Start Devonta Freeman with Ravens RB Latavius Murray Likely Out? Plus Advice On Le’Veon Bell, Ty’Son Williams

Start Devonta Freeman with Ravens RB Latavius Murray Likely Out? Plus Advice On Le’Veon Bell, Ty’Son Williams article feature image
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Should you start Devonta Freeman with Ravens running back Latavius Murray (doubtful) reportedly expected to be ruled out for Week 9?

After Murray failed to practice even in a limited fashion this week, our expert projects Freeman to benefit the most, but his flood is quite low. Our expert also weighs in on what to expect from other Ravens RBs Le’Veon Bell and Ty’Son Williams.


How To Approach Ravens RBs In Fantasy

by Sean Koerner

Assuming Ravens running back Latavius Murray ends up missing his second straight game, I’m expecting Devonta Freeman, Le’Veon Bell and Ty’Son Williams to operate as a frustrating three-way running back committee (RBBC) again this week.

There are two main reasons the Ravens offense can’t support a three-way RBBC:

  1. There aren’t many targets to go around: Lamar Jackson has targeted his running backs only 20 times this season, the second-lowest rate in the league.
  2. Lamar Jackson is the Ravens’ lead runner: Therefore, their running backs are fighting for scraps behind Jackson.

This backfield already makes it difficult for Ravens backs to offer RB2 value with one to two of them splitting work, but with three sharing the workload? I’m out.

Devonta Freeman is the favorite to lead the trio in fantasy points, but he’s a RB3/Flex option with a very low floor.

Verdict: Devonta Freeman is RB3/Flex with low floor; bench Le’Veon Bell and Ty’Son Williams


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