2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Baltimore Ravens

- Updated: Tuesday, September 6th

In addition to viewing our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Baltimore Ravens.


Joe Flacco389607437027.61426471.7286.1
Despite missing six games due to a torn ACL, Flacco had six games with 40-plus pass attempts -- only Drew Brees (10), Eli Manning (eight), Philip Rivers (eight) and Matt Ryan (seven) had more such games. While I don't expect Flacco to sling it 41.3 times per game, like last year, his supporting cast -- when at full strength -- is better than he's had over the past few seasons. And prior to last season, he had finished as a top-16 fantasy quarterback in four of the previous five seasons. In other words, he's a solid, if not spectacular, QB2 going into 2016.

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Running Backs

Kenneth Dixon1526694.7282270.8122.6
With a three-down skill set, Dixon rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three out of four seasons and posted 30-plus catches in back-to-back seasons at Louisiana Tech. Dixon sustained a left knee sprain in the team's third preseason game, but SI's Peter King wouldn't be surprised if he is the starter by the middle of the October. (Me either.)
Terrance West1184844.713770.486.7
Shedding 15 pounds this offseason, West had generated plenty of buzz in training camp. With Justin Forsett left off (and then re-signed to) the 53-man roster, West is set up to start (or not start) at running back in Week 1. In other words, who knows? Based on talent, Dixon is the preferred Ravens' running back to own for the full season, but the running back situation is as clear as mud.
Javorius Allen642621.2392961.270.2
Showing an ability to be productive with Justin Forsett sidelined over the final seven games of the season, Allen accumulated 629 yards from scrimmage on 133 touches (including 37 receptions) during that span. Regardless of which Ravens running back handles the early-down work (likely not Allen), Allen figures to handle the bulk of third-down snaps, which gives him a little more appeal in PPR formats.
Justin Forsett984212.5181100.269.3
Forsett broke his arm in the team's 10th game and he missed the final six games of the season. In the first nine games, however, he averaged 16.33 touches per game. The Ravens used a fourth-round pick on Kenneth Dixon, Buck Allen was productive last season and Terrance West has generated buzz early in camp. After being released (and re-signed), Forsett still figures to have a big role in Week 1, but it's unclear how the workload splits will shake out once Kenneth Dixon (knee) returns to the field.
Kyle Juszczyk240231891.226.5

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Wide Receivers

Mike Wallace568185.5000114.8
Missing the 1,000-yard milestone in each of the past four seasons, Wallace will play for his third team in as many seasons, but he has a chance to exceed expectations in Baltimore. While neither Ryan Tannehill nor Teddy Bridgewater excel in the vertical passing game, Flacco is a better match for Wallace's skill set.
Kamar Aiken556935.2000100.5
Aiken had 75 catches for 944 yards in 2015, but his production is likely to decline year over year with the addition of Mike Wallace and returns of Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman. Even so, it wouldn't surprise me if Aiken ends 2016 as the team's most productive fantasy receiver once again.
Steve Smith526754.700095.7
Postponing his retirement by one year, the obvious concerns with Smith are that he is now 37 years old and coming off a torn Achilles injury. When he was on the field last year, Smith had 46 catches for 670 yards (95.7 YPG) and three scores in his seven games played last season. Smith has made a career out of proving doubters wrong, but it's unlikely that Smith comes close to last year's per-game production.
Breshad Perriman233802.100050.6
Missing all of his rookie season and beginning training camp this year on the active/PUP list, Perriman finally made his NFL debut in the fourth preseason game. It's unlikely that Perriman makes a big fantasy impact especially early in the 2016 season.
Chris Moore91400.900019.4

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Tight Ends

Crockett Gillmore303602.450.4
With Ben Watson (Achilles) out for the season, Gillmore should see expanded opportunities and perhaps lead the team's tight ends in fantasy points. Gillmore had a 33/412/4 stat line over 10 games last season.
Maxx Williams29276239.6
Dennis Pitta14129118.9

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