Baltimore Ravens 2021 Fantasy Preview

Baltimore Ravens

2020 Record: 11-5

2021 Over/Under: o/u 10.5

2021 Divison Odds: +135

2021 Super Bowl Odds: +1600

As you prepare for the fantasy season, whether it be your home league, a big money squad or with us at Champions Round, we want you to be as prepared as possible heading into the season. And most of all we want to see you win! 

The Baltimore Ravens should once again have one of the most dominant rushing attacks in the NFL. Their offensive line should be really good, as should Lamar Jackson and J.K. Dobbins. Gus Edwards could also be a big part of their offense. In terms of pass catchers, Baltimore has a couple of interesting options but you may have to take on some risk by adding those players to your roster.

The Ravens are co-favorites to win the AFC North along with the Cleveland Browns. They should once again be a playoff team and they have every right to consider themselves as serious Super Bowl contenders.

Champions Round “JUICE” Projections

2021 Expected Record: 11-6

2021 Expected Points Per Game: 28.2

2021 Expected Points Allowed Per Game: 22.5

QB

Lamar Jackson - Rank: QB6

JUICE Projections: 307-473 Passing, 65% Completion, 3533 Passing Yds., 30 TD, 13 INT; 942 Rushing Yds, 8 Rush TD

Yeah, sure, Lamar Jackson had a “down” year in 2020. He was still one of the best fantasy QBs. He will be again this season. Jackson’s running abilities makes him a top-5 fantasy option at QB year in and year out. I expect nothing less than that this season, especially as he has a better RB1 now with JK Dobbins in Year 2 and the addition of playmakers like Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman.

RB

J.K. Dobbins - Rank: RB19

JUICE Projections: 187 carries, 972 Rushing Yds, 10 Rush TD; 25 receptions, 179 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD

Dobbins has high RB1 upside should he see the bulk of the volume in 2021 and also increase his usage in the passing game, both of which are well within the range of outcomes. Dobbins is a very efficient RB, similar in style to Nick Chubb, but could lack the volume of a true RB1 due to the presence of Jackson and Gus Edwards. I would take Dobbins in the third round in redrafts.

Gus Edwards - Rank: RB43

JUICE Projections: 137 carries, 664 Rushing Yds, 5 Rush TD; 9 receptions, 66 Receiving Yds, 1 Rec. TD

Edwards has shown the ability to be productive within this Ravens offense. While he won’t be the starter come Week 1, he is likely worthy of a flex starting spot against bad defense since the Ravens rushing attack tends to rack up points in those situations. Should Dobbins ever get injured, Edwards would have RB1 upside. He’s one of the better “handcuffs” you can draft and has some standalone value in 2021. 

Justice Hill - Rank: RB75

JUICE Projections: 71 carries, 335 Rushing Yds, 2 Rush TD; 3 receptions, 24 Receiving Yds

Hill probably won’t provide much fantasy value this season without an injury to Dobbins or Edwards. That being said, if one of them does go down he would be a priority add in all leagues.

WR

Hollywood Brown - Rank: WR36

JUICE Projections: 59 receptions, 756 Receiving Yds, 6 Rec. TD

Brown has proven to be Jackson’s favorite wide receiver over the past two season. He’s not going to overwhelm the fantasy community with volume, hence his current ADP. But his ability to score touchdowns, and long ones, reminds us of DeSean Jackson. If Brown is healthy and the Ravens offense is in a groove, you’ll see some massive games from Hollywood Brown this season. He’s just not an every week starter. In best ball leagues he could be a big time steal.

Sammy Watkins - Rank: WR61

JUICE Projections: 49 receptions, 564 Receiving Yds, 5 Rec. TD

Watkins has never been able to recapture the success he found early on in Buffalo but he has an opportunity to lead the Ravens in targets in 2021. Would I draft him? Sure. But not at his current ADP. If you’re looking for a Ravens receiver, I would rather spend my draft capital on Bateman or Hollywood.

Rashod Bateman - Rank: WR67

JUICE Projections: 43 receptions, 532 Receiving Yds, 5 Rec. TD

Bateman, the first round pick out of Minnesota, is a special prospect who could end up being one of the best players from the 2021 draft class. There are some legitimate concerns about his ability to play with a QB like Jackson, but the talent is there and so is the opportunity. Bateman may not have a huge breakout rookie campaign, but he’s worth a late round shot in all keeper leagues. At his current price there’s nothing but upside in taking him. 

Devin Duvernay - Rank: WR118

JUICE Projections: 20 receptions, 239 Receiving Yds, 1 Rec. TD

Duvernay is an interesting case. He came on a little bit last year and proved he could be a player to watch in 2021. The roster additions didn’t help his case, but rumors from OTAs were that he stepped up and had a real role. We shall see. In deep dynasty leagues he could have value, but otherwise he doesn’t really…yet. 

TE

Mark Andrews - Rank: TE7

JUICE Projections: 58 receptions, 701 Receiving Yds, 7 Rec. TD

Andrews is my TE7 this season and I expect him to once again be a top target for the Ravens. I believe we’ll see a season somewhere between his incredible 2019 campaign and his above average 2020 season. That being said, from a fantasy perspective, it may be worth waiting on a TE if you’re thinking about taking Andrews unless he drops to the 7th round or later. I would personally rather try to get someone like Noah Fant or Adam Trautman later in drafts.

TL;DR 2021 Baltimore Ravens

  • Expect the Ravens rushing attack to keep humming
  • Avoid the Ravens pass catchers in the middle rounds, but take some shots late
  • Lamar + JK could each be top 5 fantasy options at their positions

Thanks for reading and good luck in your drafts! Next Up: Atlanta Falcons!