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WR Rashod Bateman signed his four-year, $12.6 million rookie contract with the Ravens on Wednesday. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Bateman’s rookie deal includes a $6.5 million signing bonus. The Ravens selected Bateman with the No.27 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. He's expected to start alongside Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins. The Minnesota product can create separation and play all over the field. Bateman gives QB Lamar Jackson a new weapon that could flourish in the Ravens' passing game. Bateman is currently 68th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Category: Transactions

Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic is reporting that RB Justice Hill is “locked into” the No. 3 running back role behind JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards. (Source: Jeff Zrebiec of the Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: “Hill seems pretty locked into the No. 3 running back role behind Dobbins and Edwards,” per Zrebiec. The Ravens did not add any running backs until after the 2021 NFL Draft, agreeing to a college free-agent deal with Nate McCrary from Saginaw Valley State. Hill served as the Ravens RB3 in 2020 when veteran RB Mark Ingram was a healthy scratch at the end of last season. The 23-year-old RB rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries while hauling in five receptions on five targets for 20 receiving yards across 12 games in 2020. Hill is entrenched as the Ravens RB3 and is currently 104th among all running backs in the latest expert consensus draft rankings. He’s mainly a stash in dynasty-league formats for now.

Category: Rumors

The Baltimore Ravens have announced on Twitter that they have exercised the fifth-year option on franchise QB Lamar Jackson. (Source: Baltimore Ravens on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: This comes as no surprise. Jackson won NFL MVP in 2019 and took the NFL by storm. His 1,206 rushing yards in 2019 are the most by a QB in league history. He's produced back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons and will look extend that to three-years. The Ravens brought in Sammy Watkins and just drafted Rashod Bateman to help improve the WR corps. Jackson will look to bounce back after a disappointing season, compared to his MVP season, and will be a surefire top-five QB in fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Ravens have traded Orlando Brown Jr, a 2021 and 2022 pick to the Kansas City Chiefs. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: This was a huge trade for both teams. Chiefs are rebuilding their offensive line and acquired a Pro-Bowl OT. The Ravens now have the 27th and 31st overall picks in the 2021 NFL draft. Brown will help protect Patrick Mahomes and gives Clyde Edwards-Helaire an extra boost in the running game. This was a great trade on both parts. Brown has made the Pro Bowl in two of his first three seasons.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders are signing WR Willie Snead IV to a one-year contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Las Vegas lost Nelson Agholor to New England but they also signed John Brown. Additionally, Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow and Bryan Edwards are still around. It's shaping up as a situation to avoid for fantasy purposes.

Category: Transactions

C Matt Skura signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins on Thursday. (Source: Cameron Wolfe on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Skura spent the last four seasons with the Ravens and will be the Dolphins new starting center. He was benched late in 2020 after starting the first 12 games for the Ravens. Skura will replace former starting center Ted Karras, who recently signed a one-year deal with the Patriots.

Category: Transactions

DE Derek Wolfe and the Ravens have reached and agreement on a three-year, $12 million contract. (Source: Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Wolfe started eight games at DE for the Ravens in 2020. He racked up 51 tackles (19 solo) and one sack across 14 contests last season. Wolfe will start along Calais Campbell and look to improve on his career-low sack total (one) in 2020.

Category: Transactions

OLD Tyus Bowser is re-signing with the Baltimore Ravens on a four-year, $22 million deal, according to NFL insider Adam Caplan. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Caplan notes that the deal carries $12 million in guaranteed money with incentives that could pay Bowser up to $27 million over the length of the contract. The 25-year-old former second round pick played in all 16 games for the Ravens last season while recording four tackles for loss, three interceptions, and two sacks.

Category: Transactions

Defensive end Jihad Ward is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport noted that Ward's former defensive line coach in Baltimore, Joe Cullen, is now the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars, so there's some familiarity there. Ward should help boost what was a poor pass rushing unit in 2020 in Jacksonville.

Category: Transactions

Free agent defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has agreed to a two-year, $26 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, per Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ngakoue helps address an immediate pass rushing need in Las Vegas. He's coming off an eight sack season in 2020 when he suited up for both the Vikings and the Ravens. He's tallied 45.5 sacks over his five-year career, the majority of which were spent with the Jaguars. Moving over to the Raiders will reunite the soon to be 26-year-old with Gus Bradley, LV's current defensive coordinator and former head coach in Jacksonville.

Category: Transactions

LB Matthew Judon and the Patriots have reached an agreement on a four-year, $56 million contract. The deal includes $32 million over the first two years. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots reportedly were making a major push to sign Judon earlier on Monday and ended up reaching a four-year agreement with the star LB. He instantly boosts the Patriots defense and gives New England an elite edge rusher. The 28-year-old racked up 51 tackles (32 solo) and six sacks across 14 games for the Ravens in 2020. New England makes an intriguing DST option in 2021 with the additions of DT Davon Godchaux, CB Jalen Mills and LB Matthew Judon.

