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#192 Can The Ravens Withstand Another Injury?

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter, presented by SuperDraft and Drafters’ $100,000 best ball tournament, we look at the Ravens’ continued injury woes, check in on Week 1 injuries, and hope Trevor Lawrence can buck a trend. It's 9/7. Take it away, Peter Overzet…

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The Ravens just can’t catch a break. 

First, their 27th overall pick—WR Rashod Bateman—underwent groin surgery a month ago.

Then the team lost explosive 2nd year RB J.K. Dobbins for the year due to a knee injury. 

And now shifty speed back Justice Hill is out for the season after tearing his Achilles at practice last week. 

The run-heavy Ravens are now dangerously thin at RB with only Gus Edwards and Ty’Son Williams still standing. 

Veterans Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman are working out with the team, but beat writer Jeff Zrebiec doesn’t envision either making a big impact: 

“The Ravens are ready to ride Edwards as their No. 1 back. They feel like former undrafted rookie Williams deserves the chance to be the No. 2 after his strong preseason won him a job even before Dobbins' season-ending injury.”

Lamar Jackson will always be the straw that stirs the Ravens’ drink, but he’s going to need some help, especially as the Browns look poised to win the AFC North. 

I think the running game will be fine, but the health of the WRs—Bateman, Marquise Brown, and Sammy Watkins—will ultimately decide whether they can make a deep Super Bowl run.  

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📰 FANTASY NEWS FOR THE TRUE SICKOS

* The Texans confirmed veteran QB Tyrod Taylor will be their starter on Sunday. Rookie QB Davis Mills is lurking. 

* Jets WR Jamison Crowder has a chance to play on Sunday. Coach Robert Saleh confirmed that Crowder is vaccinated. As long as he clears symptoms and has two negative tests 24 hours apart, he’s eligible. 

* Jags WR DJ Chark was the odd man out in terms of preseason buzz among Jacksonville pass catchers, but there’s little reason to think he won’t be effective out of the gate:

* Speaking of the Jaguars, they signed RB Duke Johnson to their practice squad. Despite a string of puzzling roster decisions by Urban Meyer, this one actually makes a decent amount of sense. I’d prefer to see Johnson as the 3rd down back. Sorry, Dare Ogunbowale

* I’ve been drafting Broncos RB Javonte Williams as a potential late season hammer, but it sounds like that could happen sooner rather than later:

* The Dolphins listed Jakeem Grant as a first-team WR ahead of Albert Wilson, Preston Williams, and Mack Hollins. He’ll play in 3-WR sets along with DeVante Parker and rookie Jaylen Waddle in Week 1 while Will Fuller serves his suspension. 

* Ravens TE Mark Andrews is signing a 4-year extension worth $56 million. With injuries galore in their WR and RB rooms, Andrews is poised to have a big year:

 

🚑 THE INJURY WARD

* Giants TE Evan Engram was working on the side with trainers at yesterday’s practice and backup TE Kaden Smith wasn’t practicing. Right now it seems unlikely that Engram will play, but we’ll know more later in the week. Kyle Rudolph would be the guy at TE if neither Engram nor Smith can go. 

* Both Chiefs RBs are good to go:

* Patriots TE Hunter Henry told NESN’s Zack Cox that he expects to play this Sunday despite his ongoing recovery from a shoulder injury suffered in practice on August 8th. 

* Bucs RB Gio Bernard practiced in full yesterday, which is great news after the reports of his high-ankle sprain. 

* This tweet isn’t inspiring much confidence about Curtis Samuel’s availability for Washington’s game this weekend:

* 49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk ran routes and caught passes during Monday’s practice. Aiyuk is working back from a minor hamstring issue. Rookie QB Trey Lance still isn’t throwing with his finger injury. His chance to start Week 1 is now close to zero. 

 

🐦 TWEET OF THE DAY

Can Trevor Lawrence buck the trend?

 

Two more days until football. 

- Pete Overzet

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