Era-adjusted fantasy football player rankings: Jamal Lewis, Todd Heap among the Baltimore Ravens’ finest

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the creation of fantasy football, The Athletic is reviewing the best fantasy players and fantasy seasons in NFL history.

A detailed overview of the system used to grade historical fantasy performance can be found in our greatest fantasy players of all-time introduction page, but here’s a quick summary.

Fantasy player performance is era-adjusted so that players who dominated during lower scoring eras can compete versus players who racked up huge point totals in higher scoring eras.

After these adjustments are made, players are then given credit for having a starter-caliber season (one point), a quality season (one point), an impact campaign (1.5 points) or being an elite starter (two points). These points stack and are measured in both non-PPR and PPR and serve as the basis for determining who are the best fantasy players in NFL history.

Now that we have the preliminaries out of the way, let’s look at the best fantasy players in Baltimore Ravens team history!

(Note: the numbers listed below are for the player’s performance while on the Ravens.)

All-time fantasy starting lineup

QB: Lamar Jackson

RB: Ray Rice

RB: Jamal Lewis

WR: Derrick Mason

WR: Torrey Smith

TE: Todd Heap

SuperFLEX: Mark Andrews


Quarterback—Lamar Jackson

starter Quality Impact Elite PPR Str PPR Qual PPR Impact PPR Elite Career Points
two one 1.5 0 two one 1.5 0 9

Vinny Testaverde actually had more career points than Jackson, as Testaverde’s 1996 season rated a rare perfect 11-career points, but that was Testaverde’s only strong season as a Ravens starter. Jackson’s 2019 campaign was nearly as strong in era-adjusted terms to Testaverde’s 1996 season and Jackson added another QB1-caliber campaign in 2020. Since Joe Flacco is the only other Ravens quarterback to post a QB1-caliber season, and had only one of those , Jackson deserves his spot at the top of this list.

Running Back—Ray Rice

starter Quality Impact Elite PPR Str PPR Qual PPR Impact PPR Elite Career Points
4 4 1.5 0 5 4 1.5 two 22

Rice was a strong fantasy starter for four seasons, posting Top 6 rankings in non-PPR and Top 5 rankings in PPR in every season from 2009-12. His 2011 season is the best era-adjusted campaign by a Ravens running back, as Rice was a consensus No. 1 scorer at the position by posting 297 non-PPR points and 372.8 PPR points. Rice’s 22 career points make him the best Ravens fantasy player at any position.

Running Back—Jamal Lewis

starter Quality Impact Elite PPR Str PPR Qual PPR Impact PPR Elite Career Points
5 one 1.5 0 4 one 0 0 12.5

Lewis was an RB2-caliber fantasy candidate in four of his six seasons with the Ravens. He added a RB1-caliber campaign in 2003 by racking up 2,066 rushing yards en route to 299 non-PPR points and 325.1 PPR points, totals that landed him in the middle of the RB1 tier that season. The 299 non-PPR points still rate as the most ever posted by a Ravens RB.

Wide receiver—Derrick Mason

starter Quality Impact Elite PPR Str PPR Qual PPR Impact PPR Elite Career Points
5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 10

Mason was never a WR1, as his best overall season was 2009 when he ranked 17th among WRs in both non-PPR and PPR points, but he did tally five starter-caliber seasons in his six years in Baltimore. His 239.7 PPR points in 2007 still ranks as the second-highest PPR total by a WR in Ravens history and Mason’s four seasons with 200+ PPR points are highest for a Baltimore wide receiver.

Wide receiver—Torey Smith

starter Quality Impact Elite PPR Str PPR Qual PPR Impact PPR Elite Career Points
4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 8

Smith is similar to Mason in that he didn’t rate as a WR1 during his Baltimore tenure, but he did post starting-caliber campaigns in each of his four years with the Ravens. Smith is also one of only eight Baltimore WRs to post 200+ PPR points in a single season.

Tight end — Todd Heap

starter Quality Impact Elite PPR Str PPR Qual PPR Impact PPR Elite Career Points
4 3 0 0 4 3 0 0 14

Heap was a fantasy powerhouse for a time, as he ranked in the Top 4 in both non-PPR and PPR scoring among tight ends in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006. Only Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, and Jeremy Shockey posted a higher tight end career points total in that span. Heap’s 200.5 PPR points were the most by a Baltimore tight end until Mark Andrews scored 207.2 in 2019.

SuperFlex—Mark Andrews

starter Quality Impact Elite PPR Str PPR Qual PPR Impact PPR Elite Career Points
3 two 1.5 0 3 two 0 0 11.5

Andrews has skyrocketed up the Baltimore career points chart during his four-year career, as he currently ranks fourth in career points by a Ravens player. This landed him the SuperFlex spot, and one more strong season will vault Andrews over Heap for the top tight end spot on this club.

As noted above, Andrews set the all-time Baltimore PPR scoring record by a tight end in 2019, but he destroyed that record in 2021 by racking up 301.1 PPR points. That is the fourth-highest tight end PPR total in league history, as only Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, and Travis Kelce have posted more in a single campaign.


All-time best era-adjusted fantasy seasons

QB: Vinny Testaverde, 1996 (285.9 points)

RB: Ray Rice, 2011 (297 non-PPR, 372.8 PPR)

WR: Michael Jackson, 1996 (208 non-PPR, 284.1 PPR)

TE: Mark Andrews, 2021 (194 non-PPR, 301.1 PPR)

SuperFLEX: Jamal Lewis, 2003 (299 non-PPR, 325.1 PPR)

(Top photo: Larry French/Getty Images)

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