The Baltimore Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16. This matchup is the highlight of the week as a potential Super Bowl preview. Baltimore is expected to revert to its two-headed rushing attack between Gus Edwards and Justice Hill after rookie running back Keaton Mitchell tore his ACL last week. Here is how you should handle the Baltimore running backs for fantasy football lineups in Week 16 against San Francisco.
Edwards figures to remain the starter and should see the bulk of the work. He has played in 14 games this season and has 663 yards with 11 touchdowns on 163 carries. Edwards has added 141 additional yards on 11 receptions. The touchdowns help to skew his numbers, but still, he is the RB21 in half-PPR scoring formats this season. The 49ers present a tough matchup as they allow the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game. This is enough for me to hesitate to start Edwards in leagues smaller than 12 teams. Edwards’ workload — and the chance of finding the endzone — should be enough for him to be a viable start in 12-team leagues or larger.
Hill had taken a backseat in the rushing attack. Mitchell had played in five fewer games but had 83 more yards with one fewer touchdown. Hill has played in 13 games and has 313 yards and three touchdowns on 71 carries. He has the most receptions (17) but the fewest yards (85) among Ravens’ running backs that have played in at least eight games. Hill will likely get touches, but he only had a combined 13 in his last five games. He can’t be started except in 16-team leagues or larger, and even then, there may be a better option.
Melvin Gordon III will also be in the mix as the team’s third running back, but he doesn’t have much fantasy value. He could be an interesting DFS play to try and save some salary, but you’d be banking on his finding the endzone because it is highly unlikely he has much value with just yards.