Baltimore Ravens wide receiver outlook right now

What is the Ravens wide receiver outlook in 2022?

By: Jake Rajala

The face of Madden 21, Lamar Jackson, had a down season (which brought out the Madden conspirators), but he will look to return to being one of the most electric signal-callers in the league. In the passing game, LJ will count on Hollywood Brown Rashod Bateman (515 receiving yds in 2021) to take the next step in his sophomore campaign. Jackson and Bateman recently connected on a 50-yard catch in mini-camp (as shown below).

The Ravens will also expect splash plays from Devin Duvernay and James Proche at the WR position. Duvernay ousted 272 receiving yds and was named first-team as a PR in 2021. It may be wise for the Ravens to extend him in the next off-season. Proche garnered 202 receiving yds last season, but he could be seeking to have a bit more receiving yds in 2022.

It would honestly be an understatement to say the Ravens don’t have a scary WR group. PFF slotted the Ravens WR group as the 28th best WR unit in the league. It wouldn’t be a complete surprise if the Ravens inked one of the following FA wideouts: Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton, OBJ, Cole Beasley, and Allen Hurns. The Ravens should absolutely look to target a WR early in the 2023 draft.

Nonetheless – let’s not forget that the Ravens still have a greek-god-like pass catcher in TE Mark Andrews. The Ravens TE obtained 107 receptions, 1,361 yds, and 9 TDs (which led him to get first-team All-Pro honors) last season. Andrews signed a four-year contract worth $56 million dollars with BAL last September. I surely expect Andrews (who has only missed three games in his career) to be at least a 1,000+ yd pass catcher in the Hollywood Brown-less offense next season.

3 reasons why the Steelers could return to the playoffs

Expect the Steelers to still be lethal in 2022

By: Jake Rajala

The Pittsburgh Steelers witnessed their long-time quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retire this off-season. Well, I still believe the exit of the Steelers legendary QB shouldn’t dismiss their potential progress from last season. With that said, I’m going to simply untwine three reasons why the Steelers could still return to the post-season next season.

Improved passing game

Mitchell Trubisky probably won’t lead the Steelers to multiple Super Bowl victories, but I believe he is actually an upgrade over the 2021 version of Big Ben. Trubisky (Pro Bowler in 2018) can utilize the deep-speed of Diontae Johnson and other explosive wideouts better than the Steelers legendary QB that had a career-worst 6.2 Y/A last season (excluding his two-game season in 2019). He is also quietly 25-13 over the past three seasons as a starter.

LB unit

The Steelers nicely inked Myles Jack, who should help a LB unit that has seen Devin Bush struggle in recent years. Jack cracked PFF’s top-32 LB ranking and he should strive to help a defense that already has T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, and Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers also made a very underrated pick-up in Brian Flores, as Mike Tomlin was able to essentially get a former, talented HC to sharpen their young LB unit.

Baltimore Ravens

I believe Lamar Jackson (five missed games last season) will return to a potent QB at some point in his career, but I didn’t love the Ravens 2022 outlook. They needed to improve the WR position, yet they traded away Hollywood Brown. Rashod Bateman should elevate his performance and Mark Andrews should be an elite TE, but I believe they didn’t help LJ enough on offense. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Ravens yielded a Top-3 secondary in 2022, but I believe their offensive explosion and overall competitiveness took a step back in the loaded AFC.

3 breakout candidates on the Baltimore Ravens

Justin Madubuike will turn heads in 2022

By: Jake Rajala

The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns were essentially tied in a Chinese finger trap as the most disappointing squads in 2021. Yet, the Lamar Jackson-led Ravens should feel comfortable about turning the corner in 2022. With that said, I’m going to untwine three profiles on the Ravens that should break out and help propel their hungry AFC North squad to stronger heights next season.

Rashod Bateman

The Ravens second-year WR Rashod Bateman knows that the trumpets are being played for his arrival after Hollywood Brown was shipped out of town. Per, Bateman is ready to thrive in his new chair. Bateman knocked out 46 receptions and 515 yards in 12 games last season. I fully expect an increased target share (near Brown’s 146 targets last season) in a 17-game slate will drive Bateman to be a 1,000+ yd WR in 2022.

