|Kenneth Dixon likely to see more work -- Mon Oct 24 6:10 pm --|
Rookie limited to 16 yards on nine touches in first three games
|Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he would like to see rookie RB Kenneth Dixon play more. He's had limited carries since coming back from sprained knee. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Dixon saw three and two carries, respectively, over Weeks 5 and 6 before getting one Sunday, so it is anyone's guess as to how much of a bump Harbaugh is expecting. Despite an eight-carry, 10-yard effort from Terrance West in Week 7, he hasn't really given the Ravens much reason to diminish his workload. Still, don't be surprised if Baltimore moves forward with something approaching a 60/40 split with Dixon on the lesser end of the equation.
|Ravens release RB Justin Forsett -- Tue Oct 4 1:00 pm --|
Kenneth Dixon set to make his debut Week 5
|Two days after deactivating Justin Forsett and one day after coach John Harbaugh was non-committal about Forsett’s future, the Ravens parted ways with the veteran running back. The organization informed Forsett of his release on Tuesday. (Baltimore Sun)|
FF Today's Take: Forsett was released prior to Week 1 in a move to the help the team with the salary cap. This time it's permanent. With Forsett out, Terrance West and rookie Kenneth Dixon are the frontrunners to be fantasy relevant with Javorius Allen filling a change of pace role.
|Ravens won't commit to Terrance West -- Mon Oct 3 6:00 pm --|
Baltimore backfield in flux
|Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn't commit to Terrance West as the featured back going forward. "If you're playing hard, smart and is fundamentally sound and is productive, you'll be out there again," Harbaugh said. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: West gave the Ravens 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries against the Raiders in Week 4, so it is fair to say he'll get a shot to further solidify his hold on the job against the Redskins in Week 5, when rookie Kenneth Dixon is expected to make his NFL debut. Expect West to handle the early-down work for now, while Dixon takes over the passing-down duties as early as this week. West is now on the flex radar and Dixon needs to be added in all leagues.
| Terrance West to start for Ravens -- Sun Oct 2 8:15 am --|
|A game-day stunner: The Ravens are benching starting RB Justin Forsett, going younger in the backfield. Expect Terrance West to start. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Ravens run game has been dismal over the first three weeks. West is worth of Flex consideration against the Raiders. There's a chance Javorius Allen could be active for the first time this season.
|Justin Forsett expected to start -- Sun Sep 11 11:25 am --|
Terrance West in early and often
|Justin Forsett says he'll start. However, Terrance West should be in game early and often. Each will get opp early and Ravens will stay w/hot hand (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: West may be get the start but this RBBC is a situation to avoid for fantasy owners. Javorius Allen should be in the mix as well on third-downs.
|Justin Forsett agrees to resign with Ravens -- Mon Sep 5 11:35 am --|
Move to become official on Tuesday
|RB Justin Forsett has agreed to re-sign w/Ravens. Move to become official prior to their start of practice Tues (Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Ravens cut the veteran RB on Sunday after being the No.1 running back most of the off-season. This move brings into question just how big of a role Forsett will have in the offense and makes the situation a jumbled mess for fantasy owners. Terrance West, Forsett and Javorius Allen are all likely to see action in Week 1.
|Ravens release RB Justin Forsett -- Sat Sep 3 3:35 pm --|
West, Allen should get majority of work Week 1
|Surprise cut of day: Ravens released RB Justin Forsett, league source tells ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Ravens have a trio of replacements including Terrance West, Javorius Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon. Allen is more of a receiving threat while West and Dixon (when healthy) could fight for early-down work. Dixon is battling a knee injury and could miss the majority of September. Forsett could land with another team in need of RB help including IND, WAS, or NE.
|Clarity coming soon to Baltimore backfield? -- Thu Aug 25 6:05 pm --|
No back has seemingly separated himself from the pack yet
|Halfway through the preseason, the Baltimore Ravens have yet to make any decisions on how they're handling their crowded running-back group. Will the Ravens go with a running back by committee? Will they rely on a featured back? Or will they simply go with the hot runner from week to week?
"The next couple of weeks will give us a better idea," offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said.
The end result could be Justin Forsett gets the start, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon become third-down backs, and Terrance West turns into the power back in the red zone. But the Ravens are still trying to figure out their plan going forward. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Trestman has a long track record of generating exceptional fantasy production from his running backs because of his desire to involve the position in the passing game. With that said, there doesn't seem to be a lot of clarity in Baltimore. Forsett will almost certainly get the first crack, but there is probably just as much likelihood of a committee or hot-hand situation as there is of a player like Dixon becoming the lead back by midseason. As a result, all four are late-round fliers at best in most leagues.
|Terrance West making noise in Ravens' camp -- Thu Aug 4 10:00 pm --|
Reportedly pushing for starting role
|Former Browns and Titans castoff RB Terrance West isn't just pushing for a roster spot in Baltimore. He's building a strong case to surpass Justin Forsett and Javorius Allen as the Ravens' top running back.
Through a week of training camp, the Baltimore Sun lauded the slimmed-down West as the team's "most explosive offensive player." ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley followed suit on Thursday, noting that West has been the offense's "No. 1 playmaker." (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Kenneth Dixon was supposed to be the one to emerge in Baltimore, but a knee sprain has cost him valuable time to put heat on Justin Forsett and Buck Allen. Instead, it has been West, who has reportedly dropped 15 pounds and is looking every bit like the zone runner former Browns OC Kyle Shanahan thought he was when Cleveland used a third-round pick on him in 2014. Keep an eye on this backfield battle in camp; a focused West has as good of chance as anyone to win the job.