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RB Alex Collins - Baltimore Ravens

5-10, 217Born: 8-26-1994College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Collins had his best fantasy line of the year in PPR leagues despite being held under 2.5 yards per carry. He was finally involved in the passing game and finally scored. The Ravens have winnable matchups in Weeks 15 and 16 against Cleveland and Indianapolis, making Collins very valuable for playoff teams.

Week 12: vs Houston Texans

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Ravens rushing attack has been a semi-productive attack all season, though nailing down opportunity has been tricky. And the unit was simply smothered in Week 11's win, "boasting" just 59 yards across 24 running back carries and a long run of just 9. Javorius Allen and Danny Woodhead are set as passing down backs who offer little ground impact, while early-season darling Alex Collins has hit a wall as lead runner, averaging just 3.85 yards per rush over his last 4 games. Generally speaking, game flow will determine the rushing outlook for this backfield each week, but the overall lack of talent caps the upside in even the sexiest of matchups. Collins remains worthy of a week-by-week look - he did average 6.44 yards per carry as a part-timer early in the year - but with bye weeks over, there's little reason to look at this unit for anything but receiving production. The Houston run defense remains the only real saving-grace unit on this decimated roster. Even with J.J. Watt sidelined, the Texans are exceptionally hard to run against: they're allowing just 3.67 yards per carry (3.46 to running backs) and have surrendered a league-low 3 ground touchdowns all season. They boast a strong, space-eating nose tackle in the emerging D.J. Reader, and appear to have found a second-round gem in linebacker Zach Cunningham, who's graded fantastically across the board in place of the suspended (and overrated) Brian Cushing. Not even script-granted volume has allowed Houston's opponents to produce solidly on the ground, and that's a trend that looks likely to continue against the Ravens' banged-up line and mediocre runners.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs MIA 32 18 113 0 2 2 30 0 0 14.3
9 at TEN 28 13 43 0 1 1 3 0 0 4.6
11 at GB 38 20 49 1 7 4 22 0 0 13.1
12 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 19 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 18 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs GB (20 / 49 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins assumed the role as the clear lead back for the Ravens. Collins ran very hard and made the most of his carries. Collins led the team in carries and targets. It is worth noting that 3 or 4 of his targets were passes that were thrown away by Flacco. However, Collins' role in the pass game is clearly growing. Collins caught his first target on screen pass but the Packers did an excellent job of giving him nowhere to run. Collins slipped and fell after making a catch in the backfield losing 6 yards on the play. Collins made Blake Martinez miss as he made a catch on a check down and broke into the open field for a 21 yard gain. Collins found more running room particularly attacking the edges of the Packer's defense as the game progressed. Collins had a 9 yard carry off right tackle featuring a nice stiff arm along the sideline. Collins followed Patrick Ricard and Austin Howard through a big hole for 9 yards.

2017 Week 9 vs TEN (13 / 43 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins struggled to find running room against the Titans. Collins was frequently met in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage on his carries. Collins still looked good on his limited opportunities. Collins burst for 14 yards running behind Austin Howard on his first touch of the game. Collins made three nice quick cuts through traffic on his way to another 14 yard gain.

2017 Week 8 vs MIA (18 / 113 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins started the game and running back and saw more snaps than Buck Allen for the first time this season. Collins received only 2 more touches than Allen but gained more than twice as many yards. Collins broke a 19 yard following a nice block from Nick Boyle at the second level. Collins hit the hole with impressive speed. Collins got the edge and broke a Laurence Timmons tackle to pick up 13 yards. Collins caught a check down from Flacco, side stepped a defender and followed another block from Boyle down the sideline for 27 yards. Collins followed another excellent block from Boyle on a toss play and escaped down the sideline for 19 more yards.

2017 Week 7 vs MIN (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins played second fiddle to Buck Allen. Collins struggled to get going and find running room against the Vikings. Collins workload is very game flow dependent because he is not used in the passing game.

