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Player Spotlight: The Ravens' Backfield

A detailed look at the Ravens' backfield situation for 2016.

An Injury Riddled and Unpredictable Season

To say the Ravens had an uncharacteristically bad season is an understatement. Through the course of the year, they lost to injury Joe Flacco, Steve Smith, Justin Forsett, Crockett Gilmore, and others. They ultimately finished with a 5-11 record.

Players returning from injury will make a big difference for this team, but there are a few issues left unsettled from last year. One of those issues is the state of Baltimore’s backfield. When knowledgeable fantasy owners were asked for their impressions of the running back situation, opinions varied greatly. The following responses are representative of some of the more common viewpoints that emerged:

"It’s a perennial crapshoot. You never know who’s going to be the bellcow from season to season since Ray Rice left." - Micah

“I’m intrigued. Forsett is the name. Kenneth Dixon is a guy I liked coming out… My guess is they hope for Forsett to return to what they had seen, while also hoping Dixon will be something big for them.” -Bryan

Javorius Allen wasn’t special, but didn’t play too bad last year filling in for Forsett. I think they give him a chance to compete for the starting job.” -Devin

“Forsett is the number one and will get the bulk of the carries. The other guys will see spot time through the game. The more important question is will the offensive line be able to open a hole, even with Stanley added to the line?” -Austin

“Watch out for Trent Richardson! He’s got his mind right now!” -Simon

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