Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens

by Tim Heaney on August 11, 2010 @ 18:00:00 PDT


Willis McGahee | Baltimore Ravens | 6-foot, 235 pounds | 8th year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Pros: He'll still be involved as the No. 2 back, despite being behind Ray Rice on the depth chart and the Ravens' desire to expand their passing game. Even with just 109 carries last year, McGahee totaled 544 ground yards (5.0 yards per tote). If something were to happen to Rice, Baltimore wouldn't hesitate to throw McGahee into the starting fray. His 26 touchdowns in three Ravens seasons emphasizes their confidence in his red zone skills, which still kept up even as Rice emerged as a top-level back.

Cons: The vet has dealt with some knee swelling in camp - something to keep an eye on, especially with his history of knee issues. Before last year, he had not played a full season's worth of games since '05. He might only get extensive time with a hot hand without an injury to Rice.

Fantasy tip: Few No. 5 backs have McGahee's potential for touchdown output, and in this run-happy offense, he can be a valuable flex or fill-in back.

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