Kyle Hamilton

There are countless analysts including Tyler Sullivan from CBS Sports that believe Kyle Hamilton was one of the biggest steals in the draft. Mina Kimes even felt like Hamilton was the best player in the draft. In fact, it seemed surprising to the Ravens that he was available at 14th overall. I trust that Hamilton will have plenty of targets in the Ravens elite secondary featuring Marcus Williams, Marcus Peters, Marlon Humphrey, and I trust that he will be up for the challenge.

Justin Madubuike

I’m a big fan of Justin Madubuike’s personality (and size), but it could likely correlate with him being a future star. The player that took positive steps last season has expressed that he still has a lot of work to do in his third season. I believe that his training with Aaron Donald this off-season should help prepare him to excel moving forward. PFF dubbed him as a breakout player in 2021, but I finally expect the quick-twitch, Sheldon Rankins-clone to utilize his ability well on a consistent basis in 2022.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 8

Here are your prime waiver wire targets for Week 8!

By: Rishi Patel

Welcome back to this NFL column where I will be giving my advice about which fantasy players you should pluck off your waiver wire each week during this NFL season. 

During each NFL season, there are usually sleepers that emerge who you should pick up off the waiver wire due to various reasons, such as better performances than expected, injuries, etc. It’s important to make good use of the waiver wire as players from here could sometimes be good depth and even a starter for your team in critical stretches. It’s hard to believe we are nearly at the midpoint of the season. Let’s look at some players you should consider for this week:

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles RB starter Miles Sanders suffered a low-ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders and could be out for a couple of weeks as a result. This pushes 2021 fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell to the top of the depth chart for now. The 22-year-old hasn’t been all that effective in his rookie year but has shown spurts of brilliance. 

This includes a five receptions for 41 yards and a score performance on Sunday against Vegas and even posting 58 receiving yards earlier in the season. Gainwell will now see a lot more of the rushing workload and has receiving prowess, so he’s a solid addition. He will likely fight for carries with Boston Scott, but Gainwell has more upside. 

Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets

Look, the Jets are in shambles (as usual). Things got even worse on Sunday when rookie QB Zach Wilson went down with a PCL injury and now has to miss a few weeks. This means the Jets could lean more on their running game and that is where Carter comes in. The rookie has had modest numbers so far each week but he paces the Jets in rushing yards. 

He also has receiving abilities out of the backfield and just put up eight receptions for 67 yards on nine targets in Week 7. Though this is one of the worst offenses in the league, Carter’s dual-threat ability and expected larger role make him an intriguing addition. 

Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs may be struggling this year overall, but their offense is still one of the most talented in the league. And despite having players like Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, other guys have been stepping up this season too, like Byron Pringle. The 27-year-old has quietly put up at least three games with 55 yards this season. In Week 7, he posted five receptions for 73 yards on six targets. 

Pringle is the fourth-leading receiver on Kansas City and has been quite underrated thus far. He’s worth stashing for your team if you need depth.  

Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots

The Pats may not have a true WR1, but Bourne has certainly done enough to grab the attention of managers this season. The former 49er now has at least 58 yards in four of the past five games despite not seeing a huge number of targets. He had 96 yards in one of those contests. Bourne is showing consistency and decent production, meaning he’s a sneaky good stash right now. 

Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have always been about the run but Lamar Jackson can make some nice throws (when he decides to). Baltimore has mostly relied on Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown but a third viable pass-catcher may have emerged in the rookie Bateman out of Minnesota. 

The 22-year-old suffered a groin injury back in August and didn’t make his NFL debut until Week 6 in the blowout win over the Chargers, where he posted 29 yards. He flashed a little more of his talent in Week 7 when he posted three receptions for 80 yards on six targets. Bateman has the potential to be the third-best receiving option behind Andrews and Brown, and he’s worth adding. 

