Now that Kenneth Dixon is out, the Raven’s backfield is, once again, is disarray. There is much debate over who will emerge as the best fantasy option here in Baltimore. Here’s a breakdown of the options coming out of the Charm City
Above: The actual look on every Raven’s fan from today until September 10th
West started the 2016 season as RB 1 for the Ravens. His season was diluted by splitting snaps with a promising (now super injured) rookie. In the 3 games West received 20+ carries last season he averaged 88 yards and 1 TD per game; equating to about 14 fantasy points purely on rushing. With Dixon out and Woodhead unlikely to take too many carries away, we could see a lot more 20+ carry games. I’m going with West as the best option, especially in standard scoring leagues.
If you aren’t in a PPR league, please stop reading, do not draft, and do not pass go. I understand the Woodhead argument, he always seems to make a fantasy impact. He’s quick and he has great hands, he’s often targeted and often drafted late. Let’s be honest, though, Woodhead is a 32 year old RB coming off a torn ACL. Woodhead will contribute, and likely have a few big scoring weeks but I’m not buying the hype.
It’s rumored that the Ravens aren’t content with the backs currently on their roster, including the recently signed former Giants back Bobby Rainey. They’re eyeing Ryan Matthews (coming off neck injury), the (basically forgotten) Alfred Morris out of Dallas, and to round of their NFC East options is Matt Jones, who began losing carries in Washington after a decent start last season. They also have the option of signing Carlos Hyde if he gets cut by the ever confusing 49ers. I’m not going to speculate on each of these players but if you are going to draft West or Woodhead you need to understand that they’ll likely be competing with at least one of these teams.