2020 Ravens Stats
Total Offense: 5,810 yards (19th)
Offensive Touchdowns: 55 (T-7th)
Offensive Plays Per Game: 62.8 (T-24th)
Total Points: 468 (7th)
Rush Attempts: 555 (1st)
Pass Attempts: 406 (32nd)
Run/Pass Split: Run 55.04% / Pass 44.96%
Unaccounted for Targets: 70
Unaccounted for Carries: 85
Projected Win Total
The Ravens over/under for wins this season is currently at 10.5. Absolutely take the over. The NFL now sports a 17 game regular season and while the Ravens had a down year last year only going 11-5 they will be a couple of wins better this year. Last year the Ravens won 11 games last year despite losing Ronnie Stanley to injury, losing half the team to COVID-19, the wide receivers letting Lamar Jackson down time after time (more on that later), and the offensive line featuring backups at four different positions for a majority of the season. Most of those issues have been fixed and while new problems will develop the Ravens will easily get more then 11 wins.
Ravens Fantasy Strength of Schedule
SOS is measured by calculating the fantasy points allowed by each team’s opponents to determine who has the easiest and most difficult fantasy schedules (rank #1 has the easiest schedule).
Ravens Fantasy Passing Game
QB: Lamar Jackson, Trace McSorley
WR: Marquise Brown, Devin Duvernay, James Proche II
WR: Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman, Miles Boykin, Tylan Wallace
TE: Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle
Every offense has a weak point. The Ravens offensive achilles heel is not Lamar Jackson’s arm, not the wide receivers or lack thereof, and not the lack of a second pass-catching tight end. The Ravens achillies heel is Greg Roman, their offensive coordinator. Roman is an innovative run designer regularly coming up with new variations, twists, and plays for the Ravens rushing attack. His passing game is weak. Steve Smith Sr. was one of many analysts who attacked Roman’s scheme for being repetitive, elementary and limiting.
Additionally Roman is a bad play-caller. Roman regularly called plays four or five times in the same game and, shockingly, defendes exploited the Ravens on the later attempts at those plays. Additionally, Roman called plays and made personnel decisions despite a lot of statistical evidence to not make those decisions. As the season went on Roman got better, but there is still reason to worry that he won’t make adjustments until its too late.
While Roman is a weak point, the Ravens offense will dominate because of Lamar Jackson. Jackson is a good passer but has been let down by his receivers. Over seven percent of Jackson’s passes were dropped last year, which was the highest rate in the NFL. The Ravens tried to fix that deficit by bringing in free agent Sammy Watkins and drafting Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace. While the Ravens don’t throw the ball a lot, but when they do they are effective. Since 2019 Jackson has thrown the fifth-most touchdown passes in the NFL. Jackson also does a good job protecting the football.
Jackson particularly likes targeting Mark Andrews. Andrews is one of the best tight ends in the league and he is a nightmare to defend. He has 17 touchdowns over the last two seasons and Jackson and Andrews have great chemistry. Jackson also likes targeting Marquise Brown. Brown is a speedy wide receiver who needs to be a bigger part of the Ravens game plan. Brown is Jackson’s top wide receiver and he will try to build on a stellar end to the 2020 season.
Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews will be some of the best at their positions in fantasy. Marquise Brown will be a good number two or three option, but the Ravens bread and butter is in the run game.
Ravens Fantasy Running Game
RB: J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, Justice Hill
2020 Offensive Line Rank: 8th
Since Lamar Jackson took over for the Ravens at quarterback back in week 11 in 2018, the Ravens have set rushing record after rushing record. Jackson has obliterated quarterback rushing records right and left, and defenses don’t have an answer for the Ravens rushing attack. Alongside Jackson is J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins had a strong rookie season despite limited playing time. He set franchise records for touchdowns, and in 2021 he will be the lead back for the Ravens. Dobbins has good hands and will also be used out of the backfield. Alongside Gus Edwards, they will put up big numbers this year. The only issue will be that Jackson, Dobbins, and Edwards, won’t all have 1000 yard double-digit touchdown seasons. Jackson and Dobbins will. Edwards won’t.
The Ravens offensive line, which had been stellar in 2019, took a step back in 2020. Marshal Yanda retired after the 2019 season, and Ronnie Stanley had a bad ankle injury that kept him out for most of the year. As of now, Stanley should be good to go in week one, but the offensive line is going to look very different. The Ravens traded Orlando Brown Jr. to the Chiefs. They replaced him with Alejandro Villanueva. The Ravens signed Kevin Zeitler to take over for Tyre Phillips and Ben Powers. To cap off the changes, Bradley Bozeman will be moving to center after both Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura struggled to accurately snap the football. The Ravens will likely put rookie Ben Cleveland at left guard.
All of this was done to fix a gaping hole on the offensive line. Bad snaps and missed blocks have been a big part of the Ravens playoff losses. This is a much better offensive line. They will be leading the charge for the Ravens dominant rushing attack. Behind the revamped offensive line Dobbins is a top running back and Edwards is a strong number two back.