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2024 Fantasy Football Preview: Baltimore Ravens

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Player Outlooks (2024)


QB Lamar Jackson: The first year for Jackson in Todd Monken’s offense resulted in tremendous efficiency, and the addition of Derrick Henry should only make things easier on him and the Baltimore offense in 2024. Not only will Henry’s presence create more favorable looks in the passing game, but it will also prevent opponents from keying on Jackson as a runner—and the NFL MVP finished third in fantasy points per game last season (20.7) despite a modest 29 total touchdowns. With Zay Flowers and Rashod Bateman as hopeful breakout candidates and Mark Andrews healthy, Jackson should remain a high-end QB1.


QB Devin Leary: Leary is obviously stuck behind Jackson (and will probably be the No. 3 quarterback this season), but we gave him a second-round grade in the 2024 NFL Draft—so he should be rostered in all dynasty leagues. A confident passer that can attack all areas of the field, Leary compares to Brock Purdy, and he’s in a great spot to have success if injuries ever force him into action.


RB Derrick Henry: Many are expecting Henry to fall off or at least take a step back in Baltimore, as most in the industry have him ranked as a borderline second/third-round pick. However, we believe that is a mistake, and the goal of 300 carries for Henry being met would make him a no-doubt first-round value. Last year, Baltimore running backs combined for 20 rushing touchdowns (including 13 for Gus Edwards), so there is no reason King Henry—who typically dominates in December—can’t cruise to at least double-digit scores and be in contention for the rushing title.


RB Keaton Mitchell: Despite never seeing double-digit carries as a rookie, Mitchell showed off-the-charts efficiency with the touches he did get—averaging 8.4 yards per carry and 80.0 total yards per game (on just 9.1 touches per game) in six appearances after he saw his first carry in Week 9. John Harbaugh already declaring Mitchell won’t be ready for training camp makes him a candidate to miss time into the regular season as he recovers from a torn ACL, but he’s a worthwhile stash in all fantasy leagues based on the big-play ability shown in Year 1.


RB Justice Hill: Hill is someone we have liked since he was at Oklahoma State, and he is coming off his best season by totaling 593 yards and four touchdowns. Over the past two seasons in particular, Hill has averaged an impressive 4.9 yards per carry for the Ravens, and he could carry some early appeal in deeper PPR leagues if Keaton Mitchell is out.


WR Zay Flowers: One of the summer’s top breakout candidates, Flowers caught fire down the stretch with 17.0+ fantasy points in four of his final five appearances as a rookie, and he showed good steadiness—including from a fantasy perspective—on an offense that didn’t throw too often and had a bunch of blowout victories. Baltimore getting Mark Andrews healthy and expressing a desire to feed Derrick Henry probably caps the statistical ceiling for Flowers with Lamar Jackson averaging 229.9 passing yards per game in his second MVP season, but he’s a bet-on-the-talent selection that will have opportunities to shine early in the season with games against the Chiefs, Cowboys, Bills, and Bengals in the first five weeks.


WR Rashod Bateman: A lot of fantasy owners are understandably tired of buying into Bateman, but he’s the ultimate post-hype sleeper—drawing hype from Todd Monken, Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, and others this offseason. Health is the key, so Bateman staying on the field in training camp and earning the complete trust of Jackson could allow him to reach is ceiling with a clear path to a sizeable role alongside Zay Flowers.


WR Nelson Agholor: Agholor was the perfect role player for Baltimore in his first year with the team, and they brought him back as an early signing in February—suggesting he’ll remain an important part of the offense. Being a top-tier blocker could be even more important this season with Derrick Henry in the backfield, but he’s firmly in the better-in-real-life category, especially if everyone stays healthy.


WR Devontez Walker: General inconsistency and concern about drops led to Walker falling to the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft, but he’s a smooth vertical threat with quality size that should be a good match with Lamar Jackson’s deep ball. As a rookie, there simply isn’t expected to be enough reliability for targets, so Walker is more of a dynasty investment that may have a better chance for a role in 2025.


WR Deonte Harty: There was some hope for Harty to be used more on offense last year in Buffalo, but that didn’t really happen with 15 receptions for 150 scoreless yards—and the Ravens signed him to make an impact in the return game. We’ll see if Harty sees increased offensive snaps early on if Keaton Mitchell is out.


WR Tylan Wallace: Wallace had a strong training camp in 2023 to comfortably earn himself a roster spot, but he’s totaled just seven receptions for 67 yards through three seasons. The former fourth-round pick would probably benefit from a change of scenery in more of a pass-happy offense, so he’s just a fringe dynasty hold for now.


TE Mark Andrews: Andrews was highly productive in nine games last year—including six touchdowns—before a hip-drop tackle ended his 2023 regular season, ranking behind only Sam LaPorta (11.5), Travis Kelce (11.5), and T.J. Hockenson (11.4) in fantasy points per game (11.3). The Ravens will have more competition for targets if Zay Flowers and Rashod Bateman make expected leaps, but Andrews can still finish as a high-end TE1 based on his big-play potential and connection he has with Lamar Jackson in the red zone.


TE Isaiah Likely: Another factor to consider for Mark Andrews is the possibility of increased involvement for Likely cutting into his numbers—as the backup’s production was undeniable last season with 10.3 yards per target and five touchdowns over the final five games (all with Andrews out). Likely didn’t even need a huge bump in opportunities to produce with 12.1 fantasy points per game on just 4.7 targets per game in six appearances with Andrews out down the stretch in 2023. He should be drafted everywhere due to the combination of handcuff value and a hopeful standalone boost.


TE Charlie Kolar: Kolar is blocked for snaps behind the star duo of Andrews and Likely, but he’s a talented pass-catcher at six-foot-seven—and perhaps the Ravens will find ways to get him on the field more this year. NFL teams looking for help at the position should check in about acquiring Kolar this summer.


Other Notes


Best IDP value: LB Trenton Simpson

Simpson is set to step into the starting role alongside Roquan Smith with Patrick Queen departing for the Steelers—and he will rack up the numbers if able to even come close to similar production with 250 total tackles, 8.5 sacks, and three interceptions, and 12 passes defended for Queen over the past two seasons. When drafted last year, the thought was that Simpson would eventually be the replacement for Queen, so he should be ready to step in after a season learning behind him.


Stat to know (via draft guide)

As a rookie, Keaton Mitchell turned 56 touches into 489 yards—or 8.7 yards per touch; De’Von Achane averaged 7.7 yards per touch as a rookie.