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Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins is hoping to be able to return to practice soon and will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Dobbins has been dealing with the recovery for a torn ACL he suffered last season, but it looks like he may finally be getting through his recovery process. He has been adamant that he will be ready to go Week 1, and getting cleared Monday would certainly be a step in the right direction for that goal.
The Baltimore Ravens officially placed RB J.K. Dobbins on the physically unable to perform list ahead of training camp.
Dobbins suffered a torn ACL in preseason almost a year ago, and has been working his way back towards a potential healthy season. Last week Dobbins indicated on Twitter that he is "going to be ready for week 1." It seems unlikely that Dobbins will see any preseason action, but if the 23 year old out of Ohio St. is healthy come week 1 he is primed for a big season. Dobbins is slated to be the primary back in an excellent Ravens rushing offense, and fantasy managers should not be afraid to draft him at his ADP despite injury concerns.
After a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said RB J.K. Dobbins is not a sure-fire play for Week 1, Dobbins went to Twitter to refute the claims. Dobbins said he "might not even go on PUP" due to his successful rehab from his ACL tear, and that he is "going to be ready for Week 1."
Dobbins is currently being drafted at RB21 in PPR leagues according to FantasyPros average draft position just one year after an ACL tear cost him his sophomore season. Dobbins was a popular breakout candidate in 2021 before the injury. With a Baltimore Ravens offense that looks like it's primed to return to its smashmouth playstyle, Dobbins will likely be the primary beneficiary. He finished the 2020-2021 season with 495 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in his final six games while operating as the team's lead back. With a potential full, healthy season ahead of him, Dobbins can easily finish as an RB2 with RB1 potential based on volume.
J.K. Dobbins was already expected to miss the 2022 preseason, and now it looks unlikely the Ravens' running back will be ready to go for Week 1.
Dobbins suffered a complex ACL tear in the final preseason game of 2021, and Baltimore is in no rush to get their starting running back up to full speed for Week 1. The Ravens will likely lean on a combination of offseason signing Mike Davis and Gus Edwards for running back duties during Dobbins' absence. It's worth noting that Edwards is also recovering from an ACL tear, but is expected to see limited action in preseason and be ready to go for the regular season opener. Not much fantasy value should be expected out of a Davis and Edwards split. Dobbins RB22 ADP will likely fall after this news, and he could become an intriguing bench stash in hopes of a strong late season comeback.
Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic writes that he doesn't expect Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (ACL) to participate in the team's preseason games. It's fair to assume that he could open training camp on the PUP list.
Dobbins tore his ACL last season and hasn't played in a regular-season game since his rookie campaign in 2020. That year, he totaled 805 rushing yards, 120 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns from scrimmage. With an elite offensive line and an offense that is expected to be very run-heavy this coming season, Dobbins projects as a mid-range RB2 with top-12 upside if he's healthy. However, his health is not a guarantee by any means. As Zrebiec writes, "Knee injuries certainly can be problematic for running backs and there has been some outside pessimism about Dobbins’ availability and effectiveness in 2022." It will be imperative to watch his progression throughout training camp before making a final decision on his value ahead of fantasy drafts.
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