Arguably the most disappointing team in all of football last season were none other than the Baltimore Ravens. While the team and coaching staff can’t be completely at fault based on the wide array of injuries up and down the roster, they look to bounce back in 2016. In an attempt to do so, the team added some reinforcements on offense – Kenneth Dixon being one of them.
The ultra productive tailback out of Louisiana Tech was drafted by the Ravens at the tail end of the 4th round in the NFL Draft. Dixon joins a crowded backfield which features Justin Forsett, 2nd year Javorius Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro. The former LA Tech Bulldog held the FBS TD record for a few days, before Navy’s and now Raven teammate Keenan Reynolds surpassed it.
Despite being drafted into a crowded backfield, Dixon couldn’t have found himself in a better fit under John Harbaugh and Marc Trestman. Trestman implements an offensive scheme which covets running backs with receiving ability, and Dixon happens to be the best pass catcher of any rookie RB in the league. This means Dixon carries a lot of value in PPR leagues. Last season Forsett and Allen combined for 76 receptions – Dixon will add a good chunk to that number this season – I’ll go ahead and project 30 receptions for the rookie which is 30 points right there in PPR format.
Combined with his exceptional ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, Dixon has an array of traits which make him a good runner as well. He’s an elusive, slippery tailback who runs with a lot of determination and burst – his total package of skills will surely get him onto the field this season and I could easily see him pass up Allen for snaps.
In PPR leagues, Dixon is definitely worth a draft pick. In standard leagues, I’d even still take a chance on him with a late pick. With that being said, well worth a shot in dynasty leagues as I could see him moving up the ranks fairly quick in Baltimore. It’s hard to project his stats, but just know he will make an impact in both facets of the offense – assuming he gets on the field, which he should.