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What to do with Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins in Week 1 fantasy football

Nobody loves to run the ball more than the Ravens, but with a running back committee shaping up, which player is the best bet for fantasy this week?

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II  reacts after a run during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are starting the season with a running back committee. On the team’s official depth chart, there are four players who could all be in line to carry the ball, starting with veteran Mark Ingram and going all the way down the fourth spot where much-ballyhooed rookie J.K. Dobbins is currently listed. I’m purposefully leaving out the other two names here, because for fantasy purposes, it’s going to come down to Ingram vs. Dobbins, at least to start the season.

Fantasy Football analysis: Baltimore Ravens, RB, Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins

Ingram carved out a nice spot for himself with the Ravens last year. After eight seasons in a high-powered Saints offense—where he was no stranger to splitting carries—he posted nearly 1,300 yards from scrimmage and a total of 15 touchdowns. Needless to say, the Ravens aren’t just going to suddenly forget they have Ingram on the roster.

Dobbins, a second-round pick this year out of Ohio State, was the toast of training camp. A three-year starter for the Buckeyes, Dobbins rolled up more than 2,000 yards during his time there. He projects to be an every down running back, eventually. For now, it’s a good bet he winds up as the second half of an incredible 1-2 punch with Ingram.

Another thing to consider here is just how much the Ravens run the ball. Ingram only carried the rock 202 times last season; Gus Edwards and Justice Hill nearly matched that between the two of them... and that was with Lamar Jackson’s work as a runner.

This week against the Browns, the Ravens figure to have ample running opportunities. While Dobbins’ time will come, the safest play here, for fantasy purposes, is to go with Ingram, who figures to get more work than the others.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Ingram. Sit Dobbins.