowed over the past eight seasons.
Baltimore added G Kevin Zeitler and T Alejandro Villanueva to improve their offensive line.
Zeitler had a down season for the Giants in 2020, however his resume has been spectacular in run and move blocking. Villanueva shined as a late bloomer for the Steelers. His greatest play slants to move safety, however he did present higher worth in run blocking earlier in his profession.
They misplaced C Matt Skura and T D.J. Fluker to the Dolphins.
Their protection misplaced DE Yannick Ngakoue and DE Matthew Judon. Each gamers delivered success within the move rush whereas missing the muse to rank above the league common defending the run.
WR Sammy Watkins signed a one-deal after working on the WR2/WR3 for the Chiefs over the previous three years. He continues to underachieve his anticipated upside with a fading worth in yards per catch (11.4).
WR Rashod Bateman
Bateman has a very good really feel for organising defenders off the road and the talent set to make performs in any respect three ranges of the protection. His fingers are belongings whereas coming in at 6’ and 190 lbs. He lacks the quickness to create area in a deep route tree, and elite cornerbacks can shut him down.
DE Odafe Oweh
Oweh brings an explosive talent set to assault the quarterback. Energy and pace are the keys to his success, however he nonetheless wants to enhance his approach, imaginative and prescient and anticipation. Oweh ought to transfer into the beginning lineup based mostly on the Ravens’ losses within the move rush in free company.
G Ben Cleveland
Cleveland has the construct and energy to be an impression participant, however he wants loads of work to enhance his basis talent set and imaginative and prescient. Teaching will assist him, and he’ll want a greater punch and extra follow-through in his power.
CB Brandon Stephens
Stephens transformed from working again to cornerback two years in the past, which places him in growth mode. From a bodily perspective, he appears to be like able to go along with the actions to excel. His weak spot is available in his approach and understanding of play growth. Stephens additionally trails in his short-area quickness.
WR Tylan Wallace
His route working separates him from the sphere whereas enjoying larger than his dimension (5’11” and 195 lbs.). Wallace must develop a greater launch in opposition to high press corners, and he does have questions on his first-step quickness and acceleration out of some routes. His fashion of play ought to give the Ravens a possession large receiver with the power to make performs downfield and win in tight protection.
CB Shaun Wade
Wade has a playmaker really feel along with his greatest qualities coming in press protection and in opposition to the run. He lacks the wheels to deal with high expertise within the deep passing sport, and his fundamentals want extra work. Wade’s qualities paint him as a potential security the place his instruments would provide extra upside.
DE Daelin Hayes
Hayes earns his maintain with arduous work and management. He tasks higher dashing the quarterback than supporting the run. His ceiling isn’t excessive sufficient to develop into a full-time difference-maker.
FB Ben Mason
Mason performs arduous with loads of energy. His expertise comes at fullback, linebacker, and line of defense whereas not excelling at any place. Baltimore added him to assist block on energy and short-yardage performs.
Baltimore positioned first in dashing yards (3,071) with 24 touchdowns. Their rushers gained 5.5 yards per carry for the second straight season because of having a high-volume working quarterback (159/1,005/7). They averaged 37.0 rushes per sport.
The Ravens fell to final in passing yards (2,919) with 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Their offensive line allowed 32 sacks.
LT Ronnie Stanley
Stanley moved to elite standing at his place in 2019. He dominated in move blocking whereas enjoying at his highest degree within the run sport. Stanley has distinctive quickness along with his toes resulting in an edge in move blocking. Final yr he repeated his benefit in all areas, however missed 10 video games with an ankle subject that required a pair of surgical procedures.
LG Ben Cleveland
The Ravens hope Cleveland is able to seize a beginning alternative. He’s a robust blocker who will most instantly enhance Baltimore’s run sport; nevertheless, he’s nonetheless creating in a number of areas and might want to progress as a move blocker to safe a full-time beginning job.
C Bradley Bozeman
Bozeman made 32 begins over the previous two seasons at left guard whereas failing to impression any space after getting drafted within the sixth spherical in 2018. This yr his enjoying time might be in danger whereas presumably transferring to middle.
RG Kevin Zeitler
Zeitler has a profitable nine-year resume. His calling card is his move safety. Twice over the previous 4 seasons, he performed beneath expectation in run blocking. Zeitler offers Baltimore a second offensive lineman who has the expertise to be a top-tier starter at his place.
