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2023 Player Outlooks: Baltimore Ravens

By Colby Cavaliere | 6/28/23 |

Lamar Jackson

QB Lamar Jackson
2022 QB Rank - No.17, 22.9 FPts/G

After months (years?) of drama, Jackson finally got his “bag” this offseason, securing the financial windfall of a lifetime. Now the story for Jackson turns to the next chapter, as the Ravens have rebuilt the offense, forgoing the “exotic” run-based offense of Greg Roman, and instead turning to former Georgia and Tampa Bay Buc offensive coordinator Todd Monken’s pass heavy scheme.

The Ravens seem intent on using Jackson’s arm more than his legs, and it remains to be seen what that will look like. He hasn’t always been the most efficient or effective passer, especially in the playoffs where things become magnified. He certainly won’t have the lack of receiving talent excuse to lean on, as Baltimore spent major cash and draft capital signing Odell Beckham Jr. and adding Zay Flowers in the 1st round. Throw in 2021 1st round pick Rashod Bateman, and elite move tight end Mark Andrews, and Jackson will easily have the best weapons he’s had since entering the NFL.

I do know that Jackson remains one of the most athletically gifted players to ever play quarterback, and the Ravens will make good on the attempt to lower the number of designed runs for him. Jackson might have the highest volatility of the top-5 quarterbacks as his range of outcomes spans “best fantasy player on the planet” to “looking up at Geno Smith”. Look for Jackson to set career highs in pass attempts and career low in rush attempts. While his 2019 video game numbers remain legendary, his legs, and passing upside make him worth it.

RB J.K. Dobbins
2022 RB Rank – No.49, 9.3 FPts/G

After missing the entire 2021 season and more than half the games in 2022 with lingering issues, this is a big year for the 4th year back. There is no denying that Dobbins oozes talent and big play ability. He averaged well over 5.5 yards per carry in his career, and after getting a clean-up procedure done in Week 7, Dobbins returned in Week 14 to dominate the rest of the season, averaging 88 yards on the ground in the final five games. His combination of power and speed is similar to Nick Chubb, and with the added threat of the passing game, Dobbins will never see a stacked box.

Dobbins has also been the darling of the offseason, and seems to be everyone’s breakout candidate at running back. As a coordinator at Georgia and the Tampa Bay Bucs, Todd Monken’s system seemed to favor a lead back. This would be a huge break from the Greg Roman days of a 3-headed backfield, and just another reason to be high on Dobbins. With a check box in the talent, scheme, and health category, what’s not to like about him? If Jackson and Gus Edwards steal a few less touchdowns down at the goal-line, Dobbins should easily threaten double digit touchdowns, and has nowhere to go but up in the receiving category.

Every arrow seems to be pointing up for the former Buckeye, but like that annoying tag on a new t-shirt, something is nagging at me. His contract situation could be an issue, but this will likely be a non-story come late July as he has absolutely no leverage. For me, it’s still the volume. In order to truly enter elite (Chubb) territory, he’s going to have a see 50-75 more touches than he’s ever had in his career and STILL maintain that elite efficiency, or have a boatload of touchdowns. While there is certainly a path to an RB1 finish, I think he should be treated as a high end RB2 with a RB1 upside.

RB Gus Edwards
2022 RB Rank – No.56, 6.8 FPts/G

Edwards looked rusty at times in his return from his own torn ACL, and was a near fantasy non-factor after Dobbins returned fully healthy in Week 14. Despite averaging at least 5.0 yards per carry in every season of his career, Edwards has always felt like a marginal player. While he fit perfectly in the run-based Greg Roman scheme, and likely got more carries than he would have on most other teams, I think his time as a standalone fantasy player are over. Edwards has averaged a little over four receptions per season, and is a one trick pony in an offense that’s trying to evolve. He’ll undoubtedly play an important role for the Ravens in a practical sense, but in fantasy, his value rests solely as a handcuff to Dobbins.