C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Uzomah has been on fire in recent weeks and that continued on Sunday in a win over the arch-rival Ravens. He had three receptions for 91 yards and two scores. Overall, the 28-year-old has had five touchdowns in the last four games. One thing to note with Uzomah is his inconsistency. While he did post 91 and 95 yards in two of the past four games, he managed only 15 and 16 yards in the other two contests.

The TE is a risky option given his up and down weeks but he’s certainly worth taking a chance on if you need TE options. There is room for Uzomah to have a big game, as evidence of a few recent contests.

Could Lamar Jackson win his second MVP in 2021? Rashod Bateman is a big help

Rookie Rashod Bateman will help Lamar Jackson

By: Chandler Hyler

With the 27th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Rashod Bateman, a wide receiver from Minnesota.

During his brief career, Lamar Jackson has never had that elite receiver that every quarterback would love to have. Attempts to secure that weapon for Jackson have been made, as recent as selecting Marquise “Hollywood” Brown 25th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. They also selected Miles Boykin with the 93rd overall selection in the same class.

Even after selecting multiple receivers and having an elite red-zone threat in tight-end Mark Andrews, the Ravens’ passing attack seems to be lackluster at times. Is this related to Jackson’s ability to distribute the football accurately, or is it a lack of weapons?

Drafting Rashod Bateman may be the missing link for the 2019 NFL MVP. Bateman is a polished receiver coming out of college. He also is a deep threat extradorniare, but he also possesses the ability to turn a slant route into a 75-yard touchdown.

What stuck out to me was his ability to make the tough receptions. Whether it was due to a bit of inaccuracy, or a 50-50 ball, Bateman has the prowess to turn those in his favor. This certainly could provide Jackson with a bit more comfortability when making decisions about where to throw the football.

Addressing the need at wide receiver will help Jackson, but will it help him get back to being the league’s MVP?

In today’s NFL, the old-fashioned quarterback is not required anymore. Players like Jackson now have coaches that are willing to form an offense around that special niche a special player like Jackson has.

At the end of the day though quarterbacks have to make big-time throws to be successful, and there are questions concerning Jackson’s ability to do so.

Many NFL quarterbacks have seen first hand, defensive coordinators are quick to adjust and exploit an opposing player’s weakness. If you watched Lamar Jackson throw during the 2019 Pro Bowl, did that not make you worry a little?

In what was a somewhat difficult set-up, Jackson like the other Pro-Bowlers had the task of hitting moving targets for points. In 60 seconds, Jackson scored just a mere two points. To put that in comparison, Jarvis Landry scored six points, and is a wide receiver.

Sure, it may not have been a game setting. Some players play better when the lights are on, but this has to be slightly alarming. Lamar Jackson might just throw better when he is moving, and in today’s league, that is certainly plausible.

All things considered, I do not see Lamar Jackson being a front-runner for the MVP in 2021. Players like Josh Allen, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and maybe Dak Prescott comes back from injury and lights the league on fire.

Drafting Rashod Bateman will help Lamar Jackson, but I do not think it vaults him back to MVP supremacy in 2021.

3 rookies to sell post NFL Draft: a Ravens WR makes the list

Sell Ravens rookie Rashod Bateman

By: CJ Krause

We are in Dynasty Christmas! The NFL draft has just ended and rookie drafts are just beginning. All the prepping and planning and the draft totally went as we all thought….. not. Many shocks and surprises and odd landing spots. I hate to be negative, but here is a dose of reality coming your way. If you drafted pre-NFL draft or have these guys in Devy, it might be time to get out while the gettin’ is good.

Rashod Bateman- WR Baltimore Ravens

One of my favorite pre-draft prospects, Bateman went to what I believe to be the 2nd worst landing spot for 2021 (just behind Philadelphia). Bateman was already losing steam in the dynasty community when at his pro day he measured in 2 inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than previously reported. That didn’t stop him from getting 1st round draft capital though. We love to see that because it opens doors for a sell.

