Welcome all, to yet another fantastic year for Fantasy Football. Just like the 2022 NFL Draft, were coming out with a bang this year with the 2022 Fantasy Football Baltimore Ravens Preview!
The Ravens made noise on draft night by trading Marquise Brown and a third-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for the 23rd overall pick.
Baltimore made two first-round picks. First, they selected the ballhawk safety, Kyle Hamilton, out of Notre Dame with the 14th pick. Then using the 23rd pick, they drafted the Rimington Trophy winner, center Tyler Linderbaum out of Iowa to boost the run game.
The Baltimore Ravens had one of the more productive drafts snatching up players with all sorts of value in almost every round. In the second round, they came away with David Ojabo, an outside linebacker out of Michigan. Ojabo had a first-round grade before tearing his Achilles at his pro day.
If you haven't gotten the hint by now it seems like the Ravens want to get back to their bully ball style of play. Last year the Ravens were 9th in the league in passing attempts with 611. In 2019 Lamar Jackson won MVP and he only threw the ball 401 times. The Ravens ran it a league-high 596 times, 98 more than the next team.
In a league where everyone wants to pass the ball, this team is clearly zagging while others are zigging. Will it work for them? Let's find out in the 2022 Fantasy Football Baltimore Ravens Preview.
2022 Fantasy Football Baltimore Ravens Preview
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Last year, as stated above, the Ravens passed the ball a lot, mainly due to the massive amounts of injuries they had to endure. Running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards both went down for the year in the pre-season. Then players in the secondary started dropping like flies, allowing opposing teams to get 10.4 yards per completion.
Unfortunately, Jackson missed five games losing four of them to a bone bruise on his ankle in the final stretch of the season. Even so, he was ninth in the league with 20 fantasy points per game and on pace for finishing as QB5. He even added a career-low in rushing attempts and rushing yards with 767 yards on 133 attempts.
Lamar Jackson played in 12 games and only had a total of 18 touchdowns and only needed another 49 points to finish as a QB1 for 2022. Last year was the first time in his career he's missed more than one game due to an injury. With one of the safest floors in Fantasy Football, Jackson will easily achieve another QB1 finish for 2022.
When Jackson went down Tyler Huntley came in on Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers and set the world on fire with a 35.9-point performance. Huntley came into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and no one knew he could be the perfect backup for Jackson. Unfortunately, I cant see a future for Huntley beyond this for Fantasy Football.
Last year, J.K. Dobbins was one of the most hyped second-year breakout candidates and was on everyone's radar in drafts. That was until he tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Washington Commanders and broke all our Fantasy hearts.
Then in the final days of the preseason, Gus Edwards went down with a torn ACL injury as well leaving the Fantasy world speechless, leaving managers everywhere scouring the waiver wire to find the next healthy option in this backfield.
There was a slew of "guys" the Ravens tried to run their offense through but inevitably failed. The likes of Ty'Son Williams, Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and even Le'Veon Bell were just not enough to replace Dobbins and Edwards.
Did you know that 29-year-old Devonta Freeman lead this backfield in rushing attempts with 133? You need that word "backfield" in that stat to even make it true because Lamar Jackson had the same amount of rushing attempts in four fewer games.
That is not a recipe for success on any NFL team. With that said all signs point towards 2019 when they lead the league in rushing attempts and yards, and it wasn't even close. If the Ravens come close to running the ball 600 times again this year, it's easy to see a pathway where both Dobbins and Edwards get 200+ attempts.
Dobbins scored on 6.7% of his attempts his rookie year with nine touchdowns on 134 carries. Obviously, that is an unsustainable percentage of scoring but who is to say he's not just efficient like Alvin Kamara & Aaron Jones? Yes, he doesn't get the passing volume we all think he deserves to be with the likes of Kamara and Jones, but with 145 vacated targets with the departure of Marquise Brown, this could be the opportunity needed to push him into the elite category of RB1s.
Gus "The Bus" Edwards is your definition of a ground and pound running back. Put your head down and run straight at the defense type of guy. He's not going to wow you with his pass-catching ability, but he will be the thunder to Dobbins lightning. Edwards will be the main handcuff to Dobbins this year if he can remain healthy. The ceiling is capped as a high upside RB2 behind the likes of Dobbins.
If you guys came here for any other analysis deeper than Rashod Bateman, you've come to the wrong place. I suggest you go re-read the running backs or jump to the tight end section of this article for the in-depth analysis you're looking for. I'm sorry for being so bleak, but this wide receiver group is not the place to look for consistency beyond Bateman.
In 12 games behind Marquise Brown, Bateman received 67 targets catching 46 of them for 515 yards and one touchdown. With over 145 vacated targets now in this offense, it's more than likely the majority of those targets will be funneled to the second-year breakout candidate.
He's still in a low-volume passing, run-heavy offense, but for now, the only passing threats are Bateman and Mark Andrews. Expect Rashod Bateman to be a safe WR2 with his 100+ target outlook for 2022.
This is a repetitive theme here but when someone like Marquise Brown leaves your team in the offseason your going to have a lot of vacated targets.
Mark Andrews already saw the ninth most targets in the league so I'm not sure he can really increase his target load much more. But I firmly believe Travis Kelce's reign as TE1 is over and it's now Andrews's throne.
Overall we're looking at probably one of the most run-heavy teams in the league for 2022. Outside of your household names in this offense, I would not look very far into this team your Fantasy Football needs.
With that said, the running backs will provide solid value at their ADP. Rashod Bateman should have the breakout season we all expect from him as the lone reliable receiver on the team. However, Mark Andrews is the obvious number one target in this offense leaving him to reap the benefits.
The Baltimore Ravens will be one of the better NFL teams this year but may not be the deepest when it comes to reliable and consistent options.
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