JK Dobbins, Mark Ingram test positive for COVID-19: report

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2021
JK Dobbins, Mark Ingram test positive for COVID-19: report

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Ravens RBs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins have tested positive for COVID-19.

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https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/1330961230010396672?s=20

JK Dobbins, Mark Ingram test positive for COVID-19

As a result, both Ingram and Dobbins are being placed on the reserve/ COVID-19 list and will miss Thursday’s Thanksgiving nightcap against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With both Ingram and Dobbins sidelined indefinitely, Gus Edwards will act as the Ravens’ RB1 for the foreseeable future.

https://twitter.com/Ravens/status/1325530339155054592?s=20

Second-year rusher Justice Hill, along with rookie practice squad back Ty’Son Williams could also garner usage — more so Hill — as well if the Ravens maintain their three-headed monster approach to their backfield. Four-headed, if we include Lamar Jackson.

https://twitter.com/Ihartitz/status/1162449216368795648?s=20


Fantasy Football Fallout

It finally looked like the Ravens backfield would gain clarity following Sunday’s Week 11 loss to the Titans.

Dobbins dominated Ravens running backs in all major statistical categories. He carried the ball 15 times for 70 yards and a touchdown while hauling in both of his targets for 15 yards.

Ingram and Edwards combined for eight yards on five carries. Neither back drew a single target.

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Although Dobbins’ fantasy managers rejoiced, believing it was finally time for the upside rookie to take over control, their celebration did not last long thanks to this COVID news.

Entering Thursday night’s matchup at the Steelers, it is safe to assume Edwards will be the guy.

Williams has made his pro residence on Baltimore’s practice squad thus far, and Hill has only logged one touch this season, a 3-yard reception, despite being active for six games since Week 4.

Meanwhile, for Edwards, he’s been a mainstay in the Ravens’ backfield all season long, mostly handing between-the-tackles work.

JK Dobbins, Mark Ingram test positive for COVID-19: Gus Edwards looks set to carry the Ravens' backfield load in Week 12
Ravens RB Gus Edwards should carry the RB workload at the Steelers on Thanksgiving. (USA TODAY Sports)

On the season, Edwards has carried the ball 82 times for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns, adding another 42 yards on three receptions. He’s only been targeted 7 times all year.

Hill could contribute on passing downs, though it shouldn’t be enough to garner fantasy relevancy for Week 11 unless you’re taking a desperation shot, notably in a point-per-reception league.

In nine games played this season, Edwards has drawn 10+ carries four times, including three times in his past five games. In each of those four games in which Edwards handled 10+ carries, he’s finished with at least 73 rushing yards or scored a touchdown. All three touchdowns have come in the aforementioned five-game time period since week 6.

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Despite his four games with 73 rushing yards or a touchdown, Edwards has only finished with 10+ PPR points one time, which was back in Week 8 against the Steelers. Edwards finished as the RB14 that week with 14.7 PPR points, going for 87 total yards and a touchdown on a season-high 16 carries.

Since the start of 2019, only two running backs have rushed for 100+ yards against the Steelers. One was Edwards back in Week 17 of the 2019 season (21 carries for 130 yards). The other, Dobbins, earlier this year in that Week 8 matchup.

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Ravens-Steelers Betting Fallout

Edwards was hot leading up to Week 9. He scored a touchdown in three straight games from Week 6-9. In all of those games, he drew at least 11 carries. It is safe to say that Edwards is a lock to get at least 10 carries on Thursday.

With more clarity in the Ravens’ backfield now, it is safe to wager Edwards’ anytime touchdown prop against the Steelers.

You can also wager Edwards’ rushing yards prop, especially if it is a low and inviting total. After all, in Edwards’ past two games versus the Steelers, he’s rushed for 87+ yards.

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Anthony Cervino

Anthony Cervino is an NFL Writer and Betting Analyst for The Game Day. He is also a lifelong NFL savant and self-proclaimed league historian. In the industry, Anthony has excelled in both the fantasy football and sports betting space with fantasy his proverbial bread and butter. Anthony has made appearances on SiriusXM, amongst other publications. He is also the co-creator of the FF Faceoff (Faceoff Sports Network) and the FF Faceoff Mental Health Podathon partnered with the Hayden Hurst Foundation. Industry Clout: 15th most accurate ranker in the FantasyPros ECR for both draft and in-season accuracy (2019) | 8th most accurate ranker in the FantasyPros ECR for sleepers (2020) | 13th most accurate ranker in the FantasyPros ECR for in-season accuracy, including 2nd at quarterback and 3rd at tight end (2021).

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