Kenneth Dixon came into the league with a lot of fantasy hype, particularly because the Ravens starting RB gig was open for the taking in 2016. He has the ability to run with power and has better than average pass-catching skills. Alex Collins didn’t work out for the RB-needy Seahawks, but caught fire with the Ravens, rushing for almost 1000 yards in 12 games last season. Collins has to be the starter in 2018, right?
That’s not quite set in stone. John Harbaugh comes into every year with an open mind when it comes to the RB position. Since Ray Rice, the Ravens haven’t found much stability at RB; remember, Justin Forsett only started 24 games for them in 2 seasons with the team after being a journeyman, and fell off in the last 10 games that 2nd season before getting hurt.
The Ravens like a back who is reliable catching the football regardless of down and distance. Collins caught 23 of his 36 targets.. not exactly what the offensive coaches would like on a small sample size; he doesn’t look natural catching the football, and quite frankly needs work. Joe Flacco is looking to dump the football off on almost every play, and I’m not sure Collins can provide the reliability in the passing game that the offense is looking for. The other thing to note about Collins is that he lacks Dixon’s power and doesn’t do well on first contact. He didn’t quite grind out yards like his yards after contact numbers might show.
With all that said, he had a great year and has a number of great qualities to hold off RBs like Dixon for the starting spot. But will I be interested in Dixon at his current 14th round ADP? Of course. I’m all about high upside players at that point of my draft, and if Dixon has even a small chance of becoming the starter or sharing early-down work and getting the 3rd down job, I’ll gladly take him at that price. There’s no doubt he’s coming off two knee injuries and he hasn’t been with the team, but keep his name in mind once training camp and preseason begins.