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J.K. Dobbins officially questionable to face Jets in Week 1

We break down news that J.K. Dobbins has a knee injury, what it means for Week 1 and beyond.

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September 9 update: Dobbins is officially questionable to play against the Jets on Sunday. Hopefully we’ll know early on Sunday which way the team is leading, but if he can’t go, Kenyan Drake appears to be slated for lead back duties, per Ian Rapoport.

September 8 update: Dobbins was again listed as limited on Thursday’s injury report.

September 7 Update: The Dobbins discourse continues to take twists and turns. During a conference with the media on Wednesday, quarterback Lamar Jackson said that Dobbins is getting better every day. Sounds promising, right? Jackson then followed it up by saying, “Hopefully, he’ll be out in a couple of weeks,” seemingly suggesting he could miss the start of the season. Definitely, a situation to monitor. Dobbins was listed as limited on the official injury report Wednesday.

September 5th update: Dobbins’ status for Week 1 is still up in the air, but head coach John Harbaugh said it depends on how he practices and if they “see what they need to see” from him, per Jonas Shaffer. At this point, even if he plays, it might be a time to hold him out of you fantasy teams as he gets acclimated.

It’s been more than a year since Baltimore Ravens running back JK Dobbins suffered a torn ACL in training camp. The injury forced him to miss all of last season, and it’s put his status for this season’s opening game in some doubt.

Early last month, a report from Adam Schefter said that Dobbins was likely to be ready to go for the first game of the season. Reports have grown more pessimistic since then. Last week, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said that Dobbins could be unavailable for Week 1. That was the same day the Ravens signed running back Kenyan Drake, recently cut by the Raiders.

Fantasy football implications

The Ravens’ backfield is a mystery for fantasy football even in the best of times, but a healthy Dobbins should be the top option among the team’s running backs. After Dobbins, Baltimore’s depth chart has Mike Davis, Drake and Justice Hill. Gus Edwards is on injured reserve.

Davis was expected to handle most of the work if Dobbins couldn’t play to start the season. For fantasy planning, it’s probably best to go with that notion, knowing that Drake is going to be in the mix too. Drake has more fantasy upside, having shown a lot more pop on the field last season than Davis.