The Baltimore Ravens' backfield continues to be a question mark heading into Week 1 due injury concerns. J.K. Dobbins was slated to be the obvious starter with Gus Edwards placed on the PUP list, but the former's Week 1 status has become more clouded ahead of the season opener.
J.K. Dobbins Injury Update
The latest update on Dobbins tanks his early fantasy outlook, while raising the stock of backups Mike Davis and Kenyan Drake.
Lamar Jackson revealed on Wednesday it could be a "couple of weeks" before Dobbins suits up for Baltimore. This puts Dobbins' Week 1 status in serious doubt and means managers may be without the RB for several matchups.
Anyone with Dobbins on their roster should continue to monitor his progress in rehabbing from a torn ACL. He was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, so he's managing to get some reps in, but he could be a little ways out from playing in games.
Mike Davis Fantasy Outlook
Dobbins' doubtful status sets Mike Davis up for a big role out of the gate. The veteran has been in this position before as a backup who benefits from a starter's injury, and he produced an RB12 finish in 2020 as a result.
Despite playing third- and fourth-stringers at RB in 2021, the Ravens still averaged the third-most rushing attempts per game (30.4). While Lamar Jackson accounted for his fair share, Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murrary both saw 100-plus carries over the season.
Now Davis is in line to shoulder the bulk of the rushing work, while also providing a pass-catching option out of the backfield. He showcased his ability as a receiver after averaging a career-high 4.2 receptions per game in 2020 for Carolina. That's a real asset for a Ravens team with a lackluster group of pass-catchers and boosts his upside in PPR formats.
Making Davis' Week 1 outlook even stronger is a matchup against the New York Jets, who allowed the most PPR points to opposing running backs per game (32.39) last season. Davis is a must-add if he's on your waiver wire given the starter-level volume he could handle for a run-heavy offense.
Kenyan Drake Fantasy Outlook
Dobbins' potential weeks-long absence also gives Kenyan Drake a shot at fantasy relevancy. His recent signing presents a threat to Davis given his starting experience.
Though his one season in Las Vegas didn't go as planned, Drake is just two years removed from being the top back for the Arizona Cardinals. He turned 18.0 opportunities (15.9 attempts plus 2.1 carries) per game into 1,092 yards from scrimmage, 10 totals TDs and an RB16 finish in PPR.
His ability to make plays out of the backfield will certainly be utilized by Baltimore if they enter the year down both top RBs once again. The split usage between Freeman and Murray last season means both Davis and Drake could end up having roles in the early going.
Rostered in just 8% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, Drake could be worth stashing before he potentially becomes a hot waiver-wire target in Week 2.
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