NON PPR ALERT: Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
It seems like every season the Ravens had a different feature running back leading the way for them, but all that changed when Lamar Jackson was drafted. Jackson has since led the Ravens in rushing in consecutive seasons and finished second to Edwards in his rookie season. Last year, Jackson led the league with a 6.3 ypc average.
Edwards’ fantasy owners have had to contend with Mark Ingram too. However, Ingram and the Ravens have gone their separate ways and now second-year back J.K. Dobbins is expected to finish second to Jackson in rushing yards. Edwards rarely has a clear path to a feature role and John Harbaugh’s rotation is never straight forward. So why go after Edwards in later rounds?
For one, Edwards is consistent. He has rushed for at least 700 yards in each of his first three seasons and a career 5.2 ypc. Edwards doesn’t get targeted much, but with Ingram gone, the backfield timeshare should be evenly split (again, after Lamar Jackson) between Dobbins and Edwards. That creates a 1A/1B scenario even though Dobbins’ current ADP is in the late second round, while Edwards is into the eighth.