Baltimore only passed the ball 42.5% of the time in 2020, making them, for the second consecutive year, the least pass-happy team in the NFL. This does not bode well for Bateman, who is most likely starting out at best the second receiving option behind Mark Andrews. Bateman is currently going as the 4th wide receiver off the board in rookie drafts, and I would be looking to find the Bateman truther in my league and get out.

Amari Rodgers- WR Green Bay Packers

With the Aaron Rodgers situation seemingly showing that Aaron will not be in Green Bay come 2021, this is a definite downgrade for 3rd round pick Amari Rodgers. The good news is Amari’s role seems secure being the slot receiver for the Green Bay Packers, who are severely lacking in that department. The bad news is he may have Jordan Love throwing him the ball.

As of now, little is known of Love, who was the Packers’ 2020 1st round pick. But, reports throughout the 2020 season indicate Love was not performing up to expectations in practices and was farther behind the curve than what Green Bay expected when they drafted him. That uncertainty and a prospect that wasn’t amongst the top recruits in the 2021 class is enough to warrant a sell while he is still tied to Aaron Rodgers.

Michael Carter- RB New York Jets

Leading up to the draft, it was assumed the Jets were going to pick up a running back. The New York Jets decided to forgo the Big 3 running backs in Harris, Etienne, and Williams to instead wait until day 3 to once again draft a running back in Michael Carter. Carter is walking into a backfield with his main competition being the ghost of Tevin Coleman and La’mical Perine. Coleman’s last year was coming off his worst pro season, in which he only played 8 games for the San Francisco 49ers.

In those games, he had 28 rushing attempts for 53 yards which averaged a 1.9 ypc average and 0 touchdowns. NOT GOOD. Perine couldn’t get past the ancient one Frank Gore to have a meaningful rookie campaign. Perine played in 10 games in which he had 64 rushing attempts for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns. Almost double the yards per carry as Coleman but still NOT GOOD. So the stage is set for Carter to be able to overtake the backfield, but the concerns are (1) he has the same draft capital as Perine; (2) he never had a full backfield to himself, and (3) at his pro-day ran a 4.54 40 yards dash which on his speed score based on his 201-pound frame makes him a 28th percentile athlete. All signs point to another bust for the Jets RB room and this is one I’m trying to get away from at his current price.

There you have it, three rookies you should be looking to get off your roster and be looking to acquire more proven assets or future rookies pick to try again.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @KidFlashFF and hit me up with any questions!

Fantasy Value Picks: 2021 Rookie WRs

These rookie WRs are the best fantasy value picks

by Alex Michael: @dynastygurunfl on Twitter.

So, you’ve heard of DeVonta Smith and Ja’Marr Chase but you don’t have a top pick in this year’s rookie draft? Or you’re doing a standard or a dynasty set-up and you’re not looking at the WRs with the most hype this off-season, you want to win in the long-haul! Well, look no further! My value picks should give you some hope especially, if you haven’t been able to follow college football this year!

By the end of this article, you will have five names to look for in the 2021 draft this year. We will have to hope that:
a) these guys get a good landing-spot and;
b) the hype-train doesn’t catch them, so that they can go “under-the-radar” and onto-your-roster!

This is my favourite time of the year and I’m glad that I can share this with some of you!

It is important that we look at two key factors when analyzing players prior to the draft. The first is ultimately what kind of talent they have and we have stats to back that up as well, as well as some video showing you what they’re capable of! The second thing to consider is the potential landing spots (this could also help you get ahead in dynasty formats)!

Landing Spots

Now, at this point in the year, we can’t be sure what will transpire with regards to free agency. As it stands, there are a few wide receivers who will enter free agency at the end of the season (including some big names) such as Curtis Samuel, Chris Godwin, Kenny Golladay, T.Y. Hilton amongst many more, solid players!

