In the span of just under a week, two promising Fantasy Football running backs have gone down to season-ending injuries. Travis Etienne last Monday to a Lisfranc injury, and on Sunday, J.K. Dobbins went down to an ACL tear on the first drive of the Baltimore Ravens final preseason game.
If you’re curious about Etienne and his injury, I covered that in my 2021 three-down running backs article.
For now, let’s turn our attention to the J.K. Dobbins Fantasy Football injury reaction and how it impacts the Baltimore Ravens backfield in 2021.
J.K. Dobbins Fantasy Football Injury Reaction
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The New Lead Back
The Gus Bus will now likely lead the Ravens backfield. Last year he averaged 5.0 yards per carry on 144 carries for Baltimore. He’s good in the little bit of passing game he does get, last year he only got 9 catches but managed 129 receiving yards. He’s never been involved in the passing game during his three-year career in Baltimore, and while I’d like to see that change, I doubt it does.
Who is the Next Man Up?
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The backup spot, which of course used to be cut and dry because it was Edwards, is a little more confusing. Ty’Son Williams and Justice Hill are now both vying for that spot. Both have some experience with Baltimore. Hill was on the roster last year, and Williams is a 2020 UDFA who spent his rookie year on Baltimore’s practice squad. Throughout the preseason, Hill has been nursing an injury, having only 5 carries for 5 yards, allowing Williams to shine.
Through three preseason games, Williams rushed 24 times for 130 yards and a touchdown, along with some passing game work. Another back hoping to make the Ravens, Nate McCrary, also impressed with over 160 yards and a score on 42 carries. The Ravens may carry Edwards, Hill, Williams, and McCrary on the roster into the season.
Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports that Williams has leapfrogged Hill as the Ravens’ No.2 back. I imagine Hill will make things interesting regardless. Until further news is in, I believe the Ravens RB order is: Edwards, Williams, Hill, McCrary.
What About A Veteran?
The Ravens are rumored to bring in a veteran back, Todd Gurley was at the top of the rumor board. With roster cuts today and tomorrow, I think the Ravens are just as (if not more) likely to bring in someone who was recently on an NFL roster as someone who’s been on the market (see Bell, Le’Veon). However, the Ravens may not bring in anybody, as Harbaugh is confident in their current running backs. In addition, Josina Anderson reported the Ravens are not expected to pursue Gurley.
Where to Draft the Ravens RBs
I see Gus Edwards being right around where Dobbins was being drafted, maybe a little lower, given his lack of passing game work. However, I still think he’s in the mid-low RB2 range. Williams and Hill I would target later as a dart throw in re-draft formats.
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