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Gus Edwards vs. Keaton Mitchell: Who should you play in fantasy football? Are both viable options?

The Ravens take on the Chargers on Sunday in Week 12. We go over Raven’s backfield duo of Edwards and Mitchell with fantasy football advice.

Keaton Mitchell of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with teammates after scoring his first NFL touchdown during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at M&T Bank Stadium on November 5, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens are one of the best teams in the NFL despite still having a pretty unsettled backfield. The Ravens opened the season with Justice Hill and Gus Edwards as their top two options at running back, but Hill has been passed in the past couple weeks by rookie Keaton Mitchell, who has rushed for 205 yards (10.5 yards per carry) over the past four games. Here’s a look at if you should start either of them this week.

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Gus Edwards

Edwards has been quietly consistent all season, as he’s rushed for at least 40 yards in nine of the 11 games he’s played in this season. He’s also been a scoring machine as of late, as he’s reached the end zone eight times in his past four games.

Keaton Mitchell

Mitchell’s emerged as a versatile changeup back for the Ravens, and is a touchdown threat anytime he touches the ball. He rushed for 138 yards on nine carries against the Seahawks in Week 9 (his first NFL game with a carry) and has broken off runs of 39 and 21 yards in the two games he’s played since. That said, he’s very much a boom-or-bust threat due to his small stature.

Can you play both Edwards and Mitchell in the same lineup?

I’d start Edwards over Mitchell. While Mitchell is a home run hitter, I’m moving away from him because of his inconsistency. Edwards gets a good amount of volume and is a near-lock to score when he gets to the goal line. With the fantasy playoffs so close, I’d go with the goal line threat in your lineup.