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What to do with J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards in the Divisional round of the 2021 NFL playoffs

We go over the fantasy football and DFS outlook of J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards ahead of the Ravens Divisional round matchup against the Bills in the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

Running back J.K. Dobbins #27 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after their 20-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans following their AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Nissan Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

After finishing the regular season with a two-touchdown, 160-yard performance, Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins found himself taking a backseat to quarterback Lamar Jackson in the team’s run game in last week’s Wild Card win over the Titans. However, he still managed to post 43 yards and a touchdown on just nine rushing attempts last week, and he’ll be in the conversation for fantasy starting work this week, more so than his backfield mate, Gus Edwards.

Fantasy Football analysis: Ravens RBs J.K. Dobbins ($6,000), Gus Edwards ($4,200)

Edwards still managed eight carries, so it’s not like he was the odd man out. He’s just not got the same kind of upside as the rookie, Dobbins. And while this should be a high-scoring affair, it’s not the kind of game where the Ravens are likely to have the luxury of grinding down their opponent or winding out the clock with a big lead.

The Bills gave up 153 yards and a touchdown to the Colts’ running backs last week, and opponents have averaged over 4.5 yards per carry against them this season. Dobbins might not have a triple-digit upside here, but he’s too important to the Ravens’ overall offensive game plan, and has too much upside, to ignore.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Dobbins is a solid start this week. Edwards is harder to bank on, so I’d leave him out of the mix.