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Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman to carry-obsessed fantasy footballers: ‘That’s a totally different world than I exist in’

All year, fantasy football players have grumbled about the lack of a clear No. 1 running back in the Ravens’ league-leading ground attack.

They’ve called for J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards to receive more work as 30-year-old starter Mark Ingram II has battled an ankle injury and a positive test for COVID-19. Ingram averaged 5 yards per carry and scored 15 touchdowns in 2019. This year, he’s averaging 4.1 yards per carry with two scores.

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Despite Ingram’s difficulties, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said he has no plans to abandon the team’s three-man rotation at running back — fantasy football be damned.

“Mark’s a really good player,” Roman said Friday. “All those backs are doing a good job. Mark might be getting certain kinds of runs that … maybe call them a little more dirty work. That’s just how it plays out. But as far as scrutiny and fantasy football, that’s a totally different world than I exist in.”

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The Ravens have used Ingram less frequently in the second half of the season; he’s carried 18 times for 55 yards over his last four games, while Edwards and Dobbins combined for 172 yards on 18 carries in the team’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. Ingram and Dobbins have both run more frequently and more efficiently than their older teammate, who’s in the second season of his three-year deal with the Ravens.

Roman joked that he empathizes with fantasy footballers but not enough to change his offense.

“I like fantasy football. I’m aware of it,” he said. “My kids are big into it and if I wasn’t doing what I’m doing, I’d probably be into it pretty big too. So I get it. But [while] fantasy football is great, reality football is where we live, and we’re going to do what’s best for the team.”

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