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Per Jeff Zebriec of The Athletic, Baltimore WR Marquise Brown exited practice with a team athletic trainer after apparently tweaking his leg, but the injury does not appear to be serious. (Source: Jeff Zrebiec)

Fantasy Impact: It seems as if Brown and the Ravens avoided disaster during this early portion of camp as Brown's leg injury seems to be minor. The Raven's might be cautious with Brown for a few days, but all signs point toward the third year WR being fine. 2021 could be a make or break season for Brown who is a former first round pick that has yet to live up to his potential, failing to gain over 800 yards receiving in either of his first two seasons. Right now, Brown is being viewed as a late round boom or bust WR that is more suited for standard scoring formats.

Category: Injury Updates


Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced that star quarterback Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19. (Source: Lindsey Ok on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson was held out of practice on Wednesday for COVID-related reasons, but we now know that the quarterback himself actually tested positive. This isn't Jackson's first battle with the virus. He missed Week 12 vs. Pittsburgh last season after testing positive. The 24-year-old, who has not shared whether or not he is vaccinated, will have to recover in isolation away from the team before returning. He currently ranks fourth among quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Ravens RB Gus Edwards tested positive for COVID-19. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Edwards will miss the first 10 days of training camp. This shouldn't ultimately affect his Week 1 availability, but it'll give J.K. Dobbins a leg up on seizing a larger share of Baltimore's backfield.

Category: Injury Updates


The Ravens have placed left tackle Ronnie Stanley on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he recovers from an ankle injury. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stanley missed a combined eight games over his first four seasons before missing 10 last year. He underwent a second surgery this past March and is widely viewed as a top tackle in the NFL. The 27-year-old had his talents recognized by being named a Pro Bowler and First-Team All-Pro in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Jeff Zrebiec with The Athletic is expecting J.K. Dobbins to have an increased role in 2021, saying that "Dobbins figures to be one of the focal points of an offense" and that the team "would like to get him more involved in the passing game." (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Dobbins had an incredibly efficient rookie season, averaging a staggering 6.0 yards per carry. Although he totaled 805 rushing yards on the season, his lack of utilization early on paints a clear picture of why we could see an uptick in his Year 2 campaign. Dobbins was kept to less than 43% of his team's snaps in each outing and never saw double-digit carries through the first six weeks. After the bye though, Dobbins saw an increase in opportunity and looked to be a budding star. Through his final nine games, Dobbins averaged 12.1 carries for 72.3 yards while scoring seven touchdowns. His lack of involvement in the passing game (0.8 receptions for 5.1 yards per game) was the biggest knock to his value. Dobbins still appears to be in a timeshare with Gus Edwards and Lamar Jackson, which can cap his ceiling. But increased involvement in the passing game could help him elevate his fantasy output. Dobbins is currently our RB18 in Expert Consensus Rankings. However, a few receptions per game coupled with his extreme rushing efficiency and the Ravens' run-first offensive mindset could help him outperform that.

Category: Rumors


Rashod Bateman is earning high praise from his Baltimore coaches and teammates early this off-season. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Bateman’s draft stock was hurt a bit by the shortened season in the Big Ten, but the former Gopher was electric as a sophomore. He recorded 60 catches and turned them into 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. Even as a freshman, he was very effective securing 51 balls for 704 yards, and six touchdowns. The Ravens threw the least in the NFL last season, but there appears to be an added emphasis on the passing game in 2021. Mark Andrews will likely continue to operate as Lamar Jackson’s No. 1 target. Marquise Brown however, has disappointed since being drafted in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The rookie receiver out of Minnesota has a great opportunity to step in and be the No. 1 wide receiver. Bateman’s talent is not in question, but the amount of targets he will see is. If he’s able to separate himself from the other receivers on the roster, fantasy managers should expect a very nice return on his current ADP. Bateman has top-30 potential in a hyper-efficient, albeit low-volume passing attack.


Baltimore Ravens WR Sammy Watkins reportedly looked impressive and emerged as the best wide receiver during minicamp, per beat reporter Jamison Hensley. (Source: Jamison Hensley on ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Ravens completely revamped their receiving corps this offseason, signing Watkins to a one-year, $5 million contract to help provide a big, experienced wideout for former MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson to target. The Ravens ranked last in total targets to their wide receivers in 2020, as Jackson targeted Marquise "Hollywood" Brown 100 times but only connected on 58 of the pass attempts, which forced him to distribute 88 targets to tight-end Mark Andrews. Drafting Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace in the first round and fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft adds size, speed, and depth alongside Watkins and Brown. Based on his early performance in Ravens' minicamp, Watkins could be a fantastic late-round value, as his current ADP is 210 with an expert consensus ranking of WR79. He is going largely undrafted and could emerge as a key weapon within Baltimore's passing attack if he continues to build chemistry with Jackson throughout training camp.

Category: Rumors


Former Denver Broncos OT Ja'Wuan James has reportedly signed a two-year deal worth up to nine million dollars with the Baltimore Ravens, per Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: James managed to sign a two-year, $9 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, despite having ruptured his Achilles last spring, leading to an ongoing legal situation with the Broncos. The Ravens land a solid veteran tackle with the James signing, building depth along their offensive line along with Alejandro Villanueva and Ronnie Stanley returning to left tackle from injury. James still has to pass his team physical, which excludes the Achilles injury he suffered a year ago. The seventh-year tackle is expected to pass with no issues and will have the opportunity to compete for the Ravens' 53-man roster as OTAs lead into training camp in the coming weeks.

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


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


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