These are the places I would be looking at with the most intrigue, the teams with more than one wide receivers hitting free agency. here are a few to take note of:

Carolina Panthers (Curtis Samuel, Pharoh Cooper, Keith Kirkwood and Brandon Zylstra)
Chicago Bears (Allen Robinson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Dwanye Harris)
Cleveland Browns (Rashard Higgins, Khadarel Hodge, Marvin Hall and Taywan Taylor)
– Detroit Lions (Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Danny Amendola)
Indianapolis Colts (T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal)
Jacksonville Jaguars (Chris Conley, Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook)
Kansas City Chiefs (Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle)
Seattle Seahawks (Phillip Dorsett, Josh Gordon and David Moore)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Jaydon Mickens)
Tennessee Titans (Corey Davis, Khalif Raymond and Nick Westbrook)

There are of course plenty of other options for incoming wide receivers but, last year’s free agency was pretty wild and with the pandemic still afoot all over the country and teams protecting who they have, these are the likely options again, as it stands!

We can also list a couple of more teams who don’t have a stand-out wide receiver and may also be in the market for a new one:

  • New England Patriots: With Damiere Byrd also set to hit free agency, it would leave the Patriots with Julien Edelman whose career is winding down, and 2nd-year pair Jakobi Meyers and N’Keal Harry. Whilst the two have done well in their respective roles, Meyers’ contributions have been sporadic and Harry has often doubled-up as a blocker for a lot of plays. With a change in QB likely in New England, this could also mean that the Patriots acquire a shiny-new receiver to boot.
  • New York Giants: With Darius Slayton not able to produce on a consistent basis, the injury to Sterling Shepard that kept him out of the first 6 games of the season, this is definitely an area that the New York Giants will look to bolster in the 2021 draft. With the confirmed 11th pick, they may be going for a receiver in the first round.

The Talent

So, there is a good amount of talent this year in the wide receiver category, you just need to look a bit deeper to find it! So, who isn’t attracting a lot of buzz?

Rashod Bateman (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

Probably the most well-known in this list. Rashod originally opted-out of the 2020 season after the Big Ten canceled the 2020 season and Minnesota that 2019 was the last time they got to see the receiver suit up. However, when the Big Ten reinstated the season, Bateman opted back in. He didn’t have the greatest amount of time to showcase and warm-in to the season but, still managed two TDs in five games. It did look like Bateman was holding back somewhat but, this could be down to the fact that there was a larger gap than usual in this off-season and also, having committed to the draft process in November, he wanted to make sure he was ready to go for that.

Bateman really came into people’s periphery when playing as the WR2 in the 2018 and 2019 season, alongside Tyler Johnson (now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Bateman scored 11 TDs in 13 games in 2019 and gained plaudits on his own for his versatility. Bateman is a guy who is very grounded and happy to take responsibility in games. Bateman is as comfortable in the slot as he is running a deep play. If I were to draw a comparison to a current NFL wide receiver, I would have him as someone who has a similar style to Tyler Boyd.

College Receiving Stats

SeasonTeamGamesRec.Rec. YardsYPRec.TDsYPG


Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC Trojans)

The younger brother of the Packers wide-receiver Equanemious St. Brown, Amon-Ra should be on people’s radar going into this year’s draft and not only because he has the best name ever! St. Brown is a really physical receiver who loves to get downfield and is very productive when he does. We can only guess that this physicality comes from having a father who was Mr. Universe twice! Going into the 2020 season, he was the clear WR1 in Southern Carolina and would have had a lot more opportunity to demonstrate his prowess had the PAC-12 season not been postponed.

St. Brown only played in 6 games this season but managed 7 touchdowns, including 4 TDs against Washington State. If I were to draw a comparison to a current NFL wide receiver, I would have him as someone who has a similar style to Will Fuller (without the injury tag). St. Brown has an inch and 10lbs on Will Fuller which slows him down a little bit, but not enough that it reduces his ability to make something happen. St. Brown would suit a team like the Texans with Fuller set to hit free agency or even the Chiefs given their exodus of receivers (as it stands!). It will be interesting to see where St. Brown lands but, if it’s for a team with a QB that has a big arm and they’re lacking in the deep-play, he could be a very good under-the-radar acquisition in fantasy football.

