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RB Alex Collins - Baltimore Ravens

5-10, 217Born: 8-26-1994College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 5, pick 2016

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Week 15: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Ravens deserve a lot of credit for rebuilding their run game so effectively on the fly. After watching Alex Collins plod along for two months to no impact, they handed the reins over to powerful rookie runner Gus Edwards and quarterback Lamar Jackson. And the pair has responded fantastically: Edwards is averaging 96 yards per start, powering through clogged lanes and arm tackles. He's slowed down a bit over the last two weeks, He rotates work with Kenneth Dixon, who looks rejuvenated as he works back from injured reserve. He's putting up 4.8 yards a carry and has scored twice over his 3 games back. Most of this unit's improvement has come through the changes in scheme and personnel, but some credit goes to the front line, which has taken a big step forward after a slow start to the year. The Tampa Bay run defense continues to struggle mightily. It's grown steadily worse over the last 2 months; after allowing just 3.5 yards per carry to running backs over the first 5 weeks, they've bloated to 5.6 over the last eight. Personnel is a big reason for the struggles: this is a front seven built to penetrate and rush the passer, not to anchor up the middle, and it shows in the wide gaps this group tends to leave. Quick backs like Joe Mixon (123 yards and 2 touchdowns), Saquon Barkley (142 and 2), and Christian McCaffrey (106 on just 10 attempts) have had little difficulty finding room on the second level. Even with the full tackle rotation healthy and top linebacker Lavonte David back on the field, this is an exploitable unit across the board. There just isn't enough physicality or playmaking up front to slow anyone at the moment.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 vs CIN 17 7 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 7.8

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Alex Collins's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 11 vs CIN (7 / 18 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins opened the game as the starting running back but gave way to Gus Edwards and only saw one second half carry. Edwards was clearly the more effective runner through traffic. Collins' frequent lateral movements were less effective than Edwards' straight forward no nonsense style. The contrast in style was evident on Collins' 7 yard touchdown run as he bounced the run all the way to the perimeter to find the end zone. The Ravens backfield may be hard to forecast going forward with the emergence of Edwards and the addition of Ty Montgomery but expect Collins and Buck Allen to see less work than they did the first half of the season.

2018 Week 9 vs PIT (9 / 35 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins gained the edge running off right tackle for a 1 yard touchdown run. Alex Collins had a 14 yard reception negated by penalty. Collins found success running between the tackles in the first half but the lack of production in the passing game lead to a limited number of attempts for Collins. Collins is not seeing sufficient work in the passing game to make him a good fantasy play regardless of game script.

2018 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 49 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins played well and was consistently able to pick up positive yardage in the run game. Collins also saw usage in the passing game. Collins appeared to be wrapped up but spun away from two defenders and broke into the open field for a 14 yard touchdown. Collins was hit immediately by an unblocked defensive tackle as he received a hand off and fumbled. There was clearly a missed blocking assignment and almost any running back would have fumbled in those circumstances. Collins gained 15 yards on his first carry following the fumble running behind Orlando Brown Jr. Collins picked up 10 yards on a check down from Flacco.

2018 Week 7 vs NO (11 / 38 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins saw limited work in a slow paced game. The Ravens did not seem confident in their ability to convert short yardage situations with carries by running backs and in turn resorted to running plays by quarterbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers. This resulted in a 1 yard touchdown run for Lamar Jackson. Collins struggled to find room to run and the Ravens run game has yet to take off this season. Collins ran through traffic up the middle for a 9 yard gain on the Ravens first offensive play. Collins caught a check down for 5 yards the following play. Collins followed a nice block from Nick Boyle up the middle for 9 yards.

2018 Week 6 vs TEN (19 / 54 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins was hit in the backfield or met at the line of scrimmage on a large percentage of his carries. Collins ran hard and made defenders miss or work to bring him down when he could. Collins was bottled up on all of his carries until he found a nice crease behind James Hurst and Marshal Yanda for a 13 yard touchdown. Collins showed his quick feet and burst on the play. Collins scored another touchdown this time from 2 yards out. Collins showed nice vision on the play bouncing the run to the outside after no hole opened up inside. Collins saw almost no involvement in the passing game and split work with Gus Edwards on the ground. The Ravens coaching staff is conscious of the amount of work Collins receives as he has already dealt with some lower body ailments this season. Don't expect Collins to handle more than 20 touches barring an injury.

2018 Week 5 vs CLE (12 / 59 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins was able to pick up chunks of yardage on a number of his carries but the Ravens were not able to sustain enough drives to give him the volume needed for a big game. Collins followed nice blocks from Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle around the edge for a 19 yard gain on the Ravens' first offensive play. Collins got a nice block from James Hurst to get to the second level for a 9 yard gain his second carry. Collins made a beautiful jump cut to reverse fields at the second level and pick up 14 yards. Collins left the field with some sort of leg injury leading to more work for Buck Allen. Collins returned to the field and dropped a low throw on a check down from Flacco. Collins had a 17 yard gain negated by an illegal block in the back penalty. Collins is so clearly the better player than Buck Allen that I thought Collins would eventually dominate the workload but the Ravens are determined to give Allen significant work.

2018 Week 4 vs PIT (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)

Alex Collins got his first carry on the Ravens first offensive play of the game and made a nice cutback to pick up 12 yards. Collins was used twice in obvious passing situations that are usually reserved for Buck Allen. Collins scored a 3 yard receiving touchdown on one of those occasion running to flat and making an easy catch. Collins was met at the line of scrimmage by two defenders and fumbled on Pittsburgh's 1 yard line. Collins was not punished harshly for his fumble and still saw more snaps and touches than Buck Allen. Collins also saw all of the goal line work in the game.

2018 Week 3 vs DEN (18 / 68 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins dominated carries in the Ravens backfield and matched Buck Allen in receptions. For the most part Collins struggled to find room to run against the Broncos defense. Collins followed nice blocks from Alex Lewis and Maxx WIlliams for a 6 yard touchdown. Collins fought through contact on a check down from Flacco for an 8 yard gain. Collins got up slowly and left the field with some discomfort after making a reception underneath. Collins returned to open the second half with a 13 yard burst behind Matt Skura. Collins was lined up at half back and Buck Allen was lined up at fullback when Allen scored a 1 yard rushing touchdown.

2018 Week 2 vs CIN (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins played well and made big plays in the passing game. Collins was not rewarded with more snaps desptie making big plays. Collins played second fiddle to Buck Allen especially later in the game as the Ravens went pass heavy. Collins' first two carries against the Bengals went for gains of 7 and 14 yards. The 14 yard gain came with Lamar Jackson lined up at quarterback and running the read option. Collins picked up 22 yards by breaking two tackles on a check down from Flacco. Collins got a carry from the 1 yard line but was stopped short of the end zone. Collins again broke two tackles and broke into the open field for 24 yards after catching a check down.

2018 Week 1 vs BUF (7 / 13 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Alex Collins appeared to not know the play call and put his first handoff from Flacco on the ground. Collins had a 14 yard gain negated by a holding penalty. Collins showed his strength and quickness on an impressive 8 yard touchdown run. Collins tried to make one too many moves in the backfield, stopped his feet, and was stripped by Tremaine Edmunds. Collins was lined up in the backfield when Buck Allen scored a touchdown. Allen was lined up at fullback and Collins was lined up at running back.

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