As if they didn’t suffer their fair share of injury woes last season, the bug continue to bit the Baltimore Ravens in week 3 of the preseason. First it was TE Ben Watson who went down. Soon after, high profile rookie tailback Kenneth Dixon suffered a gruesome knee injury as you can see in the video in the link.
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Already an anomaly was Baltimore’s backfield. Aside from the veteran Justin Forsett, there was crowded depth including Dixon, Javorius Allen and Terrance West. With Dixon’s unfortunate injury, we get a clearer picture of what to expect in the early weeks from the Ravens’ RB stable.
Dixon’s injury of course hurts respective fantasy owners. With an ADP hovering around the 11-13 round range throughout the offseason, big things were expected from the rookie out of Louisiana Tech. As he’s set to miss less than half the regular season, he could be worth a bench stash in deeper leagues – especially PPR formats.
The forgotten man from Baltimore’s backfield was the seasoned vet, Justin Forsett. Just two years removed from a 1,266 rushing yards/8 TD season, Forsett still presents fantasy value as the lead back for the Ravens. He’s a great pass catcher out of the backfield with 55 catches the past two years. A good PPR option who should see most of his production come in the first few weeks.
I really like Javorius Allen after this news. Currently going undrafted in most drafts, he’s bound to see a boost in stock. The 5th round pick out of USC caught on as a rookie and made an impact down the final stretch. Like Forsett, he excels as a pass catcher out of the backfield – racking up 45 last season for over 350 yards and 2 scores. On the ground he surpassed 500 yards. With Dixon out, he’s bound to be the spell back fro Forsett and see a lot of touches. Could serve as a viable FLEX in the early weeks.
Now the sleeper of the bunch. Terrance West has turned in a strong preseason and cemented himself a slot in Baltimore’s backfield this regular season. Some even project him to emerge as Forsett’s backup with Dixon out. Worth a late round flyer, but I still prefer Allen. The upside is intriguing, however.