RT Alejandro Villanueva
Over the previous 5 seasons with the Steelers, Villanueva performed properly in move blocking. A few of his success was helped by Ben Roethlisberger getting the ball out rapidly. He light as a run blocker over the previous two seasons.
Baltimore comes into 2021 with questions at left guard and middle whereas they’ve one stud to guard Jackson’s blindside. The correct aspect of the offensive line grades above common with loads of expertise. They need to run the ball properly, and the legs of Jackson restrict the sacks allowed.
The fashion of this offense is all about working the ball. The Ravens led in dashing makes an attempt (555), accounting for 57.8 p.c of their offensive performs. Baltimore confirmed extra explosiveness within the passing sport in 2019, an space they should enhance to make a deeper postseason push.
After a sensational 2019 (4,333 mixed yards with 43 touchdowns), Jackson misplaced worth in virtually all key stats final yr. He did run for over 1,000 yards for the second straight yr whereas delivering a strong season in mixed touchdowns (33).
He handed for fewer than 200 yards in 12 of his 17 begins (together with the playoffs), with seven of these coming over his closing eight contests.
Jackson slipped to tenth in quarterback scoring (23.33 FPPG) in four-point passing landing leagues. He scored over 30 fantasy factors in 4 begins. On the yr, Jackson averaged 25 passes per sport.
Fantasy Outlook: Each dashing yard counts twice as a lot as every passing yard in four-point passing landing leagues. Primarily based on his final two seasons, Jackson’s run success interprets to 2,000+ passing yards. In essence, he turns into virtually a 300-yards passer sport with profitable worth in touchdowns.
Baltimore has a high choice at tight finish, and their receiving core appears to be like improved. Jackson solely must common 225 move yards per sport paired along with his dashing success over the previous two seasons to regain a top-five quarterback standing. Within the early draft season, Jackson is the fourth quarterback drafted. My guess is on 4,500 mixed yards and a flooring of 35 touchdowns. His draw back comes with an damage that impacts his working means.
Different Choices: Hint McSorley, Tyler Huntley, Kenji Bahar
The Ravens’ working backs gained 5.1 and 5.3 yards per rush over the earlier two seasons. They’ve had a flooring of 14 dashing scores since 2018. The change to Jackson behind middle led to a backside tier alternative for his or her working backs within the passing sport in 2019 (49/409/5) and 2020 (47/364/1).
Over the primary six video games, Dobbins solely averaged six touches, resulting in 228 mixed yards with two touchdowns and 11 catches. His alternative grew to become fantasy related over the Ravens’ closing 11 video games (827 mixed yards with eight touchdowns and 11 catches), which got here to 12.88 fantasy factors per sport in PPR leagues. His spotlight sport got here in Week 17 (13/160/2).
Fantasy Outlook: Baltimore will run the ball properly once more this yr, and Jackson will steal one-third of the working present. Gus Edwards is a greater participant than most fantasy house owners consider. Dobbins ought to be the best choice on third downs whereas trying to be on a path to receiver 250 mixed touches. I anticipate a minimal of 1,200 mixed yards with 12 touchdowns and 35+ catches. His mid-Might ADP is 24 because the 14th working again off the board. He tasks as a high 12 working again in 2021.
In his three seasons with the Ravens, Edwards gained over 5.0 yards per rush yearly (5.2, 5.3, and 5.0). He has restricted worth within the passing sport (18/194), however his play on this space flashed extra explosiveness in 2020 (9/129 – three catches over 20 yards). Final yr, he completed with a mixed 852 mixed yards with six scores and 9 catches on 144 carries. Baltimore gave him over 10 touches in six of his 18 video games performed.
Fantasy Outlook: Edwards has a flooring of 700 dashing yards. He performs with energy whereas providing manufacturing upside when Baltimore performs from the lead. The Ravens will improve his function after shedding the third wheel on the working again place. His subsequent step is 180 mixed touches for 950 yards with a half-dozen touchdowns and double-digit catches. Edwards has a tenth spherical ADP because the forty fourth working again drafted.
Hill was the fourth wheel within the Ravens’ working sport in 2019 and 2020, which led to minimal touches in all video games. He emerged because the change of tempo again. Over two seasons of motion, Hill gained 375 mixed yards with two touchdowns and 13 catches.
