WR - BAL
The Ravens passing attack last year was solely lacking a possession style receiver that could give Jackson a reliable target in tough situations. Baltimore addressed this in a big way this off-season by adding the dynamic route-runner out of Minnesota in the first round. While Bateman's going to make an immediate impact for the Ravens, it might not lead to much fantasy production in this offense. Unless we see the Ravens completely alter their offensive strategy and lean more on the passing game, the overall opportunity simply isn't there for Bateman to enter into the weekly FLEX conversation. He'll be on the redraft radar this year, but more so as a waiver wire pickup that has some upside here or there versus a reliable weekly starter.
I was leading the charge for Bateman during the draft process, saying he reminded me of Keenan Allen. After landing with the Ravens, I'm not so excited about him anymore. The Ravens have targeted their wide receivers just 393 times over the last two seasons, a number that four teams hit in 2020 alone. The passing will likely increase in 2021 after the acquisitions of a few pass catchers, but they're not going to be changing their entire philosophy. We need targets in order for Bateman to break out, and it's tough to project him getting even 100 of them, making him a bench hopeful in fantasy.
I like Baltimore as a landing spot for real NFL, but maybe not great for fantasy. We'll see..
27th pick, 6'2", 210lbs, 43% Dominator rating, 18.8 breakout age, 30% target share
Has the work ethic and commitment to be great. Does all the small things; carries out fake screens well, tries to chase down defenders on interceptions, doesn't celebrate his TD catch at the end of a 7-35 loss to Iowa. Recruiting story to Minnesota is awesome. 28% of the catches and 37% of the yardage as a sophomore. 26.8% and 26% respectively his rookie year. Dominated everything his junior year. Missed 2 games and still led the team in receiving.
- Awesome first step
- 1 cut and go can be brutal
- Vice Grips
- Breaks down and changes direction at the top of his routes quickly
- Deep ball tracking, can contort his body as needed
- Stiff Arm
- Addicted to that smoothness
- Okay burst
- Lacks aggressiveness at times(Looked like a mean man in 2020)
Doesn't always win when things get physical or contested. It's a high bar, but Ja'Marr set it
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