The Baltimore Ravens can't catch a break.
The Ravens have already lost starting running back J.K. Dobbins (torn ACL) and Justice Hill (Achilles) for the season. That leaves fantasy football players to ponder who they should add on waivers.
There's a clear answer, albeit a complicated one: Ty'Son Williams.
Heading into the season, Williams was tabbed to be Edwards' backup and likely was going to play a fairly sizable role. He'll now almost assuredly enter the season as the team's starting running back, and for a Ravens team that wants to run the ball—they were first in rushing attempts (555) and rushing yards (3,071) last year—he'll see major touches.
Matthew Berry @MatthewBerryTMR
Awful news out of Baltimore regarding Gus Edward Ty’son Williams. For the RB Williams becomes the immediate pick-up if he’s still somehow available in your lg. Le’Veon Bell likely to get 3rd down work & also worth a pick-up. I assume BAL adds someone. Latavius Murray makes sense
Well, at least initially. Here's where it gets complicated.
For now, Devonta Freeman isn't likely to see much game time, if any at all. He'll be a backup once he's removed from the practice squad and added to the active roster. And like Bell, it's fair to question how much gas Freeman has in the tank after rushing for just 172 yards and a score in five games for the New York Giants last season.
The bigger question is whether another running back will be added to eat into Williams' workload.
Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano
Ty'Son Williams obviously now needs to be added in all fantasy leagues, but the Ravens have to add another RB even with Le'Veon Bell on the practice squad. My guess is Latavius Murray. If he goes to the Ravens, he's the best back there from a fantasy standpoint. Stay tuned.
Brad Evans @NoisyHuevos
RE: Gus Edwards<br><br>I fully expect the Ravens to extend an offer to Latavius Murray in short order. Speculation, yes, but Murray himself said he was interested in BAL before the Edwards injury. <br><br>Ty'Son Williams, for now, is the next man up. And I still believe Le'Veon is cooked.
The Ravens may choose to upgrade the position via free agency or a trade. The current backups are Le'Veon Bell, who is on the practice squad and hasn't looked great in recent years (328 rushing yards, two scores in 11 games last season), and Freeman, also on the practice squad.
That someone could be Latavius Murray as a free agent. He's the best option on the market. They also could swing a trade for another backfield option.
So the short-term move is to add Williams if he's available in your league, with Bell and Freeman as potential handcuffs. Williams has flex upside, while Bell and Freeman are more RB4-5 backups who could see very little of the field if the Ravens add a running back.
Murray, meanwhile, is a sneaky addition who the Ravens could sign and trot out as a starter in a few weeks. If you're comfortable with your roster and have room for a speculative player who might not pan out for a few weeks, Murray could reward your patience down the line.
It's obviously a risky move—especially after the signing of Freeman on Thursday—but in deeper leagues, it's one that could pay off. For now, however, Williams needs to be rostered in every format.