As Week 1 draws near, avid fantasy football managers are already beginning to run their mock drafts to determine how to (hopefully) win their leagues this upcoming season. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at a handful of Ravens who you’ll want to look out for in this year’s drafts.
Starting off this list is Mark Andrews, who has easily proven himself a top-tier fantasy tight end since joining the league in 2018. Currently, Andrews is sitting at an ADP of about 21 on most fantasy websites, so managers should be looking to draft him as their TE1 in the mid-late second round or early third round at the latest.
According to most fantasy experts, Andrews is considered to be ranked TE #2 behind Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, who tied Andrews in touchdowns last season (9) but had 15 fewer receptions and 236 fewer yards. As unbiased as this can possibly sound, with last year’s statistics in mind there should be no reason to select Kelce over Andrews. A decent amount of Kelce’s production in previous seasons had come from plays where Tyreek Hill served as more of a decoy on the offense, oftentimes in a jet sweep.
Andrews on the other hand actually saw a decrease in targets with Hollywood Brown on the field. With both players now without their previous WR1s, expect Andrews’ numbers to go up and Kelce’s to go down.
Ah, who remembers the seemingly-everlasting quarterback debate, “Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes?” While Lamar may not be considered in the running for QB #1 in fantasy this year, he certainly remains in the top tier of quarterbacks. Currently, Jackson is considered QB #4 with an ADP around 49 or 50. This means he is likely to leave the draft board in late round four or early round five, unless the die hard Ravens fan in your league drafts him earlier.
Last season, Jackson hit the second-highest number of passing yards in his career (2,882) but rushed for the second-lowest amount (767). He also had the second lowest number of touchdowns in his career, of which there were 16. However, fantasy managers should remember that Jackson only played twelve weeks last year due to the ankle injury he suffered in Week 15.
Expect Jackson’s numbers to rise back to where they were in 2020 should he remain healthy all season.
Third on this list is JK Dobbins, whose injury last August caused him to miss the entirety of the 2021 season— crushing the hopes and dreams of fantasy managers who had already drafted him. Without last season’s statistics to reference, let’s take a look at his performance in 2020. Dobbins had an impressive rookie year, finishing with 805 rushing yards, nine touchdowns, and only two fumbles in 15 games. At the end of the season he was ranked #17 at the RB position in fantasy.
Dobbins’ current ADP is up and down across fantasy websites, most definitely because of last year’s absence. Among running backs he is most commonly ranked RB #23 – RB #25, and his ADP is around the 40-45 range. Fantasy managers who believe Dobbins will have a great comeback season should start to keep an eye out for him in the beginning of the third round and should certainly consider drafting him if he is still at the end of round four.
Next on this list is WR Rashod Bateman, who is expected by many to have a breakout year following the departure of Marquise Brown. Bateman’s current ADP is between 80 and 90 on most fantasy websites, meaning that he is most likely to appear on the draft board in rounds seven or eight. Bateman should serve as a solid WR2 or WR3 for fantasy managers if he lives up to the hype that has been created around him this offseason.
Last year was unfortunately not the most stunning rookie season for Bateman, who found himself in a decently crowded receiving corps and dealing with an early-season injury. By the end of the year, Bateman had only 68 receptions in 12 games, four of which did not have Lamar Jackson at QB due to injury.
Without any veteran signings at WR so far this offseason, Bateman is looking to improve on last year’s numbers as this year’s WR1.
Gus “The Bus” Edwards should serve as a solid RB2 or FLEX option for fantasy managers this upcoming season. He is most commonly ranked at about 50 among running backs and currently has an ADP between 154 and 157, meaning he will likely appear in late round thirteen or early round fourteen.
Edwards is a great sleeper pick with an ADP so high. Like Dobbins, Edwards also missed the entirety of last season with an ACL tear, which in turn likely caused his ADP to jump so drastically. However, his 2020 season was very promising as well. Edwards rushed for 723 yards and raked in six touchdowns. In a run-heavy offense, Edwards is the best looking player at that late position in the draft.