Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins Matchup Preview 9/8/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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This game figures to be an easy win for the Baltimore Ravens. They will be facing a Dolphins team that is in the midst of a complete rebuilding phase, as their roster seriously lacks talent on offense and defense. The Dolphins are projected to be the worst team in the league this year, so the Ravens should pick up a victory in Miami on Sunday. Every win will be extremely important for the Ravens this season as they attempt to repeat as AFC North champions in a competitive division. As for the Dolphins, they can hope to see growth from second-year quarterback Josh Rosen and look for other pieces to build around Rosen. For odds line movement, and full matchup history, see the Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins Matchup Page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2019
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, FL
Coverage: CBS

Injury Report

Baltimore Ravens: CB Brandon Carr (Q) – Hip, WR Marquise Brown (Q) – Foot
Miami Dolphins: CB Johnson Bademosi (Q) – Hip, DE Charles Harris (P) – Wrist, LB Trent Harris (D) – Foot, G Danny Isidora (Q) – Hamstring, DT John Jenkins (Q) – Illness, S Bobby McCain (Q) – Shoulder, LB Andrew Van Ginkel (IR) – Foot, WR Albert Wilson (Q) – Hip

Baltimore Ravens Analysis

Baltimore RavensThe Ravens have an extremely favorable matchup against a weak Dolphins offensive line. The Ravens defense was very strong last year, ranking 1st in yards allowed and 2nd in points allowed. While they lost pro bowl linebacker CJ Mosley to free agency, the Ravens brought in future hall of fame safety Earl Thomas.

The progress of Lamar Jackson is something to keep an eye on. Jackson is projected to have a very strong year fantasy-wise due to his ability to run and throw the ball. Last season, Lamar Jackson struggled to throw the ball accurately at times and took many unnecessary hits while running the football. He has put in a lot of work this offseason in improving his throwing ability, and if he can consistently throw the ball accurately this season, Jackson figures to have a very strong season.

A major concern for the Ravens is that they do not have any top receivers on their team, and are facing a Dolphins defense that ranked 8th in points allowed against opposing receivers. Their current WR1 is Marquise Brown, who is a rookie that is currently listed as questionable for this game. He is unproven at the NFL level and may not provide consistent production as he is a speedy receiver who can stretch defenses downfield. The WR2 for the Ravens is Willie Snead IV, who only had 651 receiving yards and one touchdown as the WR1 last season. Consistent production from Ravens receivers is yet to be seen, but tight end production should remain consistent. Current TE1 Mark Andrews had 552 receiving yards last season while only receiving 35% of offensive snaps. In an expanded role this season, he could put up monster numbers and become the primary weapon in the Ravens passing game.

Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart

QB: Lamar Jackson
RB1: Mark Ingram
RB2: Gus Edwards
WR1: Miles Boykin
WR2: Willie Snead
WR3: Marquise Brown
TE: Mark Andrews

Miami Dolphins Analysis

Miami DolphinsThe Dolphins made headlines last week after trading away star left tackle Laremy Tunsil. While the Dolphins received generous compensation for Tunsil, their willingness to trade a top left tackle approaching his prime shows their commitment to rebuilding the team now. The move to rebuild the team now does not come as a surprise. The Dolphins have had between 6 and 10 wins every season since 2009, only making the playoffs once in that time. They have to break the cycle of mediocrity if they want to get past the wild card round of the playoffs. Currently, the Dolphins are in the tanking phase of their rebuild, so they are not a competitive team to watch this season.

Even though the Dolphins are tanking, they can be relevant from a fantasy standpoint. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can have tremendous upside on occasion, as his risky play style allows for many boom-or-bust performances. However, this week, Fitzpatrick will have a difficult task against a Ravens defense that ranked 2nd in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks last season. The Dolphins have decent talent in their backfield, with the duo of Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage, but they will have trouble running against the Ravens defense that was 2nd against opposing running backs. Lastly, the receivers are decent, but face a very talented Ravens secondary that ranked 7th against receivers last season without Earl Thomas.

Miami Dolphins Depth Chart

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB1: Kenyan Drake
RB2: Kalen Ballage
WR1: DeVante Parker
WR2: Kenny Stills
WR3: Albert Wilson
TE: Jakeem Grant

Daily Fantasy: Ravens Steamroll Dolphins

Expect Mark Ingram to have a big game against a Dolphins defense that ranked 26th against running backs last season. He is not valued very high and will a big game this week. The other Ravens running backs, Justice Hill and Gus Edwards, should get many touches out of the backfield as well. On Thursday, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said that “everyone is going to contribute,” but “Mark [Ingram] is our starter.” It looks like the Ravens will lean on their rushing attack to wear down a Dolphins defense that is weak against the run. I would stay away from the Ravens receivers, as we have yet to see who will get the bulk of the target share. I would also stay away from all Dolphins players this game because the Ravens defense is so good. Yes, Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage should get many touches in garbage time, but they still will not be productive against a stout Ravens defense.

Rohil Bajaj is a student at the University of California–Santa Barbara and is from Maryland. He is a devoted Washington Redskins fan and has a passion for fantasy football. As a statistics major, Rohil enjoys using data and analytics to gain an edge in his won fantasy football leagues.

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