Fantasy Outlook: The Ravens wish to faucet into his big-play means, however Hill is merely a handcuff. Don’t dismiss him whereas preserving an open eye on his progress over the summer season.
Different Choices: Ty’Son Williams, Nate McCrary
Baltimore’s large receivers had the bottom alternative in 2019 (115/1,419/17) and 2020 (137/1,729/16), which places a low ceiling on their receiving core. The Ravens gave their large receivers 41 extra targets in comparison with final yr, however their total catch fee (62.6) completed beneath their 2019 fee (64.6).
Brown drew a WR3 price ticket within the 2020 draft season. He completed because the Thirty sixth-highest scoring large receiver in PPR leagues (183 fantasy factors). His solely sport with over 100 yards receiving got here in Week 1 (5/101). Brown completed with 58 catches for 769 yards and eight touchdowns on 100 targets with 9 drops. Baltimore gave him 5 catches or extra in six contests. His scoring picked up over his closing six weeks (26/338/6 on 41 targets).
Fantasy Outlook: Brown ended final yr with 45.7 p.c of the large receiver targets. He presents big-play and scoring means, however his ceiling is restricted to the expansion of Baltimore’s passing sport and his drawback with drops. His pure development ought to be 70 catches for 1,000+ yards and an opportunity at 10 scores. The Ravens added extra competitors at large receiver, resulting in extra total manufacturing from their wideouts. Brown has an ADP of 105 within the 12-team high-stakes market, creating some worth in his worth level.
Seven seasons into Watkins’s profession, he has 321 catches for 4,665 yards and 33 touchdowns over 86 video games.
Over the previous 4 years, he’s had the chance to play for 2 high-scoring groups (LAR and KC). Accidents price him 15 video games since 2017 whereas failing to provide WR2 stats (39/393/8, 40/519/3, 52/673/3, and 37/421/2). Watkins solely made 9 performs over 20 yards over his final 89 catches in comparison with 32 over 125 probabilities in 2014 and 2015.
Fantasy Outlook: Watkins nonetheless has one thing within the tank at age 29, and perhaps a transfer to a schoolyard offense helps his worth within the deep passing sport. Jackson scrambles and appears for receivers to interrupt free downfield often somewhat than counting on timing and play choice to maneuver the ball within the air. Watkins has sufficient dimension to be an element on the aim, however the passing pie in Baltimore has a low ceiling. He’s an improve over their 2020 choices at large receiver. I anticipate between 40 and 55 catches with some scoring worth relying on his well being. Watkins can work as an explosive flash participant at occasions, however he shall be difficult to roster given his inconsistency.
In his sophomore season in 2019, Bateman caught 60 catches for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns to maneuver his identify onto the NFL radar. He performed in 5 video games final season (36/472/2) earlier than deciding to opt-out after a canceled sport as a consequence of COVID-19. Bateman completed his school profession with six impression video games (7/175/2, 7/105/1, 6/177/2, 7/203/1, 6/147/1, and 10/139/1) over 31 begins.
There’s a good participant right here regardless of needing to develop in a few essential areas. Baltimore noticed sufficient in his sport to make use of a first-round decide on him within the 2021 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Outlook: Bateman offers the Ravens a second big-play receiver with upside. His sport will want a while, however his total package deal ought to be a very good match for Jackson. He’s a participant to comply with as his fantasy worth ought to emerge over the second half of the season. If Bateman wins the WR2 job, he has the texture of a 50/750/5 participant in his rookie yr.
The Ravens had Boykin on the sphere for 32 video games over the previous two seasons after including him within the third spherical in 2019. His manufacturing in 2020 (19/266/4 on 33 targets) was barely higher than his rookie season (13/198/3 on 22 probabilities). His dimension (6’4” and 220 lbs.) helps his worth within the purple zone, plus Boykin averaged 14.5 yards per catch to begin his profession.
Fantasy Outlook: His sport ought to proceed to blossom, however Boykin gained’t see a big bump in his alternative with Watkins and Bateman added to the large receiver core. He supplies insurance coverage to Baltimore’s depth chart
Duvernay labored because the Ravens’ high kickoff returner (578 yards with a landing) whereas seeing minimal probabilities within the passing sport (20/201 on 26 targets) in his rookie season. Duvernay did make a few explosive performs within the run sport (4/70).
