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Rashod Bateman

Rashod Bateman could be a Day 1 contributor, per beat writer

by Robert Lorge | Ravens Correspondent | Thu, Jun 24th 1:14pm EDT

Rashod Bateman is earning high praise from his Baltimore coaches and teammates early this off-season. (The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact:

Bateman’s draft stock was hurt a bit by the shortened season in the Big Ten, but the former Gopher was electric as a sophomore. He recorded 60 catches and turned them into 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. Even as a freshman, he was very effective securing 51 balls for 704 yards, and six touchdowns. The Ravens threw the least in the NFL last season, but there appears to be an added emphasis on the passing game in 2021. Mark Andrews will likely continue to operate as Lamar Jackson’s No. 1 target. Marquise Brown however, has disappointed since being drafted in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The rookie receiver out of Minnesota has a great opportunity to step in and be the No. 1 wide receiver. Bateman’s talent is not in question, but the amount of targets he will see is. If he’s able to separate himself from the other receivers on the roster, fantasy managers should expect a very nice return on his current ADP. Bateman has top-30 potential in a hyper-efficient, albeit low-volume passing attack.

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