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RB Alex Collins - Baltimore Ravens

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Collins usage returned to second half of 2017 levels, and he converted twice in the red zone as Buck Allen moved into more of a complementary role. Collins faces the tough Saints run defense this week, but his season outlook is brightening.

Week 7: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Based upon his breakout 2017, Alex Collins has been a massive disappointment thus far. He opened his tenure as the Ravens' lead back with 478 yards over his first 80 carries, but here in 2018, he's sitting at just 3.57 yards per. The Ravens are feeding him plenty of volume to succeed with; the yardage efficiency just isn't there. Some of that blame falls on the typically-sturdy front line, which has underachieved a bit despite Marshal Yanda's return. But Collins himself isn't a particularly special runner, with middling speed and athleticism for a back around 220 pounds. As a result, he doesn't create much when he hits traffic and will likely need better blocking to turn his season around. He's still miles better than Javorius Allen (2.77 on the year), though, so he'll continue to spearhead this attack. The Saints run defense has exceeded all expectations thus far in 2018. Only one back (Peyton Barber in Week 1) has topped 44 yards in this matchup, and no team has allowed less per rush. Along the way, they've corralled both phenom Saquon Barkley (10 for 44) and the rejuvenated Adrian Peterson (4 for 6), as well. Ex-Jet linebacker Demario Davis is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season in run support, routinely making impressive plays in pursuit. And safety Vonn Bell has taken a noticeable step forward in his third year. There's always the worry of sudden implosion once this group is faced with a strong run game, but the results are firmly on their side.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs DEN 35 18 68 1 4 3 6 0 0 13.4
4 at PIT 37 11 42 0 1 1 3 1 1 9.5
5 at CLE 27 12 59 0 4 1 7 0 0 6.6
6 at TEN 34 19 54 2 0 0 0 0 0 17.4
7 vs NO 0 11 38 0 4 3 10 0 0 4.8
7 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 2 * * * *
7 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 1 * * * *
7 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 1 * * * *

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 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.


Latest News

Ravens | Alex Collins contained in loss (Sun Oct 21, 11:53 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins rushed 11 times for 38 yards and caught three passes for 10 yards in a 24-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 7.

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Ravens | Alex Collins scores twice (Mon Oct 15, 12:16 AM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins rushed 19 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-0 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 6.

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Ravens | Baltimore committed to committee backfield. (Mon Oct 8, 03:06 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins played only 27-of-87 snaps in the team's Week 5 overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns. When asked about Collins' lack of action, head coach John Harbaugh said, 'A fresh running back is a good thing. We need to spread the load.'

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