Fantasy Outlook: Baltimore will use Duvernay in four-wide receiver units, and his sport ought to have development in his second season. Baltimore must decide to him extra often for gadget performs given his open-field skills
Different Choices: James Proche, Tylan Wallace, Jaylon Moore, Deon Cain
The regression in passing final yr got here from defenses keying on Mark Andrews and the drop-off in supporting depth on the place. In 2019, tight ends accounted for 43.3 p.c of the completions by Jackson and 45 p.c of their passing yards (125/1,522/13 on 180 targets). Final season their tight ends solely caught 73 balls for 826 yards and 9 scores on 111 targets, which was about 28 p.c of their move sport.
Andrews was on the sphere for 597 of Baltimore’s 1,027 performs (58.1 p.c), which was properly above his enjoying time in 2019 (41.2 p.c). He completed with 10 fewer targets (88) and a setback in catches (58), yards (701), and touchdowns (7) in comparison with his breakout 2019 season (64/852/10). Andrews completed because the sixth-highest PPR scoring tight finish (170.10 fantasy factors) regardless of lacking a pair of video games.
Over his 16 video games performed (two within the postseason), he scored fewer than 10.0 fantasy factors in PPR leagues in half of his begins. Andrews gained over 65 yards in 4 matchups.
Fantasy Outlook: The Ravens gained’t use him as a three-down tight finish as a consequence of his lack of worth within the blocking sport. Andrews can stretch the sphere and be an element on the aim line. A greater large receiver core will assist him see higher spacing within the secondary and enhance Baltimore’s total passing offense. He tasks to be the fourth/fifth tight finish off the board in 2021. Andrews ought to push his output to 75 catches for 900+ yards with a run at double-digit touchdowns if he makes 17 begins.
Accidents led to Oliver enjoying in solely 4 video games over his first two seasons after getting drafted by the Jaguars within the third spherical in 2019.
Oliver caught 56 passes for 709 yards and 4 touchdowns in his senior yr at San Jose State. He runs good move routes together with the fingers to develop right into a high-volume receiver. His blocking abilities are trailing even with a basis of power and energy.
Fantasy Outlook: Baltimore traded for Oliver in mid-March. They need to discover a second pass-catching choice at tight finish to regain the misplaced worth from the place final season. Hayden Hurst (30/349/2) labored properly off the bench in 2019. The Ravens hope Oliver can step in an identical function this yr.
Different Choices: Nick Boyle, Eric Tomlinson, Jacob Breeland, Eli Wolf
There’s something to be stated for a kicker that makes essentially the most of his probabilities. Tucker continues to rank first in NFL historical past in area aim proportion (90.7) whereas being a beast from 50-yards or longer (42/60). His alternative in area objectives slipped in 2019 (28-for-29) and 2020 (26-for-29) because of the Ravens being a lot better at scoring touchdowns within the purple zone through the perfect dashing offense within the league. Tucker missed 4 additional factors over the previous three years (140 probabilities) after making all 205 tries over his first six years.
Within the 2020 postseason, his leg let him down (3-for-6 in area aim probabilities).
Fantasy Outlook: Usually, Tucker would assist a fantasy proprietor win three to 4 matches a yr when he scored over 15.00 fantasy factors. Final yr his scoring fell between eight and 10.50 fantasy factors in 10 video games within the common season, along with his greatest worth coming in two matchups (17.80 and 17.70 fantasy factors). Tucker ranked eighth in kicker scoring (153.80) in 2020 after inserting third (170.90) and second (162.40) over the earlier two years. Regardless of regression in area aim probabilities, he would be the first kicker drafted in lots of leagues this season.
Baltimore dropped to eighth defending the run (1,740 yards) and allowed 12 touchdowns and 4.6 yards per rush. Ball carriers had 12 runs over 20 yards, with three rushes gaining over 40 yards.
The Ravens completed sixth in passing yards allowed (3,536) with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Quarterbacks gained solely 6.4 yards per move try whereas being sacked 39 occasions.
DT Brandon Williams
Williams is a veteran participant with solely 6.5 profession sacks over 100 video games. His edge as a run defender misplaced momentum in 2019 and 2020. He completed as a league-average choice after exhibiting elite worth in opposition to the run in 4 of his earlier 5 seasons. Williams will begin the yr at age 32.
