The Baltimore Ravens (9-3) faced a mediocre Los Angeles Chargers (4-7) defense but they struggled to get past them easily last Sunday Night Football by both a combination of inconsistent play and dubious calls from the sideline.
It was a frustrating day compared to weeks past, but at the end of the weekend, the Ravens did enough to earn a 20-10 victory and another dub. There was also another step taken by two of the best offensive weapons of the Ravens this season.
Keaton Mitchell and Zay Flowers displayed everything in their inventory showcasing speed, toughness, and supernatural playmaking for the Baltimore Ravens.
Both are rookies, but it's fair to say that everybody knows about Flowers at this point (given his first-round pedigree and his on-field exploits) while many might have not been aware of Mitchell's mid-season explosion after going undrafted.
Those "unknown" days might be over soon if they are not already, so you better go smash that "Add" button on your fantasy league Waiver Wire as long as you can if Mitchell is still sitting there waiting for someone to give him a chance. That someone, of course, must be you!
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Keaton Mitchell continued his sudden rise taking over the Ravens backfield, as's been the case for the past few weeks. Against the Chargers, Mitchell took 33 snaps compared to RB1 Gus Edwards' 19 and RB Justice Hill's 20, which might indicate a change in the pecking order going forward.
Mitchell rushed the ball nine times amassing 64 yards and getting the Ravens four first downs on those nine plays. He forced three missed tackles and averaged 5.6 YAC per rush attempt.
On top of the rushing was the pass-catching, mind you, with Mitchell adding 25 receiving yards on two receptions while getting targeted exactly as many times.
While Mitchell has not featured heavily on pass plays (he's never been targeted more than twice), he's grabbed 6-of-7 targets to date for an average of 14 yards per game and 70 combined receiving yards.
Even though Mitchell has yet to fully take over the backfield in terms of volume/usage, he has rushed the rock for 138, 34, 33, and 64 yards in the past four weeks respectively while scoring at least 9.9 half-PPR points in three of those four outings, including scoring two touchdowns.
According to PFF, Mitchell finished Sunday's game with the third-best grade (76.6) among Ravens offensive players
In the past four weeks, Mitchell has scored 47.5 half-PPR points combined, ranking as the RB18 in that span. He also has the highest FP/touch average (1.40) among running backs with at least 20 carries in that span (nobody else is above 1.27).