Team Preview: Baltimore Ravens
Continuing our series on Team Previews of all 32 Teams, we move to 2020's 2nd-place team from the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens scored the 7th most points in 2020 while throwing for the least amount of yards. To contrast that, they were the number 1 rushing team. Vegas currently has their Win Total at 11 games, which ranks 3rd.
Lamar Jackson: Lamar had a down year after his MVP 2019 season, but he was still very good. He didn't have a single game where he scored less than 13.5 fantasy points. He ended the year as the QB10, but on a points per game basis, he was actually closer to finishing as the QB1 than he was to the QB11. He should be considered as an elite QB in 2021 and I actually have no problem with him being taken as the first QB off the board. I have very high expectations.
J.K. Dobbins: With Mark Ingram now in Houston, the volume should shift towards Dobbins. Gus Edwards will still steal some work, but Dobbins will still garner the majority of the carries. And he doesn't need much as he was the most efficient runner last season with a yards per carry of 6.0. The downside with Dobbins is he will lose goal line work to both Lamar and Gus and he will have limited receptions with Lamar tucking and running vs checking down. I see Dobbins as a mid/low RB2 in 2020.
Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman: It likely won't be pretty for these two WRs for 2021. As stated above, the Ravens finished last in pass attempts in 2020, and as long as Lamar is taking the snaps, that will likely continue. They will have some boom performances here and there, but they won't be reliable and are likely to finish outside of the Top 40 WRs.
Mark Andrews: Andrews isn't on the same level as the Big 3 tight ends, but he should be considered the next best thing. His 12.2 points per game in 2020 ranked 4th. He ranked 5th in 2019. I see a bounce-back year for Andrews, and while he still won't likely touch the elite tight ends, he should be a considered a solid option in 2021.