Last updated: September 3rd at 8:25am ET
Team Totals: Ravens 22.5, Dolphins 15.5
The Ravens offer DFS team-stack appeal facing Miami’s league-worst roster in a spot where Baltimore should impose its offensive will. Fantasy’s QB8 after replacing Joe Flacco last Week 11, Lamar Jackson grew up 35 miles from Hard Rock Stadium and should feel comfortably at home versus the Dolphins’ nonexistent pass rush, which last year finished bottom four in sacks (31) and moved on from players that accounted for 61% of those quarterback takedowns with zero notable replacements. … Mark Ingram is another critical team-stack piece as lead back for the NFL’s run-heaviest franchise in a game where the Ravens should dominate time of possession. Ingram won’t catch many passes in Baltimore’s offensive style and carries overrated touchdown equity competing for red-zone work with Jackson, Gus Edwards, and perhaps rookie Justice Hill, but I like Ingram’s chances of starting fast in Weeks 1-2 against Miami and Arizona with 20-plus touches squarely in his range of potential outcomes. He’ll be a sell-high candidate thereafter. The Dolphins will start CFL alum Sam Eguavoen and 229-pound Jerome Baker as their top-two linebackers. … Edwards and Hill’s usage is to be determined in complementary roles, but the former is worth stashing in non-PPR leagues and the latter in all formats to see how things go.
Favorites to lead the NFL in virtually every rushing category, pinpointing pass catchers is the toughest part of Baltimore’s stack and unnecessary if Jackson and Ingram hog TDs. Otherwise, I’d round out team builds with second-year TE Mark Andrews, who logged the fifth-most yards (552) by a rookie tight end in the last decade and ranked No. 5 at the position in yards per route run (2.01). He split preseason time with 2018 first-round pick Hayden Hurst but is clearly a more-dynamic talent and maintains a superior on-field rapport with Jackson. … Willie Snead, Chris Moore, Miles Boykin, and Marquise Brown look like Baltimore’s top-four receivers to begin the year. None are attractive fantasy plays on a run-centric team. The first wideout selected in April’s draft, Brown could eventually become relevant but probably won’t be early on after sitting out large chunks of training camp recovering from offseason Lisfranc surgery.
Behind Jackson and Ingram, the Ravens’ D/ST is the third-most-critical component of Baltimore team stacks squaring off with a Miami front five that Establish The Run offensive line specialist Brandon Thorn ranked worst in the league before the Dolphins’ tanking front office traded LT Laremy Tunsil. 36-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick has long written checks his arm can’t cash and could be benched at any moment for Josh Rosen. … Miami’s entire passing game is hands off against arguably NFL’s best secondary freshly captained by FS Earl Thomas with Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey at corner. I got a lot of late-August questions about Dolphins pass-catching sleepers, but this team is going to struggle just to hold the ball and sustain drives. If forced to rank their fantasy prospects, I’d go Albert Wilson > DeVante Parker > Jakeem Grant > Preston Williams > Mike Gesicki > Nick O’Leary > Allen Hurns. Not one is usable versus Baltimore. … Ravens 330-plus-pound space eaters Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce should manhandle a Dolphins interior starting two rookies in third-round LG Michael Dieter and UDFA RG Shaq Calhoun. You’re on your own throwing blindfolded darts at Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage.
Score Prediction: Ravens 27, Dolphins 0