DE Derek Wolfe
Final yr Wolfe struggled to strain the quarterback (one sack), however the Ravens noticed sufficient in his sport to signal him to a $12 million contract for 3 seasons. Over eight seasons with the Broncos, he missed 20 of his potential 96 begins. Wolfe performed properly in opposition to the run after exhibiting fade in 2019.
DE Calais Campbell
Campbell has been top-of-the-line run defenders within the leagues, however his sport took successful in 2020. He slipped beneath the league common in run help and picked up solely 4 sacks over 12 contests. Campbell performed by a calf damage over the past two months whereas additionally coping with a COVID-19 subject. He’s on the again 9 of his profession whereas beginning the season at age 34.
DE Jaylon Ferguson
In his first two seasons, Ferguson picked up 61 tackles with 4.5 sacks over 28 video games. He fell in need of the league common defending the run. Ferguson doesn’t have the dimensions (6’5” and 271 lbs.) to anchor a line of defense vs. the run. His sport is constructed on attacking the QB with the quickness and strikes to ship sacks.
LB Malik Harrison
Harrison ought to turn into an early-down run stopper. His sport reveals essentially the most success when attacking the road of scrimmage along with his power. He creates area along with his fingers and presents the facility to complete. Harrison can have danger in protection, and his change of course worth takes successful when requested to retreat. In his rookie season, he made 44 tackles with no sacks whereas making seven begins. The Ravens want Harrison to make a big step ahead this season.
LB Patrick Queen
Queen brings a dynamic presence to the linebacking place because of his pace, power, and approach. He performs with imaginative and prescient and stability.
He made 17 begins resulting in 106 tackles, three sacks, two pressured fumbles, and an interception. Queen allowed too many touchdowns in protection whereas giving up a excessive completion fee. His run protection got here in properly beneath the league common. He ought to be a lot better in his second dance in 2021.
LB Odafe Oweh
Baltimore would love Oweh to hit the bottom working. He tasks as a excessive upside move rusher, however he’ll want time to enhance his decision-making and approach. The Ravens will give him probabilities to assault the quarterback on passing downs whereas letting his growth dictate my alternative on early downs.
CB Marlon Humphrey
Humphrey set a career-high in tackles (82) for the second straight season whereas being productive in defended passes (51 over 61 profession video games). He has eight profession interceptions, with two returned for touchdowns. Humphrey tends to carry receivers to a low catch fee. In 2020, quarterbacks had been extra keen to take him on in protection resulting in a rising completion fee in opposition to and repeated injury in touchdowns.
CB Marcus Peters
Peters stays a danger/reward participant in protection. He has 31 profession interceptions in 91 matchups whereas scoring seven defensive touchdowns. Over his first two seasons with the Chiefs, Peters had 46 defended passes in his 31 begins. He has 23 defended passes over his previous 30 video games, exhibiting his regression in protection. His run help was a big drawback with the Ravens highlighted by many missed tackles.
CB Jimmy Smith
The addition of Marcus Peters in 2019 gave the Ravens’ insurance coverage at cornerback whereas additionally rising their depth. Smith slips to CB3 on the roster whereas proudly owning loads of concern about staying wholesome. Over his final 5 seasons, he missed 25 of his potential 64 begins. Smith ought to be an edge in protection in his new function when he’s on the sphere.
S DeShon Elliott
Elliott took benefit of his leap in enjoying time final yr. He completed with 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 4 defended passes, and two pressured fumbles over video games. He helps the run whereas needing to scrub up his missed tackles.
S Chuck Clark
In his fourth yr, Clark improved in all areas. He set career-highs in tackles (96) and sacks (1.5). The sum of his elements resulted in a league-average participant with enchancment defending the run. Baltimore will give him probabilities to blitz the quarterback.
Fantasy Protection Snapshot
Baltimore does have danger defending the run over the primary two ranges of their protection. They make up for this shortfall with a blitzing fashion of protection, which additionally shortens the passing window for quarterbacks. Their secondary reveals regression in protection even with a pair of veteran cornerbacks with play-making means. The Ravens look to be in transition at three of their linebacker spots.
Within the fantasy market, the Ravens’ protection ranked sixth and fifth over the past two seasons. To repeat, Baltimore has to get after the quarterback. I see them as overpriced nearly as good offenses will be capable to transfer the ball on them.
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