College Receiving Stats

SeasonTeamGamesRec.Rec. YardsYPRec.TDsYPG
2020Southern California64147811.66779.67
2019Southern California1377104213.53680.15
2018Southern California126075012.5362.5


Trevon Grimes (Florida Gators)

Trevon Grimes may be a familiar name to you, given the hype around the Florida Gators team because of quarterback Kyle Trask, hot-prospect tight end, Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney but, lurking in between those three big names is a 6ft”5, 215lb receiver who has a knack for finding the end-zone. With eight touchdowns in 10 games for the Gators this season, Grimes should propel himself into a decent draft position this spring, especially after the SEC Championship game performance against Alabama, where he put a 50-yard touchdown on top cornerback prospect, Patrick Surtain II.

As a result of Grimes’ natural size, he has an advantage over almost every cornerback he’s up again. If I was to draw a comparison to a current NFL wide receiver, I would have him as someone who has a similar style to Chase Claypool. It’s a stretch I know but, if we look at someone like Chase Claypool who was a third-round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2020 draft and is around the same height/weight as Grimes he had a fantastic rookie season in the NFL and likewise with Grimes if he is drafted into a good situation and the ball goes in his direction, something good should happen.

College Receiving Stats

SeasonTeamGamesRec.Rec. YardsYPRec.TDsYPG
2017Ohio St.23206.6710


Michael Strachan (Charleston Golden Eagles)

Now, we’re digging deep into NCAA Division II for this one and I think that this will ultimately excite a few of you because Michael Strachan (pronounced “Straan”) is the exact guy that you want to sneak into your draft this year. Another big receiver, at 6’5” and around the 225lb mark, this is a guy who leads by example. Originally from the Bahamas and with a background in track athletics (and even trained for the Bahamas 2020 Olympics track team, before the postponement due to Covid-19), he possesses great intelligence with his route running. If he gets picked this year (and even if he doesn’t), he is a hot-stash prospect.

If I were to draw a comparison to a current NFL wide receiver, I’m going to go out on a limb here but, I would have him as someone who has a similar style to Mike Evans. Strachan matches Evans with his size and when you have a guy that runs the 400m in 47.3 seconds and 200m in 21.69 seconds, and models his game on players like Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson, you know you’re onto something good! Strachan also runs the 40-yard dash consistently at around the 4.4 second mark which is equally impressive. Strachan has broken a lot of records at Charleston and if that wasn’t enough, check his statistics below:

College Receiving Stats

SeasonTeamGamesRec.Rec. YdsYPRec.TDsYPG
2019Charleston (WV)1178131916.9119119.91
2018Charleston (WV)1148100720.98891.55
2017Charleston (WV)7166.86


Seth Williams (Auburn Tigers)

Seth Williams has a mixed fanbase going into this NFL 2021 Draft but, I’m a firm believer that he could be something special. Seth Williams has been a consistent performer for the Auburn Tigers and as a freshman managed to have 20.54 yards per reception, which is solid. He has had the leading yards-per-reception of all of the main receivers at Auburn in each of his three years (including whilst Darius Slayton was there) and this should give you a flavour as to what type of player he could be in the NFL. Williams has good hands and whilst not a completely finished product he shows that with the right type of coaching, he could be a great future talent.

Of the three receivers from Auburn who are poised to enter this year’s draft, Williams is known as the playmaker. If I were to draw a comparison to a current NFL wide receiver, I would have him as someone who has a similar style to Mike Williams or Michael Gallup. By this, I mean that Seth Williams would suit a team whereby he’s not taking heavy loads, his strengths lie on the outside and he could be a good compliment to a star-receiver in the long-haul. Once he improves on any weaknesses he is one of the guys who can eventually become a top receiver himself, similarly to Calvin Ridley who has benefited from heavy coverage on Julio Jones. I think a team like the Browns would be a good landing spot for Williams but, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

College Receiving Stats

SeasonTeamGamesRec.Rec. YardsYPRec.TDsYPG


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