WR Odell Beckham Jr.
2022 WR Rank - N/A

The last time we saw Beckham on the field, he was on his way to winning Super Bowl MVP. But a 2nd torn ACL ruined that Cinderella ending and Beckham Jr. spent 2022 rehabbing and seeking out his next payday. Inexplicably he found that in Baltimore this spring, signing a 1-year deal to prove to the NFL that his game still lives up to his name.

Unfortunately for the mercurial OBJ, I think those days are long gone. Since reaching the stratosphere during his first three years in the NFL, injuries and ineffective play have made him an afterthought. He hasn’t been a fantasy relevant player since 2019, and even then, he was barely a WR3. But he hyped his way to the Ravens, and slots in as the WR1 on a team that has no doubt loaded the receiver room with talent. How quickly he can build chemistry with Jackson, as they all learn a new system is not the only question Beckham Jr. faces. The specter of two torn ACLs, and a host of other leg injuries loom large. Despite what he thinks of himself, he’s not the player he was in his last elite season with the Giants in 2016, and is more of a complimentary player at this stage of his career. If he can stay healthy and play 14 or so games, he’ll have a nice season, and maybe win you a week, but the bar for starting fantasy receivers has risen greatly over the last few seasons, and the position and his own team is flush with young talent.

WR Rashod Bateman
2022 WR Rank - No. 107, 6.8 FPts/G

2022 was mostly a wash for Bateman as a promising start was dashed by a broken foot in Week 8. Health has been an issue for the former 1st rounder, as he’s only played 19 games in his two seasons. Even more concerning is that even after seven months of rehab, Bateman still needed a “cortisone type shot” in his foot and missed several days of minicamp earlier this month. While Bateman and the Ravens hope that will be a non-issue by Week 1, the signing of OBJ might have a bigger impact on Bateman’s role than his foot. Finances and hype have knocked Bateman down a peg in the pecking order, and that’s not a great place to be on a team transitioning into an entirely new offense.

At best Bateman is the third passing option between Andrews and OBJ, and will stay there until he proves otherwise by being healthy and efficient. I haven’t even mentioned the addition of 22nd overall pick Zay Flowers, and how he’ll be another mouth to feed. I do think one of these receivers is going to be a surprise fantasy value, but like lots of players on this offense, the range of outcomes varies wildly. For now, add Bateman at the end of your drafts and hope the foot holds up.

WR Zay Flowers
2022 WR Rank - No. N/A

It will certainly take a few things to work in his favor, like the Ravens becoming a top 5 passing team, or injuries taking out Bateman and OBJ, but there is a world where Zay Flowers becomes a fantasy steal. With multiverses being so popular at the box office lately, imagine a scenario where Flowers is thrust into an every-down role because of nagging injuries to the starters. He’s uncoverable in the slot, looks like his role model Steve Smith Sr., and Jackson has evolved as passer. He uses his slippery wiggle to make plays after the catch and becomes a reliable weekly WR3.

Unfortunately, there is an equally possible scenario where the receivers stay healthy, or the passing game struggles to gel and Flowers is deployed sparingly as he develops as a young player (much like Steve Smith Jr.). If you’ve noticed a boom/bust sort of theme to this Ravens outlook you aren’t wrong. Draft them in the right spot and they could contribute to a championship run. Overdraft, or rely too heavily on any one guy, and disaster could loom. Either way, I think Flowers is a year away from being a bigger part of offense, but don’t be afraid to make him a priority waiver add.

TE Mark Andrews
2022 TE Rank – No.5, 7.7 FPts/G

Quarterback injuries and his own painful shoulder injury contributed to a “down” season for Andrews last year. Despite the struggles, his 73 receptions easily led the team, and were the 2nd most of his career. He was one of only four tight ends in the NFL to see over 100 targets and despite the addition of OBJ, and the change in offensive scheme, Andrews remains in the top-3 conversation at tight end. While his epic 2021 season will be an aberration in his career, he’s still the most talented and refined pass catcher on this offense, and has the most rapport with Jackson. He’s a good bet to once again lead the team in receptions, and offers the highest positional floor of all the Ravens skill position players.

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