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UPDATE: Forsett has re-signed with the Ravens, as predicted. For an in-depth look at how the move benefited both parties, check out this well-written piece by Clifton Brown.
Even so, as we originally mentioned, the Ravens backfield doesn’t have anyone who stands out right now. With Forsett back, the already murky situation is no clearer, so if you can help it, look elsewhere for surefire RB production.
ORIGINAL STORY: In a shocker to many (including this author, who drafted him in the 12th round), the Baltimore Ravens cut the presumptive starter at RB, Justin Forsett.
Forsett, who started the 3rd preseason game (in what is usually a good indicator of how the depth chart shakes out for the regular season), was cut on Saturday afternoon. This leaves the Ravens with Terrance West as the starter, though Javorius ‘Buck’ Allen put up some numbers last season in his rookie year, so they might lean on him a bit (as he is also quite capable in the passing game).
The name to watch out for is rookie RB Kenneth Dixon, who is currently on the shelf with a damaged MCL – while he won’t be back for four weeks or potentially more, he is a dynamic talent with the potential to take over the backfield.
From a fantasy perspective, this situation is a mess. While ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reported that Baltimore might still re-sign him, Forsett’s departure turns the group into a full-blown committee. Until one of them distinguishes themselves, it’s hard to predict with any accuracy who they’ll turn to. My money is on West to start, Allen in the 3rd down Sproles/Vereen/Woodhead role, and they’ll likely give Dixon a chance later on – you don’t draft a player in the 4th round and not give him a chance.