As Week 1 attracts close to, avid fantasy soccer managers are already starting to run their mock drafts to find out the right way to (hopefully) win their leagues this upcoming season. On this article, we’ll be having a look at a handful of Ravens who you’ll wish to look out for on this yr’s drafts.
Beginning off this listing is Mark Andrews, who has simply confirmed himself a top-tier fantasy tight finish since becoming a member of the league in 2018. Presently, Andrews is sitting at an ADP of about 21 on most fantasy web sites, so managers ought to be seeking to draft him as their TE1 within the mid-late second spherical or early third spherical on the newest.
In line with most fantasy specialists, Andrews is taken into account to be ranked TE #2 behind Kansas Metropolis’s Travis Kelce, who tied Andrews in touchdowns final season (9) however had 15 fewer receptions and 236 fewer yards. As unbiased as this will presumably sound, with final yr’s statistics in thoughts there ought to be no purpose to pick out Kelce over Andrews. A good quantity of Kelce’s manufacturing in earlier seasons had come from performs the place Tyreek Hill served as extra of a decoy on the offense, oftentimes in a jet sweep.
Andrews then again really noticed a lower in targets with Hollywood Brown on the sector. With each gamers now with out their earlier WR1s, anticipate Andrews’ numbers to go up and Kelce’s to go down.
Ah, who remembers the seemingly-everlasting quarterback debate, “Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes?” Whereas Lamar will not be thought-about within the working for QB #1 in fantasy this yr, he actually stays within the high tier of quarterbacks. Presently, Jackson is taken into account QB #4 with an ADP round 49 or 50. This implies he’s prone to go away the draft board in late spherical 4 or early spherical 5, until the die exhausting Ravens fan in your league drafts him earlier.
Final season, Jackson hit the second-highest variety of passing yards in his profession (2,882) however rushed for the second-lowest quantity (767). He additionally had the second lowest variety of touchdowns in his profession, of which there have been 16. Nonetheless, fantasy managers ought to do not forget that Jackson solely performed twelve weeks final yr as a result of ankle damage he suffered in Week 15.
Anticipate Jackson’s numbers to rise again to the place they had been in 2020 ought to he stay wholesome all season.
Third on this listing is JK Dobbins, whose damage final August brought on him to overlook the whole thing of the 2021 season— crushing the hopes and goals of fantasy managers who had already drafted him. With out final season’s statistics to reference, let’s check out his efficiency in 2020. Dobbins had a formidable rookie yr, ending with 805 dashing yards, 9 touchdowns, and solely two fumbles in 15 video games. On the finish of the season he was ranked #17 on the RB place in fantasy.
Dobbins’ present ADP is up and down throughout fantasy web sites, most undoubtedly due to final yr’s absence. Amongst working backs he’s mostly ranked RB #23 – RB #25, and his ADP is across the 40-45 vary. Fantasy managers who imagine Dobbins can have an amazing comeback season ought to begin to preserve an eye fixed out for him to start with of the third spherical and will actually take into account drafting him if he’s nonetheless on the finish of spherical 4.
Subsequent on this listing is WR Rashod Bateman, who is predicted by many to have a breakout yr following the departure of Marquise Brown. Bateman’s present ADP is between 80 and 90 on most fantasy web sites, which means that he’s almost definitely to seem on the draft board in rounds seven or eight. Bateman ought to function a strong WR2 or WR3 for fantasy managers if he lives as much as the hype that has been created round him this offseason.
Final yr was sadly not probably the most gorgeous rookie season for Bateman, who discovered himself in a decently crowded receiving corps and coping with an early-season damage. By the top of the yr, Bateman had solely 68 receptions in 12 video games, 4 of which didn’t have Lamar Jackson at QB because of damage.
With none veteran signings at WR to date this offseason, Bateman is seeking to enhance on final yr’s numbers as this yr’s WR1.
Gus “The Bus” Edwards ought to function a strong RB2 or FLEX possibility for fantasy managers this upcoming season. He’s mostly ranked at about 50 amongst working backs and at the moment has an ADP between 154 and 157, which means he’ll seemingly seem in late spherical 13 or early spherical fourteen.
Edwards is a good sleeper decide with an ADP so excessive. Like Dobbins, Edwards additionally missed the whole thing of final season with an ACL tear, which in flip seemingly brought on his ADP to leap so drastically. Nonetheless, his 2020 season was very promising as properly. Edwards rushed for 723 yards and raked in six touchdowns. In a run-heavy offense, Edwards is the perfect trying participant at that late place within the draft.