Category: Transactions

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Ravens and CB Marcus Peters have agreed to a contract restructure that will save the team $3.5 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)

Fantasy Impact: Another contract restructure for the Ravens, Peters agreed to a move that will save the team $3.5 million. Last season, the veteran corner recorded 4 interceptions in 14 games. The move should come as no surprise as the veteran was slatted to have a $13.5 million cap hit.

Category: Transactions

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Ravens are placing a second-round tender on RB Gus Edwards. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the Ravens placing the tender on veteran runner Gus Edwards, they clearly have an interest in a return. Edwards has logged 130 carries in each of his seasons with the team. Last year, the veteran logged 723 yards and six touchdowns in a career season. With Mark Ingram being cut recently the move makes a ton of sense as the only backs remaining on the roster are J.K. Dobbins, Justice Hill, and Edwards.

Category: Transactions

Baltimore Ravens All-Pro LT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) has undergone a second surgery on his left ankle after suffering the season-ending injury in November. (Source: Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stanley received a five-year, $98.5 million contract extension days before suffering a nasty left ankle injury against the Steelers. He has now undergone two successful surgeries and is expected back for the 2021 season opener. However, Ravens RT Orlando Brown Jr. filled in at left tackle during Stanley's absence at the end of 2020 and performed at a very high-level. Brown has gone on record previously stating that he is only looking for opportunities to play at left tackle full-time after Baltimore has expressed interest in returning him to right tackle. Protecting mobile star quarterback Lamar Jackson is the top priority, so expect Baltimore to develop a contingency plan in the hypothetical scenario where Stanley is not fully recovered by Week 1 and Brown ends up leaving to play left tackle for another team in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates

Baltimore Ravens WR Miles Boykin will continue to be used as a wide receiver in the offense for 2021, as stated by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. (Source: Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After rumors circulated speculating about Boykin transitioning to a tight end role, Harbaugh brought clarity to the situation. "Are you saying he's going to run some of the routes that TEs do? Well, he already does that. He'll be running routes like that, but I certainly wouldn't call him a TE. He's a WR, he's not a TE." Boykin hauled in 19 receptions for 266 yards and four touchdowns across 13 games for Baltimore during the 2020 regular season and will continue to operate as a wide receiver in 2021.

Category: Rumors

Per Ryan Mink of the Baltimore Ravens, Mark Andrews and the team have begun preliminary contract negotiations. (Source: Ryan Mink on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In recent days, the Ravens have begun contract talks with key players, Mark Andrews and Lamar Jackson. It's noted that Andrews shares the same agent as disgruntled tackle Orlando Brown Jr, who was been rumored to want a trade from the team.

Category: Rumors

Nick Boyle and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a two-year contract extension that keeps Boyle in Baltimore through the 2023 season. (Source: Baltimore Ravens on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Boyle will continue his role in Baltimore as a reliable blocking tight end behind Mark Andrews. This extension shouldn't cause many ripples in the fantasy community, and if anything it just implies stability for Andrews going forward. Boyle is nothing more than a deep stash in fantasy leagues.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Ravens are releasing RB Mark Ingram II on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ingram didn't play in five of Baltimore's final six games to close out the year. He was a healthy scratch in both of their postseason contests. By making this move, the Ravens are saving $5 million against their 2021 cap and also allowing Ingram to get a jump start on free agency. The 2011 first-round pick out of Alabama is set to enter his age-31 campaign next year, but Ingram should still be able to land a backup role at worst. Meanwhile, most of the fantasy community will be monitoring what else Baltimore does at the running back position this offseason. J.K. Dobbins' fantasy ceiling depends on whether or not the team brings back restricted free agent Gus Edwards as well.

Category: Transactions

The Ravens waived QB Robert Griffin III. (Source: Baltimore Ravens on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Undrafted free agent Tyler Huntley did enough during Saturday's loss to the Bills to win a roster spot. Griffin could still wind up returning to the Ravens, but it's also possible we've seen his last NFL game. Griffin was the No. 2 overall draft pick back in 2012.

Category: Transactions

The Baltimore Ravens allowed 17 points on 220 total yards while recording two sacks in Saturday’s 17-3 Divisional Round loss to the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: The Ravens defense held an explosive Bills offense to one touchdown (Buffalo DST scored on a pick six) and 220 yards of total offense. Baltimore also racked up two sacks in Saturday’s playoff loss. The Ravens DST are expected to be one of the top defenses off the draft board in 2021 and are currently third in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

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