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Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 8:56am
According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, Ravens RB Alex Collins looks to be the team's No. 1 RB: "With Terrance West departing for the New Orleans Saints and Danny Woodhead retiring, Alex Collins, who ended last season ranked 11th in the league in rushing with 973 yards, no longer has to worry as much about sharing carries. He enters camp as the favorite to open the regular season as the No. 1 running back. But if Kenneth Dixon can prove that the health of his knee is not a problem, the 2016 fourth-round draft pick could challenge Collins atop the depth chart. Javorius Allen, who caught 46 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns last season, is a reliable target out of the backfield. Patrick Ricard’s versatility in playing fullback and defensive end is a strength."
Dixon was a hot fantasy commodity before getting suspended and then missing all of last year with an injury. In that time, Collins emerged as the team's top back and looks to be the favorite heading into camp with Dixon having some work to do to catch him. But as our own John Paulsen said: Collins averaged 5.60 YPC in the eight games before Baltimore’s Week 10 bye, and just 3.80 YPC after. His fantasy production was better after the bye (16.7 points per game versus 7.3 before the bye), but as his workload increased, his rushing efficiency dropped. Head coach John Harbaugh would not to commit to Collins as his starter heading into 2018, so this is a situation to monitor.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:28pm
Before missing last season, Kenneth Dixon had some promising moments as a rookie in 2016. Drafted in the fourth round, Dixon averaged 4.3 yards on 88 carries and caught 30 passes in his first year in the league. He looked like a talented every-down runner in college, and if he can stay healthy and keep his nose clean off the field, he’ll be given a chance to compete for playing time.
Coming off a lost season due to injury and suspension reasons, it’s fair to be concerned about Dixon’s reliability. Additionally, he’ll be fighting an uphill battle for playing time after starter Alex Collins averaged 4.6 yards per carry last season. Javorius Allen is still hanging around as well, and he may get the bulk of the work on passing downs. If Collins and Allen play well early on, it might be a long season on the bench for Dixon.
2018 Bottom Line
Dixon is an interesting option as a handcuff to Collins or as a late-round flier in deep leagues. He definitely has talent, but his injury history and the crowded depth chart in Baltimore make it difficult to trust him. At the very least, he’ll be a player worth monitoring as the season progresses for a potential playing time increase. Until we see him make the leap it’s hard to recommend rostering him.
2018 Strength of Schedule - BAL
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