In Week 1, Mark Ingram II appeared to be nearly droppable, while J.K. Dobbins displayed league winning potential, and Gus Edwards seemed to be an afterthought. The script flipped in Week 2 and Mark Ingram II was the clear leader of the backfield as Dobbins and Edwards each served in complementary roles. With such disparity in usage from one week to the next, can any of the members of the Baltimore backfield be trusted in your lineup? We break down the fantasy implications below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Ravens RBs Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards
After scoring only 2.9 PPR points in Week 1, Mark Ingram had fantasy owners terrified that their early round draft pick was a bust. He quelled their fears in Week 2 as he bounced back with nine carries for 55 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for 22 yards. Despite this boost in production, it should be noted that Ingram did not receive more than 10 carries in the first two weeks, as this backfield is clearly taking a committee approach. The Ravens take on the Chiefs defense in Week 3, which is mediocre, at best, in stopping the run game. Ingram seems to have regained his spot at the top of this committee, but expectations must be tempered due to low volume.
After a blow-up rookie debut with two touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins came back down to earth in Week 2 as he received only two carries for 48 yards, while adding one reception for 13 yards. Dobbins is indubitably a talented back, however his Week 1 performance was deceiving as it was largely touchdown dependent. His Week 2 performance seems like it may be closer to what we can expect most games, as he will share carries with two other backs. Dobbins is a fantastic dynasty stash, but has not earned the workload to be a weekly starter in fantasy lineups just yet.
Gus Edwards had a minimal role in Week 1, but received 10 carries in Week 2, which was one more than Mark Ingram, who saw nine carries. Unfortunately, Edwards did not find the endzone and finished the day with 73 yards on those 10 carries and no targets for 7.3 PPR points. Edwards has playmaking ability, evidence by his 7.3 yards per carry, however his role is too uncertain to trust him on a weekly basis.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Mark Ingram II as a low end RB2
Start JK Dobbins as a what the heck flex play in deeper leagues
Sit Gus Edwards