The Baltimore Ravens might have a healthy running back room for the first time since Week 6 when they play the New England Patriots on Sunday night. On Friday, the Ravens listed veteran running back Mark Ingram as questionable with an ankle injury. Ingram practiced on Wednesday and Friday after sitting out since suffering the injury in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Without Ingram’s services in the backfield, Baltimore has leaned on the combination of Gus Edwards, rookie J.K. Dobbins, and star quarterback Lamar Jackson. Over the last two games, the Ravens’ running game is averaging an outstanding 187.5 yards per game.
Fantasy Football analysis: Ravens RBs Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards
Unlike other teams in the NFL, who lost their starting running backs throughout this season and suffered a dip in production, the Ravens’ rushing attack has not skipped a beat. One reason for that is Jackson, who is a plus-one that you have to account for every time on defense.
The second reason is the play of Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins. Both running backs played a phenomenal role in Week 7 against the stingy Steelers’ defense. Edwards, who is the power back in Baltimore’s offense, ran for a season-high 87 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. The 6-foot-1 running back was a big boom to fantasy football managers that week, scoring 14.7 fantasy points.
Dobbins led both teams in rushing with a career-high 113 yards on 15 carries. Just like Edwards, the rookie from Ohio State helped out a lot of fantasy football teams, recording 12.1 points. It was Dobbins’s second-best performance this season since Week 1, where he scored 14.2 points against the Browns.
That being said, Baltimore’s running game could be in store for another big performance on Sunday. This season, the Patriots’ defense is giving up 131 rushing yards per game, which is good for 25th in the NFL. But they are only allowing 18.7 fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start J.K. Dobbins or Mark Ingram
Sit Gus Edwards