Saturday, July 21, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Baltimore Ravens

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Baltimore Ravens.



Joe Flacco538.6347.4344718.913.520.346.710197.15
The starter for 2018, it's possible/likely that Flacco doesn't see the end of his existing contract given the team's first-round investment in Lamar Jackson. While I'd bet on Flacco starting all 16 games (barring injury) in 2018, a late-season switch if the team and/or Flacco struggles wouldn't be out of the question. Not only did Flacco average a career-low 5.7 Y/A, but he was 0-for-16 in 300-yard games for the first time since his rookie season.
Lamar Jackson25.8151830.70.616.31061.3027.32
Compared to Michael Vick due to his rare athletic gifts and big-play ability, Jackson has the potential to be an elite fantasy quarterback once he becomes the starter. Even though the Ravens will find a way to get Jackson on the field some in his rookie season, Flacco will likely start for all of 2018 and perhaps RG3 would still become the starter if Flacco were to miss a game or two. If he does become a spot starter at some point during the season, however, he'd be an instant streaming option.
Robert Griffin III8.65.2600.30.24.524.80.307.48

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Running Backs


Alex Collins212.9958.16.629.4229.30.62.4157.14
Collins had double-digit carries in the final 12 games of the season, but he didn't get his first reception until Week 8. From Week 8 to 17, the second-year back had the eighth-most fantasy points among running backs.
Kenneth Dixon121.6522.93.213.780.80.50.681.37
Sidelined all of 2017 due to injury (and suspension), Dixon is at least behind Collins for touches in Baltimore's backfield. While I thought he was underrated entering the league, Dixon has now missed more games (20) than he has played (12) since being a fourth-round pick in 2016.
Javorius Allen66.4255.61.438.4230.42.30.869.2
Allen now has two seasons with 500-plus rushing yards and 45-plus receptions (2015 and 2017) with a season of 49 YFS in between. Even though 39 of Allen's 46 catches came between Week 2 to 9, the (now) retired Danny Woodhead had 30 catches over the final nine games of the season. There is some PPR upside for Allen, but he's not draftable in standard-sized leagues.
Patrick Ricard0002.114.7001.47

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Wide Receivers


Michael Crabtree84.2917.88.40000.9140.38
As part of a 1-2 punch with Amari Cooper in Oakland, Crabtree now becomes his team's clear No. 1 wideout. Over the past three seasons, Crabtree has 25 touchdowns -- eight-plus in each of the past three seasons.
John Brown39.3569.93.94.524.80.10.582.47
Since his breakout 2015 season (65/1,003/7), Brown has 60 catches for 816 yards and five touchdowns in 25 games over the past two seasons. If his health cooperates, there is upside, but it's unclear what the Ravens will get from Brown in 2018.
Willie Snead43481.62.20001.258.96
Snead had just eight catches over 11 games in 2017, but he posted 69/984/3 and 72/895/4 in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Given the lack of productivity from Breshad Perriman and uncertainty with John Brown, Snead has a chance to vastly exceed my current projections for him.
Jordan Lasley18.3226.
Chris Moore6.679.
Breshad Perriman3.943.70.30000.15.97
The Ravens declined the fifth-year option on Perriman and he's not a lock to make the 53-man roster with five newcomers (Crabtree, Brown and Snead as free agents and draft picks Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott). And drops continue to be a problem for Perriman.
Jaleel Scott1.723.80.20000.13.38

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Tight Ends


Hayden Hurst34.4364.62.90000.852.26
Older than the typical rookie (turns 25 in August), Hurst was the first tight end off the board in the 2018 NFL Draft. As much as Flacco missed that reliable Dennis Pitta type, it's uncommon for rookie tight ends to make a significant fantasy impact.
Nick Boyle18.8169.20.80000.221.32
Maxx Williams13.3127.70.71.890.10.816.87
Mark Andrews12123.
Vince Mayle0.95.400000.10.34

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