2017 Week 6 vs CHI (15 / 74 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins led the Ravens' backfield in touches but saw fewer snaps than Buck Allen. Collins followed a very nice block from Ryan Jensen and exploded up field making a beautiful cut at the second level to force a missed tackle. Collins was brought down after a 30 yard gain. Collins hit the hole hard behind a nice block from James Hurst for a 10 yard gain.

2017 Week 5 vs OAK (12 / 55 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins took a back seat to Buck Allen who led the backfield in snaps and carries. Collins found a crease behind Ryan Jensen and bounced the run outside for a 25 yard gain. Collins held the ball high and tight as he broke into the open field. Collins kept his feet moving and pushed a massive pile of bodies for an impressive 6 yard gain. Collins took a clear back seat to Allen after getting the start and fumbling the previous week.

2017 Week 4 vs PIT (9 / 82 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins earned the start at running back and produced big plays. Collins found a massive hole behind Ronnie Stanley and exploded down the sideline and was spun down after 23 yards. After a pair of back to back runs for a first down, Collins was hit in the backfield by Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward and lost a fumble. Collins reentered the game promptly after his fumble. Collins exploded behind a pulling Matt Skura to the edge, shook off an arm tackle, and made a very nice cut inside before being brought down after a 50 yard gain. Collins had an ugly drop bounce off his hands. Coach John Harbaugh stated that Collins is on a short leash following the fumbles.

2017 Week 3 vs JAX (9 / 82 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins saw a snap and carries before Buck Allen and looked like the Ravens most effective running back. Collins is able to make unblocked defenders miss and maximizes his blocking with excellent cuts. Collins split work with Allen in the 3rd and 4th quarter following a Terrence West fumble with Allen handling the pass game role. Collins had an impressive 16 yard run making Myles Jack miss with a nice cut up field and showed off his acceleration. Collins made Dante Fowler miss in the backfield and picked up 10 yards. Collins went to work against the Jaguars second string defense. Collins got the edge running behind Ryan Jensen side stepped a tackler and was spun down after an 18 yard gain. Collins gained 19 more yards again running off tackle and making defenders miss at the second level with his quickness.

2017 Week 2 vs CLE (7 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins looked like the Ravens most decisive and explosive running back. Collins found a hole off tackle and exploded for a 16 yard gain on his carry. Collins showed good patience on consecutive runs of 4 and 7 yards. Collins burst into the open field for 13 yards but fumbled as he attempted to spin out of a tackle. It is noteworthy Collins was not punished for his fumble and received a carry on the Ravens ensuing possession.


Latest News

Ravens | Alex Collins reaches end zone (Sun Nov 19, 04:16 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins rushed for 49 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries against the Green Bay Packers in Week 11. He also caught four passes for 22 yards.

Our View: Collins finally scored and was finally used in the passing game like a true feature back. He didn't get on track as a runner, but his score and PPR contributions bode well going into a matchup at Houston next week.
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Ravens | Alex Collins will keep lead role (Thu Nov 16, 01:21 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins will remain the featured back despite the returns of RBs Terrance West and Danny Woodhead.

Our View: Collins ranks 10th in the league with 521 rushing yards since making his debut with the team in Week 2, and after the bye week, should be ready to go. His production has been a bit up and down, understandably so given how bad the overall offense has been. He'll also see Danny Woodhead get some of his carries (we are less worried about Terrance West) but not enough to hurt him a ton. He's a rock-solid RB3 this week against the Packers.
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Ravens | Alex Collins making an impact (Tue Nov 14, 09:56 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins ranks 10th in the league with 521 rushing yards since making his debut with the team in Week 2.

Our View: Collins has been a find for the Ravens. A fifth-round pick (Arkansas) for the Seahawks in 2016, Collins has the vision and footwork to maximize his yards on every carry. He's not flashy, but Collins gets it done as a runner. The Ravens should start using RB Danny Woodhead as a change-of-pace back, but that could take away touches from Buck Allen more than Collins.
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