Greg Roman: ‘Fantasy football is great, but reality football is where we live’


Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman might be aware he’s made a lot of fantasy football owners frustrated this season. 

With a talented backfield consisting of Gus Edwards, J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram and Justice Hill, it’s been tough to get a read on who will split the carries for each game. Tuesday against the Cowboys, the Ravens ran the ball 37 times, split between four backs. 

Edwards had 101 yards on seven carries, quarterback Lamar Jackson had 94 yards and a score on 13 carries, Dobbins had 71 yards on 11 carries and Ingram had 28 yards on six carries.

Dobbins and Edwards have been the most efficient backs, averaging 5.4 and 4.8 yards-per-carry this season. That led to a question about Ingram’s usage in the offense and where he fits in.

“Mark’s a really good player,” Roman said Friday. “All those backs are doing a good job. Mark might be getting certain types of runs or carries maybe call them a little bit more “dirty work.” He’s getting more of the dirty work at times. That’s just how it plays out.”

But the question, however, included a part about fantasy football.

All season, the Ravens have given the same answer as it relates to their backfield and the usage of each running back: It will depend upon the gameplan that week, and it will vary each and every week. “As far as scrutiny and fantasy football, that’s a totally different world than the one I exist in,” Roman said with a smile. “I like fantasy football, I’m aware of it, my kids are big into it. If I wasn’t doing what I was doing, I’d be probably pretty big into it too. So I get it. Fantasy football is great, but reality football is kind of where we live. We’re going to do what’s best for the team.”


If you’ve got any of the Ravens running backs in fantasy football, it’s been a tricky situation to maneuver all year. Just don’t expect any clarity from the Ravens.