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.
Ravens running back Alex Collins dealt with migraines after Sunday's 44-20 win, and coach John Harbaugh deferred any questions about that issue to the team's leading rusher. "I can tell you this, migraines are very real," Harbaugh said. "They're tough."
Reports say the migraines have been an on-going issue for Collins. His status for Week 14 isn't clear right now, but if he misses the game there's a good chance of some kind of committee at the position, possibly including three backs. Collins has been the team's lead back, especially over the last three weeks where he's averaged over 17 touches and scored four TDs while even catching eight passes in that span.
It remains to be seen if Woodhead will be active or inactive tomorrow, but it appears he is set to make his return after catching three passes in the first quarter of Week 1 before going down with a hamstring injury. If he is active, check back after noon eastern tomorrow to see where Senior Editor John Paulsen has Woodhead ranked.