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Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 11:10am
Running back Alex Collins proved to be the biggest surprise of the Baltimore Ravens this season, going from the practice squad in Week 1 to the NFL's 11th-leading rusher.
But Ravens coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal when asked whether Collins earned the right to be the starter for next season or if Baltimore will look to upgrade.
"I'm looking to upgrade everything. You know that's how I'm going to answer the question," Harbaugh said. "Alex Collins has proven the fact that he can be a very good back in this league."
Collins isn't seen as a workhorse back by Baltimore. The Ravens never gave him the ball more than 20 times in a game (compared to Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette, who combined to do so 12 times) because they didn't want to wear down a smaller frame back like Collins. There are also other issues with ball security (four fumbles) and catching the ball (three drops).
The Ravens could just be keeping their options open at running back, especially in the draft. Baltimore hasn't selected a running back in the first three rounds since Bernard Pierce in 2012, and the team could be kicking itself after passing on Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt last year.
Collins averaged 4.59 YPC, which was No. 4 in the league among running backs with at least 200 carries. If the Ravens don't make a big move at running back, Collins will likely hold draft value in the fourth or fifth round.
Posted by Anthony Stalter
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:32am
Divisional Round at Minnesota Vikings
Alvin Kamara rushed 10 times for 23 yards and a touchdown while catching just 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Saints' Wild Card victory over the Panthers. If we told you Kamara would catch only one pass against the Panthers you probably would have assumed one of two things: Either Kamara got hurt or the Saints lost the game. Carolina had the perfect game plan for New Orleans' offense, stuffing Kamara and Mark Ingram and daring Drew Brees to beat them. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Brees did just that and New Orleans advanced to the Divisional Round to play the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday.
If Kamara is held in check again this weekend it'll be difficult for the Saints to move on to the NFC Championship Game. Minnesota's secondary is significantly better than Carolina's so Brees won't be able to win the game on his own. Even though the Vikings own the third-ranked defense against fantasy running backs, Kamara is our No. 2 running back for the Divisional Round. He's a prime bounce back candidate.
2017 Strength of Schedule - NO
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||7.50||45.50||0.50||0.06||6.07||5.13||51.63||0.31||6.31||10.07||14.46||19.59||29.00/64.94||44.34% |